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Astro Charlie is Walking to the Moon
February 6, 2013
 


Austria: Team Korczak-Astronauten   Team Korczak-Astronauten; Austria

Astro Charlie paid a visit to Japan   Team JAXA; Japan

Astro Charlie now has a mascot friend, Astro Orange, at Elsenham Primary School   Team Elsenham Primary; UK

Astro Charlie was spotted on the Mission X bulletin board at a school in Sharon, Massachusetts   Sharon, Massachusetts; USA

The Mission X: International Fitness Challenge has hit full stride with teams of elementary students from around the globe training their way to a healthy lifestyle. As students learn principles of healthy eating and practice physical activities, they earn points for their country teams. The points from participating country teams are combined to help Astro Charlie "walk to the moon".

Astro Charlie has taken 220,572,000 steps with only 254,428,960 more steps to go! This week he passed the International Space Station on his exploration through space. Fit explorers worldwide continue to work together to add points (steps) every day as they complete activities. Every point contributed from every country gets us a step closer to our goal.

As Astro Charlie "walks to the moon" on the Mission X website, several participating teams of students have shown their support by including a "flat" Astro Charlie in their school activities.

  • Austria: Team Korczak-Astronauten checks in with their mentor Wolfgang Habison for a mini-workout and a group picture with Astro Charlie.
    > Read the blog post
  • Japan: Astro Charlie paid a visit to Japan in January to meet with JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and his Expedition 28/29 crew members.
    > Read the blog post
  • UK: Astro Charlie now has a mascot friend, Astro Orange, at Elsenham Primary School helping to encourage students to learn about healthy eating with the Mission X program.
    > Read the blog post
  • USA: Astro Charlie was spotted on the Mission X bulletin board at a school in Sharon, Massachusetts. Mission X Coordinator Yamil Garcia was also seen on a Skype session live from NASA Johnson Space Center talking to kids about how astronauts work to stay fit and strong.
    > Read the blog post

Visit the Mission X: International Fitness Challenge blog at http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/ to read more about these amazing teams of students, as they work to achieve their challenge goal to "train like an astronaut!"

Go Astro Charlie. Keep up your pace! We will see you on the Moon soon!

Resources:

Mission X: International Fitness Challenge website

Astro Charlie's "Walk to the Moon" Interactive

Mission Activities - Student and Teacher Handouts

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Page Last Updated: September 26th, 2013
Page Editor: Jeffrey Brief