Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense by Joseph N. PeltonHandbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense by Joseph N. Pelton

Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense

byJoseph N. PeltonEditorFirooz Allahdadi

Hardcover | April 27, 2015

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Covers in a comprehensive fashion all aspects of cosmic hazards and possible strategies for contending with these threats through a comprehensive planetary defense strategy. This handbook brings together in a single reference work a rich blend of information about the various types of cosmic threats that are posed to human civilization by asteroids, comets, bolides, meteors, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, cosmic radiation and other types of threats that are only recently beginning to be understood and studied, such as investigation of the "cracks" in the protective shield provided by the Van Allen belts and the geomagnetosphere, of matter-antimatter collisions, orbital debris and radiological or biological contamination. Some areas that are addressed involve areas about which there is a good deal of information that has been collected for many decades by multiple space missions run by many different space agencies, observatories and scientific researchers. Other areas involving research and studies that have only recently gotten underway are discussed by some of the world's foremost experts in each of these areas, who provide up-to-date and scientifically verifiable information. Although much of the work in these various areas have been conducted by space agencies, an expanding range of work is also being carried out by observatories, by universities and other research centers, and even by private foundations and professional organizations. The purpose of this work is thus several-fold: to include the latest information and most systematic research from around the world in a single reference work; to note where there are significant gaps in knowledge where new research, spacecraft, observatories, or other initiatives are needed to fill in critical missing information; and to give the best possible information about preventative actions that might be taken against cosmic threats and identify various alternative strategies that are now under way or planned to cope with these various threats.
Joseph N. Pelton, Ph.D., is the principal of Pelton Consulting International. He is President of the International Space Safety Foundation and a member of the Executive Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety. He is the former Dean of the International Space University and Director Emeritus of the Spa...
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Title:Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary DefenseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1127 pagesPublished:April 27, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319039512

ISBN - 13:9783319039510

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Solar Flares .- Solar Coronal Mass Ejections .- Sun and Solar Wind Monitors .- Natural Protective Systems of the Earth.- Cosmic Radiation and Anti-Matter Collisions .- Geomagnetic Storm and Substorm Missions.- NOAA Space Weather Program .- Micrometeoroids, Asteroids and Comets.- Micrometeoroids, Asteroids and Comets .- Ground Based-Discovery Efforts.- Impact Risk Assessment and Estimation.- Impact Consequences.- Information Resources.- Defending Against Planetary Threats.- Mounting Hazards of Man-made Threats in the Space.- Future of Planetary Defense.