• All
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Bonus Activity
  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Diet
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Human Body
  • Microbes
  • Physical
  • Plants
  • Problem-solving
  • Science
  • Scientific Methodology
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Strength
  • Teamwork

Bonus Activity: Touchdown Charlie

Your Mission Playing sports requires teamwork and preparation. Teammates must work together. In space, astronauts also must react to new situations as a team. Their teamwork is imperative to the success of a mission, and …

Bonus Activity: Base Station Boogie

Your MissionYou have just had a great day of exploring the Moon, but it’s time to head back to the base station. Instead of simply walking back, show off your out-of-this-world dance moves! Using your …

Mission: Control!

Your MissionDuring and after space flight, astronauts have challenges with balance and spatial awareness. Through astronaut reconditioning, when they return to Earth, they relearn how to use their eyes, inner ear, and muscles to help …

Astro Food

Your MissionFood is one of the most important parts of our lives because it provides the fuel that we convert into energy. When humans venture further into space – to the Moon or Mars – …

Do a Spacewalk

Your MissionIn a reduced gravity environment, astronauts are unable to walk like they do on Earth. Instead, they coordinate their hands, arms, and feet to pull and push themselves from one place to another. Whether …

Bonus Activity: Astro Art

Your MissionDuring a spacewalks, astronauts need some serious dexterity and hand-eye coordination to carefully complete tasks, all while wearing bulky gloves to protect them from the harsh space environment. In this challenge we want to …

Energy of an Astronaut

Your MissionAstronauts living on the International Space Station need balanced meals to meet their energy and health needs while in space. Food scientists and nutritionists at space agencies ensure that astronauts eat balanced meals in …

Planet You Go, Gravity You Find

Your MissionAstronauts’ training takes into account the influence of gravity because during their mission they will be in a free-fall microgravity environment. When astronauts are back on Earth after a six-month stay on the International …

Bonus Activity: Venus Volcanoes

Your MissionVenus is the most volcanic planet in our solar system and recent research suggests some of these volcanoes are still active. Pretend you are on the surface of Venus- surrounded by erupting volcanoes! Using …

Bonus Activity: HIIT the Space Gym

Your MissionLet’s HIIT the space gym and get ready to sweat! To keep those hearts and lungs healthy, perform a series of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises in the following order: squats, commander crunches, bear …

Astro Farmer

Your MissionAll the things we take for granted on Earth are either absent or different in space. In space, the five conditions required for plants to grow – light, water, soil, nutrients and suitable temperature …

Space Rock-n-Roll

Your MissionIn the microgravity environment of the International Space Station astronauts can perform spectacular rolls. Here on Earth, because of gravity these rolls are not as easy. In Space Rock-n-Roll, your team will perform a series …

Bonus Activity: Skip to the Moon

Your MissionDid you know that jumping might be a key activity in keeping astronauts healthy in space? Try some jump rope tricks to improve jumping skills! After mastering the classic jump, try out the following: …

Building an Astronaut Core

Your MissionAstronauts in space must be able to twist, bend, lift, and carry massive objects. They must have strong core muscles so they can perform their tasks efficiently and avoid injury. In order to maintain …

Agility Astro-Course

Your MissionWhen astronauts go into space and return to Earth, they experience challenges with balance and body control due to changes in gravity. The agility course is used to measure balance, footwork skill and agility …

Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain

Your Mission Space explorers in a far future might need to be good and stable climbers to explore mountainous landscapes on planets in our Solar System, like the impressive volcanoes on the Martian surface. In …

Hydration Station

Your MissionSince our bodies are made up of 50 to 70% water, it is essential to drink plenty of fluids to keep our bodies healthy. Water plays many important roles in keeping our body in …

Bonus Activity: Liftoff Languages

Your MissionAstronauts need brains and brawn! Using your coordination, endurance and quick thinking, perform five jumping jacks, with a star-jump finish, while calling out the liftoff sequence: “5,4,3,2, 1, liftoff!”. Repeat it again with one …

