This course is for NASA engineers and scientists who are interested in understanding the geological systems and events that shape Earth, and then relating that knowledge to the moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies.
Most engineering majors in academia are not required to take a course in geology. At NASA, engineers are tasked with exploring our own planet, the moon, and Earth's closest neighbor Mars. Participants will learn how planetary bodies are formed, the kinds of dynamic geologic processes that continue to operate on them today, and theories about their futures. Participants also discover unique geologic properties of the moon and Mars, and the challenges of exploring them with robots and humans.
This three-day survey course features lectures and interactive classroom discussions. Participants examine the current ideas about the structure, dynamics, and composition of the moon and Mars, using evidence from meteorites, satellite remote sensing, and previous NASA missions (manned and unmanned) to their surfaces. Real rock, mineral, and fossil samples are also used in the classroom to further explain the Earth's geological processes.
View the course lectures online through the National Institute of Aeronautics portal.