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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-XVIII
  2. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 1-26
  3. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 27-42
  4. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 43-61
  5. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 116-176
  6. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 177-184
  7. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 185-229
  8. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 230-254
  9. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 255-266
  10. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 267-298
  11. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 299-317
  12. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring
    Pages 318-333
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 334-349

About this book

Introduction

Since the first edition of this book appeared in 1990, planetology has seen a number of fascinating discoveries that have increased our knowledge of the Solar System. These have come from both ground- and space-based observa­ tional programmes. Although some space probe missions have ended in fail­ ure, even they have added to our store of information about the planetary environment. The Galileo probe, despite being crippled by its incompletely deployed main antenna, has already achieved some spectacular results. For the first time we have obtained pictures of asteriods, with the images that Galileo returned of Gaspra, Ida, and the latter's satellite, Dactyl. The main objective, the drop­ ping of an instrumented capsule into Jupiter's atomosphere, and prolonged in-situ investigation of the planet, will take place at the end of 1995. Saturn's turn will come early in the next century with the Cassini mission (to be launched in 1997), which will study the planet for an extended period and attempt to land the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan. NASA's Magellan mission proved to be a great success, with its highly detailed radar mapping of the surface, and atmospheric studies. The exploration of Mars was less fortunate with the failure of both spaceprobes of the Soviet Phobos mission, as well as NASA's Mars Observer probe. Despite this set­ back, plans are in hand for future, collaborative exploration of the planet, using both surface stations (possibly active rovers), surface penetrators and balloon probes, as well as orbiters.

Keywords

Astrophysik Planetologie Plasmaphysik astronomy astrophysics atmosphere environment planet planetary science planetology plasma physics satellite solar solar system solar wind

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Département de Recherche Spatiale - DESPACNRSMeudonFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire René BernasUniversité Paris XIOrsayFrance

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Industry Sectors
Aerospace

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This dense text book [...] is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Physicalia 2005, 57, page 215-216)

"As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal." (R. Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society AAS, May 2005)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is the third edition of the originally published book in French in 1987. The solar system, planets and satellites, asteroids, comets and interplanetary dust is discussed in a very systematic and quantitative way. … This dense text book … is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Laurent Favart, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2005)

"Originally published in 1987, at just over 500 pages, the third edition of this hardcover text has been translated from its native French by Storm Dunlop. … it is not a picture book designed to catch the eye, but a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system. As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal. … A highly recommended reference book." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society, May, 2005)

"This book, originally appeared in French in 1987 … . It is a good book for those intending to increase their knowledge on modern planetology. … This volume offers a nice journey inside the solar system and closes with a brief account on the search for life in the Universe. … The volume ends with a series of references for each chapter together with an alphabetic index for a quick item search. The book is accessible to many researchers and postgraduate students." (M. Storini, Bollettino della Società Italiana di Fisica, Vol. 28 (1), 2005)