Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Kadri

Living Among Giants: Exploring and Settling the Outer Solar System by Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll’s „Living Among Giants“  Explorer the other solar system from the perspective of it being a potential destination for manned missions, colonization and as a vacation destination in the future.

The book is divided into three parts, all of which are excellently illustrated.

The first part of the book looks at the solar system in general, how the planets formed, and the space missions that have sent us back data about the other solar system from the Pioneer spacecrafts to Cassini and a few possible missions that are still in the future.

In the second part of the book we have a much closer look at the giant planets, what distinguishes them from one another and about the discovery of their moons and different aspects of them. Naturally more attention is on the larger moons, such as the four Galilean moons, the fascinating Titan and Triton. The overview gives the moons more of a character so you can see that they’ve all got something interesting an special about them.

The final part of the book looks at how we might get there – what kind of technology is necessary, and what kind of options do we already have for sending spacecrafts there – so you can get a quick overview of different propulsion systems that might for example eventually take the first manned mission to Titan.

Living Among Giants is a fascinating book with excellent detours into what some planetary scientists would like to visit on different moons – what views would be the coolest? What sort of cruise to take to have the best views of Saturn’s rings, or what kind of crater, chasm, cryovolcano or any other feature would be interesting to explore.

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