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ASTR 281: Space Explorations (3 credits)

Course Description

Current topics in planetary exploration, extraterrestrial life, and space resources and colonization. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for ASTR 110 or consent of instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the characteristics and origins of objects in our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, meteoroids, asteroids and comets.
  • Compare and contrast terrestrial and Jovian worlds and apply geological and atmospherical concepts to comparative planetology.
  • Explain the effects and implications of collisional impacts on planetary surfaces.
  • Apply the laws of planetary motion and celestial mechanics.
  • Outline the historical development of manned and unmanned space flight.
  • Identify and describe the appropriate instruments, detectors and space probes used by astronomers and space scientists to explore the solar system, especially in the area of remote sensing.
  • Discuss the future of space colonization and exploitation.
  • Discuss the nature and origin of life on earth and apply the astronomical concepts related to the search for extraterrestrial life.

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