ASTRONAUT TRAINING: Learn What It Takes

The Science Center of Iowa is launching a new fitness program that is out of this world. Kids and their parents are invited to get a taste of what it takes to be an astronaut.

From hours in the classroom to hours in the pool, astronauts dedicate years to training their bodies and minds for space travel. 

The new Train Like an Astronaut Program is an extension of the SCI’s Let`s Move initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama to combat childhood obesity.  Kids and their parents can come run the obstacle course to test their physical endurance.

Science Center  Education Coordinator Catherine Lowe says “They can come and run around and play games , but we also talk about different skill sets you need to become an astronaut before you go into space and even while you`re in space.”

The program tests agility, balance, coordination and other dexterity skills.

Lowe said, “Astronauts wear big gloves that make doing some things really tricky, so we practice putting together puzzles to test their finger dexterity.”

Participants also have the opportunity to meet Iowa Native Peggy Whitson a real astronaut who knows the importance of physical fitness in space and here on earth.

“All of the activities are things you learn here and can take home to practice and continue working on getting stronger to grow up and be an astronaut. ” Lowe said.

The Train Like an Astronaut Program runs now through October 13. 

Peggy Whitson will be on hand Saturday at 11a.m. to lead the training.