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Planetary Science3380A/B -
Introduction to Planetary Science
Introduction to basic principles of planetary science, emphasizing the geology of planetary surfaces. Topics covered include the history of planetary exploration, current missions, basics of planetary astronomy and geology, and the geological histories and surface processes of bodies in the solar system. Laboratory exercises involve image processing, interpretation, and mapping.
An introduction to online planetary image resources; use of remote sensing data from spacecraft in the context of planetary geology and surface processes. Emphasis on Lunar and Martian imagery and its role in broadly defining the origin and evolution of surficial features on these bodies.
Antirequisite(s):The former Astronomy 401a/b, 402a/b.