Aspects of Space Flight

Ref: C3673539

This course will take the student on a journey to understand how spaceflight became important from the 1950's onwards. It will cover the early steps into space followed by the Race to the Moon between the USA and USSR. We then look at the robotic exploration of the solar system over two sessions. The space shuttle era and a brief section on Space Stations will be covered before looking at some of the benefits our ventures into space has brought to us down here on the Earth.

Course aim

In this short course we will look at spaceflight from the first steps to the end of the Shuttle era as well as cover what benefits there are to us on the earth.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how we took our first steps into space.
  • Appreciate how the rivalry between the two superpowers took us to the Moon
  • Understand how our ideas of our place in the solar system changed once we began to explore the other planets and smaller objects in the solar system
  • Discover why it is important for space transportation to be reusable - beginning with the space shuttle
  • Appreciate how space exploration has benefited us all in the long run.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Attend local astronomical and space events and societies.

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Aspects of Space Flight


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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