NASA offers children online training for real astronauts

NASA and the ISS National Laboratory have developed a series of bold free programs and activities for children from kindergarten to 12 years of age in quarantine homes. As ISS National Laboratory Training Manager Dan Barstow explained, "astronauts see the world from space and want to share its beauty with the younger generation.

The programme ranges from the natural sciences of human life and health to robotics, mathematics and physics. Guys can try to become astronauts at home, build a hovercraft, launch a homemade rocket and much more. For example, they will have the opportunity to take part in real experiments together with astronauts on the ISS, and then compare the results of the two teams.

Children will be able to contribute to science and join civil science projects: for example, help find new planets and brown dwarves, use satellite data to help biologists track penguin populations or train the computer for future Martian missions. Until 22 April, the young students will even be able to help choose which of the legumes astronauts should next plant on the ISS as part of a mission scheduled for October this year.

The Leguminaut Challenge, a tutoring programme for adults, is also a useful addition. It is relevant for parents who have recently been faced with the need to play the role of home teacher.

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