Oct 23-Dec 15, 2017
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $910.65
Instructor(s): Jason Marcks and Andrew Chaikin

Course Description

Please register for CRN 24088
The purpose of this course is to introduce space science concepts associated with exploration and technology to build core knowledge that can be incorporated into the classroom. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
  • Timeline human and robotic space exploration from its inception through the end of the space shuttle era
  • Understand many of the technological and human challenges of spaceflight, as well as the political forces that have shaped the space program's history
  • Understand scientific breakthroughs accredited to the space program
  • Understand the historical significance of space flight and the impact it has had on national identity
  • Evaluate the potential for future exploration and utilization of solar system resources.

Meeting Place and Times

This course is being taught online. Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4-6 times per week and spend approximately 12-16 hours each week the course is in session, either online or offline, to stay current and successfully complete this graduate level course.


Jason Marcks, MS, MAS, ATP.
Jason is a former high school Earth and space science teacher having spent several years teaching at Estes Park High School in Estes Park, Colorado. After leaving the traditional classroom he spent a decade as the Executive Director of Space Education Initiatives a non profit organization dedicated to improving STEM education through the excitement of spaceflight. He continues his education work as a consultant and also acts as an instructor pilot for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation training newly hired pilots to fly CL-65 regional jets.

Andrew Chaikin, BA.
Science journalist, award-winning author and historian Andrew Chaikin is an internationally renowned authority on space exploration. His books include the best-selling chronicle of the Apollo moon missions, A Man on the Moon, the main basis for Tom Hanks’ Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon. He has interviewed all twelve men to have walked on the Moon along with hundreds of other pioneering space explorers in his work, and is widely regarded as one of the leading space historians. Mr. Chaikin has also authored numerous articles in magazines including Newsweek, Popular Science, Air & Space/Smithsonian, WIRED, Sky and Telescope, Discover and Science Digest. In addition, Mr. Chaikin has written and created online content for space-related websites including,, and


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Science educators.

Time Commitment:

12-16 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

Required Books/Materials

  • Into The Final Frontier: The Human Exploration of Space, by McNamara; ISBN: 003032016
    Excerpts of the text will be available as PDF's, so students need not purchase this text unless they really want to.
  • A Man on The Moon, by Chaikin, Penguin ISBN, 0-14-027201-1
    Approximately $23 new

Teacher/participants are responsible for purchasing A Man on the Moon on their own before the course begins. Excerpts of Into The Final Frontier will be available as PDF's, so students need not purchase this text unless they really want to. Both texts are available through

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For questions regarding registration, contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at

For questions regarding course content, please contact Jason Marcks at

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.