Fit as a MOoSE: Metabolic Observations of Space Explorers

2015 Challenge

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    #humans, #spacemetabolism, #easy


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    Model, Platform, Hardware, Data Visualization, Citizen Science


    Athletic performance and injury prevention are a critical area of research both in space and on the ground. Astronaut performance becomes particularly important in long duration spaceflight, as they must maintain their muscle capacity, bone density, and cardiovascular health by exercising two hours a day. If a crew is going to safely travel to a destination like Mars and return healthy, they must train as a hard as a high performance athlete and be as fit as a moose!


    Develop a citizen science tool that ties astronaut health onboard the International Space Station and to health and exercise options on Earth. Use data from previous human spaceflight missions.


    Key variables to consider may include (but may not be available in data sets): body mass change; fluid intake; blood density; body and environmental temperature; and saliva pH. The goal would be to minimize invasive data collection on Earth as well as minimizing the amount of crew time required for data collection, i.e. make use of data that already exists and will continue to grow from known NASA databases.

    An example topic is hydration, or dehydration, which could be a potential indicator of athletic performance. The impacts of hydration on physical tasks are of interest for everyone, from astronauts and high performance athletes to a child playing soccer and an adult mowing their lawn. For astronauts on Space Station, hydration is a concern primarily due to the cephalic fluid shift upon entering space and reduction in bodily fluids, a contributor to bone density loss and muscle atrophy. Also, water is one of the largest consumables launched to space, which has led to partial recycling of fluids on Space Station, saving mass for more science experiments.

    • You can create your own smart phone app, online resources, data visualizations, video games, physical activities, and/or educational content.
    • For example: Your app can allow users collect their own exercise data and compare to simulated astronaut data/trends to see how their body would be doing if in microgravity; or
    • record the physiological measurements before during, and after exercise; or
    • take measurements and transfer data.

    Sample Resources(Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • BHM - Basic Health Monitor

      Once applied over the teeth, it collects and trasmits continuously non-invasive-obtained data on basic health parameters. In this way, we aim to provide with data to be compared to the standard values registered on Earth. Visit Project

    • astro health check

      The idea is to have a website containing instructions on how to test yourselves. You will be then be able to compare yourself against nasa recommendations. Things that can be tested is eyesight, blood pressure, aerobic capacity, heart stress etc. Visit Project

    • Fit as a Moose

      The purpose of this project is to develop an application that ties astronauts on Space Station to health and exercise options as to minimize invasive data collection on Earth. This application would be recording multiple physiological measurements which are: body weight tracking, saliva pH, body ... Visit Project

    • Space Training

      To develop an additional training system based on new tools and a new software, which allow to get prediction and monitoring of astronauts' physical condition. Visit Project

    • S.A.H.M (Space Astronaut Health Monitoring)

      Body temperature, bones density, ECG readings , Blood pressure, are measures taken using a set of connected objects, A belt and an earing, these objects cotain sensors that collects realtime information and then sends them to a centrilized management console in the fog for processing, the ast... Visit Project

    • Responsive Skin

      It conception is for health care and prevention from astronaut diseases cause of the lack of gravitation. Visit Project

    • CosmoFruit

    • portable physical benchmark

      Accurate physical benchmark app, for training for astronaut performance, using available portable tools (mobile health trackers such as wristbands, etc...) Visit Project

    • Breaking down the osteoporosis

      For space missions longer than six months, osteopenia is an important health limit problem. Due to microgravitation, astronauts' bone cells lack mechanical stimuli required for bone formation. We propose a treatment using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS). Several studies on bone cell cu... Visit Project

    • EnterTRAIN-Me

      The project consists to help astronauts in practicing sports. The idea is to associate a virtual game to an exoskeleton wich will replace the sports' materials of astronaut. This designed exoskeleton is equipped by many sensors and actuators. It will send and receive data to synchronize the gest... Visit Project

    • Down to Earth

      Device for tracking human metabolic data with different sensors: - Body Temperature - Environment Temperature - Glucometer - Salive PH level - ECG - ECM - Oximeter - Blood Pressure Modules: 1.Medical Analysis (raw data shown as line charts and data tables, as well as illness prevent... Visit Project

    • Elevate

      Are you as fit as an astronaut? Do you want to join a future space colonization project? Give us your data and find out! We will compare the crowd-sourced data with official astronaut medical records to identify advanced diagnostic warning signs that will be necessary to select the next generatio... Visit Project

    • The Great British Space Race

      The Problem ---------------- According to the World Health Organisation, [global obesity has has more than doubled since 1980]( Obesity, which is preventable, is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases and has has been exacerbated by ... Visit Project

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