Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • After this course the student knows why and how information about astronomical and solar system phenomena is collected.
  • She/he can describe the physical principles on which the scientific instruments onboard satellites and probes are based.
  • The student is able to differentiate between various types of instruments and observing techniques and what they are used for, and evaluate which kind of systems are suitable for measuring certain astronomical and solar system phenomena.
  • She/he identifies what kinds of effects space environment has on instrumentation and observations.
  • The student is able to review the state-of-the-art space instrumentation and its immediate possibilities and challenges.
  • She/he can explain the life cycle of a space mission from a researcher's point of view (from long-term planning, such as ESA's Cosmic Vision, to implementation and operation of a space mission, all the way to analysis of the scientific data), and give examples of scientific space missions.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anne Lähteenmäki, Esa Kallio

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Teachers: Anne Lähteenmäki and Esa Kallio. Emails

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Observational techniques in astronomy and space physics.
    • Scientific payloads of satellites and probes.
    • Effect of space environment on instrumentation.
    • Life cycle of a space mission: researcher's view.
    • Examples of science missions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises, learning assignments, examinations.

  • applies in this implementation

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  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work 87 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be specified.

  • applies in this implementation

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Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.


Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

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