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Jump for the Moon
September 4, 2012

Mission Question:

How could you perform a physical activity that would increase bone strength, as well as heart and other muscle endurance?

Stronger bones allow you to run, jump, work and play with less chance of injury. A stronger heart and more muscular endurance will allow you to be physically active for a much longer time! You improve bone strength and heart and muscle endurance when repeatedly hopping on one leg, jumping rope or jumping to rebound a basketball.


Crew Member Mission:

Students will:

  • perform jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving, to increase bone strength and to improve heart and muscle endurance.
  • record observations about improvements in stationary and moving jump training during this physical experience in their Mission Journal.


Educational Resources

› Mission Handout (PDF)
› Mission Handout en Español (PDF)
› Adapted Physical Activity Strategies Handout (PDF)
› Educator Guide (PDF)
› Mission Journal instructions (PDF)
› Mission Journal instructions en Español (PDF)

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NASA astronauts describe the importance of strong bones and muscle endurance for human spaceflight, while astronaut trainer Yamil Garcia explains how to run the "Jump for the Moon" activity.
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These "mission assignments" for students, available in English and Spanish, give detailed instructions for each activity as well as more advanced challenges, related NASA facts and safety guidelines. Educator Guides offer lesson plans, background information, and instructional procedures.
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