Remote and Robotic Investigations of the Solar System

C.R. Kitchin

September 11, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 362 Pages - 82 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498704939 - CAT# K24739

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  • Details the instrumentation, apparatus, analytical methods, sampling tools, detectors and other equipment used to study the solar system
  • Presents the physical principles and background theory underlying the operation of such equipment
  • Illustrates discussions with case studies
  • Looks ahead to future developments, whilst also providing a historical perspective on the subject
  • Authored by Chris Kitchin, author of the highly successful textbook Astrophysical Techniques, now in its 6th edition.


Interest in and knowledge of the techniques utilised to investigate our solar system has been growing rapidly for decades and has now reached a stage of maturity. Therefore, the time has now arrived for a book that provides a cohesive and coherent account of how we have obtained our present knowledge of solar system objects, not including the Sun.

Remote and Robotic Investigations of the Solar System covers all aspects of solar system observations: the instruments, their theory, and their practical use both on Earth and in space. It explores the state-of-the-art telescopes, cameras, spacecraft and instruments used to analyse the interiors, surfaces, atmospheres and radiation belts of solar system objects, in addition to radio waves, gamma rays, cosmic rays and neutrinos. This book would be ideal for university students undertaking physical science subjects and professionals working in the field, in addition to amateur astronomers and anyone interested in learning more about our local astronomical neighbours.