Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli talked with students at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany about the Mission X Fitness Challenge. More than 3700 students from more than 25 cities in the United States, Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Colombia, Spain and United Kingdom hosted teams for the first Mission X challenge. Participants completed physical activities modeled after the real-life training requirements of humans traveling in space. Students practiced teamwork while participating in training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination and balance. They also gained an understanding of the science behind nutrition and physical fitness by participating in hands-on activities involving human energy requirements, hydration and bone strength.
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