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Visiting astronomer to teach summer planet history course

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Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

An internationally known planetary scientist, writer and painter will teach a one-credit course (Astronomy 394) on measuring the ages of planetary landscapes at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo beginning June 14th.

Dr. William K. Hartmann is known for originating the current theory of the moonÔÇÖs origin, and more recently has worked on the geologic history of Mars. His association with spacecraft missions to the red planet includes Mariner 9 in 1972, Mars Global Surveyor in 1997, and the European Mars Express mission, which is currently returning data from orbit around Mars.

HartmannÔÇÖs work in this area won him the first Carl Sagan medal from the American Astronomical Society and awards from European and American geological associations.

The course will be taught on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 1-5 p.m., June 14 - 25. The cost is $319 and registration remains open via the Summer Session website

For more information, call CCECS at 974-7664.

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