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Department of Astronomy and Space Physics
Old material from the course
Physics I (3
Rymdfysik I (3 p)
Fun stuff (Roliga
We often use the
last five or ten miunutes of the lecture for some
on space science or spaceflight, preferably something going on right
now. Here are some things done in the past:
- Lecture 1 060119: Stardust.
Our first example of a space mission was Stardust, whose capsule
returned to Earth four days ago (060115) with samples of cometary and
interstellar dust. We used Stardust as the starting point for a
discussion on what subsystems one needs to have on a spacecraft.
- Lecture 2 060120: New Horizons.
NASA launched New Horizons to
Pluto and the Kuiper belt yesterday (060119), so this came to be our
second space project example. We discussed the problems with power
- Lecture 4 060125: Galileo.
ESA launched the first of the Galileo navigation system satellites a
few weeks ago, so this became the target of our third space project
description. We talked about Galileo as well as
the existing GPS system
and principles of satellite navigation systems in general.
- Lecture 6 060201: Saab Ericsson
Space. In order to acquaintain you with commercial space
activities in Sweden, we took a look at Sweden's major space company, Saab Ericsson Space.
- Lecture 1 040119: Mars missions -- 40 years of mixed success.
As the European orbiter Mars Express as well as two US rovers have just
arrived at Mars, an overview of Mars exploration was sort of timely. A
discussion of the
causes of the quite substantial number of failures was included, as
this provides a
good set of examples of the perils of space travel. This was based on
information from the Mars
pages of California Space Institute and, for post-1998 information,
- Lecture 2 040120: SOHO. The most important
solar observatory, continuously observing the sun since 1996. Based on
information from ESA's SOHO science
- Lecture 3 040121: Ulysses. As we discussed
the solar wind today, it was natural to dwell a little upon the
spacecraft that has shown us the 3D structure of the solar wind. Based
on info from ESA's Ulysses pages.
- Lexture 4-5 040122: Swedish space industry. To give some
feeling of what commercial space activities there are in Sweden. Based
on info from Rymdforum.
- Lecture 7 040126: Paleomagnetism.
How geophysicists study the ancient history of Earth's magnetic field,
and also something
about its recent changes.
- Lecture 8 040127: The
heliosphere in the kitchen sink. How to
study shock fronts while washing up the dishes.
- Lecture 10 040130: Solar
seismology and how to use it to study sunspots on the back side
of the sun. Read more at
- Lecture 11 040203: Shocks in
the universe. Some examples of different kind of shocks: the
solar wind termination shock (in the heliopause region) may already
have been reached by Voyager 1; Hubble pictures show a nice example
of a bow
shock at the young star LL Orionis in the Orion nebula and of shock waves
spreading around the Crab pulsar.
- Lecture 14-15 040209: Aurora. This is certainly part of
the proper course, but looking at beautiful auroral pictures is so fun
that it merits to be mentioned here. Have a look at the auroral pages
at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, for example.
- Problem session 16 040216: Space industry A major Swedish
space industry was taken as an example of European space industry.
Based on information from SAAB Ericsson
- Extra activity 040302: Watch the launch
of Rosetta live in the Siegbahn lecture
hall, at 08:00, Tuesday March 2, 2004. Uppsala scientists and engineers
involved in Rosetta will give some background and show examples of what
we fly on Rosetta.
Some fun things
for the spring 2005 course: