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Schneider, Nicholas M Professor

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  • Dr. Schneider's research interests lie in the areas of the origin & evolution of planetary atmospheres, planetary spectroscopy, planetary magnetospheres, extra-solar planets, scientific visualization, and instrument development. His current primary focus is Mars and the evolution of its atmosphere. He serves as Instrument Lead on the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph on a NASA Mars Scout mission 'MAVEN' (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, Bruce Jakosky PI), now in its 5th year of operation at Mars. He is also a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission associated with the SPICAM instrument team. Dr. Schneider also maintains an active program focused on the physics of planetary magnetospheres, particularly the interactions between planetary plasmas and the satellites of the outer planets. He is a Co-investigator on the European Space Agency 'JUICE' mission to the Jupiter system, and a Guest Investigator on the Hisaki mission studying UV emissions from the Jupiter-Io system.

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  • planetary science, astronomy, planetary magnetospheres, atmospheric evolution, instrumentation, mission design, science education.

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  • ASTR 1000 - The Solar System
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduction to the night sky, planets, moons and the life in our solar system. Highlights the latest discoveries from space. For non-science majors. Some lectures may be held at Fiske Planetarium. Offers opportunities for nighttime observations at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Similar to ASTR 1010, but without lab. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1030.
  • ASTR 3710 - Formation & Dynamics of Planetary Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers the origin of planetary systems and their dynamical evolution. Topics include the physics and chemistry of planetary formation, orbital mechanics and extrasolar planets. This course and ASTR 3720 and ASTR 3750 may be taken in any order. Elective for APS major and minor.
  • ASTR 3720 - Planets and Their Atmospheres
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the physics and chemistry of the atmospheres of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan. Examines evolution of the atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars; and the escape of gases from the Galilean satellites, Titan and Mars; the orbital characteristics of moons, planets, and comets. Uses recent results of space exploration. Elective for APS major and minor. Same as ATOC 3720.
  • ATOC 3720 - Planets and Their Atmospheres
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the physics and chemistry of the atmospheres of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan. Examines evolution of the atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars; and the escape of gases from the Galilean satellites, Titan and Mars; the orbital characteristics of moons, planets, and comets. Uses recent results of space exploration. Elective for APS major and minor. Same as ASTR 3720.

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