Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time

Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time

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Michael K. Shepard
Cambridge University Press, 4/16/2015
EAN 9781107061446, ISBN10: 110706144X

Hardcover, 368 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

Where do asteroids come from and what are they made of? What clues do they hold about the evolution of the Solar System? Scientists have catalogued hundreds of thousands of asteroids, and many are thought to contain water and amino acids, the building blocks of life. Michael K. Shepard tells the fascinating story of their discovery, and what they can tell us about the history of our own planet. He describes how we find and study asteroids, what they look like through the eyes of powerful telescopes and spacecraft, and plans for future sample return missions. This timely book interweaves accessible scientific explanations with historical background and personal narrative, providing an engaging read for anyone curious about asteroids and what they may mean for our future - both as threats and opportunities.

1. It's a small world
2. A night at the zoo
3. It came from outer space
4. A day at the museum
5. The gambler's fallacy
6. Remembrance of things past
7. The ties that bind
8. Terra incognita
9. To your scattered bodies go
10. Scouts, sappers, and miners