Lunar Rescue

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 25-30 minutes

Materials: Minimal


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Background

Astronauts must be prepared to handle any situation. That is why astronaut training includes learning how to perform minor medical procedures. Astronauts are trained in procedures like dentistry and minor surgery just in case any of their crewmates become ill while living on the International Space Station (ISS). With plans to return to the Moon and establish an orbiting base called the Lunar Gateway, astronauts have to be more prepared than ever to handle a medical emergency. It would be impossible to evacuate a sick crewmember back to Earth all the way from the Moon. Astronauts will have to rely on their teammates for help if they need medical attention.

Mission description

For this mission, teams of astronauts will work together to rescue a fellow crewmember who has been injured on the surface of the Moon. Crewmembers will perform a series of movements focused on balance and coordination before carrying one crewmate to safety. This competitive training exercise reflects aspects of physical aptitude required of astronauts. These tasks will expose participants to the benefits of repetition, preparation and cooperation for the successful execution of physical tasks while achieving a complex goal.

Timeline

Breakdown Duration
Background 2 minutes
Educator's instructions/demonstration 5 minutes
Group activity 15-20 minutes
Wrap-up 3 minutes
Total 25-30 minutes

Goal

Astronaut crews will rescue an injured crewmember and bring them back to their lunar base. Crews will repeat the activity three times with each crewmember switching positions to emphasize how repetition of an activity increases speed and efficiency.

Objectives

By the end of this mission, participants will be able to:

Mission preparation

Materials

Set-up

Mission instructions

Diagram

  1. Organize participants into astronaut crews of three.
  2. Participants A & B start at location 1. Participant C will start at location 3.
  3. Participant C will read their instruction card. They will do a series of dynamic exercises while waiting for their crewmates.
  4. From location 1, Participant A will instruct Participant B through a series of dynamic exercises listed on their instruction card to advance them to location 2.
  5. From location 2, Participant B will instruct Participant A through a series of dynamic exercises listed on their instruction card to advance them to location 2.
  6. From location 2, Participant A will instruct Participant B through a series of dynamic exercises listed on their instruction card to advance them to location 3.
  7. From location 3, Participant B will instruct Participant A through a series of dynamic exercises listed on their instruction card to advance them to location 3.
  8. Participant C must finish their list of exercises on their instruction card in order to proceed with the next instructions.
  9. Participants A & B will form a two-person arm carry "chair" for Participant C (see reference photos below).
  10. Participant C will sit securely in the "chair" while Participants A & B carry C back to location 1.
  11. The crew that performs these tasks in the fastest time will successfully save their injured crewmember!
  12. Crews switch positions and repeat the task.
  13. Astronauts can reflect on how their time to complete the activity has changed from the first run to the third.

Reference photos

Download the participant handout (PDF, 569 KB)

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