Planetary Exploration Class, EE106

EE106: Planetary Exploration

This class investigates the other worlds of our solar system, particularly as revealed by recent space missions. It compares the properties of the terrestrial and Jovian planets, including the differences in their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and rings (if any). Also considered are

and the properties of

We look into what the planets can tell us about potential terrestrial catastrophies, including

We also study the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and the advantages of remote sensing from spacecraft at radio, infrared, light, and ultraviolet wavelengths. The U.S., Russian, European, and Japanese space programs and their comparative engineering and scientific aspects are discussed.

Prerequisite:  One year of college engineering, mathematics, or physics.

3 units, Spring (Fraser-Smith), Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:15--3:05 pm


Voyages to the Planets, by A. Fraknoi, D. Morrison, and S. Wolff, 3rd Edition, Thomson Learning, 2004.

Course Description:

EE106 was last presented in 2009. A copy of the course description and class schedule for Spring 2008 is available in Adobe portable document format (pdf); there was no significant difference in the course materials for 2009.

EE 106 Course Description (2008).

Web Sites:

There are a number of interesting Web pages that describe our solar system in some detail and which have high quality pictures. For example:

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