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This book provides a concise but broad overview of the engineering, science and flight history of planetary landers and atmospheric entry probes - vehicles designed to explore the atmospheres and surfaces of other worlds. It covers engineering aspects specific to such vehicles, such as landing systems, parachutes, planetary protection and entry shields, which are not usually treated in traditional spacecraft engineering texts. Examples are drawn from over thirty different lander and entry probe designs that have been used for lunar and planetary missions since the early 1960s. The authors provide detailed illustrations of many vehicle designs from space programmes worldwide, and give basic information on their missions and payloads, irrespective of the mission's success or failure. Several missions are discussed in more detail, in order to demonstrate the broad range of the challenges involved and the solutions implemented. Planetary Landers and Entry Probes will form an important reference for professionals, academic researchers and graduate students involved in planetary science, aerospace engineering and space mission development.

Andrew Ball is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. He has twelve years of experience on European planetary missions including Rosetta and Huygens.

James Garry is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has worked on ESA planetary missions for over ten years and has illustrated several space-related books.

Ralph Lorenz is a Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. He has fifteen years of experience in NASA and ESA spaceflight projects and has authored several space books.

Viktor Kerzhanovich is a Principal Member of Technical Staff of the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section of the Autonomous Systems Division, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA. He was a participant in all Soviet planetary Venus and Mars entry probe programmes.

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