The image above shows what our first human colony on Mars could potentially look like; our first settlement outside of Earth.   This is no longer a theme of fantasy or science fiction.   In fact, the United States is committed to a manned mission to Mars by 2030 AD.   Such effort will require the collaboration of a new generation of scientists and engineers.   You are that generation and your journey toward man's next great achievement; namely the space age, begins with the fundamentals you will learn in our class.   Knowing begins with the simplest things directly accessible to our senses. According to Anthony Rizzi, one of the greatest and most consequential scientists of our times, "it is precisely the contact with reality given in everyday life that is the starting point of science."