Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is a project that uses astronauts as role models to promote regular exercise and healthy nutrition to young children. During the six-week mission, children aged 8-12 years old from around the world will compete for points as they tackle training modules on bones, hydration and the importance of energy from food. They will also take part in physical training exercises on strength, endurance, coordination and balance.
The Dutch Mission X programme will be launched on 2 February, 2012, with about 300 students invited to the European Space Agency visitors’ centre Space Expo, which is based in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Currently, about 750 Dutch schoolchildren are taking part in Mission X.
The EU Universe Awareness team will be running a special workshop at the launch event, in which children will train their fine motor skills. This is an important skill for astronauts, who need to operate instruments and pick up small objects in space while wearing thick gloves. Children will also have the opportunity to chat live to astronaut André Kuipers, who is currently on the International Space Station.
Read more about the Mission X project here.