Future of Space Travel

Note:  This course is provided by Pointful Education and is based on a rigorous, traditional textbook curriculum model which includes upper level reading assignments, detailed essays, quizzes, and a final exam.

This course introduces students to the history and near future of space travel. Students will explore the possibilities of moon bases, Mars colonies, and visiting the outer planets in our solar system and their moons. Students will also discuss important ethical and legal issues around space exploration, such as asteroid mining and war in space. The course gives an expansive view of the technologies, science, and theories that will make far-fetched dreams into realities during the student’s lifetime.

Available:  Spring 2021

What You’ll Learn

  • Define key terms related to space travel and astronomy.
  • Describe key technologies that have contributed to the development of space travel from the early 1900s to the present.
  • Outline the history of space travel and exploration by various countries and companies.
  • Analyze the technologies, spacecraft, satellites, and other systems that make space travel possible.
  • Evaluate concepts and proposals of pursuing space travel, extracting resources, and setting up colonies on the moon, Mars, and other locations in the solar system.
  • Discuss the challenges and difficulties presented in space travel as well as the existing and proposed solutions to these problems.
  • Identify the risks of space as an arena for conflict.
  • Determine the feasibility of space travel within our solar system and to other stars.

System Requirements

  • PC: Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

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