Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight

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Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight

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Spaceflight is exciting, and you don’t have to be a “Rocket Scientist” to share in the excitement! 16.00x makes the basics of spaceflight accessible to everyone. Join MIT Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut who made five spaceflights and was the first astronaut to log 1000 hours on the Space Shuttle, as he teaches you the core principles behind space travel and exploration. The course will cover how rockets work, how spacecraft move in orbit, how we create artificial environments inside spacecraft to keep astronauts alive and healthy, what it’s like living in a world without gravity, how the human body adapts to space, and how spacewalks happen, plus more. Many lessons will be illustrated with Professor Hoffman’s own experiences in space. 

 

Advanced Notice of a Future Spaceflight Course

Students who are interested in taking more online space-related courses should be aware that Professor Hoffma...

Spaceflight is exciting, and you don’t have to be a “Rocket Scientist” to share in the excitement! 16.00x makes the basics of spaceflight accessible to everyone. Join MIT Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut who made five spaceflights and was the first astronaut to log 1000 hours on the Space Shuttle, as he teaches you the core principles behind space travel and exploration. The course will cover how rockets work, how spacecraft move in orbit, how we create artificial environments inside spacecraft to keep astronauts alive and healthy, what it’s like living in a world without gravity, how the human body adapts to space, and how spacewalks happen, plus more. Many lessons will be illustrated with Professor Hoffman’s own experiences in space. 

 

Advanced Notice of a Future Spaceflight Course

Students who are interested in taking more online space-related courses should be aware that Professor Hoffman will be presenting a new online course in the fall of 2018 about “Systems Engineering and the Space Shuttle”. 16.00x is good preparation for this new course.

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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 9 months ago
For the moment is with difference the best course that I have done in EdX. Unfortunately, becuse of my job I couldn't keep up the course, so I could´t do all the exercices on time. However, I still have access to see the videos and documents. I´m really looking forward to do this course again or a second part.
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Atharva Lawate

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 5 months ago
The instructor is very knowledgeable, engaging and confident. The course material is relatively harder than how he teaches, makes the course amazing. I would definitely take another course with this instructor
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1 year, 7 months ago
Probably one of the best bits of education I have ever taken. The Prof is the kind of man who could inspire anyone. Some maths required (up to very basic calculus) if you want to get the certificate. However, no maths is required if you just want to learn more about the subject. So, take the free course, listen to the prof and learn a little about how it all works!
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Joao Branco

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 8 months ago
Excellent Course for the aspiring Aerospace Engineer. Not too hard, gives you a broad perspective of the most importante things related to Space Flight and a taste of things to come should you decide to become one. On the other hand, also an excellent course for all the people interested in space flight and who never had the chance to pursue a career in this field, but still loves it. Only basic maths and physics knowledge required. Very accessible.
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Rebekah Philllips

1/10 starsDropped
1 year, 9 months ago
Yuck! To continue to LIE to everyone that things really exist in the Thermosphere is vomitus and disgustingly deceptive! Operation Fishbowl proved that there is no outer space and that we are living in an enclosed environment with a dome firmament over the earth, so the fact that MIT keeps spewing exorcist lies is revolting!
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Carlos Hervás Martín

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 11 months ago
Best course ever! I just can't wait for it being available again and take the certified option. It is just lovely. Best teacher ever.
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Bojana Jokić

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 12 months ago
This course was simply amazing. Not only do I love this subject but professor Jeff Hoffman was and is the most amazing person and professor I ever had chance to listen to. It was my honor to listen to his lectures. I hope there will be advanced level of this course sometime in the future.
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Aidan Menon

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
This course was, to put it simply, fantastic. The content was explained well and interestingly with graphics to help further explain points and ideas. It wasn't too easy; however, not too hard, but a good balance to keep you interested and thinking. The community associated with the course is great and helpful as well. The staff are helpful and relatively quick to respond. Being someone who had little information to the topic, besides what I've taught myself out of interest, it did a great job at peeking my interest and challenging myself. I would definitely recommend this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
Jeff Hoffman is a fantastic teacher. He makes an extremely complex subject accessible. The math was a challenge to many of us in the class. Although the effort is listed as 3 hours per week, I averaged 10 hours per week. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to every new lesson! I think the engineers taking the course completed the coursework considerably faster than the rest of us. I did not want this course to end. It was touch and go whether I would pass (I did, with an 84%!). I learned a ton, enjoyed it enormously, and will jump at the next course that Jeff teaches.
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Josue Melara

