How hard is it to become an astronaut? Find out in this Masterclass taught by former ISS commander Chris Hadfield.
ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD MASTERCLASS REVIEW
I am one of those people that LOVES to take online courses. I’ve done quite a few over the past few 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! If there is a course about it, I’ll take it.
These days, more and more online learning platforms appear. Especially in Covid-times, the business of learning new skills from the easy of your own home has been booming.
One of my favourite places for online learning has always been Creative Live, an online classroom where courses are streamed free for 24 hours before you can purchase an all-access pass (including workbooks and bonus material) for future reference.
Their courses are aimed mostly at creatives (craft, maker, photography, etc.) and business owners (courses on blogging, marketing & sales, social media etc.).
But there is a new player on the market with a whole range of other topics and they take things serious. Meet MasterClass: an online course platform with teachers that are some of the world’s best minds!
WHAT IS A MASTERCLASS?
Simply put, a master class is a lesson or course taught by an expert to students in a specific field.
You can think about master classes in music, science, painting, drama, games, or on any other occasion where skills are being developed.
WHAT IS MASTERCLASS – THE WEBSITE?
MasterClass is an immersive online version of the traditional master class. Because you don’t need to travel to reap the benefits of this class, everyone around the world has the opportunity to learn from the world’s best practitioners.
And boy, do they have a killer line-up over on their website! From learning how to cook with Gordon Ramsay, to the inside tips on Film Directing with Ron Howard, and even seeing the step-by-step process of Songwriting and Producing taught by Alicia Key.
What is great, is that every class is actually created by the instructor themselves, so you’re basically tapping right into their brilliant minds. With the yearly pass, you get access to a library of extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities.
Scroll further down to learn how exactly this all works and what you can expect from the Chris Hadfield MasterClass.
HOW DOES MASTERCLASS WORK?
Masterclass is available over the world, as long as you have an internet connection. Your class will play as a video in any modern browser.
You can attend courses on your smartphone, personal computer, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku streaming media players. With iOS, you can even download your favorite lessons and watch offline.
The classes offer English closed captioning/subtitles. They are updating some classes with Spanish and German subtitles.
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. You can re-watch any video as many times as you need.
ONLINE ASTRONAUT TRAINING PROGRAM
If you’ve ever wondered how hard is it to become an astronaut, then MasterClass has THE class for you.
In an extensive, yet very comprehensive course, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares with you everything about the topic of astronaut training and space travel.
All from his own personal experience, which makes it possible for everyone watching 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.
Chris 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.
WHY A CHRIS HADFIELD MASTERCLASS?
I learned a lot about the life of Chris Hadfield through his *FANTASTIC* book “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth“, but if you don’t already know this inspiring human, then here is a short biography:
At age nine, Chris Hadfield knew he wanted to go to space. After a life of training to become an astronaut, he was accepted into the Canadian astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency in 1992.
Then his dream came true: he got to fly to space 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 to space again on STS-100 and visited the International Space Station (ISS), where he became the first Canadian to walk in space when he 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, Hadfield 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 ISS’s guitar in space (YUP – he was the one playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity“, which became a viral hit).
I love following Chris on social media, so make sure to check it out >>
CHAPTERS CHRIS HADFIELD MASTERCLASS
In this in-depth 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 28 lessons and you get a workbook for lesson recaps, assignments, and photocopies of handwritten notes that Chris took to space.
CHRIS HADFIELD SPACE EXPLORATION COURSE OVERVIEW
Here is a complete overview of each lesson, so you know what to expect, I’ve included some of the best testimonials for each chapter, so you’ll know what to expect. I hope you find this in-depth Chris Hadfield Masterclass Review useful!
In his first lesson, Chris reflects on overcoming the impossible to explore outer space. GET EXCITED!
2. 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.
Topics include: Forget the Movies • You’re an ASCAN Now • Become an Expert in Everything • Train to Survive Emergency Landings on Earth • Learn Leadership Techniques for Survival • See the Body as a System • Become an Astronaut of the Future
3. 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.
Topics include: Fuel, Steering, and Something to Carry • Saturn V • Rocket Stages: The Space Shuttle • Multiple Stages: Saturn V • Reusable Rockets
4. 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.
Topics include: How Rockets Work
5. 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.
6. 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.
Topics include: Launch Site Logic • How to Change Orbits • Changing Orbits With the Hohmann Transfer • Orbital Velocity vs. Escape Velocity • Perceived Weightlessness • Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
7. Rockets: Fuels and Propulsion
Chris explains the pros and cons of different types of rocket fuels including liquid fuel, solid fuel, and ionized gas.
Topics include: Getting a Shirt to Mars • Stored Energy, Fuel, and an Oxidizer • Solids vs. Liquids • Ion Rockets • The Rocket Equation • Additional Fuel Variables
8. 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.
Topics include: Come to Peace With Risk and Learn From Tragedy • Turn Fear Into Motivation • Move Forward With Optimism
9. 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.
Topics include: Gemini • Apollo • Lunar Lander Design • Capsules: Disposable Reentry Modules
10. 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.
Topics include: Shuttles: Reusable Reentry Modules • Buran • Winged or Wingless? • The Future of Spaceship Design
11. 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.
