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Engineers in Space Part 3 - Apollo Mission - Part 1 (4 credit hours)
The major goal of the Apollo program when it was first conceived in 1960 was to stay ahead of the Soviet Union in the “Space Race.” Many in NASA believed that placing three American astronauts in a spacecraft to orbit the Earth would achieve this goal. In the spring of 1961 President John Kennedy presented a challenge to a joint meeting of Congress to put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. Only then did NASA give a lunar landing serious consideration. At the time the Mercury Project had been well underway, but would not have given America the lead in the Space Race over the Soviet Union regarding manned space flight. Over the next several months NASA’s administration and engineering corps developed various plans for doing what President Kennedy had suggested by the end of the decade. In the meantime, NASA realized that a “bridge” program would be necessary between Mercury and Apollo. They created the second phase of America’s space flight program, Project Gemini. The decade of the 1960’s proved to be a technological masterpiece which the world had never seen before, and may not see again in our lifetime. This course is a synopsis of the magnificent efforts of the many talented personnel in American management and the engineering and construction industries, as well as the many American astronauts who risked their very lives in order to make Kennedy’s words a reality.
Dom Perrotta
1. Learn why Project Gemini was so necessary once a lunar landing became the only option.

2. See how the NASA team handled the pressure of the challenge by President Kennedy.
 
3. Follow the sequence of events as the Marshall Space Flight Center developed the powerful Saturn V rocket.
 
4. Learn how the U. S. designed and developed a three-man spacecraft.
 
5. Gain an understanding of how each step in the program had significance toward achieving the goal of the United States.
 
6.  Learn why the training and experience of the astronauts and engineers prepared them with the confidence to pursue a mission of such huge proportions.
 
7.  Follow the progress of each Apollo mission to learn why every flight was critical for a lunar landing.

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