The Outer Planets and their Moons

Comparative Studies of the Outer Planets prior to the Exploration of the Saturn System by Cassini-Huygens

  • T. Encrenaz
  • R. Kallenbach
  • T. C. Owen
  • C. Sotin

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Formation and Evolution of the Giant Planets

    1. Jack J. Lissauer
      Pages 11-24
    2. Daniel Gautier, Franck Hersant
      Pages 25-52
    3. S. J. Weidenschilling
      Pages 53-66
    4. Isabelle Baraffe
      Pages 67-76
    5. Yann Alibert, Christoph Mordasini, Olivier Mousis, Willy Benz
      Pages 77-95
  3. Neutral Atmospheres of the Giant Planets and Their Satellites

  4. Aurorae and Magnetospheres

    1. M. Blanc, R. Kallenbach, N.V. Erkaev
      Pages 227-298
    2. Steve Miller, Alan Aylward, George Millward
      Pages 319-343
    3. P. Zarka, W.S. Kurth, Philippe Zarka
      Pages 371-397
  5. Satellites and Rings

    1. Torrence V. Johnson
      Pages 401-420
    2. Dale P. Cruikshank
      Pages 421-439
    3. David Jewitt, Scott Sheppard
      Pages 441-455
    4. Bruno Sicardy
      Pages 457-470
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 491-497

About this book


This volume gives an integrated summary of the science related to the four giant planets in our solar system. It is the result of an ISSI workshop on «A comparative study of the outer planets before the exploration of Saturn by Cassini-Huygens» which was held at ISSI in Bern on January 12-16, 2004. Representatives of several scientific communities, such as planetary scientists, astronomers, space physicists, chemists and astrobiologists have met with the aim to review the knowledge on four major themes: (1) the study of the formation and evolution processes of the outer planets and their satellites, beginning with the formation of compounds and planetesimals in the solar nebula, and the subsequent evolution of the interiors of the outer planets, (2) a comparative study of the atmospheres of the outer planets and Titan, (3) the study of the planetary magnetospheres and their interactions with the solar wind, and (4) the formation and properties of satellites and rings, including their interiors, surfaces, and their interaction with the solar wind and the magnetospheres of the outer planets. Beyond these topics, the implications for the prebiotic chemical evolution on Europa and Titan are reviewed.

The volume is intended to provide active researchers in the fields of planetary and solar system science, space plasma physics, and astrobiology with an up-to-date status report on the topic, and also to serve graduate students with introductory material into the field. At the time of publication of this book, the study of the outer planets is particularly motivated by the fact that the Saturn system is being investigated by the Cassini-Huygens mission.

Reprinted from Space Science Reviews, Volume 116, Nos. 1-2, 2005


Outer Planets Planet Solar Solar System Solar wind astrobiology aurorae and magnetosheres formation and evolution neutral atmospheres planetary rings and satellites

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Encrenaz
    • 1
  • R. Kallenbach
    • 2
  • T. C. Owen
    • 3
  • C. Sotin
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Etudes Spatiales et Instrumentales en AstrophysiqueObservatoire de ParisMeudon CedexFrance
  2. 2.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Planétologie et GéodynamiqueNantes Cedex 3France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3362-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4038-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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