From the reviews:
Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2013“Ulivi and Harland remedy this by providing rich, detailed overviews of Cassini, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, and a number of less-well-known missions, such as Stardust. … The book features many illustrations, including images from the missions themselves, diagrams of the trajectories followed, and schematics of the spacecraft. … The book is well-researched and documented and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the exploration of Earth’s solar system. … Summing Up: Essential. All space history collections.” (C. Palma, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)
In Robotic Exploration of the Solar System, Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide a comprehensive account of the design and managment of deep-space missions, the spacecraft involved - some flown, others not - their instruments, and their scientific results.
This third volume in the series covers launches in the period 1997 to 2003 and features:
- a chapter entirely devoted to the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn;
- coverage of planetary missions of the period, including the Deep Space 1 mission and the Stardust and Hayabusa sample returns from comets and asteroids;
- extensive coverage of Mars exploration, the failed 1999 missions, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
The story will continue in Part 4.