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1 Magnani, Loris A Dirty Window I10457 2017 eBook  
2 Kanas, Nick The Caloris Network I10391 2016 eBook  
3 Genta, Giancarlo A Man From Planet Earth I10269 2016 eBook  
4 Carroll, Michael Europa???s Lost Expedition I10245 2017 eBook  
5 Cockell, Charles Dissent, Revolution and Liberty Beyond Earth I10214 2016 eBook  
6 Stevenson, David S The Nature of Life and Its Potential to Survive I10177 2017 eBook  
7 Haywood, Rapha??lle D Radial-velocity Searches for Planets Around Active Stars I10031 2016 eBook  
8 Schulze-Makuch, Dirk The Cosmic Zoo I09993 2017 eBook  
9 Linde, Peter The Hunt for Alien Life I09866 2016 eBook  
10 Lakdawalla, Emily The Design and Engineering of Curiosity I09679 2018 eBook  
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TitleA Dirty Window : Diffuse and Translucent Molecular Gas in the Interstellar Medium
Author(s)Magnani, Loris;Shore, Steven N
PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017.
DescriptionXIX, 306 p. 76 illus., 28 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book provides an introduction to the physics of interstellar gas in the Galaxy. It deals with the diffuse interstellar medium which supplies a complex environment for exploring the neutral gas content of a galaxy like the Milky Way and the techniques necessary for studying this non-stellar component. After an initial exposition of the phases of the interstellar medium and the role of gas in a spiral galaxy, the authors discuss the transition from atomic to molecular gas. They then consider basic radiative transfer and molecular spectroscopy with particular emphasis on the molecules useful for studying low-density molecular gas. Observational techniques for investigating the gas and the dust component of the diffuse interstellar medium throughout the electromagnetic spectrum are explored emphasizing results from the recent Herschel and Planck missions. A brief exposition on dust in the diffuse interstellar medium is followed by a discussion of molecular clouds in general and high-latitude molecular clouds in particular. Ways of calibrating CO observations with the molecular hydrogen content of a cloud are examined along with the dark molecular gas controversy. High-latitude molecular clouds are considered in detail as vehicles for applying the techniques developed in the book. Given the transient nature of diffuse and translucent molecular clouds, the role of turbulence in the origin and dynamics of these objects is examined in some detail. The book is targeted at graduate students or postdocs who are entering the field of interstellar medium studies
ISBN,Price9783662543504
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 3. Astronomy???Observations 4. ASTROPHYSICS 5. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 6. COSMOLOGY 7. EBOOK 8. EBOOK - SPRINGER 9. Observations, Astronomical 10. SPACE SCIENCES 11. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleThe Caloris Network : A Scientific Novel
Author(s)Kanas, Nick
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionVII, 124 p. 3 illus : online resource
Abstract NoteThe year is 2130. The first-ever expedition is sent to Mercury to search for the cause of an unknown source of electromagnetic radiation that can destroy space ships passing by the planet. Thought to be inhospitable and lifeless, the surface of Mercury provides startling surprises for the crew that endanger their lives and challenge their established notions of what it means to be a sentient being. And some of the crew members have their own separate agendas ??? The scientific appendix at the end of the book introduces readers to the wondrous world of Mercury and how it has been portrayed in literary fiction up to the present time. The author then uses scientific literature to present a concept of life that is not based on carbon chemistry or the need for water. There is also a discussion of consciousness based on electromagnetic wave theory. References are provided for further reading. Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directed the group therapy training program. For over 20 years he conducted research on group therapy, and for nearly 20 years after that he was the Principal Investigator of NASA-funded research on astronauts and cosmonauts. He is the co-author of Space Psychology and Psychiatry, which won the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award, and the author of Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles, which won the 2016 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. Dr. Kanas has presented talks on space psychology and on celestial mapping at several regional and Worldcon science fiction conventions. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London), he has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years and is an avid reader of science fiction. He is also the author of two non-fiction books (Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography and Solar System Maps: From Antiquity to the Space Age) and two science fiction novels (The New Martians and The Protos Mandate), all published by Springer
ISBN,Price9783319305790
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EARTH 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GEOLOGY 7. PLANETOLOGY 8. Popular Earth Science 9. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleA Man From Planet Earth : A Scientific Novel
Author(s)Genta, Giancarlo
