GE 177 Cosmos (Fall: 3)
Satisfies Natural Science Core Requirement
Open to all students.
There are more than a dozen interplanetary probes from numerous countries
that are currently collecting data from several planetary bodies in the
Solar System. These exploration missions are expanding knowledge of our
Solar System, which is mostly built on only about half a century of space
exploration. We will discuss these space missions and their scientific goals
and results, which are increasingly oriented to answer questions on planetary
evolution and the possibility of extraterrestrial biospheres. Throughout
this course, the fundamentals of how science works will be emphasized. If
weather permits, there might also be outdoor lectures for star-gazing opportunities.
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