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Geology of Terrestrial Planets   

Class Overview


As we prepare to return to the Moon and continue the exploration of Mars, new missions will be launched to study the other inner worlds of the Solar System. In this class, learn about these awe-inspiring topics focused on the geology of planets.

In this exciting era, the Webb Telescope will investigate Earth-like planets around other stars. Examine the contributions that the geological sciences have made to study other planets and how that has informed the study of our own planet.

While humans are now receiving mind-blowing amounts of data from space, this is a great time to learn more. Expand your understanding of our earthly existence and feel empowered with mind-expanding knowledge.

This course is part of our Broadway Hill Club, classes designed for older students, offered during the daytime on diverse topics; students of all ages are welcome. No prior experience or knowledge of astronomy is needed.


Suggested Reading

Manning, Rob; Simon, WL. Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer.  Smithsonian Books; 2014. This book can be purchased online or possibly found or ordered at a local bookstore of your choice. No required textbook.


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain knowledge about earth-like planets in our solar system and universe
  • Participate in the excitement of discovery in our corner of the Universe
  • Critically read news and scientific reports on new discoveries in the space sciences
  • Discover opportunities to participate as citizen scientists and educated public citizens in the ongoing exploration


Who Might Enjoy This Class?

  • Lifelong learners
  • Natural born explorers
  • Anyone curious about our neighborhood in the galaxy and what we are learning about it
  • Seniors interested in daytime learning opportunities (all ages are welcome!)
  • No experience needed; everyone is welcome

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