When exploring space, astronauts complete many physical tasks. When on a planetary surface, if their vehicle breaks down astronauts must be able to walk a distance of up to 10 km (6.2 mi) back to their base station. To be physically prepared to complete their mission tasks or perform a walk-back procedure, astronauts train by running and lifting weights to improve their overall physical fitness.
In this activity, your team will perform a walk, progressing to 1600m (1 mi) to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance.
Endurance, Strength, Orientation, Mobility, Spatial Awareness
- perform a walk, progressing to 1600 m (1 mi) to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance
- record observations about improvements in this walk-back physical endurance experience using their lungs, hearts, and other muscles in the Mission Journal
- Optional equipment:
- watch or stopwatch
- heart rate monitor
- walking wheel
- For students: Mission Journal and pencil
15-30 minutes per class