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Author Buratti, Bonnie Jean, 1952-

Title Worlds fantastic, worlds familiar : a guided tour of the solar system / Bonnie J. Buratti, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

Publication Info. Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017.


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    559.9 BUR    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  559.9 BUR    Available
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    559.9 BUR    Available
Description x, 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Mercury : the hottest little place -- Venus : an even hotter place -- Mars : the abode of life? -- Asteroids and comets : sweat the small stuff -- Galileo's treasures : worlds of fire and ice -- Enceladus : an active iceball in space -- Titan : an Earth in deep freeze? -- Iapetus and its friends : the weirdest "planets" in the solar system -- Pluto : the first view of the "third zone" -- Earths above : the search for exoplanets and life in the universe -- Epilogue.
Summary Join Bonnie J. Buratti, a leading planetary astronomer, on this personal tour of NASA's latest discoveries. Moving through the Solar System from Mercury, Venus, Mars, past comets and asteroids and the moons of the giant planets, to Pluto, and on to exoplanets, she gives vivid descriptions of landforms that are similar to those found on Earth but that are more fantastic. Sulfur-rich volcanoes and lakes on Io, active gullies on Mars, huge ice plumes and tar-like deposits on the moons of Saturn, hydrocarbon rivers and lakes on Titan, and nitrogen glaciers on Pluto are just some of the marvels that await readers. Discover what it is like to be involved in a major scientific enterprise, with all its pitfalls and excitement, from the perspective of a female scientist. This engaging account of modern space exploration is written for non-specialist readers, from students in high school to enthusiasts of all ages.
Subject Astrogeology -- Popular works.
Planetary science -- Popular works.
Solar system -- Popular works.
ISBN 9781107152748 (hardcover)
1107152747 (hardcover)

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