Montreal to Host Special Study on the International Space Station

Montreal to Host Special Study on the International Space Station
Montreal to Host Special Study on the International Space Station
Canada to Host Special Study on the International Space Station

Montreal, Quebec – A special course on space studies will be hosted in Canada for only the third time in the nearly three decades that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created the highly specialized class. The instruction is part of what is termed the International Space University (ISU). The instruction begins this coming June 9 and will last until August 8. A total of 115 students from 30 nations spanning the globe are expected to enroll in the course and they will be instructed by a faculty of 80 space experts. Robotics will form part of the curriculum and there will be a panel of female astronauts participating in the instruction as well.

The ISU was launched by MIT back in 1987 at the height of NASA’s “star wars” program. Those who participate in the program also become part of an elite group of alumni that includes prominent people in high-tech space companies, researchers, and astronauts. Program Director David Kendall explained that participants in the course join in from disparate backgrounds and leave with a holistic view of the full scope of space activity encompassing everything from rocket propulsion to space art. Kendall himself is employed by the Canada Space Agency.

He went on to explain that the course takes an interdisciplinary approach focused on intercultural and international development. It is a profound development in space technology over the years from the point where nations such as the United States and the Soviet Union regarded space exploration as matter of national security and competition. Now, developments in space require a cooperation between multiple cultures. It is an aspect they will have students deal with during this program. The ISU aims to develop future leaders in space technology.

The university’s alumni boast impressive credentials and include astronauts, academic researchers as well as key players in major international space companies, reports CTV.

“The idea behind it was to effectively broaden people’s knowledge of the global space community,” David Kendall, director of this summer’s program, said in an interview.

“Everybody comes in with a certain background and leaves, hopefully, with the understanding of the full spectrum of activities that are happening in space — everything from space art to rocket science and everything in between.”

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/out-of-this-world-montreal-to-host-space-studies-program-1.1847627#ixzz33Tf3vYnI

The cost isn’t cheap at $20,000, but the education promises to be worth it.

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Canada to Host Special Study on the International Space Station
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