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Making of an Astronaut: Conclusion

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 is the next stop-over on our journey to becoming an astronaut. This discusses the series of giant leaps and presents several critical challenges encountered by humanity to land and live on the next planet. It examines the significant milestones and highlights the critical obstacles humanity must overcome in order to settle on a new planet.

 

We strongly recommend that you should finish Making of an Astronaut: Beginning before enrolling for this course.

The course consists of 12 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 2,000 

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Course Overview

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Life In Space

These modules would be covered in a week and are divided into four modules:
 

  • Living In Space - 1
    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.
     

  • Life in Space Station
    Let us start with a general overview of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit at a distance of 400 km. 
     

  • Living In Space - 2
    Our bodies undergo changes in the space environment and even basic necessities such as hygiene and grooming require a different approach. Discover how astronauts maintain their health and cleanliness in space.

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Alone in the Universe!?

These modules would be covered in a week and are 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. 
     

  • 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.
     

  • Mission Readiness Test
    Challenge your comprehension with entertaining and mind-boggling trivia questions and answers about the International Space Station and other fascinating aspects of space exploration.

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Voyage To A New Home

These modules would be covered in a week and are divided into four modules:
 

  • 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 Shuttle Disaster
    The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when the shuttle disintegrated during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. This module discusses the causes, implications, and lessons of the disaster.
     

  • Apollo 11
    Apollo 11 was a historic spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon, with Neil Armstrong famously declaring "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." We will discuss it in detail here.
     

  • 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 your 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. 

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