William Sheehan

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The Planet Mars

A History of Observation and Discovery

The University of Arizona Press
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Planets and Perception

Telescopic Views and Interpretations, 1609-1909

The University of Arizona Press

Winner of the Astronomy Book of the Year from Mercury Magazine (Astronomical Society of the Pacific), Planets and Perception is a provocative book that will intrigue anyone who has ever looked through a telescope. Drawing on both astronomical and psychological data, William Sheehan offers the first systematic analysis of the perceptual and cognitive factors that go into the initial structuring of a planetary image and its subsequent elaboration. Sheehan details the development of lunar and planetary astronomy, underscoring perceptual and psychological themes.

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Worlds in the Sky

Planetary Discovery from Earliest Times Through Voyager and Magellan

The University of Arizona Press

William Sheehan gives us a history our fascination with planets, weaving together scientific history, anecdotes surrounding planetary discoveries, and the personal reflections of an incurable amateur astronomer. He describes how we arrived at our current understanding of the Moon and the planets and shows how certain individuals in history shaped the world’s knowledge about the Solar System.

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The Planet Mars

The University of Arizona Press

Twenty years after the Viking missions of the '70s, we are finally going back to Mars. No fewer than ten missions are planned for the period between 1996 and 2003, and it is likely that human explorers will follow soon after--perhaps by the middle of the twenty-first century. When they do, they will owe much to the Mars of romance, to ...

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Discovering Pluto

Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System

The University of Arizona Press

In Discovering Pluto, Dale P. Cruikshank and William Sheehan recount the grand story of our unfolding knowledge and exploration of Pluto, its moons, and the outer Solar System. They explain the efforts of scientists, mathematicians, and researchers over the centuries to understand the outer Solar System, leading to the discovery and detailed exploration of Pluto as the premier body in the Kuiper Belt, the so-called third zone of our Solar System.

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Discovering Mars

A History of Observation and Exploration of the Red Planet

The University of Arizona Press

A leading historian of astronomy and a leading planetary scientist who works at the forefront of space exploration provide a comprehensive history of the solar system’s most alluring planet beyond Earth. William Sheehan and Jim Bell chronicle how ancient watchers of the skies attended to Mars’s red color and baffling movements, how three and a half centuries of telescopic observations added vistas and controversies around possible seas and continents and canals, and how the current era of exploration by flyby, orbiter, lander, and rover spacecraft have conjured for us the reality of a world of towering shield volcanoes, vast canyons, ancient dry riverbeds—and even possible evidence of past life. A unique collaboration between two authors on the forefront of Mars explorations, past and future, Discovering Mars provides an ambitious, detailed, and evocative account of humanity’s enduring fascination with the Red Planet.

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