The aim of the course is to educate participants about
human spaceflight and exploration from a European perspective. Course contents:
History of human spaceflight
The space environment and its effects on the human body in space
Microgravity research in drop towers, parabolic flights, rockets & spacecraft
Astronaut selection and training
Life support systems and space suits
Exploration of the solar system
Human space exploration
Visits to the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and the European Space Range, Esrange
Practical exercises: building and launching a model rocket, computer-based radiation exercise
A student rides the Spaceball as part of the course in 2010 (Photo: Carol Norberg)
Planning is currently underway for the summer course of 2013. The schedule for the last course in 2011 can be downloaded here: Course schedule "Human Spaceflight and Exploration 2011"
The course will take place in the exotic town of Kiruna, which lies in the north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle, about 600 km from the central Umeå campus. The town's northerly location makes it an ideal place to observe auroral phenomena during the winter, which has lead to the establishment of space research organisations, industry and space-related education in the area. In August the summer days are very long. It is often said that the town lies in the heart of Europe's last wilderness, and there is no doubt that Kiruna has much to offer anyone who likes the outdoor life.
This course is suitable for students from Sweden and abroad studying on traditional science and engineering degree programmes as well as medical students, school teachers and other young professionals interested in technology and space.
For students from the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland there is NO fee for the course, however students must cover their own travel and living costs while attending. For more information about the course, contact the course coordinator via e-mail at the address: firstname.lastname@example.orgMaking an Application (Application code UMU-95317) Although the application period ended on 15 March, late applications can now be made and are processed in the order in which they are received. It is expected that about 35 students will participate. To be eligible to take the course you should fulfil the general requirements of eligibility for university studies. For foreign students these are:
Students should plan to arrive in Kiruna no later than Sunday 4 August. The course will end at 12 noon on Friday 23 August. Kiruna is accessed by plane in approximately 90 minutes from Arlanda, Stockholm's international airport ( Scandinavian Airlines ), by train or by bus from various locations in Sweden. For many foreign students the cheapest route to Kiruna is a cheap flight, with for example Ryan Air, to Skavsta or Västerås, airports in the vicinity of Stockholm, followed by the overnight train to Kiruna. There are some airport busses between the Kiruna airport and the town centre ( Click here for bus information).
The students of the class of 2011 (Photo:Rick McGregor)
Human Spaceflight and Exploration, Ed. Carol Norberg, 2013, Springer/Praxis
The Space Environment, Alan C. Tribble, 2003, Princeton University Press
Fundamentals of Space Medicine, Gilles Clément, 2005, Springer
Russian Spacesuits, Isaak P. Abramov and Å. Ingemar Skoog, 2003, Springer-Praxis.
US Spacesuits, Kenneth S. Thomas and Harold J. McMann, 2006, Springer-Praxis.
Destination Space, Kenny Kemp, 2007, Virgin Books
Course coordinator: Dr. Carol Norberg, Reader in Space Physics
Page updated 25 March 2013