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Introduction.- Our Earth, our Oceans, the Sky, the Moon.- Mars, Planets, Stars.- Coda.
Prof. Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami, born in Desio, Italy in 1944, is one of Europe's leading researchers in astrophysics. He is a former Director of Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in Toulouse and is currently Head of the Italian Institute for Astrophysics and President of COSPAR, the world-wide Committee on Space Research. He is also President of The National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and has received various awards, including the Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences and the von Karman Award of the International Astronautics Academy. He is an Officier de la Legion d'Honneur and a member of the Accademia dei Lincei and the French Academie des Sciences. Professor Bignami is one of the most authoritative scientists in astrophysical and space research and identified the neutron star "Geminga." He is the author of several previous well-received books. With Springer, he has previously published We are the Martians (in English and German), and Imminent Science (2014).