L805 Summer 2020 Traveling in Deep Space: The Future is Now!
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, June 24–July 15
Instructors: Christian Godart, Evan Douple
In OLLI’s commemoration of one of human’s greatest technological achievements of 50 years ago, this course will review the technological and biological challenges that needed to be overcome in order to put a human in space and to walk on the moon. The course will also take a look at the new challenges as the space programs focus on deep space ventures, including landing on Mars.
- June 24: The Space Race. This session 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. It 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.
- July 1: 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. This session 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.
- July 8: It’s Official—We Are Going to Mars! (Part One). This session will examine the rockets, programs, and people involved in this new chapter of deep space exploration. Getting humans to Mars would present technological challenges never before encountered, and those challenges and how they could be overcome will be discussed.
- July 15: It’s Official—We Are Going to Mars! (Part Two). This session 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.
is a retired technology specialist and current docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as well as a volunteer at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
is an OLLI Board member who is a retired radiation biophysicist, and who has provided NASA information regarding health effects of radiation while serving as director of the Board on Radiation Effects Research at the National Academy of Science.