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Drifting on Alien Winds

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  • 238 Nombre de pages
Ever since the Montgolfier's hot air balloon carried a chicken, a goat, and a duck into the Parisian skies, scientists have dreame... Lire la suite
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Ever since the Montgolfier's hot air balloon carried a chicken, a goat, and a duck into the Parisian skies, scientists have dreamed of contraptions to explore the atmosphere. With the advent of the space age, new airborne inventions were needed. From the Soviet Venus balloons to the advanced studies of blimps and airplanes for the atmospheres of Mars and Titan, Drifting on Alien Winds surveys the many creative and often wacky ideas for exploring alien skies. Through historical photographs and stunning original paintings by the author, readers also explore the weather on planets and moons, from the simmering acid-laden winds of Venus to liquid methane-soaked skies of Titan.

Auteur
Science journalist, writer, and artist Michael Carroll has been looking at the clouds for half a century. His 25 years as a science writer have afforded him the opportunity to work with many in the planetary science community, with contacts spanning from government research facilities to universities to aerospace corporations. Aerospace runs in his family; his father was an aerodynamic engineer for Martin Marietta, and his grandfather was both a general in the U. S. Air Force and a personal friend of Orville Wright. Carroll is a Fellow of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, and has written articles and books on topics ranging from space to archaeology. His articles have appeared in Popular Science, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Now (UK), and a host of children's magazines. His earlier book for Springer is The Seventh Landing, an exploration of our plans to return to the Moon. Carroll's twenty-some titles also include Alien Volcanoes (Johns Hopkins University Press), Space Art (Watson Guptill/Random House), and the children's book I Love God's Green Earth(Tyndale). Carroll has done commissioned artwork for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Ciel et Espace, and others. One of his paintings is on the surface of Mars in digital form on the deck of the Phoenix Lander, and another was flown aboard Russia's MIR space station. Carroll is the 2006 recipient of the Lucien Rudaux Award for lifetime achievement in the Astronomical Arts. He lives with his artist/sometimes-coauthor wife, Caroline, in Littleton, Colorado.

Texte du rabat
Drifting on Alien Winds explores the bizarre weather of alien worlds, from the blistering hurricane-force winds of Venus to the gentle methane rain showers of Saturn's giant moon Titan. Blinding bolts of lightning sizzle through Jupiter's skies, ammonia blizzards swirl through Saturnian clouds, and Earth-sized cyclones pinwheel across Uranus and Neptune. Late-breaking scientific discoveries from spacecraft, observatories, and laboratories reveal the mysteries of weather across the Solar System. Our knowledge of weather on other worlds has not come easily. Drifting on Alien Winds introduces the inventors, engineers, and scientists who struggled to launch the first probes that would help us to understand the atmospheres of other worlds. The untold stories of early engineering feats and failures, from small Soviet Venus balloons to advanced studies of blimps and airplanes for Mars and Titan, are showcased here, along with what we've learned and are still trying to learn about alien skies. Some of today's most creative and scientifically feasible ideas for voyaging through distant skies are presented. With spectacular spacecraft images and stunning original paintings by the author, Drifting on Alien Winds is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.

Résumé
Drifting on Alien Winds surveys the many creative, and often wacky, ideas for exploring alien skies. Through historical photographs and stunning original paintings by the author, readers explore the weather on planets and moons, from the simmering acid-laden winds of Venus, to liquid methane-soaked skies of Titan.

Contenu
Preface: Something in the Air.- Part I: Starting Here and Getting There.- Chapter 1: The Sky at Home.- Chapter 2: What It Really Takes to Explore Alien Skies.- Chapter 3: Studies on the Fly.- Chapter 4: Studying the Weather from the Inside.- Part II: The Forecast - Clearing, with Scattered Ammonia Showers by Morning.- Chapter 5: Venus.- Chapter 6: Mars.- Chapter 7: Jupiter.- Chapter 8: Saturn and Titan.- Chapter 9: Uranus, Neptune, and Triton.- Part III: Future Explorers.- Chapter 10: Future Ballons, Aircraft, and Upcoming Missions.- Chapter 11: To Venture on Wilder Seas.- Glossary.- Chapter Notes.- Tables.- Index.

Détails sur le produit

Titre: Drifting on Alien Winds
Sous-titre: Exploring the Atmospheres and Weather of Other Worlds
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Code EAN: 9781441969163
ISBN: 978-1-4419-6916-3
Format: Livre Relié
Genre: Physique et astronomie
nombre de pages: 238
Poids: 955g
Taille: H279mm x B279mm x T216mm
Année: 2011