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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Kate Edwards (02/04/04)

My name is Kate Edwards and I am incredibly excited to be in this class! I come from the distant land of Falls Church, Virginia. I love where I live because I am so close to the numerous museums of Washington, D.C., including my all time favorite, the National Air and Space Museum. The Air and Space Museum is sort of my sanctuary from the rest of the world. If I am upset or confused I just hop on the Metro and go sit under the Spirit of St. Louis and somehow everything is ok.

The point is that flight and space exploration have always been intriguing to me. Isn't it wonderful to think that we are seeing things no human has ever seen before? I grew up in an old Victorian farmhouse and as a little girl my twin sister and I used to sit on the roof of the barn and watch the stars. My dad used to joke that we knew the order of the planets before we knew the alphabet. There is something about the idea of discovery that is just mesmerizing.

As I have grown up, my interests have grown as well. I don't know if I want to be a lawyer or a writer or an archaeologist but I do know that I want science to be a part of my life in some way. I want to take this class so that I can recapture my love for the unknown. Just sitting in the first class listening to Professor Head talk about the semester I was so enthusiastic and ready to begin this adventure. Mars is such an amazing planet and I want to know as much about it as I can. I am excited about the possibility of talking to people who are running the current mission. The CAVE program excited me as well. I also want to discuss the politics of space exploration. I can contribute greatly on this topic, and as you will see I am very opinionated. I am one of those rare people who are both science and humanities people, so I can bring together both perspectives. I love to debate and I am always one to question why people believe the things they do.

I want to take away from this class not only knowledge of another planet, but also an appreciation of all the hard work that goes into exploration. I would like to learn how the rovers were created and how the data can be analyzed to draw such powerful conclusions. Most importantly, I would like to take a freshman seminar because I believe one can learn so much more from one's peers through discussion and debate. Only in a class this size will I have this opportunity. I am looking forward to establishing a relationship with my classmates, the professor, and of course, the planet Mars!


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