Science of the Inner Planets From Small Ground-Based Telescopes

  • Ann L. Sprague
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 287/8/9)


For Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Moon, 4-m and smaller telescopes make profound contributions to our knowledge. In fact, most non-spacecraft discovery has been made with telescopes from lO-cm to 3-m aperture. There is much more that can be done with the same telescopes and improved spectroscopic and imaging instrumentation as it becomes available. Discovery with these telescopes continues as this chapter is being written. More available time with suitable instrumentation on 3-4-m telescopes would open up a new opportunity of discovery for the inner planet atmospheres and surfaces. Some examples of the science discoveries of the past, and current issues waiting to be explored, are given.

planetary atmospheres spectroscopy planetary surfaces remote sensing of the inner planets 


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  • Ann L. Sprague
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  1. 1.Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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