Atlas of the Galilean Satellites
Paul Schenk, Cambridge University Press, August 2010

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of their discovery in January and the announcement of that discovery (Sidereus Nuncius) in March of 1610. Here you will find details about this definitive new Volume, a valuable reference & resource for the Jupiter system.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Atlas of the Galilean Satellites

A New Reference
In spite of numerous handicaps and hazards, including lethal radiation and malfunctioning hardware, the two Voyagers and then Galileo have completed the first high-resolution visual reconnaissance of the 4 planetary moons called Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.  The Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (Cambridge University Press, May, 2010: ISBN, 9780521868358) has brought together these complimentary data sets to produce new global maps and views of each satellite.  In addition, all high-resolution images acquired by both Voyager and Galileo have been registered, mapped, and compiled together for the first time.  Sites include giant impact scars on Ganymede and Callisto, heavily faulted terrains of Ganymede, disrupted chaos and ridge terrains of Europa, and erupting volcanoes and 10 mile high mountains on Io.

The Atlas includes:
- 404 pages, featuring all Voyager and Galileo imagery
- Introductory text
         Discovery and Importance of Galilean Satellites
         Guide to acquisition and processing of images
         Geologic Background
- Global color maps & hemispheric views of each satellite
- Full resolution maps (Quadrangles) of each satellite
           (15 equal-area maps each, in color for Io & Europa)
- 250+ High-resolution Plates down to 6 meter resolution
           (many on Io and Europa in color)
- Io hotspot and Volcano change maps
- Selected infrared compositional maps
- Selected high-resolution perspective views
- Appendices:
     Data Tables:  Satellite Properties & Spacecraft Encounters
     Supplemental Reading recommendations
     Gazetteer of feature names
     Glossary of terms
     Index maps locating all high-resolution mosaics

    1. Introduction
        1.1  Revolutionary Importance of the Galilean Satellites
        1.2  Post-discovery
        1.3  Voyager and Galileo
    2. Format of the Atlas
        2.1  Nomenclature
    3. Making the Maps
        3.1  Image Calibration
        3.2  Cartographic Control
        3.3  Putting it All Together
        3.4  True Colors
    4. Geology of the Galilean Satellites
        4.1  The Importance of Being Ice
        4.2  Volcanism
        4.3  Tectonism
        4.4  Viscous Relaxation
        4.5  Other Global Effects
        4.6  Polar Processes
        4.7  Impact Cratering
     5. The Galilean Satellites (Maps)
        5.1  Callisto
        5.2  Ganymede
        5.3  Europa
        5.4  Io
     6. One Big Happy . . .
        6.1  Why Explore Jupiter?
        6.2  The Future
        A1. Supplemental Readings
        A2. Index Maps
        A3. Data Tables
        A4. Glossary of terms
        A5. Gazetteer

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