NASA astronauts and astronaut trainers show you how to set up and run the Train Like An Astronaut activities.
› Living Bones, Strong Bones Educator Handout (PDF)
› Living Bones, Strong Bones Student Handout (PDF)
› Huesos vivos, huesos fuertes Sección del Estudiante (PDF, en Español)
› Huesos vivos, huesos fuertes Sección del Instructor (PDF, en Español)
About the Video:
NASA astronauts explain why they need strong bones to face the physical challenges of spaceflight, and NASA educator Nubia Carvajal walks students through the process of designing a bone model and filling out the data sheet.
An Educational, Hands-on Activity
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 due to a lack of loading forces (gravity pulling on your body).
Bones below the waist are most affected by reduced gravity environments, and the bones located in these areas are more likely to suffer bone loss during spaceflight. It is important for astronauts to train before, during, and after their flight in space to maintain strong bones all their lives. A diet including calcium and Vitamin D also helps astronauts maintain strong bones.
The following National Education Standards are addressed in this education module:
› Science (NSES)
› Technology (ITEA)
› Mathematics (NCTM)
› Health (NHES)
National Wellness Initiative
This activity meets the needs of the federally mandated Local Wellness Initiative and may help the needs of your Local Wellness Plan.