A Brief History of Human Spaceflight
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assignment Level : Introductory
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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

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  • Week 1 - Introduction
    A welcome video and course syllabus
  • Week 2 - Unit 1 - Apollo 11 Moon Landing
    Learn about the Apollo 11 moon landing with interesting interviews with the astronauts who made history
  • Week 3 - Unit 2 - Humankind’s Musings on Space Travel
    Learn about how previous generations thought about the possibility of space travel
  • Week 4 - Unit 3 - Early Rocketry
    Learn about how rockets were developed from the ancient Chinese through today's powerful rockets
  • Week 5 - Unit 4 - Early Soviet Space Program
    Learn about steps the Soviet Union took to launch the first man in space
  • Week 6 - Unit 5 - Mercury Program
    Learn about the United State's first efforts to put a human in space
  • Week 7 - Unit 6 - Gemini Program
    Learn about how NASA refined their human space flight program in preparation for a moon landing
  • Week 8 - Unit 7 - Apollo Program
    Learn about the last technical innovations required to land a human on the moon
  • Week 9 - Unit 8 - Early Space Stations
    Learn about how the early steps taken to send humans in space for extended missions


Dr. Chuck Layne
Professor and Department Chair
Health and Human Performance


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