A MEETING WITH THE UNIVERSE

Table Of Contents


Cover Pictures
Contributors
Preface
astronaut performing lunar walk
Chapter 1
THE CLIMB INTO SPACE


The Quest for Answers
The Unfolding Universe
Chapter 2
THE NEW WORLDS


A New Solar System
The Terrestrial Planets
    The Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus
The Gas Giants
    Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptun, Pluto
Minor Objects in the Solar System
The Planetary Connections
photo of Jupiter dwarfing one of its moons
profile picture of the sun illustrating the explosive surface activity
Chapter 3
THE SUN AND EARTH IN SPACE


The Sun and Us
The Nature of the Sun
The Sun in Space: Magnetic Fields and the Solar Wind
The Magnetosphere: Our Shield in Space
The Sun-Weather Connection
Where Do We Go from Here?
Chapter 4
BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM


New Windows in the Sky
The Scale of the Universe
The New Astronomy
Life-Styles of the Stars
The End of Stars: Death and Transfiguration
"Empty" Space: The Birthplace of Stars
The Galaxies: Islands of Stars
Quasars and the X-Ray Background
The Edge of the Universe
What's Coming
photo of star in deep space
astronaut driving Lunar Rover
Chapter 5
THE HUMAN ELEMENT


Our New Domain
Weightlessness
Ionizing Radiation
Conclusion: We Can Go On
Chapter 6
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE


A Universe of Life
Life in the Solar System
The Chemicals of Life
The View from Earth
Things to Come
photo of the smoldering surface of a lava flow
image of a satellite's dish antenna
Chapter 7
THE LONG CLIMB AHEAD


The View from the High Ground
The Worlds that Wait
The Sun, the Earth, and "In Between"
The Violence Around Us
Return of the Humans ...
... And Others?
Space Science on the Ground
The View Ahead
APPENDIX

Lunar Exploration
Planetary Exploration
Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Astrophysics
Biomedical Research
Exobiology
view of the earth from the Moon's orbit



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