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posted 06-18-2008 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Planetology: How Earth Is Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System
by Tom Jones and Ellen Stofan
In a stunning and completely new view of the solar system, an astronaut and a geologist team up to investigate, through parallel views made possible by cutting-edge space technology, how the earth itself can help science unravel the mysteries of the heavens.

Noted planetary geologist Ellen Stofan and veteran astronaut Tom Jones pair images of Earth -- many captured by space shuttle and space station crewmembers -- with astonishing scenes of alien surfaces beamed home by NASA's far-ranging robotic probes. Vivid illustrations of searing lava plains, windswept deserts, and stark craters demonstrate how natural forces have shaped these varied landscapes. This comprehensive new portrait of the solar system brings to light an array of important features never seen until today -- and it highlights, for the first time, the similarities and contrasts between Earth and its neighbors in space.

Anecdotal stories from space flights and exploratory missions make Planetology an absorbing read as well as an informative resource. The book's unique concept draws intriguing comparisons across multiple physical processes, and its dynamic design offers a fresh approach to the study of space. With extensive media and science experience and contacts for both authors, Planetology is positioned for stellar success.

About the Authors

Ellen Stofan is a planetary geologist who has conducted research on the geology of volcanic and tectonic features on Venus, Mars, Titan, and Earth. She is currently a Senior Research Scientist of proxemy Research and an Honorary Professor of Earth Sciences at University College London.

Tom Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He led three space walks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station. He is the author of Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir (Harper Collins, 2006) and The Complete Idiots Guide to NASA (Alpha, 2002) as well as a contributing writer to Smithsonian Air and Space magazine.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 18, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1426201214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426201219

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posted 12-23-2008 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda K   Click Here to Email Linda K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anyone who's looking for a last minute gift idea for a space science enthusiast, I have the perfect answer. I just got an early Christmas present, and it's amazing - "Planetology" by Tom Jones and Ellen Stofan. The book is absolutely stunning - the images are breathtaking, and the text is fascinating. It's written in a clear, concise, easy to understand format, and gives you a whole new look at our solar system. The book also includes some anecdotes from Tom's shuttle missions, which are an added bonus. All in all, I can't say enough good about this book. Don't have anyone who's a space science enthusiast on your list? Get it for yourself! Actually, trust me, and get it for yourself anyway!


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posted 06-02-2009 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's Tom Jones with his book on the back patio of his home this weekend.


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posted 06-02-2009 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Francis. I've ordered my copy and it will be on the top of my book stack.

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