This New Ocean: The History of Space Flight


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Week 01:
  1. Early Rocketery
  2. Galileo/Newton
  3. Goddard/WWII
Week 02:
  1. X Projects
  2. Orbits/ICBM's
  3. Cape Canaveral
Week 03:
  1. Sputnik/Vanguard
  2. Vostok/Mercury
  3. Early Satellites
Week 04:
  1. Voshkod/Gemini
  2. Planetary Probes
  3. Space Tragedy
Midterm Exam - Feb 5th
Week 05:
  1. Saturn V
  2. Apollo
  3. Space Science
Week 06:
  1. Launch Systems
  2. Military Space Forces
  3. Mars Missions
Week 07:
  1. Outer Planets/Grand Tour
  2. Skylab/Salyut
  3. Spaceplane
Week 08:
  1. Space Shuttle
  2. Hubble
  3. Space Station
  4. FTL
Final Exam - Mar 11th

We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new, terrifying theater of war.

John F. Kennedy
September 12, 1962

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