Mission X - Train like an astronaut


Mission X – Train Like an Astronaut is an international competition for schools that will be held for the tenth time in 2019/20. The American and European space agencies have developed a series of exercises that teach children to enjoy space through sport, science and optimal nutrition in their daily lives. The active phase of the project will take place from January to April 2020 in the schools (classroom, gym, etc.). The “missions” are explicitly designed after the training of real astronauts at NASA and ESA. In recent years, thousands of children have successfully participated in the competition.

The project encourages pupils aged 8 to 12 to “train like astronauts”. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified child obesity as one of the most serious health problems of the 21st century. Proper nutrition, physical activity and health are the best answers to this problem.

Mission X aims to encourage children and young people to adopt a healthier and more athletic lifestyle while becoming better acquainted with space exploration and scientific topics.

For the challenge, there are a number of teaching materials that you can use in your sport and science classes. You can decide for yourself when and which exercises you want to do with your class. The following 19 missions have been developed:

  1. Agility Astro Course
  2. Energy of an Astronaut
  3. Explore and Discover
  4. Base station walkback
  5. Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain
  6. Building an Astronaut’s Core
  7. Crew assembly
  8. Crew strength training
  9. Do a Spacewalk
  10. Get on your Space Cycle
  11. Hydration Station
  12. Jump for the Moon
  13. Living Bones, Strong Bones
  14. Mission Control
  15. Planet you go, Gravity you find
  16. Reduced Gravity, Low Fat
  17. Space Rock and Roll
  18. The Speed of Light
  19. Taste In Space

Each team receives 5,000 points for each completed mission. These points help the MissionX mascots Luna and Leo reach the moon. You can enter your points here and see how many points other countries have already collected.

Each participating teacher can download the welcome pack.

To take part to this challenge, please register under the following link. After registration you will receive all necessary information to carry out the challenge.