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Book cover: Voyager Encounters JupiterVoyager Encounters Jupiter
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration ,
Passing by Jupiter in 1979, the Voyager spacecraft have collected an enormous amount of data that may prove to be a keystone in understanding our solar system. This publication provides an early look at the Jovian planetary system ...
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Book cover: Pioneer Saturn EncounterPioneer Saturn Encounter
- NASA ,
Pioneer 11 made the first flyby of Saturn almost a billion miles from Earth where it came within 13300 miles of the cloud tops. Assembled in this publication is a selection of the pictures returned by Pioneer 11 of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan.
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Book cover: Trans-Neptunian Objects: An OverviewTrans-Neptunian Objects: An Overview
- Wikipedia ,
A trans-Neptunian object is any minor planet in the Solar System that orbits the Sun at a greater average distance (semi-major axis) than Neptune. The Kuiper belt, scattered disk, and Oort cloud are conventional divisions of this volume of space.
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Book cover: Mars Science LaboratoryMars Science Laboratory
- Wikipedia ,
Mars Science Laboratory is a robotic space probe mission to Mars launched by NASA, which landed a rover Curiosity. The objectives include investigating Mars' habitability, studying its climate and geology, and collecting data for a manned mission.
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Book cover: An Overview of the Solar SystemAn Overview of the Solar System
- Wikipedia ,
The Solar System comprises the Sun and its planetary system, as well as a number of dwarf planets, satellites, and other objects that orbit the Sun. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant molecular cloud.
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Book cover: Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022
- National Academy of Sciences ,
This book surveys the current state of knowledge of the solar system and recommends a suite of planetary science flagship missions for the decade 2013-2022 that could provide a steady stream of important new discoveries about the solar system.
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Book cover: Solar SystemSolar System
- Wikipedia ,
The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the collapse of a molecular cloud. The majority of the system's mass is in the Sun...
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Book cover: From Disks to PlanetsFrom Disks to Planets
by - arXiv ,
The text covers the theory of planet formation with an emphasis on the physical processes relevant to current research. After summarizing empirical constraints from astronomical data we describe the structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks.
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Book cover: Consolidated Lunar AtlasConsolidated Lunar Atlas
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
In the dawn of the Space Age, NASA undertook to find and assemble the very best images of the Moon it could find. In a project led by Gerard Kuiper, the best telescopic plates from observatories around the world were assembled into one compilation.
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Book cover: Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the MoonLunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
This Atlas is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. The images contained within the atlas are excellent for studying lunar morphology because they were obtained at low to moderate Sun angles.
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Book cover: Planetary RingsPlanetary Rings
by - arXiv ,
Understanding of disks in general can be enhanced by understanding the dynamical processes observed at close-range planetary rings. We review the known ring systems of the four giant planets, and the prospects for ring systems yet to be discovered.
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Book cover: Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, ArizonaGuidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
This guidebook provides a trail-oriented geological tour of the Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona. The geological processes involved in the formation of the crater have been broken down into a series of discrete topics.
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Book cover: The Geology of the Terrestrial PlanetsThe Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
by - NASA ,
The knowledge gained through space exploration is leading to the new science of comparative planetology. This book outlines the geologic history of the terrestrial planets in light of recent exploration and the revolution in geologic thinking.
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Book cover: Lunar Stratigraphy and SedimentologyLunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
by - Elsevier ,
Lunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology is an attempt to organize some of the information now available about the sedimentary rocks forming the lunar crust in a way that allows some comparison with the terrestrial sedimentary environment.
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Book cover: Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its ScienceMoon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
The excitement of the Apollo program was that it accomplished a bold leap from the surface of the Earth to the Moon. The deed challenged our technology and engineering skill. Preparations are being made now for another and even more daring leap.
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Book cover: Planetary Science: A Lunar PerspectivePlanetary Science: A Lunar Perspective
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
The technical triumph of manned landings on the Moon and the return of samples from the lunar surface has provided scientists with a unique opportunity to advance our understanding of the nature, evolution and origin of the solar system.
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Book cover: To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar ExplorationTo a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration
by - University of Arizona Press ,
Don Wilhelms was a member of the Apollo Scientific Team. In this book he describes his role, along with his colleagues, during the Apollo explorations of the Moon. He presents a brief history of the theories associated with the origin of the moon.
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Book cover: Guide to Lunar Orbiter PhotographsGuide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs
by - NASA ,
The 1964 Lunar Orbiter program consisted of the investigation of the Moon by five unmanned spacecraft. Its objective was to obtain detailed photographs of the Moon. This document presents information on the location and coverage of all photographs.
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Book cover: Traces of CatastropheTraces of Catastrophe
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
A detailed introduction to impact processes, crater formation, and shock metamorphism. The book is intended for geoscientists of all kinds: students, professors and professional geologists who may encounter an impact structure in the field area.
