Alexandra Grassian (02/04/04)
First, I want to tell that I think this is going to be the most interesting and exciting class I have ever taken and will ever take. The fact that this class will be so current and really be affecting our everyday lives makes it really fascinating. I cannot wait to see what kind of things the day to day developments will bring.
I am a chemistry major, and I have always loved chemistry. I am currently working in Professor Rose-Petruck's lab twice a week, helping to develop laser technology to take x-rays or molecules while they are reacting. I usually have a lot of fun doing this, even if I often do not understand all the chemical principles behind what I am doing.
The question of life on other planets has always fascinated me – it just does not seem possible to me that we and our planet could be so unique. I cannot wait for the day when we finally do find other life forms, and see how they developed. I also want to explore other science fields, as I am not sure exactly which branch of chemistry I wish to focus on.
I want to learn about all aspects of these rover missions – when people were talking on Monday about how all their majors were related to this course, I found it amazing how many facets to these missions there actually were; prior to that, I had only thought about the contributions that this could have on fields of science. I, of course, do want to learn lots about the chemical aspects too.The only thing missing from the course outline that I would love to learn more about is the possibility of ever having a human settlement on Mars. I know we are nowhere near this yet, but with all our natural resources being depleted at such astonishing rates, I feel it is very important to looks to other possibilities.