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This course is designed to be mostly conceptual in nature and is open to all participants with an interest in the area.

About this course

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This applied science course introduces aspects of human spaceflight, including the various environmental, medical and technical challenges of space travel.

Join Christer Fuglesang, Director of KTH Space Center, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, during this 5-week course in which Christer makes human spaceflight both accessible and engaging. Christer often draws on his own experiences as an astronaut which include two Space Shuttle missions and five spacewalks.

Special thank you to Sciss for the use of the Uniview™ real-time virtual planetarium software.

What you'll learn

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  • Historical overview of human space travel
  • Political, economical and community perspective of human space travel
  • The space environment
  • Human space vehicles and their requirements including space launchers, space shuttles, and space stations
  • Medical aspects of space travel
  • Life-sustaining systems on space vehicles
  • How the International Space Station (ISS) was built and is operated
  • Research in zero gravity at the International Space Station (ISS)
  • Astronaut selection and training
  • Future of space travel and new frontiers

Meet your instructors

Christer Fuglesang
ESA astronaut
Agnes Gårdebäck
Teacher's Assistant
Michelle Wang
Teacher's Assistant
Eloi Crété
Teacher's Assistant

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