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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16.895J (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. David Mindell
    Prof. Laurence Young 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • STS.471J / 16.895J / ESD.30J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System



    Spring 2007




    Course Highlights




    STS.471J / 16.895J / ESD.30J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System



    Spring 2007


    Photo of an astronaut on the surface of the moon.
    Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed by Neil Armstrong as he walks on the surface of the Moon. (Image courtesy of NASA.)


    Course Description


    This course is a detailed technical and historical exploration of the Apollo project to "fly humans to the moon and return them safely to earth" as an example of a complex engineering system. Emphasis is on how the systems worked, the technical and social processes that produced them, mission operations, and historical significance. Guest lectures are featured by MIT-affiliated engineers who contributed to and participated in the Apollo missions. Students work in teams on a final project analyzing an aspect of the historical project to articulate and synthesize ideas in engineering systems.


    Technical Requirements


    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .avi, .mp3, .mpeg, and .mov.

     

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