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A Brief History of Human Spaceflight

University of Houston System via Coursera

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Found in Astronomy
  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 9 weeks long
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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

Taught by

Dr. Chuck Layne


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Kristina Š
4.0 5 months ago
by Kristina 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 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…
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