Mars

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Hugh H. Kieffer, Bruce M. Jakosky, Conway W. Snyder, Mildred Shapley Matthews
University of Arizona Press, 30 gen 2018 - 1516 pagine
The planet Mars has been a subject of wonder for millennia, as attested by its place in mythology, by later speculation about its canals, and by the scientific and public excitement over the Viking mission. Although the scientific literature about the planet is voluminous, no comprehensive treatment of the results of modern spacecraft exploration has yet been made available. This volume fills that gap by providing a summary of what is presently known about Mars and identifying many puzzles such as polar cap variance, occurrence of dust storms, and the possible location of water. The introductory chapter cites questions, controversies, and milestones in the study of Mars, and also includes an annotated book list, basic data about the planet, and a guide to Martian seasons. A chapter on telescopic observation credits the contributions made by many amateurs that have advanced our knowledge of variations observed on Mars. A chapter on spacecraft exploration, by an American and a Russian author who have participated in all Mars missions, includes a revelation of an additional Soviet attempt. Twenty-nine technical articles cover geophysics; bedrock geology; surface; atmosphere; exosphere and magnetic field; and climate history. Two chapters address the search for life on Mars; three concluding chapters consider the Martian satellites. An indispensable reference for scientists, Mars will also serve as a complete sourcebook for serious amateur astronomers.
 

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Indice

Solid Body Geophysics
145
Bedrock Geology and Geologic Units
343
Surface Properties and Processes
555
Current Atmospheres
797
Biology
1219
Satellites of Mars
1247
Origin and Use of Martian Nomenclature JF Russell et al
1305
Glossary compiled by Mary Guerrieri
1317
Bibliography compiled by Mary Guerrieri
1361
Color Section
1457
Acknowledgments
1483
Index
1487
Copyright

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