SPACE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Robert G. Melton
229 Hammond Bldg.
T,Th 2:00-4:00 (or by appt)
Introduction to Space:
The Science of Spaceflight
, 3rd edition, by Thomas
D. Damon, Orbit Book Company, Malabar, FL, 1994.
Course Web site
(can also be found at the main
PSU website: www.psu.edu/courses, or by going to ANGEL and selecting this course)
This course is a study of the development and implementation of
spaceflight and space exploration.
It includes an introduction to propulsion, orbital and ground
telescopes and the electromagnetic spectrum, problems associated with living and working in
space, operation of the National Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle), biological and
materials research in micro-gravity environments, orbits, remote sensing, the space environment,
and life in the universe.
Very broadly interdisciplinary, the course covers many different fields
of science in understandable ways through the study of topics that, indeed, influence much of our
Only simple algebra and geometry are required.
The class will be lecture-based with
some use of audio-visual media.
There will be three midterm tests, approximately 10 quizzes
(online via ANGEL), a project, and a final comprehensive examination.
Three tests (in class)
Test 2: Mar. 22
Test 3: Apr. 19
Final comprehensive exam
Your final grade will be calculated using the project grade and the best 3
of the 4 tests grades (including the final exam).
Therefore, you may elect
not to take one of the tests or the final exam, or you may take all four.
Also, your lowest quiz score will be dropped.