This lecture gives an overview and explanation of the course. We will go through the outline and schedule, and discuss assignments, the exam and the final project. There will not be an assignment in this class.

During this course, students should browse extensively through space-related websites. We have no textbook, as the field is changing too rapidly for a textbook to be useful. But there is still reading to be done! In part of every Thursday class we will discuss topics in the news today - planetary exploration, human space flight, space tourism, politics, science fiction. So browse widely, especially in things you find personally interesting. Here are a few links to help...