Lunar and Planetary Institute

Explore! Health in Space
EXPLORE! Health in Space

Welcome to Explore! Health in Space

On Earth and in space we must maintain our health to perform our everyday tasks well — from homework to playing ball to mowing the lawn to building a space station. We need to eat well, exercise, stay clean, get enough sleep, relax, and avoid too much sun. While children and astronauts have a lot in common when it comes to staying healthy, living and working in space puts some unique twists on health issues. Explore those issues through Space Bound!, a reading activity, and then delve further into the challenges astronauts face through hands-on activities. Children test radiation on Earth and in space with special radiation detectors in the UV Man! craft activity. The Space Stations collection of five short experiences explores the effects of space travel on the human body. Children take self-guided tours to each of the space stations, conduct their investigations, and complete Spaceports (their passports to space challenges!). In The Astronaut in Me, children discover the healthy choice challenges they have in common with astronauts. The activities are suitable for children ages 8-13 unless otherwise noted in the " activities" section. Links to additional games, activities, and information are provided in the "further resources" section.

Last updated
October 9, 2009