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The atmospheres of Mars and Venus

Ingersoll­, Andrew P. and Leovy­, Conway B. (1971) The atmospheres of Mars and Venus. Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 9 . pp. 147-182. ISSN 0066-4146. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:INGaraa71

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Abstract

Of all the planets which may exist in the Universe, only nine have been studied by man. As a result, one cannot classify planets with the same confidence that one has in classifying stars; there is no theory of planetary evolution comparable in development to the theory of stellar evolution. Nevertheless, many of the goals of planetary science and stellar astronomy are the same: to classify objects according to their most fundamental properties in order to understand their present physical state and their evolution. From this point of view, the terrestrial planets comprise a group which can usefully be considered together. By comparing the similarities and differences between them, we may hope to gain insight into the evolution of the entire group.


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Additional Information:"Reprinted, with permission, from the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 9 copyright 1971 by Annual Reviews, www.annualreviews.org" We should like to thank Drs. Peter Goldreich, Duane O. Muhleman, and Carl Sagan for offering useful comments and suggestions. The participation of A. P. Ingersoll was supported in part under NASA grant NGL 05-002-003, and the participation of C. B. Leovy was supported in part under NASA grant 48-002-073.
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