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Book cover: Protoplanetary Disks and Their EvolutionProtoplanetary Disks and Their Evolution
by - arXiv ,
Flattened disks of cool dust and gas are found around almost all low mass stars shortly after their birth. This review addresses observations of the outer parts of protoplanetary disks with a focus on recent infrared and (sub-)millimeter results.
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Book cover: The Story of EclipsesThe Story of Eclipses
by - S. S. McClure Co. ,
The book presents in a readable, yet soundly scientific, language a popular account of eclipses of the Sun and Moon, and very briefly of certain kindred astronomical phenomena similar to those which operate in connection with eclipses.
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Book cover: Origin of the MoonOrigin of the Moon
by - Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
Contents: History; Dynamical Constraints; Geochemical Constraints; Geophysical Constraints; Theories and Processes of Origin: Lunar Formation Involving Capture or Fission; Lunar Formation Triggered by Large Impact; and more.
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Book cover: Chondrules and their OriginsChondrules and their Origins
by - The Lunar and Planetary Institute ,
The origins of chondrules are fundamental problems of most stony meteorites and some planetary surface samples. The contents of this volume are designed to provide the reader with a broad overview of current ideas in this area of research.
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Book cover: Basaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial PlanetsBasaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial Planets
- Pergamon Press ,
The theme of this book is the study of basaltic volcanism on the terrestrial planets as a stage in planetary evolution: to use the eruption of lava from the interior of a planet as evidence of the thermal and chemical processes of the planet.
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Book cover: Lecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systemsLecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systems
by - arXiv ,
An introduction to the theory of the formation and early evolution of planetary systems. Topics covered: the structure, evolution and dispersal of protoplanetary disks; the formation of planetesimals, terrestrial and gas giant planets; etc.
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Book cover: Voyager 1 and 2: Atlas of Six Saturnian SatellitesVoyager 1 and 2: Atlas of Six Saturnian Satellites
by - NASA ,
Published in 1984 after several years of photographic analysis, this book presents maps of the six Saturnian moons which were investigated by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their flyby missions of Saturn in 1980 and 1981, respectively.
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Book cover: To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar AstronomyTo See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar Astronomy
by - NASA History Division ,
A comprehensive history of this surprisingly significant scientific discipline. Quite rigorous and systematic in its methodology, To See the Unseen explores the development of the radar astronomy specialty in the larger community of scientists.
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Book cover: Evolution of the Solar SystemEvolution of the Solar System
by - NASA ,
A realistic attempt to reconstruct the early history of the solar system. The authors chose a procedure which reduces speculation as much as possible and connects the evolutionary models as closely as possible to experiment and observation.
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Book cover: A Photographic Atlas of Rock Breakdown Features in Geomorphic EnvironmentsA Photographic Atlas of Rock Breakdown Features in Geomorphic Environments
by - Planetary Science Institute ,
A comprehensive image collection of rock breakdown features observed on boulders. This atlas is intended as a tool for planetary geoscientists and their students to assist in identifying surface features found on rocks on planetary surfaces.
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Book cover: Views of the Solar SystemViews of the Solar System
by ,
This page presents a vivid adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, scientific facts, graphics and videos.
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Book cover: Atomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary ScienceAtomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary Science
by - California Institute of Technology ,
This course discusses the fundamental aspects of atomic and molecular spectra that enable one to infer physical conditions in astronomical, planetary and terrestrial environments from the analysis of their electromagnetic radiation.
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Book cover: The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and DiscoveryThe Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery
by - University of Arizona Press ,
Sheehan offers an accessible history of the men who collected data about Mars and interpreted it. The central story is the coherent and compelling narrative of Giovanni Schiaparelli, Percival Lowell and the description of the 'canals' of Mars.
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Book cover: Protostars and Planets IVProtostars and Planets IV
by - University of Arizona Press ,
This 1400+ pages book covers the very rapidly growing area of star-and-planet formation and evolution, from astrophysics to planetary science. It is most useful for researchers, graduate students, and some undergraduate students.
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Book cover: The Formation and Evolution of the Solar SystemThe Formation and Evolution of the Solar System
by - University of Oregon ,
The purpose of this course is to educate you on the basic science behind our exploration of the Solar System so you may make informed choices as future/current voters on issues of our environment and the future of science in this country.
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Book cover: MercuryMercury
by - University of Arizona Press ,
The book on the planet's origin, its metal-rich composition, its thermal and geophysical evolution, and its cratering history. These topics are complex and controversial, and this book contains a variety of new perspectives on them.
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Book cover: Resources of Near-Earth SpaceResources of Near-Earth Space
by - University of Arizona Press ,
Parts of the solar system that are most accessible from Earth are rich in materials of great potential value. Immediate uses of these resources to manufacture propellants, metals, and fluids can support future large-scale space activities.
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Book cover: Planetary PhotometryPlanetary Photometry
by ,
The text covers principles of planetary photometry: radiance and the equation of transfer, diffuse reflection and transmission, albedo, scattering and absorption, net flux and exitance, and a brief history of the Lommel-Seeliger law.
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