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Catching Stardust

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@00000327@'A promising debut.' @00000373@New Scientist@00000155@@00000133@Icy, rocky, sometimes dusty, always mysterious - comets ... Lire la suite
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@00000327@'A promising debut.' @00000373@New Scientist@00000155@@00000133@Icy, rocky, sometimes dusty, always mysterious - comets and asteroids are among the Solar System's very oldest inhabitants, formed within a swirling cloud of gas and dust in the area of space that eventually hosted the Sun and its planets. Locked within each of these extra-terrestrial objects is the 4.6-billion-year wisdom of Solar System events, and by studying them at close quarters using spacecraft we can coerce them into revealing their closely-guarded secrets. This offers us the chance to answer some fundamental questions about our planet and its inhabitants.Exploring comets and asteroids also allows us to shape the story of Earth's future, enabling us to protect our precious planet from the threat of a catastrophic impact from space, and maybe to even recover valuable raw materials from them. This cosmic bounty could be as useful in space as it is on Earth, providing the necessary fuel and supplies for humans as they voyage into deep space to explore more distant locations within the Solar System. @00000373@Catching Stardust @00000155@tells the story of these enigmatic celestial objects, revealing how scientists are using them to help understand a crucial time in our history - the birth of the Solar System, and everything contained within it.

A fast-paced journey through time and space under the enthusiastic guidance of space geologist Natalie Starkey. Highly recommended.

Préface
Takes us up close and personal with comets, and explains how we can use these ancient voyagers to understand our place in the Solar System.

Auteur
Natalie Starkey is a geologist and cosmochemist. Following a PhD at Edinburgh University studying the geochemistry of Arctic volcanoes, Natalie's post-doctoral work at The Open University shifted her research focus to comet and asteroid samples. It was at this time she got the chance to analyse samples returned by the NASA Stardust and JAXA Hayabusa space missions. Natalie's passion for her research makes her a keen science communicator. She regularly appears on television and radio internationally, as well as being a science host on Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular StarTalk Radio. Her writing includes numerous articles for the Guardian, and she is a regular contributor to The Conversation website. @starkeystardust / nataliestarkey.com

Résumé
'A promising debut.' New Scientist Icy, rocky, sometimes dusty, always mysterious - comets and asteroids are among the Solar System's very oldest inhabitants, formed within a swirling cloud of gas and dust in the area of space that eventually hosted the Sun and its planets. Locked within each of these extra-terrestrial objects is the 4.6-billion-year wisdom of Solar System events, and by studying them at close quarters using spacecraft we can coerce them into revealing their closely-guarded secrets. This offers us the chance to answer some fundamental questions about our planet and its inhabitants. Exploring comets and asteroids also allows us to shape the story of Earth's future, enabling us to protect our precious planet from the threat of a catastrophic impact from space, and maybe to even recover valuable raw materials from them. This cosmic bounty could be as useful in space as it is on Earth, providing the necessary fuel and supplies for humans as they voyage into deep space to explore more distant locations within the Solar System. Catching Stardust tells the story of these enigmatic celestial objects, revealing how scientists are using them to help understand a crucial time in our history - the birth of the Solar System, and everything contained within it.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Catching Stardust
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781472955012
ISBN: 978-1-4729-5501-2
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Genre: Physique et astronomie
nombre de pages: 256
Poids: 295g
Taille: H216mm x B136mm x T22mm
Année: 2018
Auflage: Export/Airside