Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

09 January 2017 | By Alan Stern | Filed in: planetary-science.

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take us behind the scenes of the science, politics, egos, and public expectations that fueled the greatest space mission of our time New Horizons misison to Pluto n nOn July 14, 2015, something amazing happened More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA space

Planetary Climates

22 February 2019 | By Andrew P. Ingersoll | Filed in: planetary-science.

This concise, sophisticated introduction to planetary climates explains the global physical and chemical processes that determine climate on any planet or major planetary satellite from Mercury to Neptune and even large moons such as Saturn s Titan Although the climates of other worlds are extreme

The Holocene: An Environmental History

10 July 2017 | By Neil Roberts | Filed in: planetary-science.

In its first edition, The Holocene provided undergraduates with a much needed coherent scientific account of the great transformation of nature that had taken place during the Holocene, the last 10,000 years in the history of the planet and the period in which we are all now living This period has

Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History

06 June 2017 | By Donald E. Canfield | Filed in: planetary-science.

The air we breathe is twenty one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet How did it become this way Oxygen is the most current account of the history of atmospheric oxygen on Earth Donald Ca

Paleoclimate

15 October 2019 | By Michael L. Bender | Filed in: planetary-science.

Earth s climate has undergone dramatic changes over the geologic timescale At one extreme, Earth has been glaciated to the equator for periods that may have lasted millions of years At another, temperatures were once so warm that the Canadian Arctic was heavily forested and large dinosaurs lived o

Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate

03 August 2018 | By David A. Randall | Filed in: planetary-science.

The atmosphere is critical to climate change It can amplify shifts in the climate system, and also mitigate them This primer offers a short, reader friendly introduction to these atmospheric processes and how they work, written by a leading expert on the subject n n Giving readers an overview of ke

Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

28 December 2018 | By David C. Catling | Filed in: planetary-science.

Astrobiology is an exciting new subject, and one, arguably, interdisciplinary than any other Astrobiologists seek to understand the origin and evolution of life on Earth in order to illuminate and guide the search for life on other planets In this Very Short Introduction, David C Catling int

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe

17 October 2019 | By Peter D. Ward | Filed in: planetary-science.

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life o

Climate and Ecosystems

04 October 2019 | By David Schimel | Filed in: planetary-science.

How does life on our planet respond to and shape climate This question has never been urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate This concise, accessible, and authoritative book provides an unmatched introduc

Climate and the Oceans

27 February 2019 | By Geoffrey K. Vallis | Filed in: planetary-science.

The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth s climate system They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes, keeping them habitable Climate and the Oceans offers a short, self

Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World

10 May 2018 | By Oliver Morton | Filed in: planetary-science.

How can you make sense of a world where no one has ever lived Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton tells the story of the heroic landscapes of Mars, now better mapped in some ways than the Earth itself Mapping Mars introduces the reader to the nineteenth century visionaries and spy satellite pio

The Cryosphere

25 July 2019 | By Shawn J. Marshall | Filed in: planetary-science.

The cryosphere encompasses the Earth s snow and ice masses It is a critical part of our planet s climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world s leading experts in

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

08 October 2018 | By James E. Lovelock | Filed in: planetary-science.

In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, James Lovelock deftly explains his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism Written for the non scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically differen

Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

24 August 2017 | By Sam Kean | Filed in: planetary-science.

It s invisible It s ever present Without it, you would die in minutes And it has an epic story to tell.In Caesar s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, w