Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

6 Summary

As you can see, there are lots of exciting potential fields of future research in space!

Now is a good time to revisit the learning outcomes for this week. Here is a summary of what you have covered.

  • You have considered the challenges in training to become an astronaut
  • You have considered the future of space research
  • You have looked at the current microgravity research and considered future areas of microgravity research.
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You also looked at the almost overwhelming criteria needed to become a NASA astronaut. This course, however, didn’t cover all the other ‘ground-based’ careers which you could explore if you were interested in a career in space research, for example drop-tower experiments, research and development. If, after this course, you are interested in finding out more, and want to consider pursuing a degree in science, The Open University has a range of courses which can help you to achieve this.


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