Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 1700: History of Exploration: Land, Sea, and Space

Credit Hours4
Cross-listed with

HIST 1700

Typically OfferedFall

A University Course - This class highlights cross-disciplinary dialogue and debate.

From ancient seafarers to the Mars rovers, from Christopher Columbus to the Apollo astronauts, humans have for centuries explored the far reaches of our planet and are now venturing into the solar system and beyond. This course examines the history of such human activity. Among the topics covered are motives for exploration, technological advances that assist exploration, obstacles that must be overcome, the roles of leaders, the spread of information about exploration, and positive and negative consequences of exploration. It is led by Steven Squyres of Astronomy and Mary Beth Norton of History, with the assistance of guest lecturers.  (non-US)