32 MOONS: Natural Satellites of Our Solar System by David C. Knight

32 MOONS: Natural Satellites of Our Solar System

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Though, other than Earth, most of the planets in our Solar System have environments too hostile for man to consider landing upon them, the four giant planets and Mars each possess a system of natural satellites -- or ""moons"" -- from which it is at least conceivable that man could observe their more forbidding planets. Knight considers each of these 32 moons (including the one orbiting the Earth), in relation to its mother planet, relating stories of its discovery, hypotheses of its origins, and new information gleaned from space probes. We even learn that conditions which may be favorable to the emergence of life are known to exist on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. The lucid text, further clarified by the inclusion of photographs, drawings, diagrams, and a relevant glossary, is a worthy successor to The Tiny Planets.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1974
Publisher: Morrow