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Название: Europa-the Ocean Moon. Search for fn Alien Biosphere
Издательство:Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichtster, UK
Размер: 60 Mb
Для сайта: eKnigi.org
At its heart, this book is about people and about one of the many remarkable things they do with their evolved mental and physical facilities. Exploring the Solar System, even a small part of it like the neighborhood of Jupiter, involves the coordinated efforts of a great many people with diverse talents, expertise, and abilities. In such a large undertaking, the richness of the human pageant is bound to be as amazing as what we discover about other planets, which is saying a great deal because Jupiter's oceanic moon Europa is far more exciting and interesting than we could have anticipated.
Exploration of Europa began with Galileo's early telescopic discoveries, and Earth-based observations continued for hundreds of years as instruments continually improved. For over a quarter century, starting in 1977, I served on the Imaging Team for the Galileo mission to orbit Jupiter. During that time the Voyager space¬craft gave us our first good look at Europa's surface during its quick fly-by in 1979, and a series of disasters delayed and degraded the Galileo spacecraft, so that it only arrived in orbit around Jupiter, where it would study the satellites for several years, late in 1995.