Montana State University

Online MSU graduate course covers the history of space flight

June 13, 2011

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BOZEMAN - Teachers can earn three graduate credits and learn about the history of space flight through an online summer course from Montana State Online, which begins on June 27. The instructors are internationally known space journalist Andrew Chaikin and scientist Jason Marcks, who is executive director of Space Education Initiatives.

The course, "History of Spaceflight and Space Technology" (EDCI 580), will draw upon Chaikin's large body of historical space research, including his interviews with all 12 men to have walked on the moon, along with hundreds of other pioneering space explorers.

The course is designed primarily for teachers, but is open to anyone with an interest in space exploration from 1958 to the present day.

Chaikin authored 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. Chaikin has also authored numerous articles in magazines including Newsweek, Popular Science, Air & Space/Smithsonian, WIRED, Sky and Telescope, Discover and Science Digest. In addition, Chaikin has written and created online content for space-related Web sites including Space.com, ScientificAmerican.com, and SkyandTelescope.com.

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 580-03.

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