Water plays an important role in the origin and chemical development of comets, asteroids, icy moons, and planets including our own Earth. It is also a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. Recent space missions, remote sensing, and laboratory research have led to considerable growth in our understanding of the role of water in the solar system and in cosmochemistry. Expert faculty will direct a comprehensive four-week course of lectures, presentations, and hands-on projects in the beautiful setting of the Papal villas outside Rome. It will be an unforgettable experience!
During the course of the school, students will also present a short paper on their research or the research of their home institution.
Field trips to visit sites of historical interest to astronomy will be included.
No formal course credits will be given, but certification of satisfactory completion of the course will be supplied.