Spaceflight is exciting, and you don’t have to be a “Rocket Scientist” to share in the excitement! 16.00x makes the basics of spaceflight accessible to everyone. Join MIT Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut who made five spaceflights and was the first astronaut to log 1000 hours on the Space Shuttle, as he teaches you the core principles behind space travel and exploration. 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, and how spacewalks happen, plus more. Many lessons will be illustrated with Professor Hoffman’s own experiences in space.
Advanced Notice of a Future Spaceflight Course
Students who are interested in taking more online space-related courses should be aware that Professor Hoffman will be presenting a new online course in the fall of 2018 about “Systems Engineering and the Space Shuttle”. 16.00x is good preparation for this new course.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Lina is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's one of the best MOOC courses I've ever taken. It's easy enough that you can follow it with only high-school math & physics background, but the assessment questions require some original thought (not just parroting back what was said in the lectures) which makes it challenging, fun and rewarding. Professor Hoffman has the gift of explaining things in logical and understandable way and the other students are active in the forum, where you can find tips and insights.