What is Mission X?

Mission X: train like an astronaut is a free educational project for students aged 8-12 by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), facilitated nationally by the European Space Education Resource Offices (ESEROs) and volunteer National Organisers. Since its inception in 2011 by the original project developers, NASA, Mission X has engaged over half a million students across the globe.

Developed by space scientists and fitness professionals working with astronauts and space agencies worldwide, Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn about science, nutrition, exercise, and space.

Each year from January to May, teams of students can participate in the Walk to the Moon Challenge. During the challenge, teams complete the Mission X activities and submit them to earn points. Points are translated into steps which help the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk 384 400km – the distance from Earth to the Moon. Learn more about the challenge here.

Participating countries

Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Croatia
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Iran
Japan
Luxembourg
Mexico
Montenegro
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
UAE
UK

Is your country not listed?

You can still take part in the challenge! Your registration will be managed by our UK National Organiser. 

National Organisers

National Organisers and their partners help facilitate the Mission X project in each of our participating countries by providing local support.

ESERO Austria
Partners: Ars Electronica Center Linz, RUAG Space, ALR/FFG, Astronaut Franz Viehböck, Stem & mint e.U. Space and Science Communications, Austrian Planetarium Society

Euro Space Centre

Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense and Louis Cruls Astronomy Club General Coordinator

Volunteer Local Educators

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Planetarium
Partners: ESERO Denmark

ESERO Finland
Partners: Skolresurs/Resource Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology at Åbo Akademi University, Heureka Science Center

ESERO France
Partners: Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

ESERO Germany

Volunteer Local Educator
Partners: Ellinogermaniki Agogi, The Greeks, Department of Law & Economics (University of Piraeus)

Volunteer Local Educator

Kyorin University
Partners: JAXA

ESERO Luxembourg
Partners: Luxembourg Science Center, Luxembourg Space Agency, Luxembourg Ministry of Education, Euro Space Center

Astrofísica
Partners: Instituto de Astronomia UNAM

ESERO Netherlands and Space Expo

Norwegian Center for Space related Education (NAROM) and ESERO Norway

Volunteer Local Educator
Partners: ESERO PolandCentrum Nauki Kopernik

Ciência Viva and ESERO Portugal
Partners: School of Human Kinetics (University of Lisbon)

ESERO Spain
Partners: UPM, INEF and ImFine Research Group

Swedish National Space Agency

Volunteer Local Educator

Volunteer Local Educator

ESERO UK and UK Space Agency
Partners: STEM Learning

  Volunteer Local Educator

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