Astronomy 23/223 Homework:

Missions to Icy Bodies

This week we began to study to our solar system by looking at some other familiar objects: their satellites. The list below includes all the known satellites of the outer planets:

 

1 Ganymede
30
Helene
2 Callisto
31
Atlas
3 Io
32
Telesto
4 Europa
33
Calypso
5 Amalthea
34
Pan
6 Himalia
35
Oberon
7 Thebe
36
Titania
8 Elara
37
Ariel
9 Metis
38
Umbriel
10 Pasiphae
39
Miranda
11 Carme
40
Puck
12 Sinope
41
Portia
13 Lysithea
42
Juliet
14 Ananke
43
Belinda
15 Adrastea
44
Cressida
16 Leda
45
Rosalind
17 Titan
46
Desdemona
18 Rhea
47
Bianca
19 Iapetus
48
Ophelia
20 Dione
49
Cordelia
21 Tethys
50
Triton
22 Enceladus
51
Proteus
23 Mimas
52
Nereid
24 Hyperion
53
Larissa
25 Phoebe
54
Galatea
26 Epimetheus
55
Despina
27 Janus
56
Thalassa
28 Prometheus
57
Naiad
29 Pandora

 

We’ve spent a lot of time in this class discussing how politics control the space program. In this homework, we begin an inquiry into this interesting area, in order to give you a feeling for which questions planetary scientists are currently involved in answering. Your problem set for this week is to do the following:

Use the resources available to you on the web to find out which of these satellites currently have FUNDED missions that will explore them. You can also include missions to comets and/or asteroids. Select THREE of these missions, and write a paragraph about each one giving the following information:

1. Name of the mission
 
2. Its web site
 
3. Scientific goals of the mission (i.e., what science questions will be answered?)
 
4. Launch date

 

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