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXI, 308 p. 6 illus., 1 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteSometime in the not-too-distant future ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is home to a number of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any contact with civilizations that have not yet achieved both a substantial spacefaring capability and sufficient maturity to control the technology explosion before triggering their own extinction. ?? While this policy is intended to only bring in peaceful new members, matters change entirely when the confederation is threatened by some unknown entity - is the menace real or imagined? ??The confederation decides to break with the rules and sends a delegate to Earth to hire one of the supposedly belligerent Earthlings to investigate and to revive the confederation???s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman agrees, but demands a high price: should he succeed, the confederation will have to accept Earth as a new member. As the threat becomes ever more acute, the question soon becomes which mission will prove harder - saving the confederation or convincing it to accept the deal! ?? The extensive appendix, written in non-technical language, reviews the scientific and technological topics underlying the plot - ranging from the Fermi paradox, space travel and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on possible universal convergences in technological and biological development
ISBN,Price9783319211152
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EARTH 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. GEOLOGY 7. LIFE SCIENCES 8. PHYSICS 9. Popular Earth Science 10. Popular Life Sciences 11. Popular Science in Astronomy 12. Popular Science in Physics
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TitleEuropa???s Lost Expedition : A Scientific Novel
Author(s)Carroll, Michael
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXIV, 224 p. 10 illus., 2 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis classically styled, chilling murder mystery about an expedition under the ice of Jupiter???s ocean moon Europa, backed up by the latest scientific findings on this icy satellite. The science fiction premise explores real possibilities of exploring other bodies in the Solar System, including probing their possible astrobiology. Now that the most recent world war has concluded on Earth, human explorers are returning to exploration, carrying out a full-court press to journey into the alien abyss using tele-operated biorobotics and human-tended submersibles. Nine scientists head out to Jupiter???s icy ocean-moon. But at Europa???s most remote outpost, one by one, the team members who shared the cruise out begin to die under suspicious circumstances. All was well until humans begin diving into Europa???s subsurface ocean. The deaths have all the symptoms of some sort of plague, despite Europa???s seemingly sterile environment. Besides providing thrills, a science section covers the very latest in undersea robotics, discussing the assets future explorers may have available for exploring subsurface oceans on moons including Europa, Enceladus and Titan. The book explores the most recent results in Europa research, from safe radiation levels for human habitation, landing sites, subsurface ocean currents and makeup, possible plate tectonics, geyser activity on the surface, volcanic activity on the ocean floor, and Europa???s bizarre exosphere. The book also covers extremophiles and the various possible biomes on???and inside of???Europa
ISBN,Price9783319431598
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTROBIOLOGY 4. ASTRONAUTICS 5. ASTRONOMY 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleDissent, Revolution and Liberty Beyond Earth
Author(s)Cockell, Charles
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionVIII, 240 p. 9 illus., 5 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis volume provides an in-depth discussion on the central question ??? how can people express and survive dissent and disagreement in confined habitats in space? The discussion is an important one because it could be that the systems of inter-dependence required to survive in space are so strong that dissent becomes impossible. John Locke originally said that people have a right to use revolution to overthrow a despotic regime. But if revolution causes violence and damage that causes depressurisation with the risk of killing many people, is it even permissible to have a revolution? How then are people to express their liberty or dissatisfaction with their rulers? The emergence of structures of dissent and disagreement is an essential part of the construction of a framework of liberty in space (revolution is just the extreme example) and thus the topic deserves in-depth and immediate attention. Even today, the way in which we assemble organisations and corporations for the government and private exploration of space must take into account the need for mechanisms to allow people to express dissent
ISBN,Price9783319293493
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. EBOOK 3. EBOOK - SPRINGER 4. ETHICS 5. INTERNATIONAL LAW 6. Law of the sea 7. Law of the Sea, Air and Outer Space 8. Personality 9. Personality and Social Psychology 10. Science???Social aspects 11. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 12. Societal Aspects of Physics, Outreach and Education
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TitleThe Nature of Life and Its Potential to Survive
Author(s)Stevenson, David S
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXV, 456 p. 70 illus., 69 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book looks at the persistence of life and how difficult it would be to annihilate life, especially a species as successful as humanity. The idea that life in general is fragile is challenged by the hardiness of microbes, which shows that astrobiology on exoplanets and other satellites must be robust and plentiful. Microbes have adapted to virtually every niche on the planet, from the deep, hot biosphere, to the frigid heights of the upper troposphere. Life, it seems, is almost indestructible. The chapters in this work examine the various scenarios that might lead to the extermination of life, and why they will almost always fail. Life's highly adaptive nature ensures that it will cling on no matter how difficult the circumstances. Scientists are increasingly probing and questioning life's true limits in, on and above the Earth, and how these limits could be pushed elsewhere in the universe. This investigation puts life in its true astronomical context, with the reader taken on a journey to illustrate life's potential and perseverance.
