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A281 - Astrobiology - Syllabus - Spring 2014

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Below is the class syllabus, with links to readings - including pdf of previous semester lecture notes to be read before each class. A detailed list of the readings is found under the "Handouts" link at the left. The updated revised ppt files will be available in pdf format under the "Lec ppt" column. Any entries "TBD" indicate the file has not yet been uploaded.

# Dy Date Read Lec ppt Who Topic
1 Tu 1/8 Primer Data pdf Meech Introduction
2,5 Th 1/16 pdf #2 pdf Nassir Observing Habitable Environments
3 Tu 1/21 pdf pdf Stephenson Life and its Requirements
4 Th 1/23 pdf #3 pdf Stephenson Origin and Evolution of Life
6 Th 1/30 pdf #4 pdf Meech Contemporary Environ Issues
7 Tu 2/04 pdf #5 pdf Meech Life in Extreme Environments
8 Th 2/06 pdf #6 #7 pdf Meech Endogenic Processes: Tectonics, Volcanos
9 Tu 2/11 pdf #8 pdf Meech Endogenic Processes: Atmospheres
10 Th 2/13 pdf #9 #10 #11 pdf Meech Evolution of Early Earth
11 Th 2/13 pdf pdf #10 #11 pdf Meech Comets, Meteors
12 Th 2/20 pdf #12 #13 Rev TBD Meech Exogenic Processes: Impacts
13 Tu 2/25     Larson Quiz 1
14 Th 2/27 N/A N/A Larson,Meech Video: Life on Ice; Exam Discuss
15 Tu 3/04 pdf #16 #17 TBD Meech Solar System Formation
16 Th 3/06 pdf #18 TBD Meech Meteorites, and the ALH84001 Story
17 Tu 3/11 pdf TBD Meech Mars Habitability, Environment, Missions
18 Th 3/13 pdf #19 TBD Hallis? Mars Astrobiology Missions
19 Tu 3/18 pdf TBD Meech Outer SS Habitable Environments
20 Th 3/20 pdf #20 TBD Meech SETI: Techniques and Programs
21 Tu 3/25       Spring Break
22 Th 3/27       Spring Break
23 Tu 4/01 pdf TBD Meech Extrasolar Planets
24 Th 4/03 pdf #21 TBD Meech Space Program History
25 Tu 4/08     Meech Quiz 2
26 Th 4/10 pdf #22 TBD Meech Atmospheric Optics
27 Tu 4/15 pdf #23 TBD Meech UFOs
28 Th 4/17 pdf #24 TBD Meech Space Orbits and Transportation
29 Tu 4/22 pdf #25 #26 #27 TBD Meech Space Resources
30 Th 4/24 pdf #28 #29 TBD Meech Space Environment / Hazards
31 Tu 4/29 pdf #30 TBD Meech Gaia and Biosphere
32 Th 5/01 pdf #31 #32 #33 #34 #35 TBD Meech Space Colonies and Bases
33 Tu 5/06     Meech Discussion and Exam Review
34 Th 5/15     Meech Final Exam 12:00-2:00pm

Last modified: February 15, 2014
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu