2016 Solar-Terrestrial Physics D

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Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Kato Manabu 
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Tue5-6(S421)  Fri5-6(S421)  
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Course description and aims

This course gives an overview of the world history of solar system exploration, and fundamentals of exploration method.
This course has an aim understanding the exploration method, science meaning and purposes of solar system exploration. In addition, an acquisition of ability to make plan for future exploration is expected for students. An ability to collect new information of space exploration is also expected in this course.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand scientific meanings in solar system exploration of Japan and world nations.
2. Understand scientific purposes and methods for solar system exploration of Japan and world nations.
3. Cultivate ability to make plans of future solar system exploration.


Solar System Exploration, Planetary Science, Origin and Evolution of Solar System

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Topics in this class line up in order of distance from the Earth. Much more scientific results are aquired in exploration of closer celestial body. After every 2 or 3 classes reports will be assigned. Students must submit reports within deadlines through OCW-i upload system.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introductly lecture of this course schedule and new topics in solar system exploration. Understand overall picture of this course.
Class 2 Lecture on Japanese lunar exploration mission Kaguya (1) exploration overall and equipments details. Understand Kaguya mission overall and observation details.
Class 3 Lecture on Japanese lunar exploration mission Kaguya (2) scientific results and future exploration mission Understad scientific results and direction and aims of future mission.
Class 4 Comparative explanation of scientific results by new foreign lunar exploration with Kaguya mission. Understand results of foreign mission and integrate with Kaguya mission
Class 5 Lecture on historical achievements of Apollo mission and their role on modern lunar exploration. Understand what Apollo mission played their role on modern lunar exploration.
Class 6 Lecture on forerunner Clementine and Luna Prospector in modern lunar exploration, and introduction the new topics of Mercury exploration and comparative aspects with the Moon. Understand the difference and similarity between human and robotic lunar exploration. Obtain new information of Mercury exploration.
Class 7 Lecture on scientific meanings and results of Viking missions, forerunner of Mars exploration. Understand difficulty of early Mars exploration and results.
Class 8 Lecture on modern Mars exploration (1) method and scientific results of global observation. Understand global survey of the Mars.
Class 9 Lecture on modern Mars exploration (2) technology developments of Mars mobile rover. Understand developments of mobile exploration of Mars.
Class 10 Lecture on modern Mars exploration (3) scientific results and meanings of present progressing big rover and orbiter mission. Understand present big orbiter and rover mission.
Class 11 Lecture on scientific achievements of asteroids and commets exploration Understand science meanings and results of small body exploration.
Class 12 Lecture on scientific results and aims of Japanese asteroid mission Hayabusa and Hayabusa-2. Understand science results and futeru plan of Japanese asteroid missions.
Class 13 Lecture on scientific results of forerunners and Voyager mission in outer solar system exploration Uderstand technical development and outer solar system images.
Class 14 Lecture on mission summary and scientific results of modern outer solar system explorations. Understand new results of outer solar system exploration.
Class 15 Lecture on progressing results of New Horizons outer edge exploration mission, and future outer solar system exploration. Understand outer edge of solar system and draw picture of whole solar system.


No textbook is set .

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

The level of attainment of student learning and understanding course materials will be evaluated by reports writing after every some courses.

Related courses

  • EPS.A335 : Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • EPS.A414 : Solar-Terrestrial Physics A
  • EPS.A415 : Solar-Terrestrial Physics B
  • EPS.A416 : Solar-Terrestrial Physics C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Non required.

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