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Author Andrew Chaikin to teach online spaceflight course at MSU

January 26, 2010


Space historian Andrew Chaikin, author of "Voices from the Moon" and "A Man on the Moon," which inspired Tom Hanks' Emmy-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," will co-teach an online course at Montana State University this spring.    High-Res Available

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Best-selling space journalist Andrew Chaikin will co-teach an online course about the history of spaceflight and space technology at Montana State University this spring.

Scientist Jason Marcks, executive director of Space Education Initiatives, will co-teach "History of Spaceflight and Space Technology" (EDCI 580), which begins Feb. 8. The online course is designed for teachers, but is open to anyone with an interest in space exploration from 1958 to the present day, and offers three graduate credits from MSU.

Chaikin wrote the best-selling chronicle of the Apollo moon missions, "A Man on the Moon," which was the main basis for Tom Hanks' Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon." He has also written numerous articles in magazines including Newsweek, Popular Science, Air & Space/Smithsonian, WIRED, Sky and Telescope, Discover and Science Digest. Additionally, Chaikin has written and created online content for space-related Web sites including Space.com, ScientificAmerican.com, and SkyandTelescope.com.

The course will draw upon Chaikin's large body of historical space research, including his interviews with all 12 men who have walked on the moon, along with hundreds of other pioneering space explorers.

The course is offered through Extended University's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN). For prerequisites and information about the course or to register, visit http://eu.montana.edu/NTEN and click on current courses in the yellow bar. The class is listed as EDCI 580-01.

Suzi Taylor (406) 994-7957, taylor@montana.edu