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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 …

Jump for the Moon

On 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 stress …

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 …

Crew Strength Training

Astronauts 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 strength …

Base Station Walk-back

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 …

Building an Astronaut Core

Astronauts 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 muscle …

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