Messengers from Space

  • F. Heide
  • F. Wlotzka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. F. Heide, F. Wlotzka
    Pages 1-3
  3. F. Heide, F. Wlotzka
    Pages 5-95
  4. F. Heide, F. Wlotzka
    Pages 97-168
  5. F. Heide, F. Wlotzka
    Pages 169-201
  6. F. Heide, F. Wlotzka
    Pages 203-222
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 223-233

About this book


Meteorites - as well as shooting stars and meteors - result from a collision of a solid body from space with our Earth, but only meteorites are able to penetrate the Earth's protective shield, the atmosphere, and fall to the Earth's surface. Before the return of lunar samples, they were the only materials from beyond the Earth which we could take in hand and study.
This book gives a concise and up-to-date description of meteorites - fall phenomena, chemical and mineral composition, classification - as well as a discussion of their formation and origin, which also tells us the story of the formation of our Planetary System. The text is understandable for laymen and students, but can also be used as an introduction to the field for students and scientists.


Planet Planetary system Solar wind mineralogy solar

Authors and affiliations

  • F. Heide
  • F. Wlotzka
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ChemieMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-58105-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-57786-4
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