Microbial Box 1

Your MissionMicrobes live everywhere, including outer space! Scientists have reported that some germs on the International Space Station can increase to a higher number than they do on Earth. Therefore, cleanliness and proper disposal of …

Robotic Arm

Your MissionTo help out in space, scientists have designed and used robotic arms for years. On Earth, scientists have designed robotic arms for everything from moving heavy equipment to performing delicate surgery. Robotic arms are …

Astro Crops

Your MissionIf astronauts are going to settle on the Moon, or explore further reaches of our Solar System, they will need air, food and water. To prepare for long duration missions, scientists are researching how …

Peake Liftoff

Your MissionIn a reduced gravity environment, muscles and bones can become weak, so astronauts must engage in strength training to counter the weakening effect of microgravity.  Before, during, and after living in space astronauts work …

Microbial Box 2: What’s in your Petri?

Your MissionMicrobiologists have found that microbes can live just about everywhere, even on us! We have trillions of microbes inside and outside of our bodies. Run your tongue over your teeth—you are licking thousands of …

Explore and Discover

Your MissionTo explore the Moon and Mars, astronauts must complete the tasks of walking to collection sites, taking samples, carrying science experiments, and safely lifting objects they discover to return to base station. In order …

Base Station Walk-back

Your MissionWhen 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 …

What’s your Space Height?

Your MissionHow tall are you? Are you sure you know the answer? Studies show that the height of an astronaut increases approximately 3% over the first 3 to 4 days of weightlessness in space. As soon …

Crew Strength Training

Your MissionAstronauts must perform physical tasks in space that require strong muscles and bones. In a reduced gravity environment, muscles and bones can become weak, so astronauts must prepare by strength training. They work with …

Bonus Activity: Nimble Navigation

Your MissionTime for a brain (and body) twisting game! Using your flexibility and agility, we want to see you navigate your way to the ISS on a course of hand and footprints. The goal is …

Reduced Gravtiy, Low Fat

Your MissionAs astronauts travel to the moon, Mars, and beyond, the need for nutritionally balanced meals becomes even more important for space missions. The amount of fat inside food packaged for spaceflight is analyzed by …

Living Bones, Strong Bones

Your Mission Explorers need strong bones so they can face the physical challenges placed on their bodies while in space. The longer astronauts are in the environment of space, the more weak their bones become …

Get on Your Space Cycle

Your MissionOne exercise device that is regularly used by astronauts on the International Space Station is the cycle ergometer. The cycle provides bone strength exercise for the legs. When the large leg muscles work they …

Speed of Light

Your MissionIn preparation for space travel, astronauts invest many hours in practicing their hand-eye reaction time. Operating the robotic arm on the International Space Station requires crew members to have quick reaction times. Crew members …

Bonus Activity: Cosmic Cartwheels

Your MissionIn microgravity, astronauts love to perform spectacular somersaults. Here on Earth it’s not so easy, but it certainly is fun! To practice your coordination and strength, perform a series of gymnastics moves: the original …

Bionic Hand

Your MissionIn a near future, it is expected that crews of astronauts and humanoid robots will work together to exploit space. They will both most likely make use of bionic hands. Bionic hands allow robots …

Jump for the Moon

Your MissionOn Earth, your weight on your bones provides a constant stress. You maintain your bone strength by doing regular daily activities like standing, walking, and running! In space, astronauts float – unloading that important …

Taste in Space

Your MissionFor astronauts, all their food and drink needs to be carried to the International Space Station (ISS). Eating is an important part of crew morale and the one communal time when they share both …

Bonus Activity: 26.2 with Tim

Your MissionAccumulate a total of 42 km (26.2 mi) as a team, an individual or as a family… it is up to you! SkillsAgility, Endurance, Strength Note This activity was originally created by UKSA as a …

Crew Assembly Training

Your MissionWhen working with objects in space, astronauts must have good dexterity and hand-eye coordination and work as a team. They must also be able to manipulate tools and objects while wearing a pressurized spacesuit …

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