Train Like An Astronaut Martian

So you have been challenged to do the #TrainLikeAMartian Challenge now what? 

Here are the steps to follow to participate!


Please make sure to sign up here so that you qualify for prizes and receive updates!


Please challenge at least one other person- preferably in public on social media. We suggest challenging a group of people! The more people you challenge the more fun for everyone! Also don’t be shy, challenge some famous people on Twitter too…you never know who may say yes! Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson have both been challenged multiple times. We are still waiting to see if they have the right stuff!

To challenge someone go on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media channel and publicly declare:

“I challenge *tag Name of Person Challenged * to participate in the #TrainLikeAMartian Challenge! Learn details here:

AND Next

Choose #1 or #2 below for your own challenge

1. You can accept the #TrainLikeAMartian challenge and click here to sign up. You can also join the Ground Support Crew (talk about the challenge and cheer us on) for the challenge and sign up here.  Email addresses will only be for awarding prizes and giving updates for the challenge.


2. You can head over to the #TrainLikeAMartian dontation page and contribute to The Mars Generation  fundraising initiative. Hurry because there are exclusive rewards for donations that are received by May 26, 2017. These rewards are awesome!

AND Lastly – Spread the Word!

The success of the #TrainLikeAMartian Challenge is in people sharing it with others. That means directly challenging people like we mentioned above, but also communicating with people about the event, inviting them to participate and talking about what The Mars Generation is about.

You can use email, social media channels and word of mouth. Remember to use our hashtag whenever possible #TrainLikeAMartian.

Here are a bunch of photos, and pre-written social media and email messages that you are free to use. Please feel free to edit the messages to fit your own voice and personality. It’s best when your messages are customized a bit!

What is the #TrainLikeAMartian Challenge?

The Mars Generation’s annual Train Like a Martian Challenge invites people to participate individually each day of the challenge following the activities posted on The Mars Generation’s blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. The activities are inspired by NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program*. People are also free to complete any activity, of their choosing, for 30 minutes or longer each day of the challenge to qualify for prizes.

Groups are encouraged to participate together, especially in school settings. The event creates a worldwide community through social media by sharing their participation and progress using the hashtag #TrainLikeAMartian.


The Challenge is helping to bring awareness to the importance of health and fitness in living a balanced life. While STEM education is our focus at TMG, we also recognized the need to encourage and educate people about healthy living. The challenge helps to continue to bring awareness and discussion around sending humans to Mars, but also remind us why we must continue to explore beyond what we know for the future of humankind.

The Train Like a Martian Challenge will also be an opportunity for individuals and groups to fundraise in support of the mission of The Mars Generation, including all our outreach programs, our student space ambassador program, and space camp scholarship program. Fundraising is not a requirement of participation.


The event is a worldwide event and includes individuals, students, schools, sports teams, community organizations and anyone who wants to get involved.


Participation can take place anywhere in the world: from in a classroom on a playground, inside a living room, on a treadmill or hiking a mountain. Whatever you can do to get active and record your exercise, do it!

Get Involved:

For Schools

For our school partners, the Train Like a Martian Challenge is an opportunity to blend STEM with exercise and highlight the importance of physical fitness in everyday life. The Mars Generation will offer a curriculum of daily activities that can be completed in PE, other classes or modified to fit your school’s schedule. Other school ideas include field days, a rocket run (one-mile run), homeroom challenge and many more ideas will be shared.

To learn more about how schools can be involved click here. 

Prizes and Rewards 

Go to our Train Like A Martian Sign Up page for details on how to enter the contests and specific details on rewards and prizes. We have easy ways for everyone to be entered to win prizes and/or earn rewards. No fundraising is required to participate in this challenge. 

*NASA is not affiliated with or sponsoring the Train Like A Martian Challenge.