Space Studies Thesis Defense: Mandt
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
June 8, 2007
Space Studies Thesis Defense to be Held on June 11
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Kathy Mandt, a Space Studies distance ed student, will present her thesis defense on Monday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Ryan Hall (room 207). Her thesis, entitled, â€œThe Medusae Fassae Formation, Mars: Remote Sensing Evaluation of Geologic Origins' is free and open to faculty, staff and students.
The Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) is an enigmatic deposit located along the equator of Mars which has been studied for nearly three decades with little consensus on its origin. Several problems exist with the past work including methods of publishing research, conflicting interpretations of features observed, a local focus to research, and inconsistent analysis of terrestrial analogues. Past research was evaluated to narrow down the viable origin theories to three: ignimbrite, aeolian deposit, and ash fall tuff. Remote sensing observations were compiled and analyzed to resolve conflicting interpretations and high resolution images of features in the MFF were collected and classified to constrain deposit-wide characteristics. A list of eight deposit-wide characteristics was created based on this work. Aeolian deposit and ash fall tuff are clearly ruled out by certain deposit-wide characteristics, leaving the ignimbrite hypothesis as the most viable origin.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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