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Planetology for Exploration and Habitability in Space




8.5 Hours


About the Course

This introductory class aims to provide an overview of the future of space exploration, focusing on two key areas: in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and space manufacturing. By delving into these topics, we will explore the significance of effectively utilizing resources available in celestial bodies such as the Moon and Mars, particularly their regolith—the loose, fragmented material covering their surfaces. Furthermore, we will delve into the chemical and mineral compositions of lunar and Martian regolith and examine the ongoing research in this field. Through this class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the potential of ISRU and space manufacturing in advancing space exploration and establishing sustainable off-world habitats.

Your Instructor

Kyla Edison

Kyla Edison is a Ph.D. student at the Colorado School of Mines in the Space Resources Department. Her current research explores casting lunar basalt and anorthosite regolith. The materials she creates will be used as launch pads, pavements, foundations, and radiation shielding for a future sustainable human presence on the moon. Kyla received her bachelor’s degree in Geology with a dedicated focus on Planetary Geology and Volcanology at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UHH) in 2016.

Kyla Edison
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