ISBN,Price9783319529110
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Evolutionary Biology 6. PLANETOLOGY 7. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleRadial-velocity Searches for Planets Around Active Stars
Author(s)Haywood, Rapha??lle D
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXV, 140 p. 60 illus., 57 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis thesis develops new and powerful methods for identifying planetary signals in the presence of ???noise??? generated by stellar activity, and explores the physical origin of stellar intrinsic variability, using unique observations of the Sun seen as a star. In particular, it establishes that the intrinsic stellar radial-velocity variations mainly arise from suppression of photospheric convection by magnetic fields. With the advent of powerful telescopes and instruments we are now on the verge of discovering real Earth twins in orbit around other stars. The intrinsic variability of the host stars themselves, however, currently remains the main obstacle to determining the masses of such small planets. The methods developed here combine Gaussian-process regression for modeling the correlated signals arising from evolving active regions on a rotating star, and Bayesian model selection methods for distinguishing genuine planetary signals from false positives produced by stellar magnetic activity. The findings of this thesis represent a significant step towards determining the masses of potentially habitable planets orbiting Sun-like stars.
ISBN,Price9783319412733
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. Astronomy, Observations and Techniques 3. Astronomy???Observations 4. ASTROPHYSICS 5. Astrophysics and Astroparticles 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. Observations, Astronomical 9. SPACE SCIENCES 10. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleThe Cosmic Zoo : Complex Life on Many Worlds
Author(s)Schulze-Makuch, Dirk;Bains, William
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
DescriptionXII, 232 p. 33 illus., 31 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteAre humans a galactic oddity, or will complex life with human abilities develop on planets with environments that remain habitable for long enough? In a clear, jargon-free style, two leading researchers in the burgeoning field of astrobiology critically examine the major evolutionary steps that led us from the distant origins of life to the technologically advanced species we are today. Are the key events that took life from simple cells to astronauts unique occurrences that would be unlikely to occur on other planets? By focusing on what life does - it's functional abilities - rather than specific biochemistry or anatomy, the authors provide plausible answers to this question. Systematically exploring the various pathways that led to the complex biosphere we experience on planet Earth, they show that most of the steps along that path are likely to occur on any world hosting life, with only two exceptions: One is the origin of life itself ??? if this is a highly improbable event, then we live in a rather ???empty universe???. However, if this isn???t the case, we inevitably live in a universe containing a myriad of planets hosting complex as well as microbial life - a ???cosmic zoo???. The other unknown is the rise of technologically advanced beings, as exemplified on Earth by humans. Only one technological species has emerged in the roughly 4 billion years life has existed on Earth, and we don???t know of any other technological species elsewhere. If technological intelligence is a rare, almost unique feature of Earth's history, then there can be no visitors to the cosmic zoo other than ourselves. Schulze-Makuch and Bains take the reader through the history of life on Earth, laying out a consistent and straightforward framework for understanding why we should think that advanced, complex life exists on planets other than Earth. They provide a unique perspective on the question that puzzled the human species for centuries: are we alone?
ISBN,Price9783319620459
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EARTH 4. EBOOK 5. EBOOK - SPRINGER 6. Evolutionary Biology 7. GEOLOGY 8. LIFE SCIENCES 9. Popular Earth Science 10. Popular Life Sciences 11. Popular Science in Astronomy
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TitleThe Hunt for Alien Life : A Wider Perspective
Author(s)Linde, Peter
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
DescriptionXVI, 385 p. 146 illus., 133 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteAstronomer Peter Linde takes the reader through the story of the search for extraterrestrial life in a captivating and thought-provoking way, specifically addressing the new research that is currently devoted towards discovering other planets with life. He discusses the methods used to detect possible signals from other civilizations and the ways that the space sciences are changing as a result of this new field. ???Are we alone???? is a mystery that has forever fascinated mankind, gaining momentum by scientists since the 1995 discovery of the existence of exoplanets began to inspire new ways of thinking in astronomy. Here, Linde tries to answer many philosophical questions that derive from this area of research: Is humanity facing a change of paradigm, that we are not unique as intelligent beings? Is it possible to communicate with others out there, and even if we can???should we?
ISBN,Price9783319241180
Keyword(s)1. ASTROBIOLOGY 2. ASTRONOMY 3. EBOOK 4. EBOOK - SPRINGER 5. Popular Science in Astronomy 6. SPACE SCIENCES 7. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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TitleThe Design and Engineering of Curiosity : How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job
Author(s)Lakdawalla, Emily
PublicationCham, 1. Imprint: Springer 2. Springer International Publishing, 2018.
DescriptionXIV, 394 p. 225 illus., 209 illus. in color : online resource
Abstract NoteThis book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.
ISBN,Price9783319681467
Keyword(s)1. Aerospace engineering 2. Aerospace Technology and Astronautics 3. ASTROBIOLOGY 4. ASTRONAUTICS 5. ASTRONOMY 6. EBOOK 7. EBOOK - SPRINGER 8. PLANETOLOGY 9. Popular Science in Astronomy 10. SPACE SCIENCES 11. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics)
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