Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part 2

Dr Paolo Ulivi and Dr David M. Harland

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System In Robotic Exploration of the Solar System, Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide a comprehensive account of the design and management of deep-space missions, the spacecraft involved - some flown, others not - their instruments, and their scientific results.

This second volume in the series covers launches in the period 1983 to 1996 and features The story will continue in Part 3.

Table of Contents

In Part 1

  1. The beginning
  2. Of landers and orbiters
  3. The grandest tour

  4. Now in Part 2
    Author's preface

  5. The decade of Halley
    • The crisis
    • The face of Venus
    • The mission of a lifetime
    • Balloons to Venus
    • Two lives, one spacecraft
    • "But now Giotto has the shout"
    • Extended missions
    • Low-cost missions: Take one
    • Comet frenzy
    • The rise of the vermin
    • An arrow to the Sun
    • Into the infinite
    • Europe tries harder
  6. The era of flagships
    • The final Soviet debacle
    • Mapping Hell
    • The reluctant flagship
    • Asteroids into minor planets
    • Galileo becomes a satellite of Jupiter
    • Returning to Europa and Io
    • Beyond the Pillars of Hercules
    • The darkest hour
    • Overdue and too expensive
  7. Faster, cheaper, better
    • The return of sails
    • A new hope
    • In love with Eros
    • Completing the census
    • Low-cost masterpiece
    • Sinking the heritage
    • Wheels on Mars
    • Martians worldwide
    • Meanwhile in America
Chapter references
Further reading
Previous volumes in this series

Extent: 544 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: October 2008
ISBN: 978-0-387-78904-0

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