Mission: Control!

Your Mission
During and after space flight, astronauts have challenges with balance and spatial awareness. Through astronaut reconditioning, when they return to Earth, they relearn how to use their eyes, inner ear, and muscles to help control body movement.
 
In this activity your team will perform throwing and catching techniques on one foot to improve balance and spatial awareness. 
 
Skills
Balance, Coordination, Stability,  Reaction-time, Teamwork
Learning Objectives
  • Perform throwing and catching techniques on one foot to improve balance and spatial awareness
  • Record observations about improvements in balance and spatial awareness during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Practice:
    • tennis ball (one per student)
    • watch or stopwatch (one per student)
  • Game: gym ball or similar sized/weighted ball (at least one per group)
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
 15 minutes per class

Other activities

Building an Astronaut Core

Your MissionAstronauts in space must be able to twist,...

What’s your Space Height?

Your MissionHow tall are you? Are you sure you...

Bonus Activity: Base Station Boogie

Your MissionYou have just had a great day of...

Robotic Arm

Your MissionTo help out in space, scientists have designed...

Bonus Activity: Touchdown Charlie

Your Mission Playing sports requires teamwork and preparation. Teammates...

Agility Astro-Course

Your MissionWhen astronauts go into space and return to...

Bonus Activity: Cosmic Cartwheels

Your MissionIn microgravity, astronauts love to perform spectacular somersaults....

Astro Crops

Your MissionIf astronauts are going to settle on the...

en_GBEN