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Postgraduate | CUR-SPC510 | 2024

Operating in Space

From the dangers of radiation to the importance of setting up base, you’ll explore the realities of humans surviving in space. Think about visiting the Moon and Mars—their surfaces, resources, and landscapes. Work in teams to design a base.

Study method
100% online
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Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
26 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

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Operating in Space

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. define and describe space radiation environments and the main technological challenges for enabling human presence beyond Earth’s orbit
    2. identify and interpret the surface properties on Moon, Mars and asteroids necessary for in-situ resource collection and utilisation
    3. estimate resources off Earth and determine relevance, from the aspect of human needs and surface properties on space bodies
    4. conduct feasibility study addressing the pros and/or cons of humans in orbit vs setting up a base off Earth vs a permanent habitat off Earth
    5. implement learning to design a human base on the Moon, reflect on the report outcomes

Entry requirements


Students must have a Bachelor Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline with a minimum completion of high school mathematics.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Audio video equipment required. Provide communication method.
  • Other requirements - Access to the Internet.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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