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Train Like An Astronaut: Speed of Light
September 4, 2012

Mission Question:

How can you perform a test and improve your concentration and hand-eye reaction time?

Reacting quickly and having good concentration can be very important in life. A quick hand-eye reaction time can allow you to catch something in mid-fall. When you learn and/or practice a new skill, such as catching a ball, crossing the street, riding a bicycle, or someday driving a car, you are working on your concentration and your ability to react.


Crew Member Mission:

Students will:

  • perform a time reaction activity using a ruler to practice your hand-eye reaction time and improve your concentration.
  • collect, record, and analyze data during the skill-based experience on your 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 explain why they need good concentration and reaction time to operate tools and land spacecraft. A NASA astronaut trainer demonstrates how to set up and run the "Speed of Light" 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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Page Last Updated: July 21st, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator