Spaceflight is exciting, and you don’t have to be a “Rocket Scientist” to share in the excitement! 16.00x makes the basics of spaceflight accessible to everyone. Join MIT Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut who made five spaceflights and was the first astronaut to log 1000 hours on the Space Shuttle, as he teaches you the core principles behind space travel and exploration. The course will cover how rockets work, how spacecraft move in orbit, how we create artificial environments inside spacecraft to keep astronauts alive and healthy, what it’s like living in a world without gravity, how the human body adapts to space, and how spacewalks happen, plus more. Many lessons will be illustrated with Professor Hoffman’s own experiences in space.
Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I didn't have much hopes regarding this course, since engineering courses are usually hit and miss, but boy oh boy, this one was amazing. It is taught by Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut and a professor of aero/astronautics at MIT. So you're getting...
I didn't have much hopes regarding this course, since engineering courses are usually hit and miss, but boy oh boy, this one was amazing. It is taught by Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut and a professor of aero/astronautics at MIT. So you're getting your education from a Ph. D. in astrophysics and an astronaut, and then you'll be jealous like hell. :) Kidding, his teaching style is amazing, with lots of experiments and analogies to simplify even the most complicated things. You'll get a solid education about the astrophysical part, engineering part, and even the human/hardware/software part of this amazing discipline, along with first-hand experiences of professor as an astronaut. The course is easy to follow, and even though edX doesn't provide free certificates anymore, it is so engaging that I had to go through all the assignments and finish the course. Pure brilliancy and a true gem. Must enroll!
Lina is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's one of the best MOOC courses I've ever taken. It's easy enough that you can follow it with only high-school math & physics background, but the assessment questions require some original thought (not just parroting back what was said in the lectures) which makes it challenging, fun and rewarding. Professor Hoffman has the gift of explaining things in logical and understandable way and the other students are active in the forum, where you can find tips and insights.
Well organized and good content. Only took 3 days to complete the course and i wish it was much longer. Video quality was exceptional.