European Space Agency-Education Payload Operations-Mission X (ESA-EPO-Mission X) - 01.18.17

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Mission X:  Train like an Astronaut is a worldwide educational initiative supported by ESA and the national space agencies of Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, UK and USA to encourage healthy and active lifestyles among children. Teams of primary school students (8- to12 years old) learn about principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules, and get excited about the world's future in space and the educational possibilities for their own future. The lessons and activities of Mission-X are linked to a curriculum with a clear focus on science, health, and nutrition.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Elisabeth Celton, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Erasmus Experiment Archive.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Elisabeth Celton, ESTEC HSO-K, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Nigel D. Savage, ESTEC HSO-K, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Shamim Hartevelt, HSO-K, Noordwijk, Netherlands

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Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
September 2011 - September 2012

Expeditions Assigned

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

Mission X:  Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition to encourage students to "train like an astronaut".
Mission X is focused on fitness and nutrition because we know that a healthy body is necessary to be a Fit Explorer! The World Health Organization has designated childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century - and diet, physical activity, and health are the best answers to this largely preventable problem. Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success, and we are excited for kids all over the world to learn from them. ESA Astronaut and 2015 Mission X Ambassador Samantha Cristoferetti said, "Your body is your spaceship for life" and the Train Like an Astronaut activities are designed to help you stay healthy through life.
Teams of elementary students learn about the principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points, and get excited about space and the educational possibilities for their own future. Students practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.
Everyone is invited to get involved in the ‘Mission X’ challenge. The pilot project has been limited to 9 participating countries for January 2011, and more have joined as observers to support the effort. But even if your school or country is not officially involved yet, all the project content is made available for use in your class or community.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites
Additional information on Mission-X from ESA's Erasmus Experiment Archive
Train Like an Astronaut

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