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Author: David A Rothery
Publisher: Cham : Springer, [2014] ©2015
Series: Springer Praxis books.
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A new and detailed picture of Mercury is emerging thanks to NASA's MESSENGER mission that spent four years in orbit about the Sun's innermost planet. Comprehensively illustrated by close-up images and other data, the author describes Mercury's landscapes from a geological perspective: from sublimation hollows, to volcanic vents, to lava plains, to giant thrust faults. He considers what its giant core, internal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Rothery, David A.
Planet Mercury : From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David A Rothery
ISBN: 9783319121178 3319121170 3319121162 9783319121161
OCLC Number: 895661069
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 180 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Preface; Citations; Acknowledgements; Contents; Chapter 1: A Pale Pink Dot; 1.1 Elusive Planet; 1.2 Seeing Mercury; 1.3 Orbit and Transits; 1.4 Mapping by Telescope, and Mercuryś Rotation; 1.4.1 Early Telescopic Observations; 1.4.2 Schiaparelli and ``Synchronous Rotation;́́ 1.4.3 Antoniadiś Map, and Later; 1.4.4 Not Synchronous After All; 1.4.5 A Day Twice as Long as a Year; 1.4.6 Hot Poles and Warm Poles; 1.4.7 An Explanation for 3:2 Spin:Orbit Coupling; 1.5 Mercuryś Size, Mass and Density; Chapter 2: The Mariner 10 Era of Mercury Science; 2.1 Introduction. 2.2 Three Flybys for the Price of One2.2.1 The Trajectory; 2.2.2 Limitations; 2.3 Mariner 10ś Instruments; 2.3.1 Television Science; 2.3.2 Infrared Radiometry; 2.3.3 Ultraviolet Spectroscopy; 2.3.4 Celestial Mechanics and Radio Science; 2.3.5 Magnetic Field; 2.3.6 Plasma Science; 2.3.7 Charged Particles; 2.4 Mapping a New Planet; 2.4.1 Quadrangles; 2.4.2 Naming Features; 2.5 What Mariner 10 Found; 2.5.1 Surface Characteristics; 2.5.2 Mercury Timescale and Stratigraphy; 2.5.3 The Magnetic Field; 2.5.4 The Interior; Box 2.1. Terminology for Planetary Interiors; 2.5.5 Surface Composition. 2.5.6 Space Weathering2.5.7 The Exosphere; 2.5.8 Polar Ice?; 2.6 The Conundrum of Mercuryś Origin; Chapter 3: High Time for Another Mission?; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Back to Mercury; 3.3 MESSENGER; 3.3.1 The Trajectory and Orbit; 3.3.1.1 The Cruise and Flybys; 3.3.1.2 Orbiting Mercury; 3.3.2 The Spacecraft; 3.3.2.1 Thrusters; 3.3.2.2 Thermal Design; 3.3.2.3 Communications and Data Storage; 3.3.3 The Payload; 3.3.3.1 Mercury Dual Imaging System, MDIS; 3.3.3.2 Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer, GRNS; 3.3.3.3 X-Ray Spectrometer Spectrometer, XRS; 3.3.3.4 Magnetometer, MAG. 3.3.3.5 Mercury Laser Altimeter, MLA3.3.3.6 Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer, MASCS; 3.3.3.7 Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer, EPPS; 3.3.3.8 Radio Science, RS; 3.4 BepiColombo; 3.4.1 The Trajectory and Orbit; 3.4.1.1 The Cruise and Flybys; 3.4.1.2 Orbiting Mercury; 3.4.2 The Spacecraft; 3.4.2.1 Transfer Module; 3.4.2.2 MPO; 3.4.2.3 MMO; 3.4.3 The Payload; 3.4.3.1 BepiColombo Laser Altimeter, BELA (MPO); 3.4.3.2 Italian Spring Accelerometer, ISA (MPO); 3.4.3.3 Mercury Polar Orbiter Magnetometer, MPO/MAG (MERMAG). 3.4.3.4 Mercury Thermal Infrared Spectrometer, MERTIS (MPO)3.4.3.5 Mercury Gamma-ray Neutron Spectrometer, MGNS (MPO); 3.4.3.6 Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, MIXS (MPO); 3.4.3.7 Mercury Orbiter Radio Science Experiment, MORE (MPO); 3.4.3.8 Probing the Hermean Exosphere by Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, PHEBUS (MPO); 3.4.3.9 Search for Exospheric Refilling and Emitted Natural Abundances, SERENA (MPO); 3.4.3.10 Spectrometer and Imagers for MPO BepiColombo Integrated Observatory System, SIMBIO-SYS; 3.4.3.11 Solar Intensity X-ray and Particle Spectrometer, SIXS (MPO).
Series Title: Springer Praxis books.
Responsibility: David A. Rothery.

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A new and detailed picture of Mercury is emerging thanks to NASA's MESSENGER mission that spent four years in orbit about the Sun's innermost planet. Comprehensively illustrated by close-up images and other data, the author describes Mercury's landscapes from a geological perspective: from sublimation hollows, to volcanic vents, to lava plains, to giant thrust faults. He considers what its giant core, internal structure and weird composition have to tell us about the formation and evolution of a planet so close to the Sun. This is of special significance in view of the discovery of so many ex.

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