An illustrated preview to the Cassini-Huygens mission arriving at Saturn in 2004.
Exploring Saturn is a lively, informative way for students to fully appreciate and understand the Cassini orbiter's historic rendezvous with the ringed planet in 2004. It features Cassini's 4-year mission details including the breakaway Huygens probe that will plummet to Saturn's largest moon, Titan -- the only moon in our solar system with an atmosphere. The data gathered from the Cassini-Huygens mission will help scientists to unravel Saturn's many mysteries, answer questions about Earth's formation, and investigate the possibility of life on other planets.
Exploring Saturn tells the remarkable story of discovering Saturn and its moons. Ancient astronomers estimated with surprising accuracy the distance, weight, and composition of Saturn using little more than observation and elementary physics. The book includes the latest findings from NASA as well as stunning color images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Voyager and Pioneer probes.
Included are practical website resources and a six-year schedule and location guide for backyard observations of the planet. The informative text is lively and conversational-easily accessible by students and amateur astronomers.close this panel
Dan Bortolotti is an editor and a writer whose work has appeared in Equinox and Canadian Geographic magazines.close this panel
Absolutely packed with information... The pages are full of interesting information with strategically placed pictures and illustrations so that you are not overwhelmed by the text. This is a fantastic book.
Easy to understand... clearly written... an excellent reference book.
This book will provide children ages 9 to 13 with an overview of Saturn's mythology and observational history... Even adults may learn something.
This appealing presentation features a well-organized and engaging text as well as many exceptionally clear, colorful illustrations... the lively writing and excellent illustrations make this very accessible.
[Starred Review:] A crowd-pleasing blend of hard information and eye candy. Serious students and causal browsers alike with have trouble putting this down.
Like a visit from an old friend, complete with photos and anecdotes. A lot can be learned from this easy read.
Lavishly illustrated... tells readers in detail all we currently know about the ringed planet.