About Mission X

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition as we encourage students to "train like an astronaut."

Mission X is focused on fitness and nutrition because we know that a healthy body is necessary to be a 'Fit Explorer!' The World Health Organization has designated childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century - and diet, physical activity, and health are the best answers to this largely preventable problem. Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success, and we are excited for kids all over the world to learn from them - for life success.

Teams of elementary students will learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules, and get excited about the world's future in space and the educational possibilities for their own future. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.

Train Like an Astronaut mission activities include: Base Station Walkback; Crew Strength Training; Do a Spacewalk; Mission: CONTROL!; Jump for the Moon; Explore and Discover; Agility Astro-Course; Speed of Light; Building an Astronaut Core; Crew Assembly; Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain; Planet you GO, Gravity you Find; Get on Your Space Cycle; and Space Roll and Roll. Educational science modules include: Living Bones, Strong Bones; Hydration Station; Energy of an Astronaut; and Reduced Gravity, Low Fat.

See below to learn more about the challenge teams, partner agencies and institutions, and what's happening in space education!

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Australia

To learn more about what the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.vssec.vic.edu.au

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Austria

To learn more about what FFG and their partners are doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.ffg.at./ and www.planetarien-oesterreich.at.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Belgium

To learn more about what the Euro Space Center is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.eurospacecenter.be/.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Canada

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Canada or joining Team Canada, please email the Country Lead.

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Chile

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Chile or joining Team Chile, please email the Mission X.

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Colombia

To learn more about what CCE is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.cce.gov.co.

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Czech Republic

To learn more about what CSO is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.czechspace.cz.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Denmark

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Finland

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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France

To learn more about what CNES is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.cnes-jeunes.fr/.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Germany

To learn more about what German Aerospace Center (DLR) is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.dlr.de/next/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-8986/15521_read-38114/.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Greece

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Greece or joining Team Greece, please email the Mission X.

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Indonesia

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Indonesia or joining Team Indonesia, please email the Mission X.

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Ireland

To learn more about what CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.bco.ie

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education

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Italy

To learn more about what dell'Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.asi.it/it/educational/scuole.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Japan

To learn more about what JAXA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.jaxa.jp/guide/student_e.html.

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Netherlands

To learn more about what NSO and their partners are doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.spaceoffice.nl/ and http://www.space-expo.nl/.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Norway

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Portugal

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Puerto Rico

To learn more about what NASA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.education.nasa.gov.

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Romania

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Romania or joining Team Romania, please email the Mission X.

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Russia

If you are interested in joining Mission X in Russia or joining Team Russia, please email the Mission X.

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Slovenia

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education

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South Korea

To learn more about what the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.kicce.re.kr

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Spain

Spain challenge teams are hosted in Madrid, Cataluña, Andalusia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha and coordinated by the ImFINE research group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. To learn more about what they are doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out http://www.upm.es/institucional and http://www.upm.es/observatorio/vi/index.jsp?pageac=grupo.jsp&idGrupo=392.

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Sweden

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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Switzerland

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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United Kingdom

To learn more about what UK Space Agency is doing with Mission X in the UK, check out http://www.esero.org.uk/missionx

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.esa.int/spaceflight/education.

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United States of America

To learn more about what NASA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out www.nasa.gov/education.

Observing Partners

These countries are supporting and helping to develop Mission X as they prepare for the next challenge; however, they are not currently hosting a team for Mission X.

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