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STS.471J / 16.895J / ESD.30J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System

STS.471J / 16.895J / ESD.30J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System

This course is a detailed technical and historical exploration of the Apollo project to "fly humans to the moon and return them safely to earth" as an example of a complex engineering system. Emphasis is on how the systems worked, the technical and social processes that produced them, mission operations, and historical significance. Guest lectures are featured by MIT-affiliated engineers who contributed to and participated in the Apollo missions. Students work in teams on a final project analyzing an aspect of the historical project to articulate and synthesize ideas in engineering systems.
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