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The Cambridge guide to the solar system

Author: Kenneth R Lang
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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A lavishly illustrated guide to the planets and their moons for introductory students and general readers.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth R Lang
ISBN: 0521813069 9780521813068
OCLC Number: 59330538
Description: xv, 452 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Preface; Principal units; Part I. Changing Views and Fundamental Concepts: 1. Evolving perspectives - a historical prologue; 2. The new, close-up view from space 3. The invisible buffer zone with space - atmospheres, magnetospheres and the solar wind; Part II. The Inner System - Rocky Worlds: 4. Third rock from the Sun - restless Earth; 5. The Moon: stepping stone to the planets; 6. Mercury: a dense battered world; 7. Venus: the veiled planet; 8. Mars: the red planet; Part III. The Giant Planets, Their Satellites and Their Rings - Worlds of Liquid, Ice and Gas: 9. Jupiter: a giant primitive planet; 10. Saturn: lord of the rings; 11. Uranus and Neptune; Part IV. Remnants of Creation - Small Worlds in the Solar System: 12. Comets; 13. Asteroids and meteorites; 14. Colliding worlds; Appendix 1. Further reading; Appendix 2. Directory of web sites; Index.
Responsibility: Kenneth R. Lang.


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'Journeys deep into space have revealed dozens of distinctive worlds of unexpected diversity. Ken Lang presents a richly illustrated and remarkably thorough guide to the new view of the Solar System Read more...

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