The Solar System

 

Astro 2202:
A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System: Science, Policy, and Exploration
Fall 2017

Monday and Wednesday, 2:55 - 4:10 pm
105 Space Sciences
Cornell University


Course Syllabus

 

Instructor:
Prof. Alexander Hayes

Office Hours: MW 1:30 - 2:30 PM

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

TA:
Avani Gowardhan

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

222 Space Sciences
607-255-8928
ag2255_at_cornell.edu

 

Lecture #
Date
Topic
Reading
Assignment
1
M Aug 23  
Class Overview
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
2
W Aug 28
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)
3
M Aug 30
Mars: An Overview
Labour Day
M Sep 4
4
W Sep 6
Roving Mars I (Pathfinder, MER A, MER B)
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
M Sep 11
Roving Mars II (MSL, Mars2020 [Including Landing Sites])
Where Should the Mars2020 Rover Land?
6
W 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
7
M Sep 18
Meridiani Planum, Virtual Field Experience II
8
W Sep 20
Planetary Science Decadal Survey (Steve Squyres)
NASA Decadal Survey Website
9
M Sep 25
Manned vs. Unmanned Spaceflight: To Mars and Beyond
(Jonathan Lunine)
10
W Sep 27
Space Exploration Policy / How to Write a Letter to Congress (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
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadal Survey I
11
M Oct 2
NASA Priorities and Mission Selection Process (Curt Niebur)

12
W Oct 4
Cassini / The Saturnian System (Rings / Small Moons) (Phil Nicholson)
Fall Break
M Oct 9
13
W Oct 11
Outer Planets Press Conference
Press Conference Report
14
M Oct 16
Titan: An Earth-Like Moon
15
W Oct 18
Enceladus: Free Sample?
16
M Oct 23
Europa / Europa Clipper / Europa Lander
17
W Oct 25
Titan Mission Architectures I
Titan Missions (Supplemental):
#1 , #2 , #3, #4
Titan Mission Architectures: Review Panel Report
18
M Oct 30
Titan Mission Architectures II
19
W Nov 1
Ice Giants and their Moon (Uranus and Neptune)
Letter to Congress in response to Decadel Survey II
20
M Nov 6
Exoplanet Detection Methods
21
W Nov 8
Earth-like planets? Define Habitability
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
22
M Nov 13
Small Bodies Missions: Rosetta, Dawn, New Horizons, and Lucy
23
W Nov 15
Summary, Why Explore the Solar System and How Do We Do It?
What Excites You About Solar System Exploration? II
24
M Nov 20
How to Give a Presentation (Subgroups) I
Thanksgiving Break
W Nov 22
25
M Nov 27
Class Presentations I
26
W Nov 29
Class Presentations II

 

Assignment
Assigned
Due
Length
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
23-Aug
30-Aug
500-1000
News article describing scientific paper
28-Aug
11-Sep
1500-2000
Meridiani Planum EVFE: Report
13-Sep
27-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
18-Oct
1500-2000
Press Conference Report
11-Oct
25-Oct
500-1000
Titan Mission Architecture: Review Panel Report
25-Oct
1-Nov
500-1000
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadel Survey II
1-Nov
8-Nov
1500-2000
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
8-Nov
15-Nov
500-1000
What excites you about Solar System exploration? II
15-Nov
20-Nov
500-1000
FINAL PRESENTATION
23-Aug
27-Nov
15 Minutes

 

Final Report Deadlines
Date
Choose Group and Topic (2-3 People Per Group)
4-Oct
Outline
25-Oct
Two Slide Summary
20-Nov
Final Presentation
27-Nov

 

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