This course provides a view of the history of spaceflight, from early writings telling of human's fascination of space through the early Russian and American space stations. Developed as an interesting and entertaining slice of space history that is accessible to anyone with an interest in human spaceflight
A welcome video and course syllabus
Unit 1 - Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Learn about the Apollo 11 moon landing with interesting interviews with the astronauts who made history
Unit 2 - Humankind’s Musings on Space Travel
Learn about how previous generations thought about the possibility of space travel
Unit 3 - Early Rocketry
Learn about how rockets were developed from the ancient Chinese through today's powerful rockets
Unit 4 - Early Soviet Space Program
Learn about steps the Soviet Union took to launch the first man in space
Unit 5 - Mercury Program
Learn about the United State's first efforts to put a human in space
Unit 6 - Gemini Program
Learn about how NASA refined their human space flight program in preparation for a moon landing
Unit 7 - Apollo Program
Learn about the last technical innovations required to land a human on the moon
Unit 8 - Early Space Stations
Learn about how the early steps taken to send humans in space for extended missions
Unit 9 - Soviet - US Collaboration in Space
Learn how the Soviet Union and US began to learn to collaborate in space
Unit 10 - Soviet and Russian Mir Space Station
Learn about activities on the Russian Mir space station and the extensive activities with the Americans
Unit 11 - Spaceflight Disasters
Learn about the various disasters that occur during the period of human spaceflight
Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I've been waiting for a course like this for quite a while, since I've always wanted to know about the history of spaceflight missions. I believe the perfect continuation would be a course on robotic spacecraft missions as well. The part 2 of this course...
I've been waiting for a course like this for quite a while, since I've always wanted to know about the history of spaceflight missions. I believe the perfect continuation would be a course on robotic spacecraft missions as well. The part 2 of this course has been announced, and a part about spaceflight catastrophes seems to fall in it, which is often referenced in class.
The course goes over Soviet and American space expeditions: Vostok, Voshod, Soyuz, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo etc. Its strength lies in great footages, TV streams and interviews. Its flaws are in the fact that course texts are often presented on the slides without any voiceover, and it's difficult to read them. Every lesson is usually a 45-minute lecture, but it's more like a documentary. Technical issues like "pause now and go to quiz 3" should be resolved for the next run, or the videos should be splitted accordingly.
The instructor is very active in the forums, but the lectures are more in a video/TV format with various voiceovers, rather than the traditional style. I guess this is an advantage. The instructor has also created Prezis along with PDFs, which is a nice touch, and a good review material. However, this course has gone straight to an on-demand one, and I believe that it could work better in a live session.