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Spaceflight is exciting, and you don’t have to be a “Rocket Scientist” to share in the excitement! Join MIT Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut as he teaches you the core principles behind space travel. 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 etc.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: MIT

Course Curriculum

Introduction to 16.00x
Video: Meet Professor Hoffman 00:03:00
Introduction to MIT AeroAstro 00:11:00
Content Overview 00:04:00
Videos on edX 00:02:00
Courseware Accordion 00:01:00
Top-Level Navigation Tabs 00:01:00
Discussion Forums 00:01:00
What is Engineering? 00:07:00
What is Aerospace Engineering? 00:10:00
Rocket Science
Solid Rockets 00:05:00
Water Bottle Rockets 00:03:00
The Ideal Rocket Equation 00:12:00
Implications of the Rocket Equation 00:07:00
Rocket Staging 00:09:00
The Effects of Gravity and Atmospheric Drag, Part 1 00:04:00
The Effects of Gravity and Atmospheric Drag, Part 2 00:07:00
Other Types of Propulsion Systems 00:08:00
Traveling on a Rocket 00:13:00
Introduction to Control Theory 00:05:00
Control System Overview 00:17:00
Control System Design 00:17:00
Introduction to Structural Engineering 00:03:00
Overview of Structural Engineering 00:11:00
The Role of Materials in Structural Engineering 00:15:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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