Skip to main content

Introduction to Planetary Science and Space Exploration


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor and tutor: Professor Ian Crawford
  • Assessment: two assignments of 3-4 questions based on lecture content (25% each) and a 2500-word mini project (50%)

Module description

This module will provide a broad-based introduction to planetary and space exploration. It will cover the history of space exploration, an introduction to space mission planning, spacecraft instrumentation, and an introduction to the techniques of planetary remote sensing.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • summarise the history of space exploration
  • describe the different types of space mission architectures
  • explain the principles of key planetary remote sensing techniques.