Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut
An international educational challenge, focusing on fitness and nutrition, that encourages students to train like an astronaut.
Teams of students complete activities to earn points and help the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk to the Moon. Two sets of hands-on classroom activities support the challenge: physical activities, which help students develop strength, endurance, coordination, and spatial awareness; and scientific activities which focus on STEM subjects and allow students to practice scientific reasoning and teamwork.
Target age: 8-12, but activities can be adapted for all ages!
Mission X 2020 update: 15 April 2020
Containment of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and its implications, has created new challenges for everyone wanting to support young people, teachers and schools. We are working hard to develop and roll out a range of materials to support you.
For teams already enrolled in Mission X 2020
The Mission X Walk to the Moon Challenge will continue to run, and now with an extended deadline! We will now allow teams to upload activities to the Mission X website and earn points until 4 September 2020. If you are already enrolled, please continue uploading your activities using your already registered team name. Note for team leaders: your team members may complete and submit their activities for points individually.
For new teams and families who are not currently enrolled in Mission X 2020
If you are looking for fun, easy, space-themed activities to complete, you have come to the right place! Mission X: train like an astronaut is also open for families, not just school groups. You can join the ongoing Walk to the Moon Challenge and complete Mission X activities to earn points and help Luna and Leo walk to the Moon. Be sure to register your family team in your country using the How to Sign-up page.
For Everyone! NEW BI-WEEKLY CHALLENGES!
In light of the current situation, we are kicking-off bi-weekly Train Like an Astronaut Challenges, where you can participate in specially designed activity challenges through our social media channels.
Want to take part?
Check out all of the information here: https://www.esa.int/Education/Expedition_Home/Train_like_an_astronaut_ch...
Some of the Mission X activities suggest usage of certain exercise equipment or scientific materials; these activities can be easily adapted for use in the home, utilising alternative materials.
If you have ideas for ways to adapt the Mission X activities for use at home, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finally, we would like to thank you for all your efforts during these unprecedented times. We are here to help and support you, young people and the wider community in whatever way we can.