Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Want to learn more about planetary science and astronomy? Top universities around the world run open online courses that anyone can take - free of charge. You won't get credit or a degree from CalTech or MIT, but you get to learn about space and our place in it from the top scientists in the world.

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Skynet University

Skynet University offers self-paced online versions of the introductory astronomy courses taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While taking the courses you have access to UNC’s Skynet network of robotic telescopes in Chile, Australia, and North Carolina so you can make your own observations of planets, nebulae, and galaxies.

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Nasa Technical Reports Server

Search the Nasa Technical Reports Server for publicly accessible citations and full-text documents from Nasa and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The NTRS also includes images and movies from the Nasa Image Exchange. 

While astrophysics and planetary science research preprints often get posted to arXiv and other open literature databases, the NTRS is one of the few places to find the engineering research that makes space missions happen.

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