1Astronomy 102/104: Our Solar SystemProf. Jean-Luc Margot & Prof. Steve SquyresLecture #1: Introduction & Outline•Course Goals--why take Astro 102/104?•Our philosophy, and a promise.•Rules of the Road:Astro 102/1042– 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 thatAstro 102/1043•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 OdysseyAstro 102/1044–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!
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