The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery
by William Sheehan
Publisher: University of Arizona Press 1996
Number of pages: 270
For those readers newly interested in astronomy, Sheehan offers an accessible history of the men who collected data about Mars and interpreted it. The central story is the coherent and compelling narrative of Giovanni Schiaparelli, Percival Lowell and the description of the "canals" of Mars, dark markings that Schiaparelli described and Lowell posited were a civilized society's attempts to harness water from melting polar caps.
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- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Passing by Jupiter in 1979, the Voyager spacecraft have collected an enormous amount of data that may prove to be a keystone in understanding our solar system. This publication provides an early look at the Jovian planetary system ...
by Geoffrey A. Blake - California Institute of Technology
This course discusses the fundamental aspects of atomic and molecular spectra that enable one to infer physical conditions in astronomical, planetary and terrestrial environments from the analysis of their electromagnetic radiation.