Mars

PTYS_442_542 Class Schedule, Spring 2021

 

 

 

Instructor: Alfred McEwen

 

 

 

 

 

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Date

Topic

Assignment

1

13-Jan

Introduction to course and to Mars

Barlow chapter 2

2

15-Jan

Exploration of Mars. (Note: Friday Class)

Barlow 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 1.4

 

18-Jan

MLK Holiday, no class

 

3

20-Jan

Mars surface materials

Barlow chapter 4

4

25-Jan

Introduction to MRO/HiRISE, HiRISE targeting demo

McEwenetal_JGR_2007.pdf

Homework-1 assigned

5

27-Jan

Mars history (1) pre-Noachian and Noachian

Barlow 5

 

6

1-Feb

Mars seasons;  history (2) Hesperian

Homework-1 due; Homework-2 assigned

 

7

3-Feb

Mars history (3) Amazonian

Grad student topic choices due.  

8

8-Feb

Present-day surface processes on Mars (non-polar)

Dundas et al., 2021

UAE Hope mission orbit insertion Feb 9

9

10-Feb

Mars Datasets; HiView and JMARS demos; Impact cratering

Homework-2 due; HiRISE targets must be entered in HiWish

10

15-Feb

Prof. Lynn Carter: Perseverance rover mission

Farley2020

11

17-Feb

Grad student lectures: M. Mills—mud volcanism

C. Cooke--glaciation

13

22-Feb

Christopher Hamilton--Volcanism

HiRISE images start arriving

14

24-Feb

Grad student lectures: Nathan Hadland, extant life; class survey last 20 min.

Last chance to modify or add HiRISE suggestions in HiWish (for class project)

 

1-Mar

Alia Hamdan, Martian Moons and MMX mission:

Impact Cratering

Homework-3: Class project proposals due (<1 page); HiRISE images arriving, see HiReport

 

3-Mar

no class--Io Volcano Observer site visit

 

15

8-Mar

no class

 

10-Mar

Reading day, no classes

 

 

12-Mar

Friday class: Discuss class projects, discuss HiRISE project; TBD

HiRISE images should all be on the ground

16

15-Mar

Vic Baker -- ancient water on Mars

Homework-4 due

17

17-Mar

Shane Byrne -- Polar processes and Amazonian climate change

 

18

22-Mar

Jeff Andrews-Hanna--Tectonics

signup for final presentation times

19

24-Mar

Roger Yelle--MAVEN and Mars atmosphere

 

20

29-Mar

Search for life on Mars

 

21

31-Mar

Jessica Barnes--Mars meteorites

 

22

5-Apr

Concepts for future Mars exploration

HiRISE image report due (1-2 pages)

23

7-Apr

Jack Holt--SHARAD and Mars’ subsurface

 

24

12-Apr

student final presentations

Homework-5 consists of short evaluations of student presentations

25

14-Apr

student final presentations

student evaluations due

26

19-Apr

student final presentations

student evaluations due

 

21-Apr

reading day--no classes

student evaluations due

27

23-Apr

student final presentations

student evaluations due

28

26-Apr

student final presentations

student evaluations due

29

28-Apr

student final presentations

student evaluations due

30

3-May

student final presentations

student evaluations due

31

5-May

student final presentations--backup

student evaluations due

 

7-May

classes are over

Final papers due; student evaluations due

 

TBD Topics:

polar processes and climate change--Shane Byrne

water on Mars--Vic Baker

volcanology--Christopher Hamilton

tectonics--Jeff Andrews-Hanna

impact cratering

meteorites + geochemistry--Jessica Barnes

astrobiology

Mars2020-- Lynn Carter

subsurface structures from radar sounding -- Jack Holt

atmospheric processes--Roger Yelle

 

If possible, or maybe grad student presentations:

age dating of landscapes and rocks

aeolian processes

 

Grad student topic suggestions: see separate document