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Esposito, Larry W Professor

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  • Prof. Esposito is involved with US, European and Russian space missions. His expertise is in planetary atmospheres, planetary rings and numerical methods for radiation transfer and ring evolution.

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  • Planetary rings and atmospheres

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  • ASTR 3750 - Planets, Moons, and Rings
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Approaches the physics of planets, emphasizing their surfaces, satellites, and rings. Topics include formation and evolution of planetary surfaces, history of the terrestrial planets, and dynamics of planetary rings. This course and ASTR 3720 may be taken for credit in any order. Elective for APS major and minor.
  • ASTR 4800 - Space Science: Practice and Policy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Exposes students to current controversies in science that illustrate the scientific method and the interplay of observation, theory, and science policy. Students research and debate both sides of the issues, which include strategies and spin-offs of space exploration, funding of science, big vs. small science, and scientific heresy and fraud. Recommended prerequisite: one year of college level astronomy or physics.
  • ASTR 5830 - Topics in Planetary Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines current topics in planetary science, based on recent discoveries, spacecraft observations and other developments. Focuses on a specific topic each time the course is offered, such as Mars, Venus, Galilean satellites, exobiology, comets or extrasolar planets. Department enforced prerequisite: restricted to graduate students in the physical sciences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary. Same as ATOC 5830 and GEOL 5830.
  • ASTR 5835 - Seminar in Planetary Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Studies current research on a topic in planetary science. Students and faculty give presentations. Subjects may vary each semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours to meet candidacy requirements. Department enforced prerequisite: senior level undergraduate physics. Same as ATOC 5835 and GEOL 5835.
  • GEOL 5830 - Topics in Planetary Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines current topics in planetary science, based on recent discoveries, spacecraft observations and other developments. Focuses on a specific topic each time the course is offered, such as Mars, Venus, Galilean satellites, exobiology, comets or extrasolar planets. Department enforced prerequisite: restricted to graduate students in the physical sciences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary. Same as ATOC 5830 and ASTR 5830.

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