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It is presently possible for someone to sit down, take stock of all the available data, and produce a compendium of every image we have of the surfaces of the moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Fortunately for the rest of us, planetary scientist and deep-sea diver Paul Schenk was crazy enough to take up that task. This book will very likely be the last word in the mapping of the Galilean satellites until we finally get another flagship mission up there to study them again.
It's called an "Atlas" and it is certainly chock-full of maps but it's much more than that. The text that Paul has written is both informative and funny, replete with mentions of really, really obscure pop culture references to Jupiter's moons. He not only knows his stuff about the moons, he was involved in all of the missions that explored them; he began his academic life as a student intern at JPL during the Voyager encounters with Jupiter, and has been studying the surfaces and the shapes of the solar system's icy moons ever since.
Head over to the Planetary Society blog and check out a few pics and the rest of her review and then, like me, be extra nice between now and Christmas and hope somebody with a list notices.