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The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System



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Richly illustrated with full-color images, this book is a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the planets, their moons, and recent exoplanet discoveries. This second edition of a now classic reference is brought up to date with fascinating new discoveries from 12 recent Solar System missions. Examples include water on the Moon, volcanism on Mercury's previously unseen half, vast buried glaciers on Mars, geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus, lakes of hydrocarbons on Titan, encounter with asteroid Itokawa, and sample return from comet Wild 2. The book is further enhanced by hundreds of striking new images of the planets and moons. Written at an introductory level appropriate for undergraduate and high-school students, it provides fresh insights that appeal to anyone with an interest in planetary science. A website hosted by the author contains all the images in the book with an overview of their importance. A link to this can be found at

Table of Contents

Changing Views and Fundamental Concepts
Evolving perspectives: a historical prologue
The new, close-up view from space
The invisible buffer zone with space: atmospheres, magnetospheres and the solar wind
The Inner System - Rocky Worlds
Third rock from the Sun: restless Earth
The Moon: stepping stone to the planets
Mercury: a dense battered world
Venus: the veiled planet
Mars: the red planet
The Giant Planets, Their Satellites and Their Rings - Worlds of Liquid, Ice and Gas
Jupiter: a giant primitive planet
Saturn: lord of the rings
Uranus and Neptune
Remnants of Creation - Small Worlds in the Solar System
Asteroids and meteorites
Colliding worlds
Beyond Neptune
Origin of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets
Brave new worlds
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