The Conquest of Space: Space Exploration and Rocket Science

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The Conquest of Space: Space Exploration and Rocket Science

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Space exploration plays a major role in the history of humankind. The cultural, political and sociological repercussions are extraordinary, and the amount of resources dedicated to space exploration is enormous. This aerospace course is a first step for those interested in learning more about the history of the space and the impact of space exploration on our daily lives.

Each week we will focus on a major chapter in the history of space exploration accompanied by an introduction to the relevant technical topics to fully understand these historical developments. During the seven weeks of the course, we will follow the technical, political and cultural contexts that lead to the birth of the space age, uncover the evolution of space exploration from competition to cooperation in the Apollo and post-Apollo era and finally, analyze current trends in space exploration.

By successfully completing this course, you will acquire the cri...

Space exploration plays a major role in the history of humankind. The cultural, political and sociological repercussions are extraordinary, and the amount of resources dedicated to space exploration is enormous. This aerospace course is a first step for those interested in learning more about the history of the space and the impact of space exploration on our daily lives.

Each week we will focus on a major chapter in the history of space exploration accompanied by an introduction to the relevant technical topics to fully understand these historical developments. During the seven weeks of the course, we will follow the technical, political and cultural contexts that lead to the birth of the space age, uncover the evolution of space exploration from competition to cooperation in the Apollo and post-Apollo era and finally, analyze current trends in space exploration.

By successfully completing this course, you will acquire the critical tools to understand the key events and developments of the Space Age. You will learn to solve basic technical and engineering problems of space travel, rocket propulsion, space systems, and human space flight.

Course image: Rosetta at Comet (landscape) / Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab; Comet image: ESA/Rosetta/Navcam.

