Physical Prep of Astronauts- Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


The space analog station Habitat Mars has created new protocols aimed at preparing analog astronauts to participate during in person missions. From in person mission 77 (July 2021) physical preparation activities were put into practice. Some warm-up activities developed were: Stretching the dorsal; Stretching of the pectoral muscle; Quadriceps muscle stretch; Triceps muscle stretch. Exercises with elastics were performed to simulate the exercises performed in low gravity developed aboard the International Space Station - ISS. Dumbbells and mats were also used to implement exercises with weights and body weight. Some specific exercises performed: Ventral plank (this exercise strengthens abdominal and lower back muscles); Elastic squat (exercise for grouping the lower muscles, muscles most affected by microgravity; dumbbell exercise for the muscle in the front of the arm (biceps); and Advance with elastic to develop the entire lower group. A survey was also applied before the mission and after the mission in order to assess the initial conditions, as well as the benefits generated from the practice of workouts.

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

You can register on the main website After you register, you can access the convention's main application Attendify at using code "TakingFlight".

More info and session listings are in the hub world, code PDK958

This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.