From Goddard to Apollo: The History of Rockets, Part 1

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From Goddard to Apollo: The History of Rockets, Part 1

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Learn about one of the greatest engineering efforts in human history: NASA’s Project Apollo and the space race to put a man on the moon.

Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, just eleven years after the first successful satellite launch (Sputnik in 1957) and forty-three years after Robert Goddard’s launch of the world’s first liquid fueled rocket. But the history of rocket development actually can be traced back more than 2,000 years to the experiments of Archytas, an ancient Greek Philosopher.

This aerospace history course will take you back in time and trace the many developments in technology that transformed rockets from celebratory accouterments to weapons and finally to launchpads for human space travel. It is a story of technology, but ultimately the emphasis on this course is about people. Some are very well-known, but others not so.

You will learn how the Chinese introduced rockets as weapons, how early experimenter...

Learn about one of the greatest engineering efforts in human history: NASA’s Project Apollo and the space race to put a man on the moon.

Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, just eleven years after the first successful satellite launch (Sputnik in 1957) and forty-three years after Robert Goddard’s launch of the world’s first liquid fueled rocket. But the history of rocket development actually can be traced back more than 2,000 years to the experiments of Archytas, an ancient Greek Philosopher.

This aerospace history course will take you back in time and trace the many developments in technology that transformed rockets from celebratory accouterments to weapons and finally to launchpads for human space travel. It is a story of technology, but ultimately the emphasis on this course is about people. Some are very well-known, but others not so.

You will learn how the Chinese introduced rockets as weapons, how early experimenters succeeded through trial and error, how scientific advancement provided the foundation for rocket development and space travel, and how rocket use spread throughout the world prior to the modern era. Finally, you will be introduced to the contributions of rocket pioneers such as Tsiolkovsky, Oberth and Goddard who dreamed of and paved the way for space travel. The course culminates with an introduction of German rocket development in the early 1930s and the emergence the genius rocket engineer Wehner von Braun.  

Verified students are eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs), valid toward continuing education requirements for many professional certifications.

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Gaia S

4/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
A bit disappointing, completed it in under 3 hours with full marks. It says Part I but I can't find any other parts? A bit unreasonable to spend 50 dollars for this content. Very interesting, but definitely not a proper, full course.
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thota akshay

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 1 month ago
I am really enjoying the course its so helpful many things can be learnt through the basics and the history of rockets.......................... the tests are good but I recently joined the course and some tests are showing that time is finished but the course has started two days ago how can it show like that please I request to correct it
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Angelina B

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 1 month ago
My earliest memory is the lunar landing of 69, I was almost 2 years old standing in my family's living room...the great space race!!! I remember everything like it was clear as day even our TV set & HiFi was space age in design, round and white and we drank TANG...everything seemed to be shaped like the moon. Not only did we own a globe but we owned one of the moon and it was fabulous and I explored it with curiosity & excitement! Everything in the media was marketed around this and had so much impact around this event that it had a very strong and lasting impact in my early childhood memories and I am very intrigued & looking very forward to taking this course and the ones that follow to learn more of the history of this great historic event. To take it back even farther to ancient Chinese weaponry is going to be a special treat; I'm very excited! Space Travel, Rockets, Propulsion= Ultimate Coolness!!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
I really liked this course since I didn't know any of the things that the course was about. I like watching rocket launches, I like everything about space, the space station, the universe, but I don't know anything about the history of rockets. At least I didn't know, but now I do. The course is very interesting, I learned plenty. And for a beginner like me, the material is nicely organized and easy to understand. Can't wait for parts 2 and 3, and to learn even more.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 5 months ago
This is a nice course for beginners, and its advantage is its mentioned shortness. It could also be a disadvantage if you're looking into studying more than a historical overview. However, I liked the simplicity, it's a great way of getting to know the world's rocket geniuses, and I'm looking forward to the second part of the course. Quizzes are easy, and there are two self-assessed essays, which should be converted into peer-reviewed ones, since this is just a summary exercise, rather than a real problem. The course features a Facebook group, which is a nice addition. I'd like it to grow into a bigger course, with more technical data (at least as additional material), and currently I really like optional projects - there should be more of these!
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Andrei Ivanov

5/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
Very basic and brief course (it will take you few hours at best). If you were living under a rock most of your life and don't know literally a thing about rockets and history of gunpowder; who von Braun, Tsiolkovsky and Oberth are, only in this case you will find something new here. Plus right now it riddled with technical errors like totally messed up subtitles and some misspelled names like "Sergeo Korolev" in one place and "Serge Korolev" in another (right spelling is Sergey Korolev).
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Nicolas Rouvier

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
Very interesting, I believed I knew everything about rockets history and I've learnt a lot. Can't wait part 2 & 3!
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