ASTR 281: Space Explorations

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3
Current topics in planetary exploration, extraterrestrial life, and space resources and colonization.

Credit for ASTR 110 or consent of instructor.

Course Outcomes
  • 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.