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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 3 months ago
The course is very interesting, however some topics are challenging. Even it is to be said that I will spend 4 hours a week, I mostly spend 10 hours a week to fully grasp all of the contents. Actually, I finally find a course that I like.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
Challenging and interesting course that offered a few novel perspectives on the history and science behind rocket and space programs. Depending on level of school completed and how much time has elapsed, some of the math might be a bit challenging for some, but the historical retrospective is worth the time in of itself to complete the course.
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10/10 starsDropped
2 years, 10 months ago
¡Por favor hagan el curso en español! y cursos sobre ingeniería aeronáutica pues en la red son escasos.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I adored this course. I learned so much, I can't even explain. Ok, here I'm talking about the history part, how everything started, writers, poets, scientists, and later on what happened during and after World War 2, and then with Sputnik, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo... Captivating and detailed story that these guys really managed to explain well. As to the physics part, it was really hard for me (I don't have the scientific background) but I did listen to all the lessons and was even able to do one or two exercises (like to calculate the amount of fuel needed for a rocket to carry a certain payload) and was very proud of myself (I think I event jumped of joy). The course was interesting from the first to the last second. Listen carefully and enjoy learning plenty of new things.
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3 years, 5 months ago
Great course which will take you to the wide history of space exploration and the development of missiles to the deep space probes.The best part was the additional content provided,especially the explanation of special relativity.The course also had interviews with the experts in the field which are really great.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I found the information extremely interesting and completed all sections of the course, though I was planning from the beginning to only work on the sections I found interesting! lol. There were enough second chances on the quizzes to let me learn the right answer on the questions I was unsure of, and the one submission on the tests was realistic. I also enjoyed the short writing assignment, though I felt a little put out that my peers didn't give me all of the points since I thought I did a great job following the rubric in all ways.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
It was a pretty interesting course. A lot of material on history of space exploration, several interviews with people working in the space industry and science, theoretical courses on orbital mechanics, spacecraft systems etc., additional material about alternative concepts etc. I enjoyed basically everything.
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3 years, 6 months ago
This course combines space history and technical relations to space engineering at a glance. Due to the historical content, it provides good insights about why technical alternatives have been chosen more likely than other possible options and also how a given technology influences the social, economic and political course of action. Also the course's staff are very competent and respond quickly to questions, which is to be regarded very positively. 100% recomendable!
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Physics section is more than "introductory" Accents made the audio difficult to understand and the mobile client has buggy interface for closed caption.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
I have a group at Linked In called Spacecraft Architecture and Engineering that has nearly 2,000 members from around the world. It includes a good number of NASA and ESA employees and their Contractors. I do not expect extra credit for that, but I do invite you and others to join us. I also suggest that you take this class as it gives a good perspective, historically, current activities and hints of the future of the business of space ventures.
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3 years, 6 months ago
This is a nice course, and it covers engineering, mathematics, physics, history and future of space exploration as well. However, advanced mathematics is needed for the first couple of classes, and this may fool people into thinking the course is calculus-oriented. It was a nice one, and it's nice to see a European course about space exploration once in a while. It's a great course if you have prior knowledge and background in a bit of astronomy, mathematics and engineering, even though sometimes feels rushed.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 7 months ago
I'm in week 4 of the course and I can't say anything but what an excellent course this is. From the first week I was impressed with the combination of videos, quiz questions, discussions, and the weekly tests. Week 1 was the toughest for me. The historical information was easy for me the calculations were more difficult. Fortunately I spent time searching on the internet and each week the calculations questions have gotten easier. I do like the blend of history and engineering. It is an engineering course but it does not feel like one. I find myself going back and re-watching the videos. Both the instructors Manuel and Mario are extremely knowledgeable and made me feel at ease while learning this material. The bonus are the extra supplemental material and videos such as the section on nuclear propulsion This is my first eDX course. One of my model rocket club members described his experience and I decided to give it a try. My advi... I'm in week 4 of the course and I can't say anything but what an excellent course this is. From the first week I was impressed with the combination of videos, quiz questions, discussions, and the weekly tests. Week 1 was the toughest for me. The historical information was easy for me the calculations were more difficult. Fortunately I spent time searching on the internet and each week the calculations questions have gotten easier. I do like the blend of history and engineering. It is an engineering course but it does not feel like one. I find myself going back and re-watching the videos. Both the instructors Manuel and Mario are extremely knowledgeable and made me feel at ease while learning this material. The bonus are the extra supplemental material and videos such as the section on nuclear propulsion This is my first eDX course. One of my model rocket club members described his experience and I decided to give it a try. My advise to all is if you are having trouble with the math use the power of the internet to guide you to sites that can explain how to do the math. This course so far has linked concepts and ideas that I only faintly new, now I have a much better understanding. Regards John Cieslak
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10/10 starsDropped
3 years, 8 months ago
I have mixed feelings about this MOOC. The good: I liked the historical background (Copernicus, etc) and the background in literature (Jules Verne, etc) in the first module. The bad: I was hoping for a non-American perspective in this MOOC and got that when they talked about the Russian theorists and Germans in early rocketry. Then they started talking about Goddard and totally glossed over the guy. I wanted a non-American perspective but not that the American contribution not be discussed. The ugly: The course says high school math is required. Here in the good 'ol USA (the dumbest country in the world) the math required is probably at least 2nd level college. I'm a mechanical engineer but, sadly, my course of study probably took place before the instructors in this MOOC were born. I've forgotten a lot in the last 25 years. I bombed the first module test (30%), which was heavily math based and reluctantly dropped the clas... I have mixed feelings about this MOOC. The good: I liked the historical background (Copernicus, etc) and the background in literature (Jules Verne, etc) in the first module. The bad: I was hoping for a non-American perspective in this MOOC and got that when they talked about the Russian theorists and Germans in early rocketry. Then they started talking about Goddard and totally glossed over the guy. I wanted a non-American perspective but not that the American contribution not be discussed. The ugly: The course says high school math is required. Here in the good 'ol USA (the dumbest country in the world) the math required is probably at least 2nd level college. I'm a mechanical engineer but, sadly, my course of study probably took place before the instructors in this MOOC were born. I've forgotten a lot in the last 25 years. I bombed the first module test (30%), which was heavily math based and reluctantly dropped the class. I gave 5 stars on everything just to be fair to these guys because I didn't complete the course. My advice would be to avoid the course if you don't have RECENT exposure to the likes of integrals, differentiation and vector algebra. Because there's no support in the MOOC to help you along and you only get ONE crack at the correct answer on the quizzes.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
Hi Dear Edx staff, What about Spanish content? Could you? There are a lot of people looking for this kind of info in Spanish language. Thanks.
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