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AGP-VI: America’s Greatest Projects - Americans in Space – Phase 2 – Project Gemini

Dominic P. Perrotta, P.E.

This course chronicles the events and achievements of American engineers and scientists who followed the Mercury Project, but who were very aware that there was a major hurdle between placing a man in space and placing a man on the moon and assuring his safe return. The members of this project had the responsibility for placing the first pair of American astronauts into outer space in preparation for a lunar landing. It summarizes the concepts and planning by the officials of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and other involved engineers and contractors. This course describes the engineering and design efforts necessary to provide the equipment and the technology to enable our second group of astronauts to orbit above the earth's surface for lengthy periods of time, to walk in space, and to rendezvous with other spacecrafts. This is the sixth in a series of Twentieth Century projects in which engineers overcame major technological challenges and were on the forefront of engineering innovation. The course details the contributions of the many engineers, manufacturers, and contractors, and their remarkable foresight.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

* This course is acceptable to all the state PE boards except the New York State PE & PLS Board.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.