The Solar System

 

Astro 2202:
A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System
Fall 2016

Tuesday and Thursday, 10:1011:25 am
301 Space Sciences
Cornell University


Course Syllabus

 

Instructor:
Prof. Alexander Hayes

Office Hours: TR 9:00 - 10:00 AM

412 Space Sciences
607-255-1712
hayes_at_astro.cornell.edu

TA:
Paul Corlies

Office Hours: MW 10:00 - 11: 00 AM

406 Space Sciences (Office Hours in 405 SS)
607-255-4709
pmc232_at_cornell.edu

 

Lecture #
Date
Topic
Reading
Assignment
1
T Aug 23  
Class Overview
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
2
R Aug 25
A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System
(Z. Zhang, P. Corlies, N. Kutsop, S. Birch)
3
T Aug 30
How to Write About Science /
Comparing Science to Popular Science
Elements of Style
Science
Scientific American
BBC
Peer Review Guide
News article describing scientific paper (Suggested articles: #1, #2, #3)
4
R Sep 1
Manned vs. Unmanned Spaceflight: To Mars and Beyond
(Jonathan Lunine)
NRC Pathways to Exploration - Flier
NRC Pathways to Exploration - Summary
Manned vs. Robotic Space Missions?
Astronauts and Robots Working Together (John Grunsfield)
Enabling Space Exploration: Humans & Robots - Hand in Grip (G. Scott Hubbard)
NRC Pathways to Exploration - Complete (Supplemental)
5
T Sep 6
Mars: An Overview
6
R Sep 8
Roving Mars (Review of Surface Missions)
7
T Sep 13
Meridiani Planum, Virtual Field Experience I
EVFE Teacher's Guide
EVFE Intro Slides
EVFE Activity Interface
EVFE Base Software (Windows)
EVFE Base Software (Mac OSX)
EVFE Base Software (Linux)
EVFE Base Software (Android)
Meridiani Planum EVFE: Report
8
R Sep 15
Meridiani Planum, Virtual Field Experience II
9
T Sep 20
Mars 2020 Rover Candidate Landing Sites
Where Should the Mars2020 Rover Land?
10
R Sep 22
Cassini / The Saturnian System (Rings / Small Moons)
11
T Sep 27
Titan: An Earth-Like Moon
12
R Sep 29
Enceladus: Free Sample?
13
T Oct 4
Planetary Science Decadal Survey (Steve Squyres)
Letter to Congress in response to Decadel Survey I
14
R Oct 6
NASA's Priorities over the Next Decade /
Reponse to the Decadal Survey (Curt Neibur)
Fall Break
T Oct 11
15
R Oct 13
How to Write a Letter to Congress / Advocay (Casey Drier)
Pre-Lecture Reading:
The Dark Future of American Space Exploration
Space Advocate - How NASA's Budget Gets Made (part 1)
Space Advocate - How NASA's Budget Gets Made (part 2)
Supplemental material: #1, #2, #3
Example Letter to Congress
16
T Oct 18
Europa / Europa Multiple Flyby Mission / Europa Lander
17
R Oct 20
Pluto / New Horizons (Samuel Birch)
18
T Oct 25
Titan Mission Architectures I
Titan Missions (Supplemental):
#1 , #2 , #3, #4
Titan Mission Architectures: Review Panel Report
19
R Oct 27
Titan Mission Architectures II
20
T Nov 1
Exoplanet Detection Methods (Jamie Lloyd)
Letter to Congress in response to Decadel Survey II
21
R Nov 3
Earth-like planets? Define Habitability (Ramses Ramirez)
22
T Nov 8
Group Discussion with NASA Chief Scientist
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
23
R Nov 10
Life on Exoplanets? Life in our solar system?
24
T Nov 15
Outer Planets Press Conference
Press Conference Report
25
R Nov 17
How to Give a Presentation (Subgroups) I
26
T Nov 22
How to Give a Presentation (Subgroups) II
Thanksgiving Break
R Nov 24
27
T Nov 29
Class Presentations I
What excites you about Solar System exploration? II
28
R Dec 1
Class Presentations II

 

Assignment
Assigned
Due
Length
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
23-Aug
1-Sep
500-1000
News article describing scientific paper
1-Sep
15-Sep
1500-2000
Meridiani Planum EVFE: Report
13-Sep
29-Sep
1500-2000
Where Should the Mars2020 Rover Land?
20-Sep
4-Oct
500-1000
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadel Survey I
4-Oct
20-Oct
1500-2000
Titan Mission Architecture: Review Panel Report
25-Oct
1-Nov
500-1000
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadel Survey II
1-Nov
15-Nov
1500-2000
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
8-Nov
15-Nov
500-1000
Press Conference Report
15-Nov
22-Nov
500-1000
What excites you about Solar System exploration? II
22-Nov
1-Dec
500-1000
FINAL PRESENTATION
23-Aug
1-Dec
15 Minutes

 

Final Report Deadlines
Date
Choose Group and Topic (2-3 People Per Group)
6-Oct
Outline
25-Oct
Two Slide Summary
17-Nov
Final Presentation
29-Nov

 

Grading Scheme
Persentage
Final Presentation (1)
25%
Long Reports (4)
25%
Short Reports (6)
25%
Class Participation
25%