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Remote and Robotic Investigations of the Solar System

1st Edition

By C.R. Kitchin

CRC Press

362 pages | 82 B/W Illus.

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Interest in and knowledge of the techniques utilised to investigate our solar system has been growing rapidly for decades and has now reached a stage of maturity. Therefore, the time has now arrived for a book that provides a cohesive and coherent account of how we have obtained our present knowledge of solar system objects, not including the Sun.

Remote and Robotic Investigations of the Solar System covers all aspects of solar system observations: the instruments, their theory, and their practical use both on Earth and in space. It explores the state-of-the-art telescopes, cameras, spacecraft and instruments used to analyse the interiors, surfaces, atmospheres and radiation belts of solar system objects, in addition to radio waves, gamma rays, cosmic rays and neutrinos. This book would be ideal for university students undertaking physical science subjects and professionals working in the field, in addition to amateur astronomers and anyone interested in learning more about our local astronomical neighbours.


"This is a painstaking book that few would have had the patience to compile. It will be found invaluable by those wishing to look up the principles of most of the kinds of detectors and, where relevant, their optics, used on flyby, orbitting and landing spacecraft. The figures are well-chosen, and the text is reader-friendly considering the information density required in such a comprehensive account."

David A. Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University, UK

Table of Contents

The Detection and Investigation of Solar System Objects via Electromagnetic Radiation

The Extended Optical Region

Microwave and Radio Regions

X-Ray and Y-Ray Regions

The Detection and Investigation Of Sub-Atomic, Atomic And Molecular Particles


Ion Optics and Charged Particle Instrumentation

Neutral Particles

Direct Sampling and Other Investigative Methods

Direct Sampling Instruments




Timeline of Solar System Investigations

Details of the Spacecraft, Rockets, Observatories and other missions mentioned in this book

Data and Units

Abbreviations and Acronyms


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCIENCE / Physics