Oct 21, 2021  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SELP 584 Occupy Mars: Explorations in Space Travel and Colonization


3 semester hours

This multi-disciplinary course examines the potential for near term travel to and colonization of Mars, including the various environmental, medical, and technical challenges of space travel. It covers the basic science and technology involved in space programs, as well as the many different dangers, the benefits, costs, and the political and cultural challenges. The course will start with the history of manned spaceflight, previous unmanned missions to Mars, and planned future missions. We will discuss and develop the requirements for travel to Mars, including the space transportation systems, life support systems, habitat requirements on Mars, and how to sustain life during transit and once on Mars. We will assess the current state of technology, including current US, international, and private space activities, and develop an understanding of what is required to conduct an initial manned mission to Mars, as well as what is required to sustain life on Mars for the long term.

Junior or senior standing required.

Prerequisite: SELP 500 .