Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the United States landed a man on the moon. The Apollo 11 moon mission inspired the world. However, the path to this accomplishment was not an easy one. Intense preparation, extensive training and a massive, collective effort made this achievement possible. At the center of this effort: physically preparing the astronauts for an out-of-world experience.
Due to the low levels of gravity in space, the heart, muscles and bones do not have to work as hard to protect body weight or pump blood. As a result, muscles decrease, bone mass can be lost and hearts weaken in space. NASA has conducted studies to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness on the body and has shown that it is similar to staying in bed for 90 days.*
To maintain muscle, bone and heart health while on the Moon, training and exercise is a top priority. NASA conducts pre and post-flight workouts that include stability ball exercises to test eye and body coordination as well as timed, 30-movement agility tests. The training doesn't end when you leave Earth. Astronauts exercise in space by using special equipment that keeps them in place and provides resistance in an otherwise resistance-less environment. Intense training and daily exercise is important for a successful mission in space.*
The moon is roughly 238,855 miles away from Earth. To put this into perspective, NASA says that "30 Earth-sized planets could fit in between Earth and the Moon."* Be ambitious: shoot for the moon with this Target challenge and achieve a 238,855 step goal.
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