Item description for Europa The Ocean Moon: Search For An Alien Biosphere (Springer Praxis Books / Geophysical Sciences) by Richard Greenberg...
Europa-- The Ocean Moon tells the story of the Galileo spacecraft probe to Jupiter's moon, Europa. It provides a detailed description of the physical processes, including the dominating tidal forces that operate on Europa, and includes a comprehensive tour of Europa using images taken by Galileo's camera. The book reviews and evaluates the interpretative work carried out to date, providing a philosophical discussion of the scientific process of analyzing results and the pitfalls that accompany it. It also examines the astrobiological constraints on this possible biosphere, and implications for future research, exploration and planetary biological protection. Europa-- The Ocean Moon provides a unique understanding of the Galileo images of Europa, discusses the theory of tidal processes that govern its icy ridged and disrupted surface, and examines in detail the physical setting that might sustain extra-terrestrial life in Europa's ocean and icy crust.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.53" Width: 6.93" Height: 1.02" Weight: 2.04 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2005
ISBN 3540224505 ISBN13 9783540224501
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More About Richard Greenberg
Richard Greenberg has enjoyed a prolific career as a director of feature films, short films, episodic television, commercials, title sequences, trailers and special effects sequences. Most recently he helmed an additional sequence for Tomb Raider, as well as the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's A.I. and the title sequence for Mission: Impossible 2. Greenberg made his feature debut with Little Monsters, starring Howie Mandel and Fred Savage, and also directed the award-winning short Stop, television episodes for such series as "Tales From the Crypt" and the documentary short Beauvis Cathedral: Architecture of Transcendence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His title sequences are legendary and include the Superman and Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix, Independence Day, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Seven. In addition, Greenberg was special effects director on The Last Action Hero and The Devil's Advocate and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on Predator. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Richard Greenberg currently resides in New York City Tucson, in the state of New York. Richard Greenberg was born in 1958.
Reviews - What do customers think about Europa The Ocean Moon: Search For An Alien Biosphere (Springer Praxis Books / Geophysical Sciences)?
Fascinating Read Mar 23, 2008
I admit it--I'm a planetary science junkie and this is (to my knowledge) the only book available solely devoted to Europa. And it's an interesting world indeed, with a probable 60 mile deep ocean under a planet wide, largely uncratered, ice sheet. The bulk of the book explores the likelihood of the existance of this ocean and the implications it could have to a possible biosphere. Maybe life in the seas of Europa? That's a question that will have to wait for future missions. One note of caution, some chapters contain material may be beyond the comfort level of the casual reader. Nonetheless, there is plenty here to muse upon.
explains Galileo results Nov 6, 2006
As one after the other of the planets seems so bereft of life, Europa holds a unique position. It has a frozen over ocean. Plus, in its orbit, there is the prospect of residual volcanism and tidal and magnetic effects providing a raw energy driver for life to have emerged and be sustained.
So the text gives the results of the Galileo probe. You get an appreciation for the difficulties surmounted. Every so often, NASA really does an amazing job. Fascinating observaitions, but these beg for more insight. Necessitates another probe, this time with even better technology for remote sensing. Given that Galileo was launched in the late 80s, think how much better computing resources we could now put into its successor!
The book certainly has more than just findings from Galileo. It also discusses our changing and improving understanding of how to model vastly different biospheres. But the text is clearly dominated by the real Galileo results. Not just speculation.
Portions of the book will be beyond the lay reader. But there's enough that is well written and accessible to everyone.