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Michelle Christides

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Lifelong amateur astronomer, wanted to major in Astronomy at U of Michigan and my advisor told me (1963) -- "NASA doesn't hire women." After becoming Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in W. Civilization, I can truly say there is no more rewarding field of knowledge than Astronomy and the search for Intelligent Life. Mike Brown and his grad students have put together the best (understandable and comprehensive) all-round explanation of science applied to our solar system and taken it farther out into the galaxy in a fascinating think-for-yourself-and-apply-what-you've-learned way to the contemporary space missions. Thank you, CalTech! Coursera is a force on this planet to regenerate life and civilization. Think about it: around our planet anybody who can get to a computer and internet connection can get a world- class education and work to change the world.