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 7 months ago
Thanks prof Jeffrey Hoffman for this exciting course which is really an inspiration to one of the most amazing field in engineer. Whit this course I have encourage to really deep my knowledge of Aeronautics. I hope more advanced courses of Aerospace as well. Self pace mode. Strongly recommend if you want to be part of the generation that will bring the man to mars and beyond.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 7 months ago
I didn't have much hopes regarding this course, since engineering courses are usually hit and miss, but boy oh boy, this one was amazing. It is taught by Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut and a professor of aero/astronautics at MIT. So you're getting your education from a Ph. D. in astrophysics and an astronaut, and then you'll be jealous like hell. :) Kidding, his teaching style is amazing, with lots of experiments and analogies to simplify even the most complicated things. You'll get a solid education about the astrophysical part, engineering part, and even the human/hardware/software part of this amazing discipline, along with first-hand experiences of professor as an astronaut. The course is easy to follow, and even though edX doesn't provide free certificates anymore, it is so engaging that I had to go through all the assignments and finish the course. Pure brilliancy and a true gem. Must enroll!
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Fernando Ruiz

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
IT IS A GREAT COURSE! I teach in a Colombian school that after getting involved with NASA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS through Space Centers in the USA in 2009, started implementing a STEM / STEAM PROGRAM. Since it is a trans curricular project, we all have (want ;) ) to get involved. It is very interesting and motivating both for students AND educators. The reason I decided to take this, and some other courses, on Space Science is to be up to my students’ findings. Not coming from a strong Physics / Math background this course was challenging but even with all the “crazy equations” (all new to me) I still was able to pass with 93%. Not ideal, but still a good example for my kids. We all need to take a good look around and learn, because without context you can´t really say that you are trying your best. As Professor Hoffman states in the introductory video, Rocket Science is hard… if you are into it, you won´t be disappointed. LET THERE B... IT IS A GREAT COURSE! I teach in a Colombian school that after getting involved with NASA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS through Space Centers in the USA in 2009, started implementing a STEM / STEAM PROGRAM. Since it is a trans curricular project, we all have (want ;) ) to get involved. It is very interesting and motivating both for students AND educators. The reason I decided to take this, and some other courses, on Space Science is to be up to my students’ findings. Not coming from a strong Physics / Math background this course was challenging but even with all the “crazy equations” (all new to me) I still was able to pass with 93%. Not ideal, but still a good example for my kids. We all need to take a good look around and learn, because without context you can´t really say that you are trying your best. As Professor Hoffman states in the introductory video, Rocket Science is hard… if you are into it, you won´t be disappointed. LET THERE BE A SEQUEL SOON, PLEASE!!!
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Umang jain

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
This is my first course i am doing in my life and a great thing is that it is from my vocational course and i really love this, this is something that i am learning before my core study, as i am in first year of B tech Aerospace Eng. and in second year i will have core domain subject on aerospace , but learning many thing apart from that is amazing.And i had learn a lot bout the life they had on ISS and space such a challenging life and an adventurous life. I love Space.
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Dinesh Peeramsetty

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 9 months ago
Excellent information so far, more interesting as I'm digging more in! What is the next course that I should keep an eye on to enroll?? Thanks
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3 years, 7 months ago
The instructor is an astronaut (Jeffrey Hoffman) and is a great thing for a course like this one. Not only rocket science, the main topics are systems engineering, life support systems and human zero-gravity physiology. Several problems solved by technologies deployed in the International Space Station are studied. There is probably a little too much ego from the instructor, but the quality of the course content makes one to easily forgive it.
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Jack Calaway

10/10 starsDropped
3 years, 7 months ago
This course was awesome! It was my first edX course and I liked it way more than I thought I would. Professor Hoffman does a fantastic job being engaging and sharing personal experiences. Unfortunately I had to travel so I wasn't able to complete the last two weeks of the course
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Yanan Guo

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 8 months ago
It's a pity for me that I missed the online course until now, but I'll catch up the course on my own :-)
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3 years, 10 months ago
Great course, teaching all the fundamentals of spaceflight. Very engaging, experienced and knowledgeable teacher (5x astronaut). The subject is tough, but with a little perseverance the course is very doable.
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