The 60s Space Race

The 1957 launch of Russia’s Sputnik started a USSR/USA science and technology race to see who would send humans into and explore space. Despite initial setbacks on both sides, remarkable progress was documented and climaxed in 1969 as American astronauts walked on the moon. We will examine those early missions, the challenges they mastered, and the technology developed by this generation of pioneers. Our exploration of the cosmos opens a whole new field of science and daily brings us closer to better understanding our planet and all that surrounds it.
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Online class

Section Notes

The Zoom link to participate in this course is provided with the Enrollment Confirmation.

A repeat Zoom link will be emailed to all registered students the day before the first session of class.

Students receive an Enrollment Confirmation by email after enrolling in this course online or by phone with our Student Services team. 530-757-8777.

Enrollment Policies

There will be no service charge for withdrawal requests prior to July 5, 2022. After July 5, all withdrawal requests are subject to a $20 processing fee, OR the member may request a credit to their student account (processing fee waived) to be used by September 1, 2022. All unspent fees being held in student account by June 30, 2023 will be forfeited to OLLI.