Making of an Astronaut

Humanity’s first space explorer, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, orbited around the globe on 12 April 1961, more than half a century ago. Since then, more than 566 people from 37 nations have blasted themselves into the deep black abyss, unraveling its mysteries. 

Set in the year 2035, this course discusses the series of giant leaps, and presents several critical challenges encountered by humanity to land and live on the next planet. This course is a one-stop guide to becoming an astronaut.

The course consists of 16 modules and is offered in English. 

Each module would be of 10-12 minutes and classes can be completed anytime over the specified week.

Recommended Age Group: 10 years onwards​

Price of Course: Rs. 400 (Available at a special discount for IPV investors)

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Course Overview

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Our Place In Space

This module would be covered in a week and is divided into four modules:
 

  • A Quest To Space
    Being an astronaut is, obviously, a very cool job, so it’s not surprising that thousands of you want to become one. Here, we'll talk about what it takes for you to become one.
     

  • Space Station Work
    Humans have explored the infinite space beyond Earth's atmosphere for over half a century. Let's get our creative cells at work to make some important design decisions before we land on the next planet.
     

  • Our Past with Stars 
    Stars have been used for navigation since ancient times. They are also the source of the elements we’re made of. Let’s understand the impact of stars and constellations on humanity. 
     

  • Mission Readiness Test
    Strain your brain with some superfun, mind-bending, totally awesome trivia questions and answers about stars, constellations, planets, spaceships, space travel, and much more.

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Why We Explore?

This module would be covered in a week and is divided into four modules:
 

  • The Lonely Moon
    Let's delve into an exciting story of some of humanity's greatest minds and understand how the knowledge of space science changed the course of human history.
     

  • All About Eclipses
    Eclipses have caused fear, inspired curiosity, and have been associated with myths, legends, and superstitions throughout history. Here, we'll discuss everything in detail about them.
     

  • Why Send Astronauts to Space?
    Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific limits, and then push further. This module focuses on the need to send humans to space.
     

  • Mission Readiness Test
    Test your understanding with some super fun, mind-bending, totally awesome trivia questions and answers about our nearest cosmic neighbor — Moon, the mighty Sun, eclipses, and much more.

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Alone in the Universe!?

This module would be covered in a week and is divided into four modules:
 

  • Living In Space
    Living in space is not the same as living on Earth. Many things are different. Our bodies change in space. The way we stay clean and neat is different too. Learn how astronauts stay strong and clean.
     

  • Space Station Work
    Do you think you are busy? Wait until you see what a day in space looks like for astronauts on the International Space Station. Come let us look at the itinerary of a typical day in an astronaut's life.
     

  • Are We Alone?
    In this module, we travel the cosmos in search of extraterrestrial life, uncovering what makes life on Earth possible, how extraterrestrial life may look, and how we'll know we have found it.
     

  • Our Solar Family
    For the first time in human history, we know of planets around other stars and many of those other planetary systems look quite different from our own. Let's explore our solar family in detail.

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Voyage To A New Home

This module would be covered in a week and is divided into four modules:
 

  • How Far Have We Gone?
    Let's hop onto this exciting journey to know how far we have traveled in space and find out about all the things humans have accomplished when they have been away from the pull of Earth's gravity!
     

  • The Golden Record
    In cosmic terms, we are just a tiny pale blue dot. Yet there is something in us so expansive that, we made a time capsule full of music and photographs from Earth and flung it out into the universe. 
     

  • Where Are We Going?
    The establishment of a colony on the next cosmic body has been a dream for decades. We will explore the challenges and opportunities of settling on the Moon and then colonizing Mars.
     

  • Space Station Work
    The age of space exploration has just begun. Get your grey matter at work to design a beautiful and elegant passport and flag for the fellow human beings who are going to set foot on the next planet.

Meet Your Mission Commander

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Srijan Pal Singh
India's #1 Science Author and Former Advisor to Dr. Kalam

Srijan Pal Singh is an author, education innovator, futurist and social entrepreneur. He studied in La Martiniere College and then completed his Engineering and further went to the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to study management. He was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder Student of the 2009 batch at IIM-A and was also the President of the Student’s Council there.​

 

He served as Officer on Special Duty and Advisor (Technology and Policy) at the Office of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam where he worked as a close aide to the former president on various consulting works. Some of the projects include Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA), Kalam-NSS, USA Initiative for Space-based Solar Power,  Projects on Koodanakulum Nuclear Plant, Neutrinos, Development Plans for various governments across India, Russia, Maldives, Canada and UAE.

He has interacted with leading institutions of the world for addresses/research and delegate visits including, FermiLab (Chicago), UKCA Yorkshire, CERN (Switzerland), Boulby Underground Dark Matter Laboratory, Harvard University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Boston University, Kentucky University, Sydney University, University of Edinburgh, St Gallen's University (Switzerland), Beijing University, HBS, DRDO, BrahMos Missile Project, Toyota Motors (Georgetown), George Washington University, Mahindra, NITI Aayog, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and many other leading institutions across the world. He has been a host to several Nobel Laureates and Astronauts in his shows.