In view of the upcoming Olympics in London, ESA, NASA and UKSA have taken the unique opportunity to extend the legacy of regular exercising and healthy lifestyle to over one hundred children and their parents and teachers who have come to London from the 4 corners of the globe to participate in the Mission X 2012 Olympic special event.
Although ESA astronaut André Kuipers recently closed the Mission X 2012 challenge from the International Space Station, the key messages that Mission X stands for continue to spread with the London 2012 Olympics.
Children and delegates of countries participating in Mission X gathered in London for the three day event. They visited Cambridge and the Institute of Astronomy on Thursday. On Friday, the children to performed Mission X exercises alongside British Olympian Montell Douglas and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli. This event was broadcast live <www.ustream.tv/nasaedge>
An ESA gala dinner and a visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich will also feature in the packed programme for the fit Mission X explorers.
Mission X is an ongoing global programme which promotes health in children aged 8-12, a demographic increasingly susceptible to obesity due to lack of exercise and poor eating habits.
Read more on the Mission X website: www.trainlikeanatronaut.com