Douglas Hamilton, Professor, Department of Astronomy

Spacecraft have been visiting the planet Mars for over 50 years, returning spectacular and ever more detailed images of our nearest neighbor. This course will cover the history of these robotic missions and the wealth of knowledge that they have returned as context for ongoing Mars exploration. The latter part of the course will focus on future possibilities including sample return missions, human exploration, and eventual colonization.

Coursework will include directed reading, mini research projects, and in-class presentations with an emphasis on student interaction and participation.