Alexandra Grassian (02/11/04)
In class on Monday, I really enjoyed our discussion – it was fun to just hear everyone reactions and opinions – but I also wished we could have gotten to some of the other things on the schedule. I think it would be nice if we started each class with an update of what as happened over the previous week, and this way we will have current information to relate our discussions to. Also, I actually do not know much about the history of the exploration of Mars and I would really like to get more information on this, especially how people's theories have developed over the years and also about the specific missions.
I am mostly interested in the strictly “science” aspects, especially those to do with life on Mars, although I did find the discussions on Monday very eye-opening. I really liked hearing about why people started studying Mars in the first place, and what has kept people interested for so long. And, being a huge science fiction fan, I would love to have more discussions concerning the evolution (or lack thereof) of this genre.I hadn't even considered the effect that finding life on Mars could potentially have on religious beliefs and I would like to learn more about the specifics concerning this issue. I really enjoyed hearing Professor Putnam's stories, because I always find that hearing the personal accounts makes everything more interesting. I think it would be really cool if we could have the opportunity to talk to other people with personal experiences concerning Mars and space.