R807 Winter 2020 Traveling in Deep Space—the Future Is Now!
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 30–Feb. 20
Instructors: Christian Godart, Evan Douple
This is a repeat of F801.
As part of OLLI’s commemoration of one of humanity’s greatest technological achievements, this four-week course will review the technological and biological challenges that needed to be overcome 50 years ago in order to put a human in space and to be able to walk on the moon. The course will also take a look at new challenges as US space programs focus on deep space ventures, including landing on Mars.
See F801 for instructor information.
- Jan. 30: The Space Race. We will trace the beginning of the Cold War to President Kennedy’s challenge of putting a human on the moon to Projects Mercury and Gemini. We will examine how two rival world powers with drastically different political systems and ideologies dominated the global landscape to prove who was superior in terms of technological capability, with the moon as the prize.
- Feb. 6: Apollo to the Moon. The Apollo Program was the third chapter in the US human space flight program and the culmination of the Space Race. We will look at the rocket that would take man to the moon, as well as the people behind the missions that were necessary to lead to mankind’s first step on the moon and all of the Apollo flights.
- Feb. 13: It’s Official—We Are Going to Mars! (Part One). We will examine the rockets, programs, and people involved in this new chapter of deep space exploration. Getting humans to Mars will present technological challenges never before encountered, and we will explore those challenges and how they could be overcome.
- Feb. 20: It’s Official—We Are Going to Mars! (Part Two). We will examine the lessons learned regarding various health effects from earlier space programs and review some of the new challenges facing the health of astronauts going to deep space destinations.