Coles to Present on Teaching about Space at Forty-Second Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Posted on 2/27/2011 3:10:31 PM

Dr. Kenneth Coles of the Geoscience Department will share his experience teaching his "Human Exploration of Space" course at one of the largest annual meetings of planetary scientists, which will take place in Texas, March 7-11, 2011.

Few universities in the U.S. have a course emphasizing the history of space flight and possible future directions for space exploration. Coles created GEOS 254, Human Exploration of Space, in 2008. Students who may know little beyond the year America landed on the moon learn about the US-USSR space race, past robotic missions, and how priorities for future missions are set and carried out.

The scientists and administrators who attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are leaders in space exploration, but many do not have the opportunity to share what they know with non-scientists. Coles hopes both for "feedback on how I present the work they have done and a chance ask them what else I should present in this course."