The Sun, Mercury, and Venus

The Sun, Mercury, and Venus by Linda Elkins-Tanton
ISBN
9780816077007
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Hardcover
Pages
304
 

The Messenger mission to Mercury opened a new window into the inner solar system. In 2008, this mission began a number of years of flybys, culminating in an orbital insertion around Mercury and producing unparalleled observations about this mysterious innermost planet. Mercury orbits so close to the Sun, from the point of view of Earth, that seeing it from the Earth against the Sun's glare is a great challenge. At the same time, the huge gravitational force of the Sun makes it a challenge to put a mission on Mercury without losing it into the Sun. Now, with heightened understanding of Mercury, we gain understanding of the hot, close planets in orbit around distant stars.

The Sun, Mercury, and Venus, Revised Edition provides up-to-date information on the Sun and the innermost planets, revolutionizing our understanding of the nature of planet formation and planetary systems. Updated with new information about Mercury and planet-building processes taken from research on the Messenger mission, this new, full-color resource describes the beginning of our solar system from its birth in a cloud of dust and gas to the evolution of the Sun, Mercury, and Venus and their present states.

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The Messenger mission to Mercury opened a new window into the inner solar system. In 2008, this mission began a number of years of flybys, culminating in an orbital insertion around Mercury and producing unparalleled observations about this mysterious innermost planet. Mercury orbits so close to the Sun, from the point of view of Earth, that seeing it from the Earth against the Sun's glare is a great challenge. At the same time, the huge gravitational force of the Sun makes it a challenge to put a mission on Mercury without losing it into the Sun. Now, with heightened understanding of Mercury, we gain understanding of the hot, close planets in orbit around distant stars.

The Sun, Mercury, and Venus, Revised Edition provides up-to-date information on the Sun and the innermost planets, revolutionizing our understanding of the nature of planet formation and planetary systems. Updated with new information about Mercury and planet-building processes taken from research on the Messenger mission, this new, full-color resource describes the beginning of our solar system from its birth in a cloud of dust and gas to the evolution of the Sun, Mercury, and Venus and their present states.

Chapters include:



Searching for Clues
Giant Molecular Clouds and Protoplanetary Disks
Building Planets from Dust
Fast Facts about the Sun
Composition and Internal Structure of the Sun
The Sun's Effects on the Planets
Missions to the Sun
Mercury: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
Mercury's Orbital Physics and the Theory of Relativity
Mercury's Interior: A Huge Core
Visible Mercury
Missions to Mercury
Venus: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
The Interior of Venus
Surface Conditions, Landforms, and Processes on Venus
Missions to Venus
Conclusions: The Known and the Unknown
ISBN:
9780816077007
Publication Date:
15 / 11 / 2010
Pages:
304

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