The exploration of our solar system is one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements. The last fifty years in particular have seen huge steps forward in our understanding of the planets, the sun, and other objects in the solar system. Whilst planetary science is now a mature discipline - involving geoscientists, astronomers, physicists, and others -- many profound mysteries remain, and there is indeed still the tantalizing possibility that we may find evidence of life on another planet in our system.Drawing upon the latest results from the second golden age of Solar System exploration, author Peter Bond provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of the planets, satellites and smaller debris that orbit the Sun.
Written in an informal style, with minimal use of mathematics, this book is the ideal introductory text for non-science students and other readers with little or no science background. With the aid of numerous illustrations, many in full colour, this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe.
- Assumes no background in physics , astronomy or mathematics
- Carefully explains key concepts
- Gives balanced coverage to areas of controversy or uncertainty in planetary science
- Is in in full color throughout and richly illustrated
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"Peter Bond's Exploring the Solar System takes a different approach, presenting a comprehensive overview of the exploration of our planetary system, with a focus on what we have found out about the planets, dwarf planets and moons of the solar system. This is the place to find out about the spacecraft that have contributed so much to our understanding of our planetary neighbours, providing a strongly practical, "how do you know that?" slant on planetary science. The book gives a general overview of the solar system, organized by planet, as well as covering the discovery of other planetary systems. It does not have the emphasis on calculation of the OU texts, but gives extensive and detailed descriptions of our planetary neighbours. Bond emphasizes the discoveries arising from different spacecraft and evolving techniques, and includes comprehensive information about the history of exploration, with useful lists of missions in the appendix. Each chapter concludes with questions for the reader to think about (without answers), including discussion topics such as "Is it worth spending money on SETI?" The book would make an excellent introduction to the planets, and the focus on exploration offers a different, less structured approach to an exciting and active research field, that will appeal to the interested non-specialist as well as students in the field." -Astronomy & Geophysics, 2012