WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A NASA ASTRONAUT?
Updated: May 26, 2020
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offers online training programs and experiments for aspiring astronauts.
Who hasn't dreamt of becoming an astronaut when he was a kid? However, if you're one of those who still have their eyes up at the stars, NASA has an offer for you while you are stuck in lockdown.
NASA and the ISS National Lab developed a range of adventurous programs and activities for all the children stuck in home lockdown, including a training program to become a home astronaut, build a hovercraft, launch rockets, and many more. The numerous programs and activities are meant for children, but who says you have to kill the kid in you, once you grow old?
Whether you're a parent who wants to further their children's STEM training or a teacher that wants to get their student's brains gearing, you can enjoy and explore science subjects ranging from robotics where they can engineer a rocket transporter to maths and physics with them.
"Astronauts see the world from space and want to share its beauty and its wholeness," explained ISS National Lab education manager Dan Barstow.
"Astronauts see the world from space and want to share its beauty and its wholeness," explained ISS National Lab education manager Dan Barstow. And he added that "They do medical experiments to search for cures, and they help young people see the power of the mysterious Universe to pull us to explore."
Students have an opportunity to take part in experiments like astronauts do on the International Space Station, and compare the results to those from space. For example, observing microgravity using simple materials to demonstrate how astronauts float in space - not due to lack of gravity, but because they are constantly falling towards Earth.
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Until April 22, students can even help choose which plant astronauts will next grow in space. The plan is for SpaceX's October cargo resupply mission to provide astronauts with a spacefaring legume - but which legume has yet to be decided. You can join team Alfalfa, Mungbean, or Lentil, and help scientists work out which plant is the best suited for living on the ISS.
In creating these activities the ISS National Lab and partners aim to inspire hope in young people during these challenging times, saying:
"We know many students are learning at home right now, and hands-on activities are especially important to keep students engaged and learning. We are all in this together."