Geo016 - Exploration of Mars

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Geo016 / Exploration of Mars / (M) 3:00-5:20 / Lincoln Field 105 / Prof. James Head

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James Kytta (02/04/04)

My name is James Kytta and I am from Columbus, Ohio. I am choosing to take this course because, after a childhood full of sci-fi and fantasy reading and countless research projects into the nature of our universe and its exploration, I was lucky enough to have a very unique experience with Senator John Glenn. Through my talks with Senator Glenn I became aware of a certain passion that resided in those that have had experiences working with research beyond our world. It is in pursuit of knowledge of the nature of this passion, and what exactly is based upon, that I am taking this class. I hope to learn just what it is that makes the field so intriguing to all of us from a very early age. Few can say they have no care as to what lies beyond our atmosphere.

I hope to contribute to the class my quick ability to learn procedures quickly, plus knowledge I have about living in a different environment from the norm. After having lived in Finland a year, I would not be surprised to find organisms that survive in the harshest of conditions. If the Finns can go half the year without sun and with sub zero temperatures, there have to be organisms that parallel them in hardiness and are making it in seemingly inhospitable environments.

I am specifically looking forward to the discussions we will have with the Apollo astronauts. I have also done some work in the political arena (this is how I became involved with Senator Glenn), and will be eager to hear the views presented throughout the semester, but especially when we discuss the president's initiative. But generally, I am eager to soak up any knowledge and offer any insight to furthering all aspects of this mission to Mars and future space exploration.

 

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