Studies in Space Exploration

AST80017 12.5 Credit Points Off-Campus

Duration

  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • Equivalent to 60 hours

Aims and objectives

Aims

This unit presents the basic principles, issues and scientific goals in space exploration, and traces its history and development 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 are discussed with special reference to ethical and legal implications of topics, such as the use of radioisotope fuel sources, 'space junk', and mining rights in space.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the basic principles, issues and science goals in space exploration;

2. Discuss and explain the history and development of space exploration, especially issues such as manned versus unmanned space exploration, spacecraft design, launch and navigation, imaging and remote sensing, and the biomechanics of space flight, in a non-technical way understandable to the wider public;

3. Recognise how the social implications of space science and an analysis of the costs, risks & benefits of space exploration, including the ethical and legal implications of topics such as the use of radioisotope fuel sources, 'space junk' and mining rights in space;

4. Use problem solving skills to explain solutions to problems in space exploration;

5. Design and create a research project using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles and/or observational means