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“Space historians Ulivi and Harland serve up the fourth book in this series on international planetary exploration missions, covering the most recent ten years. Their compendium does a superb job of capturing what seems like ‘insider’ details of each major mission. … This fourth volume could stand on its own as a reference for those interested only in modern missions. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. All space history/exploration collections.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 52 (9), May, 2015)

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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 fourth volume in the series covers the period 2004 to the present day and features:

  • coverage of the Rosetta and Curiosity missions up to the end of 2013
  • coverage of Mars missions since 2005, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix and Fobos-Grunt, plus a description of plans for future robotic exploration of the Red Planet
  • coverage of all planetary missions launched between 2004 and 2013, including the Deep Impact cometary mission, the MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, the New Horizons Pluto flyby and the Juno Jupiter orbiter
  • the first complete description of the Chinese Chang’e 2 asteroid flyby mission ever published
  • extensive coverage of future missions, including the European BepiColombo Mercury orbiter and international plans to revisit the most interesting moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

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... Volume 4 yesterday and I think this is the best version of all 16 Oct. 2014
By James Knapper - Published on Amazon.com
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Just received Volume 4 yesterday and I think this is the best version of all. The text so far is full of detail and easy to read at the same time. It starts with a chapter on Rosetta (how timely) and ends with an addendum with a few mission missed in earlier volumes and updates on several missions. The pictures are incredible; most I have never seen before. There is a selfie taken from the deck of the MRO and an artist concept of the Mars Smart Lander, which proposed using the forerunner of the landing system for Curiosity. The book covers past missions, future missions and proposed missions. It covers everything from Ikaros(the Japanese solar sail spacecraft) to Chang 2 (the Chinese aseroid spacecraft). In my opinion, this series is the ultimate review of Robotic exploration. You should have all four volumes in your library!
Comprehensive 26 Feb. 2015
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As their previous 3 volumes, this book is well researched. The readers will gain good knowledge of the history of robotic planetary explorations.
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