Syllabus and Weekly Reading Assignments for

From the Earth to the Moon

Princeton University Freshman Seminar
FRS 112, Spring 2015

Robert Stengel

Dreams, History, Business, and Policy

  1. Early History & Fiction
  2. Early History & Fiction
  3. Precursors to Space Flight
  4. Early Space Age
  5. Antecedents to the Apollo Program
  6. Apollo & the Space Race
  7. Lunar Missions, Science, & Astronauts
  8. Building Spacecraft & Launch Vehicles
  9. Early Robotic Lunar Spacecraft
  10. Project Management & Spacecraft Design
  11. Commercial Space Flight
  12. The Future of Space Flight

Engineering, Science, and Mathematics

  1. Introductory Concepts
  2. Orbital Motion
  3. Orbital Motion
  4. Launch Vehicle Flight Dynamics
  5. Rocket Propulsion and Staging
  6. Interplanetary Travel
  7. Lunar Transfer
  8. Space Vehicle Design
  9. Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
  10. Spacecraft Guidance
  11. Telemetry, Communications & Tracking
  12. Spacecraft Power & Thermal Control


  1. J. Sellers, Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, McGraw-Hill, 2005.
  2. M. Kaplan, Modern Spacecraft Dynamics and Control, J. Wiley & Sons, 1976.
  3. W. Ley, Rockets, Missiles, and Men in Space, Viking Press, 1968.
  4. Cyrano de Bergerac, A Voyage to the Moon, 1687.
  5. Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon, 1865, and Round the Moon, 1870.
  6. W. McDougall, ...The Heavens and the Earth, Basic Books, 1985.
  7. A. Chaikin, A Man on the Moon, Penguin Books, 1994.
  8. C. Brooks, J. Grimwood, L. Swenson, Jr., Chariots for Apollo, NASA-SP-4205, 1979.
  9. R. Bilstein, Stages to Saturn, NASA-SP-4206, 1980.
  10. R. C. Hall, Lunar Impact: A History of Project Ranger, NASA-SP-4210, 1977.
  11. E. Kolman, Unmanned Space Craft Management: Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter, NASA-SP-4901, 1972.
  12. V. Pisacane, Fundamentals of Space Systems, Oxford, 2005.
  13. --, GOES N Series Data Book, Rev. D, 2009.
  14. N. Augustine, Augustine's Laws, Viking Press, 1986.
  15. G. Dillingham, Commercial Space Transportation: Industry Trends, Government Challenges, and International Competitiveness Issues, GAO 12-836T, 2013.
  16. A. Carnesale, ch., NASA's Strategic Direction and the Need for a National Consensus, National Research Council, 2012.
  17. M. Daniels, Jr., and J. Lunine, co-ch., Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U. S. Program of Human Space Exploration, National Research Council, 2014.

 FRS 112, From the Earth to the Moon
last updated May 14, 2015,
Copyright (c) 1996-2015 by Robert F. Stengel. All rights reserved.