The Solar System

 

Astro 2202:
A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System: Science, Policy, and Exploration
Fall 2018

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:
Ishan Mishra

Office Hours: TR 10:30 - 11:30 AM

405 Space Sciences
607-255-1823
im356_at_cornell.edu

 

Lecture #
Date
Topic
Reading
Assignment
1
M Aug 27  
Class Overview
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
2
W Aug 29
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)
Labour Day
M Sep 3
3
W Sep 5
Mars: An Overview
4
M Sep 10
Roving Mars (Review of Surface Missions)
5
W Sep 12
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
6
M Sep 17
Mars 2020 (Overview and Candidate Landing Sites)
Landing Site Selection
Where Should the Mars2020 Rover Land?
7
W Sep 19
Ocean Worlds Of the Outer Solar System
8
M Sep 24
Planetary Science Decadal Survey Overview
NASA Decadal Survey Website
9
W Sep 26
Space Exploration Policy
How NASA's Budget is made (Part 1)
How NASA's Budget is made (Part 2)
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadal Survey I
10
M Oct 1
How Missions are Selected and NASA Priorities
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
11
W Oct 3
Discussion of NASA Priorities/Comets (Rosetta)

Fall Break
M Oct 8
12
W Oct 10
Unmanned vs. Manned Space: To Mars and Beyond
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)
13
M Oct 15
CAESAR
14
W Oct 17
Press Conference
Press Conference Report
15
M 22 Oct
Titan: An Earth-Like Moon
Letter to Congress in response to Decadel Survey II
16
W Oct 24
Dragonfly
NF4 Evaluation: CAESAR vs. Dragonfly
17
M Oct 29
Enceladus/ ELF
18
W Oct 31
Europa/ Europa Clipper / Europa Lander
19
M Nov 5
Exoplanets Overview and Detection Methods
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
20
W Nov 7
Earth-like Planets? Define Habitability
21
M Nov 12
Gas Planets (Gas and Ice Giants)
What Excites You About Solar System Exploration? II
22
W Nov 14
Pluto, Triton, and the Kuiper Belt (New Horizons)
23
M Nov 19
Summary, Why Explore the Solar System?
24
M Nov 26
How to Give a Presentation (Subgroups) I
25
W Nov 28
Class Presentations I
26
M Dec 3
Class Presentations II

 

Assignment
Assigned
Due
Length
What excites you about Solar System exploration? I
27-Aug
5-Sep
500-1000
News article describing scientific paper
29-Aug
12-Sep
1500-2000
Meridiani Planum EVFE: Science Report
12-Sep
24-Sep
1500-2000
Where Should the Mars2020 Rover Land?
17-Sep
1-Oct
500-1000
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadel Survey I
26-Sep
10-Oct
1500-2000
Press Conference Report
17-Oct
24-Oct
500-1000
Letter to Congress in Response to Decadel Survey II
22-Oct
29-Oct
1500-2000
NF4 Evaluation: CAESAR vs. Dragonfly
24-Oct
5-Nov
500-1000
Fermi's Paradox: Fact or Fiction?
5-Nov
12-Nov
500-1000
What excites you about Solar System exploration? II
12-Nov
19-Nov
500-1000
FINAL PRESENTATION
23-Aug
28-Nov
15 Minutes

 

Final Report Deadlines
Date
Choose Group and Topic (2-3 People Per Group)
3-Oct
Outline
31-Oct
Two Slide Summary/ Skeleton Presentation
19-Nov
Final Presentation
28-Nov

 

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