Mars Science Laboratory
Publisher: Wikipedia 2014
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a robotic space probe mission to Mars launched by NASA on November 26, 2011, which successfully landed Curiosity, a Mars rover, in Gale Crater on August 6, 2012. The overall objectives include investigating Mars' habitability, studying its climate and geology, and collecting data for a manned mission to Mars.
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by Michael H. Carr - 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.
- Pergamon Press
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by Geoffrey A. Blake - 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.