Saturn

Saturn

A New View

Book - 2006
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Awesome in its power and beauty, the planet Saturn has gripped the collective imagination of humankind from the day of its discovery, but its extraordinary remoteness has made it inaccessible to telescopes on Earth. Two decades ago, a team led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, started planning the mission that changed that. 7 years and 2.2 billion miles in transit to Saturn, the spacecraft Cassini arrived in July 2004 for a four-year tour to observe the planet in depth. On board was a probe developed by the European Space Agency, which descended through the thick atmosphere on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, sending back the first photographs of a distant world. Images of astounding beauty and enough data to keep hundreds of scientists engrossed for decades have since come streaming back to Earth. Cassini has recorded supercharged storm systems, hurricane-force jet streams and more than forty battered and frozen moons.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2006.
ISBN: 9780810930902
0810930900
Branch Call Number: 523.46 LOV
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cuzzi, Jeff
Horvath, Joan C.

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" Contrary to the stereotype, science rarely moves ahead in a steady line, with one planned step ahead of the other. In retrospect, there seems to be a clear, straight line leading to the answer--but that's because no one reports the false trails and the speculation that turned out not to be true. Early estimates or extrapolations from Earth experience about the outer planets were often wrong. Stone gives the example of winds on various planets. Scientists had expected that a warmer, bigger planet such as Jupiter would have the fastest winds of all the large outer planets. However, the fastest winds measured in the solar system are on cold Neptune--a fact now attributed to low turbulence due to the cold which allows winds to roar unimpeded." I expected more color to these fine photos--but there's probably a good, scientific reason for that. Peruse the book, and find out! ( if that question does interest you, go to p. 183, first.)

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