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Unformatted text preview: 1 Astronomy 102/104: Our Solar System Prof. Jean-Luc Margot & Prof. Steve Squyres Lecture #1: Introduction & Outline Course Goals--why take Astro 102/104? Our philosophy, and a promise. Rules of the Road: Astro 102/104 2 Logistics Expectations Responsibilities Communication Detailed Syllabus. Purpose of Astro 102/104 To learn about our origins and our connection to the universe. To develop an appreciation for Earth as a fragile planetary body in a vast cosmos. To understand key principles and processes that Astro 102/104 3 To understand key principles and processes that govern the natural world. What is the solar system like today? Why? How did it get that way? To become familiar with the scientific process. To acquire tools for further inquiry and learning. Perfect timing This is a "Golden Age" of exploration! Spacecraft are exploring the planets now ! MESSENGER (04-now): Mercury. Magellan (90-94): Venus. Mars Pathfinder (97) MGS (97 06) Mars Odyssey Astro 102/104 4 Mars Pathfinder ( 97), MGS ( 97- 06), Mars Odyssey (02-now), MER (04-now), MRO (06-now): Mars. NEAR (97-01), Hayabusa (05): asteroids. Deep Impact (05), Stardust (04-06): comets. Galileo (95-03): Jupiter, satellites. Cassini/Huygens (04-now): Saturn, satellites. Voyager (80s): Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. AND MORE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE! 2 First flyby of Mercury in 30+ years reveals astonishing landforms! Astro 102/104 5 Lakes and rivers of methane on Titan! Astro 102/104 6 Astonishing worlds: Iapetus & Hyperion Astro 102/104 7 New Discoveries Being Made! Observations of asteroids: Many are highly porous. WHY? Some have satellites! HOW? Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn: Astro 102/104 8 Europa may have an ocean!...
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- Spring '07
- Solar System