Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part 4: The Modern Era 2004 –2013

  • Paolo Ulivi
  • David M. Harland

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paolo Ulivi, David M. Harland
    Pages 1-212
  3. Paolo Ulivi, David M. Harland
    Pages 213-348
  4. Paolo Ulivi, David M. Harland
    Pages 349-457
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 459-567

About this book


In Robotic Exploration of the Solar System, Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide a comprehensive account of the design and management of deep-space missions, the spacecraft involved – some flown, others not – their instruments, and their scientific results.

This fourth volume in the series covers the period 2004 to the present day and features:

  • coverage of the Rosetta and Curiosity missions up to the end of 2013
  • coverage of Mars missions since 2005, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Phoenix and Fobos-Grunt, plus a description of plans for future robotic exploration of the Red Planet
  • coverage of all planetary missions launched between 2004 and 2013, including the Deep Impact cometary mission, the MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, the New Horizons Pluto flyby and the Juno Jupiter orbiter
  • the first complete description of the Chinese Chang’e 2 asteroid flyby mission ever published
  • extensive coverage of future missions, including the European BepiColombo Mercury orbiter and international plans to revisit the most interesting moons of Jupiter and Saturn.


Abandoned Space Projects China Space Program Deep Impact Mission Flagship Space Probes Future Unmanned Missions Mars Missions Overview Robotic Space Exploration STEREO Mission Sun Space Robotic Technology Unmanned Missions

Authors and affiliations

  • Paolo Ulivi
    • 1
  • David M. Harland
    • 2
  1. 1.ToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Space HistorianKelvin bridgeGlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4811-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4812-9
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