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Atlas of the Galilean Satellites [Kindle Edition]

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Complete color global maps and high-resolution mosaics of Jupiter's four large moons - Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto - are compiled for the first time in this important atlas. The satellites are revealed as four visually striking and geologically diverse planetary bodies: Io's volcanic lavas and plumes and towering mountains; Europa's fissured ice surface; the craters, fractures and polar caps of Ganymede; and the giant impact basins, desiccated plains and icy pinnacles of Callisto. Featuring images taken from the recent Galileo mission, this atlas is a comprehensive mapping reference guide for researchers. It contains 65 global and regional maps, nearly 250 high-resolution mosaics, and images taken at resolutions from 500 meters to as high as 6 meters.

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'The atlas presents both a proper photomosaic atlas of each moon, and also a gazetteer of the higher-resolution Galileo imagery, with all the available mosaics and close-up views properly assembled and projected … [t]he atlas is not only indispensable for anyone interested in the worlds of our solar system: it is also a wonderful treat. At last we can explore each of these strange new worlds as a whole.' John H. Rogers, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

'… a splendid piece of work which certainly brings into sharp focus the natures of the four extraordinary satellites.' The Observatory

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Complete color global maps and high-resolution mosaics of Jupiter's four large moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – are compiled for the first time in this important atlas. Featuring images taken from the recent Galileo mission, this atlas is a comprehensive mapping reference guide for researchers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19997 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521868351
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a really fine book, which achieves a comprehensive survey of the science of the moons of Jupiter by way of beautiful images captured by the Galileo and Voyager probes. As such, this is a very visual way of presenting science - rather than screeds of narrative, the pictures take the reader from one topic to the next, imparting information, for sure, but in a very accessible way. I came to understand a lot about the satellites that I had only read about before through these images and the accompanying text. It's also a beautiful book - the only tiny disappointment is the binding, which feels too weak to carry the contents. This is a pity, as this Atlas is something to treasure as well as to consult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb atlas of the moons of Jupiter! 24 April 2015
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Superb atlas of the moons of Jupiter with great illustrations!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive review of the surfaces as we currently know them 1 Feb. 2011
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The book is divided into 4 main sections, one for each satellite with an intro and details of how to read the various maps.

Each map section takes a similar format, presenting the satellite in orthographic projections then delving deeper into selected regions. A wide field immage is presented then on the subsequent pages small versions of this map are presented with outlines of the magnified areas.

Technical aspects of the book are excellent and deserve 5 stars. The missing star in the rating is for the totally useless binding. Upon receiving the book I opened it and by the time I reached the centre of the book all the sections were falling out. Result, a hard cover and loose leaf pages. Singularly unimpressed !

Amazon was gracious enough to make enough restitution to allow me to take the book to a local binder and have it done properly.

Binding is not recommended for any use of the book in heavy conditions such as a library etc without further attention
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every spacecraft image of Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, placed in context 18 Nov. 2011
By Emily S. Lakdawalla - Published on
Not many subjects remain for which it is possible to assemble everything that we know about it in one book. Even for those subjects for which our knowledge is limited, knowledge seems always to be expanding exponentially. This is not true, however, for the Galilean satellites of Jupiter. They were discovered four centuries ago, first visited four decades ago, last visited one decade ago, and not likely to be studied in situ for at least another decade. So it is presently possible for someone to sit down, take stock of all the available data, and produce a compendium of every image we have of the surfaces of the moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Fortunately for the rest of us, planetary scientist and deep-sea diver Paul Schenk was crazy enough to take up that task. This book will very likely be the last word in the mapping of the Galilean satellites until we finally get another flagship mission up there to study them again.

It's called an "Atlas" and it is certainly chock-full of maps but it's much more than that. The text that Schenk has written is both informative and funny, replete with mentions of really, really obscure pop culture references to Jupiter's moons. He not only knows his stuff about the moons, he was involved in all of the missions that explored them; he began his academic life as a student intern at JPL during the Voyager encounters with Jupiter, and has been studying the surfaces and the shapes of the solar system's icy moons ever since.

Schenk's dry and occasionally dark sense of humor was often required during some of the more challenging episodes in the history of icy moon exploration. He laments what might have been, had Galileo's high-gain antenna functioned properly. But in this book he wrings every last drop out of what data there is. There are global maps aplenty. There are hundreds of local maps, in which Galileo's precious strips of high-resolution data are placed into local context (onto lower-resolution base maps) and then in regional context (the base maps' locations are outlined on mini quadrangle maps). Wherever there is Galileo NIMS infrared data (sadly, there isn't much), his maps place that into context as well. Every single one of the maps contains a caption that identifies the circumstances and the significance of each precious image.

There are wonderful appendices. A 20-page Gazetteer identifies every image containing named features. Want to see all images of Doh crater on Ganymede? It shows up on two plates in the book. Another appendix provides index maps of all high-resolution images, so you can see where are the tiny areas seen by Galileo (and, less often, the Voyagers) in sharpest detail.

One cosmetic issue to mention: there was "some anomaly in the gluing process in some copies" of the book, causing the binding to fail and some pages to come apart. The publisher said they removed flawed copies but they're clearly still out there because I got one. I don't really mind -- in fact, it helps the book lie perfectly flat while I study it -- so I won't complain to the publisher, but if your copy will see heavy use and you get a badly glued one, contact and they'll take care of the problem.
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