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Do a Spacewalk

In 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 inside …

Space Rock-n-Roll

In 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 of …

Get on Your Space Cycle

One 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 need …

Peake Liftoff

In 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 closely …

Mission: Control!

On Earth, we use a variety of cues to sense the position of our bodies, while stationary or moving. We use touch and pressure cues (such as weight on our feet) and visual cues (such …

Jump for the Moon

On Earth, humans experience the effects of gravity pulling on the human body which applies a constant force, or loading effect. This constant force is essential for building the healthy, strong bones we need on …

Planet You Go, Gravity You Find

Astronauts’ 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 Space …

Explore and Discover

To 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 to …

Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain

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 this activity …

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