NASA's Voyager Missions: Exploring the Outer Solar System and Beyond

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Springer Science & Business Media, 26 feb 2008 - 302 pagine
For the first time, in one volume, Ben Evans with David Harland will not only tell the story of the hugely successful Voyager missions, but also that of the men and women who have devoted their entire working lives to them. Illustrated with stunning images, some in color, they describe the missions from their conception, through their spectacular encounters with the outer planets and on to their ultimate and, as yet, unknown destination among the stars in the so-called Voyager Interstellar Mission
 

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Wanderers DIVINE ORIGINS
1
THE EARTH MOVES
3
SUPPORT FROM KEPLER
8
THE GENIUS OF GALILEO
9
HUYGENS AND SATURNS RINGS
13
THE STRUCTURE OF THE RINGS
14
THE DISCOVERY OF URANUS
17
MORE PLANETS?
19
HYPERION
139
VICTIMS OF POPULATION II?
140
ENCELADUS
143
DIONE
145
NEW MOONS
148
THE RINGS
149
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RINGS
152
COMPOSITION
153

PROBLEMS WITH URANUS
21
THE FRUSTRATING SEARCH FOR AN EIGHTH PLANET
22
A PLANET FOUND ON A PIECE OF PAPER
26
A MAJOR SCANDAL
28
PREDISCOVERY SIGHTINGS OF NEPTUNE?
29
THE SEARCH FOR PLANET X AND DISCOVERY OF PLUTO
30
AN INSIGNIFICANT SPECK?
33
THEORIES OF FORMATION
34
THE MODERN NEBULAR HYPOTHESIS
37
A chance of three lifetimes A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT
39
REACHING THE OUTER PLANETS
40
THE GRAND TOUR AND PROJECT VOYAGER
42
PLUTONIUM POWER SOURCE
44
AN AMBITIOUS AND EXPENSIVE VENTURE
47
CANCELLATION AND AFTERMATH
48
TRAJECTORIES
51
THE VOYAGER SPACECRAFT
52
COMMUNICATIONS
54
CAMERAS
58
REMOTESENSING EQUIPMENT
59
THE PROBLEM OF DISTANCE
61
A SHAKY START
63
SAILING IN THE SOLAR WIND
67
CLOSING IN ON JUPITER
69
Into the realm of Jove AN EXPLOSIVE DISCOVERY
73
VOLCANOES OR GEYSERS?
75
AN ACTIVE SURFACE
77
SILICATE OR SULPHUR FLOWS?
78
SULPHUR DIOXIDE PLUMES
82
MOUNTAINBUILDING
83
LAVA LAKES
84
A YOUNG SURFACE
86
A TORMENTED WORLD
87
PLASMA TORUS
88
JUPITERS HARSH MAGNETOSPHERE
89
KING OF THE PLANETS
92
A STRANGE INTERIOR
93
A COLOURFUL ATMOSPHERE
94
THE GREAT RED SPOT
95
WHITE OVALS
97
TUMULTUOUS WEATHER
98
THE JOVIAN LIGHTS
100
THE JOVIAN RINGS
101
WATERWORLD
104
THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR LIFE?
105
A BRIGHT YOUNG SURFACE
106
TRIPLE BANDS
108
LACK OF CRATERS ON EUROPA
109
THICKNESS OF EUROPAS CRUST
111
DIFFERENT TERRAIN TYPES
112
EUROPAS TENUOUS ATMOSPHERE
115
BRIGHT AND DARK TERRAIN
116
CRYOVOLCANISM?
117
CRATERS ON GANYMEDE
118
A THIN ATMOSPHERE
120
SIBLINGS WITH VERY DIFFERENT LIFE STORIES?
121
AN ANCIENT CRATERSATURATED WORLD
123
ONWARD TO SATURN
125
Ringworld WORTH THE WAIT
127
A BLAND ORANGE WORLD
128
TITANS EVOLUTION
130
ATMOSPHERIC PHOTOCHEMISTRY
131
A GLIMPSE OF SURFACE FEATURES
132
HYDROCARBON SEAS?
134
WEATHER
135
LIFE ON TITAN?
136
RHEA
137
RING PARTICLE SIZES
155
THEORIES OF FORMATION
158
RINGS AROUND TERRESTRIAL PLANETS?
159
A LIGHTWEIGHT PLANET
160
AURORAE
162
MAGNETIC FIELD
163
MIDSIZED MOONS
164
A CAPTURED ASTEROID?
165
DIVERGENT PATHS
167
Bulls eye TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY
169
AN UNKNOWN PLANET
170
A JOURNEY OF UNCERTAINTY
171
DSN UPGRADES
172
THE BULLS EYE WORLD
173
A SURPRISING DISCOVERY
175
PLANNING FOR THE ENCOUNTER
176
A BLAND PLACE
178
DARK MOONS
180
MAGNETIC FIELD
181
MYSTERIOUS MIRANDA
183
DARK UMBRIEL
186
A VARIETY OF SURFACE FEATURES
188
NEW MOONS
191
URANUS RINGS
192
SHEPHERD MOONS
194
A DIFFERENT URANUS
195
The boiling cauldron INAUSPICIOUS DISCOVERY
199
THE QUESTION OF RINGS
200
PREPARATIONS FOR NEPTUNE
202
CLOSEST PLANETARY ENCOUNTER
204
NEPTUNES MOONS AS NAVIGATIONAL AIDS
206
A SURPRISINGLY ACTIVE WORLD
207
A FLOPPY UNSTABLE STORM
209
A CHANGING ATMOSPHERE
210
INTERNAL HEAT
213
A SKYBLUE ATMOSPHERE
214
RINGS AT LAST
215
ORIGIN OF TRITON
219
WHERE ARE THE MIDSIZED MOONS?
220
PROTEUS AND NEREID
221
CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH TRITON
222
A TENUOUS ATMOSPHERE
223
TRITONS SURFACE
224
AN ACTIVE SURFACE?
225
DEPARTURE FROM NEPTUNE
227
this bottle into the cosmic ocean FAMILY PORTRAIT
231
THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM
233
THE POWER MANAGEMENT LOTTERY
236
FIRST HINTS OF THE HELIOPAUSE?
237
SEMIAUTONOMOUS OPERATIONS
238
FUTURE ENCOUNTERS
240
MURMURS OF EARTH
241
SILENT WANDERERS
244
Future Voyagers RETURN TO SATURN AND TITAN
247
FIRST LANDING ON TITAN
251
A SOLID OR LIQUID SURFACE?
253
A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF SATURN
254
A MULTIFACETED SPACECRAFT
257
A MISSION TO JUPITERS MOONS
258
INTERSTELLAR PROBE
260
PLUTO AND NEW HORIZONS
261
A HELPING HAND FROM JUPITER
263
FIRST GLIMPSE OF A KUIPER BELT OBJECT?
264
OTHER OUTERPLANET VENTURES
265
Bibliography
267
Index
277
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