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Mission Jupiter : the spectacular journey of the Galileo spacecraft

Author: Daniel Fischer
Publisher: New York : Copernicus Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Jupiter is one of the brightest planets in our night sky and by far the largest in the Solar System. What the Romans called the Father of the Sky is huge - its diameter is more than ten times, Earth's and its mass is well over twice the total of all the rest of the planets in the Solar System. Yet in spite of its staggering size, its position relatively close to us, and its prominent place in our myths and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Fischer
ISBN: 0387987649 9780387987644
OCLC Number: 41355774
Description: xv, 317 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Contents: ch. 1. The long journey to Jupiter --
December 7, 1995 : rendez-vous with a giant --
The king of planets has always beckoned --
The first pioneers --
The voyagers' "grand tour" --
From an idea to a billion-dollar spacecraft --
ch. 2. Discoveries under way --
The trip to Venus --
The mission begins --
"Cruising" to Venus and back --
Learning about Earth's sister planet --
Return to Earth --
Is there life on Earth? --
The darkest hour --
Gaspra : the first encounter with an asteroid --
Scenarios for living without the main antenna --
Off to Jupiter --
The second return to Earth --
The second asteroid : ida and its little moon --
Front-row seats for the comet crash --
ch. 3. Arrival and the atmospheric probe --
Four hundred years of Jupiter research --
Finally there : the task of the atmospheric probe --
Arrival day --
The hour of truth --
Analysis --
The cruise begins --
ch. 4. Looping from moon to moon --
Ganymede : a ball of ice with furrows and a magnetic field --
Deciphering Jupiter's colorful clouds --
An ocean under Europa's icy crust --
Beyond the visible : Jupiter's powerful magnetosphere --
Io the miracle moon : endless volcanic activity --
Even more : a ring, mini-moons, and dust streams --
Callisto, the outsider --
Jupiter and the four Galilean moons --
A planetary system in miniature --
ch. 5. What the future holds in store --
Galileo flies on --
Another mission extension: and another one --
Beyond Galileo : keeping our sights on Europa --
The future has begun : Cassini on the way to Saturn.
Other Titles: Mission Jupiter.
Responsibility: Daniel Fischer.


In this exciting story of the Galileo mission to investigate Jupiter, noted astronomer Daniel Fischer weaves together the many disparate facts learned about this most fascinating planet and its  Read more...
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