Sixty Years of Manned Space Flight

Ref: C2344446

Less than 10 years elapsed between the first manned spaceflight and humans walking on the Moon. This was the time of the 'Space Race' but what has happened in the intervening years?

Course aim

April 2021 is the 60th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin. You will hear about this flight, the man and other milestones in manned spaceflight.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone interested in spaceflight!

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

  • State THREE important milestones in manned spaceflight.
  • Be enthused to carry out further research yourself.
  • Name the LAST man to walk on the Moon.

How will I be taught?

  • Online talk after which tutor will answer questions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • One hour talk only so no formal assessment

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Sixty Years of Manned Space Flight


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