Lecture01 - Astronomy 102/104 Our Solar System Prof...

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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!
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