The subject matter is presented in 24 chapters that lead the reader through the solar system starting with historical perspectives on space exploration and the development of the scientific method. The presentations concerning the planets and their satellites emphasize that their origin and subsequent evolution can be explained by applications of certain basic principles of physics, chemistry, and celestial mechanics and that the surface features of the solid bodies in the solar system can be interpreted by means of the principles of geology.
Emphasizes certain basic principles that help to unify the study of the solar system
Organized in a hierarchical manner so that every chapter builds upon preceding ones
Well illustrated with diagrams and color photographs, complete explanatory captions, that reinforce and amplify coverage
Accessible to students at colleges and universities