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SPST200 - Introduction to Space Studies


This course is designed to introduce the student to a variety of subjects, which together comprise the overall field of space studies. This includes the space environment, astrodynamics, launch vehicles, spacecraft, space operations, commerce, space law, policy, telecommunications, space navigations, remote sensing, space resources, astronomy, and space life sciences. All of these topics will be addressed with a very broad brush, as the student will study them more in-depth during later courses in the aerospace studies degree program. Instruction is primarily through readings (both textbook and online), along with weekly classroom discussions. As the first space studies course in the AS and BS degree in Space Studies program, this course also focuses on research and writing methods appropriate to space studies. The web readings listed under "Web Resources" will discuss critical elements of research, writing, style and formatting. The Turabian style (also known as the Chicago style) is required for all courses in this program. The course will introduce the student to a variety of research sources that will be useful in future space studies courses. (Prerequisite: MATH111)





Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D - 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Book Title: Something New Under the Sun: Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age - eBook available through the APUS Online Library.
ISBN: 9780387949147
Publication Info: N/A
Author: Gavaghan, Helen
Unit Cost: $24.29
Electronic ISBN: N/A
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Book Title: Frontiers of Space Exploration, 2nd Ed-E-book provided inside the APUS Online Library
ISBN: 9780313325243
Publication Info: ABC-CLIO
Author: Launius, Roger
Unit Cost: $51.78
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: N/A