I am one of those people that LOVES to take online courses. I’ve done quite a few in the past years on a variety of topics, from getting better in blogging, to learning Japanese and finding out more on body language, speaking in public and even making scrapbooks!
As you may or may not know, one of my favourite places for online learning is Creative Live, where the courses are free to watch live, after which you can purchase them and get things like a workbook, etc.
BUT, the other day I discovered a whole new online learning platform called ‘MasterClass‘ and I’m so excited about it, because here, all the classes are taught by some of the best people in the business of film, music, writing, cooking and many, many other topics… even including science!
If you’ve ever wondered how hard is it to become an astronaut, then MasterClass has just released THE class for you. Astronaut Chris Hadfield is going to tell you everything about the topic from personal experience and makes it super easy to start living the Space Lifestyle.
Even if you’re not planning on going to space yourself, this course is packed with interesting information on leadership, survival skills, fear management, navigation and much more. He even goes into what we can learn from from looking down at Earth from above, what spaceflight means for our human perspective and how we can use what we learn in space to preserve our species and planet.
Interested? Keep reading!
Who is Chris Hadfield?
At age nine, Chris Hadfield knew he wanted to go to space. He eventually went there three times, becoming the first Canadian to walk in space and the commander of the International Space Station!
In 1992, Chris was accepted into the Canadian astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency.
He first flew aboard STS-74 in November 1995 as a mission specialist. During the mission he visited the Russian space station Mir.
In April 2001 he flew again on STS-100 and visited the International Space Station (ISS), where he walked in space and helped to install the Canadarm2.
In December 2012 he flew for a third time aboard Soyuz TMA-07M and joined Expedition 34 on the ISS. He was a member of this expedition until March 2013 when he became the commander of the ISS as part of Expedition 35. He was responsible for a crew of five astronauts and helped to run dozens of scientific experiments dealing with the impact of low gravity on human biology.
During the mission, he also gained popularity by chronicling life aboard the space station and taking pictures of the earth and posting them on various social media platforms to a large following of people around the world. He was a guest on television news and talk shows and gained popularity by playing the International Space Station’s guitar in space.
What can you find in the course?
In this MasterClass, Chris teaches you what it takes to explore space and what the future holds for humans in the final frontier. You can learn all about the science of space travel, life as an astronaut, and how flying in space will forever change the way you think about living on Earth.
There are 29 lessons and you get a workbook for lesson recaps, assignments, and photocopies of handwritten notes that Chris took to space.
You can also upload videos to get feedback from the class. Chris will also answer select student questions.
What can you learn in each lesson?
Here is a complete overview of each lesson, so you know what to expect:
- Introduction – In his first lesson, Chris reflects on overcoming the impossible to explore outer space.
- Astronaut Training – To become an astronaut, you have to become an expert on everything. Chris outlines the scope of an astronaut’s training from leadership skills to survival skills.
- Rockets: How Rockets Work – Chris explains the functions of the basic parts of a rocket, the physics of launching one beyond the atmosphere, and how rocket design has evolved from mission to mission.
- Rockets: What It Feels Like to Launch – Only a few hundred humans have ever traveled to space. Chris describes in precise detail the emotions an astronaut feels on launch day and the physical feeling of leaving Earth.
- Rockets: Atmospheric Drag – Chris breaks down the equation for drag and shows how rockets are designed to overcome the biggest hurdle of launching into space—the atmosphere.
- Rockets: Orbital Mechanics – Chris uses familiar situations, like driving a car and jumping off a diving board, to illustrate how the laws of orbital mechanics govern spaceflight and navigation
- Rockets: Fuels and Propulsion – Chris explains the pros and cons of different types of rocket fuels including liquid fuel, solid fuel, and ionized gas.
- Rockets: The Price of Exploration – Learn how astronauts manage their fears and cope with tragedy as Chris had to do after the loss of a friend in the Columbia Space Shuttle mission.
- Spaceships: Capsule Design – Learn the virtues and drawbacks of using the capsule model for human transport to space as Chris analyzes the designs of the Apollo, Gemini, Lunar Lander, and Soyuz.
- Spaceships: Shuttles and Beyond – Chris outlines the design of the Shuttle, the impact of its re-usability, and how spacecraft will evolve in the future.
- Spaceships: Navigation Systems and Human Variables – Learn how astronauts use stars, planets, and instruments to understand where their spaceship is, how it’s oriented, and where it’s going.
