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The Solar System

  • Thérèse Encrenaz
  • Jean-Pierre Bibring

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

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

  • Thérèse Encrenaz
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Bibring
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de Recherche Spatiale - DESPACNRSMeudonFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire René BernasUniversité Paris XIOrsayFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-03164-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-03166-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03164-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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