Chuck Wood to Give Space Studies Presentation on 04-11-08
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
April 10, 2008
Wood to be Featured Speaker of
UND's Space Studies' Colloquium
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â€œExploring a New World: Titan as Revealed by Cassini's Radar'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Dr. Chuck Wood, former UND Space Studies Chair from 1990-2001, will provide a Colloquium Series presentation on Friday (tomorrow), April 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Ryan Hall, Room 111. Dr. Wood is currently Executive Director of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Wood's presentation, entitled, â€œExploring a New World: Titan as Revealed by Cassini's Radar,' is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
Saturn's moon Titan is larger than the planet Mercury and has a dense atmosphere like a planet. Until Cassini and its atmosphere-piercing radar got to Saturn little was known of Titan. Now with ~30% of the surface revealed Titan is seen to have a very young surface, with deserts of dunes, rivers, and hundreds of lakes and a few large seas of liquid methane/ethane. We can infer that Titan is dynamically active, possibly with erupting volcanoes, blowing sediments, rainfall and rising and falling lake levels. In the debate about what is a planet, Titan would be considered a planet in all ways - except that it orbits another one.
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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