Topics include: Orienting the Ship • Navigating the Soyuz Visually • Navigating With Instruments • Propagating State Vectors • The Future of Navigation
12. 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.
Topics include: Approaching the Space Station • Navigate by Committee • Docking With the Space Station • Learning to Dock: Practice Systems Failures • Breaking Into Mir
13. 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.
Topics include: Our First Settlement in Space • A Laboratory Built on International Collaboration • Big Picture Modular Design • Power, Heating, and Cooling • Orientation • Placement of Docking Ports • Laboratories • Canadarm and Canadarm2: Building the ISS • Commercial Space Stations
14. 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.
Topics include: Oxygen • Water • Prepackaged Food • Growing Food • BEAM: Testing Systems for the Future
15. 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.
Topics include: Testing the Composition of the Universe • Detecting Radiation • Prepare for the Pressure
16. 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.
Topics include: Protect the Crew, the Ship, and the Science • Create Strong Relationships Through Leadership • Keep Preparing, Learning, and Improving
17. 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.
Topics include: One-Pagers: Pistol Grip Tool
18. 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.
Topics include: Evolving From Launch Control to Mission Control • Mission Control Around the World • Russian Mission Control • A Constant Web of Information • Listen for the Quindar Tone • CAPCOM: Be the Crew’s Trusted Liason
19. 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.
Topics include: Stay Focused and Aware • The Spacewalk Experience • The First Canadian Spacewalk
20. 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.
21. 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.
Topics include: Spacewalk Simulations • Mentally Get Yourself in the Game
22. 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.
Topics include: Make Decisions With a Global Perspective • Use Data to Heal and Protect the Earth • What Does It All Mean?
23. 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.
Topics include: Simulators Are Wrong • Simulate the Worst-Case Scenario • Visualize and Prepare for Failure • Emergency Training Across Agencies • Future Simulations
24. 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.
Topics include: Why Mars? • Evolving Rocket Technology • Using Gravity to Get There • Weigh Time Against Energy Efficiency • How to Slow Down • How to Land • Landing on Thrusters
25. 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.
Topics include: Learn to Grow Food • Prepare for the Repercussions of Weightlessness • Make the Adjustment Easier • Protect Yourself From the Elements • Abide by the Martian • Communication Protocol
26. 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.
27. 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.
Topics include: Life on Mars? • Study the Makeup of Our Solar System • Join the Pursuit of Life in Space • Mars: Humans vs. Robots
28. 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.
Topics include: Explore, Understand, Choose, Settle • Push Yourself to Live a Full Life • Find Your Place in Space
29. 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.
HOW MUCH IS MASTERCLASS?
Unfortunately there is no longer a MasterClass free trial, since they have gathered enough raving testimonials on the quality of their courses since they launched.
So how much does MasterClass cost?
Currently, it’s €16.67/month (billed annually), which comes to €200 ($180). With this all-access pass, you’ll have unlimited access to all classes and new classes as they launch as long as your subscription is active.
If you don’t want to continue, you can easily cancel your membership renewal through your account page.
DO YOU GET A MASTERCLASS CERTIFICATE?
Currently, there is no official certificate of completion for your classes, but you get an email confirming that you have completed the course.
HOW IS THE MASTERCLASS CUSTOMER SUPPORT?
MasterClass has a 24 hours/7 days support team that you can reach via email, or you can contact them on working days from 9AM to 6PM PST.
Sending an email will give you the fastest response.
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IS MASTERCLASS WORTH IT?
I hope you enjoy this Chris Hadfield MasterClass Review! As you can tell, this course is an wonderful and very personal introduction to the world of space exploration, taught by one of the best storytellers, human encyclopaedia, and engaging teachers of our century. I dare to say that this is more a mindset-course than a hardcore technical training, and I mean this in the best way possible. This is a course that will expand your mind and you will see the world in a different way afterwards. You might even shed a tear or two!
Looking at the comments from some of the course attendees, I would say that if you’re looking for very detailed, high-level technical knowledge, and you’re advanced in the science field, this course probably won’t be a right fit for you. After finishing the course, you are not going to be an astronaut or rocket scientist right away (not that you probably expect you would be) – but you do have a better understanding of what is needed to become one for sure.
If you’re curious about the world you’re living in and are open to learn more about the reasons behind space exploration and how it can (and already does) impact all life on earth, this IS a course for you. You don’t need a technical background, as Chris Hadfield will explain complicated concepts (and a broad variety of them) in a very approachable and easy to digest manner.
Some of the topics in the course, such as the implementation of a one-pager to learn great amounts of information and recall complex systems and many other concepts will be applicable to your life right away, no matter what your background, age or profession is.
I would recommend to go into the course with the intention to put some work in and take initiative to further research the many facets of space exploration yourself to get the absolute most out of it. Become an explorer yourself! See the course as a launch platform (pun intended) and leap into a world of science, human ingenuity and the universe that we live in.
Even if you’ve never been interested in space travel before, or if have no intention to become an astronaut yourself, I am sure that you will become excited for the future of space exploration and will look at the world around you in a different way. You’ll be moved, I promise.
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