- Spaceships: Navigating to the International Space Station – Chris talks you through the process of flying your spaceship to the ISS, docking, and beginning your adventure aboard the laboratory in the sky.
- The ISS: Conception, Design, and Construction – The International Space Station couldn’t have been built without teams coming together from around the world. Chris details the process of constructing the ISS and explains the idea of shared exploration.
- The ISS: Life Support Systems – Learn about the many systems that work together to keeps astronauts alive aboard the ISS and how those systems are evolving so that we can travel even further in space.
- The ISS: Experiments – Chris outlines a few experiments currently running on the ISS and explains how astronauts learn to conduct experiments in space on behalf of scientists on Earth.
- Leadership: Commanding the ISS – Chris describes the great honor and responsibility of commanding the ISS, ranks the commander’s priorities, and outlines what it takes to reach and fulfill such an elite and difficult leadership position.
- Training and Learning: One-Pagers – Preparing for space travel means learning massive amounts of information. Learn how Chris used a series of one-page summaries to recall complex systems and concepts on the fly during his time in space.
- Comms: Mission Control Evolution and Operations – The first words spoken from the Moon were directed to Mission Control for a reason. Learn how Mission Control functions and why it is so critical to the success of a mission to space.
- Spacewalking: Spacesuits – Chris gives a head-to-toe tour of an EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit), explaining how it keeps astronauts alive while spacewalking and conducting work outside the ship.
- Spacewalking: Spacewalks – Chris outlines the physical and mental challenges of walking in space, describing the important roles played by support teams on Earth and inside the spacecraft during a spacewalk.
- Spacewalking: Training – Chris describes his personal experience training for spacewalking in an underwater simulation and emphasizes the importance of gaining confidence in maneuvering and monitoring the spacesuit
- Spacewalking: Space and Perspective – What can we learn from looking down at Earth from above? Chris explains what spaceflight means for our human perspective and how we can use what we learn in space to preserve our species and planet.
- Training and Learning: Simulations – Chris teaches you the principles behind simulation setup, the mindset you need to learn as much as possible from simulations, and how astronauts prepare for worst-case scenarios.
- Mars: How to Get to Mars – Chris explains the technical and societal challenges we face in traveling to Mars, including the ideal flight path required, the physics of slowing down and landing, and the risk of human life.
- Mars: Living on Another Planet – Chris walks through the basic human needs required to live on another planet. Learn what it takes to grow food in space, protect ourselves from the elements, and readjust to gravity.
- Mars: In-Situ Resource Utilization – If we can safely get to Mars, in-situ resource utilization could help us sustain life there. Chris breaks down the vital Sabatier process for creating hydrogen, oxygen, and methane on Mars.
- Mars: Exploring Mars, Geology, and Astrobiology – Chris discusses how finding life on Mars could deepen our understanding of the universe and illuminate our place within it. Learn how we’re working with robots to search for life and build an outpost on Mars.
- Conclusion: The Future of Exploration – In his parting words, Chris reflects on the cyclical nature of human exploration and Earth’s place in outer space.
- Bonus Chapter: Chris’s Journey – Chris tells his personal story of becoming an astronaut and gives advice for achieving your goals—no matter where life takes you.
Which of these lessons do you think are most interesting?
Where is Masterclass available? All over the world, as long as you have an internet connection!
What browser do I need? Your class will play in any modern browser.
Are there subtitles? The classes offer English closed captioning/subtitles. They are updating some classes with Spanish and German subtitles.
How long does the course take? Each class will have a suggested time line, but you can take the class at your own pace and in your own time. All classes can be paused and picked up again when you have time.
Can I re-watch a video? Absolutely.
How long do I have access to the course? If you’ve purchased a class individually, you have unlimited access to every class that you enroll in. If you’ve purchased an all-access pass, you’ll have unlimited access to every class that you enroll in as long as your subscription is active.
Can I download material? You can download most of the class materials, but you cannot download the video lessons to your computer.
Interested to find out more?
Head over to Masterclass for the Course by Chris Hadfield on Space Exploration
Looking for more inspiring Masterclasses?
Here are some great ones to choose from:
MASTERCLASSES FOR WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS / BLOGGERS
MASTERCLASSES FOR VIDEO MAKERS / VLOGGERS
MASTERCLASSES FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT