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  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering

This course offers participants a physical and philosophical understanding of our universe, allows them to more fully appreciate the scope of and rationale behind the work they are involved in, and inspires a continued interest in astronomy.

This course is for NASA engineers and technicians who have minimal astronomy training and would like to gain a foundational understanding of the philosophical underpinnings and the “big picture” of astronomy.

Technical Areas Addressed
  • High-level history and science of astronomy
  • Basics of observational astronomy
  • Creation of the universe, its current state, and ultimate demise
  • Different uses of various space studies scientific instruments and spacecraft

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall the high-level essentials of the history and science of astronomy, including findings by ancient philosophers, Newton, and Einstein.
  • Explain the basics of observational astronomy, including the calendar, seasons, and eclipses.
  • Describe the physical creation, elements, timeline, scale, and physical evolution of the universe, solar system, stars, galaxies, and other astronomical bodies, as well as explain its current state and ultimate demise.
  • Discuss various resources leveraged for space studies (telescopes, spacecraft, remote-sensing instruments, etc.) and differentiate their intended uses.
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for the majesty of the worlds explored through engineering abilities, and defend the importance of NASA exploring the universe.
  • Use, as an engaged hobbyist, recommended astronomy hardware, software, and educational tools and resources to continue learning about the universe.