Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Astronauts have to exercise for 2 hours a day to counter the effects of weightlessness on their bones and muscles.
  • The ISS has three pieces of specially adapted gym equipment: an exercise bike, a treadmill and a machine that simulates weightlifting.

Curriculum keywords

  • Space
  • Forces
  • Exercise

Spark a discussion

  • Why is it important for astronauts to exercise in space?
  • What effect does weightlessness have on the body?
  • What exercise equipment do astronauts use in space?

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