Catalogue 2020 - 2021

PHYS 153 Space Exploration


3 cr.

Course Description

The goal of this natural science perspective course is to introduce students to the basic principles, issues, and science goals in space exploration, including the history and development of the space program, with particular reference to manned versus unmanned space exploration, spacecraft design, launch and navigation, imaging and remote sensing. Public perception of space science and analysis of the costs, risks and benefits of space exploration will be discussed, including reference to ethical and legal implications of topics such as the use of radioisotope fuel sources, 'space junk', and mining rights in space. Basic concepts from physics and astronomy will be covered as needed. (NSP)