Train-Like-a-Martian-1200x600-2#TrainLikeAMartian is happening now

April 18 – April 25!

We are sponsoring an entire week of activities to bring awareness to the importance of STEM education, space exploration and physical fitness to children and adults around the world! We are also raising funds to support the programs that The Mars Generation operates including sending students with financial need to Space Camp and building our Student Space Ambassador leadership program.

To see rewards for donating during the #TrainLikeAMartian Challenge and to donate please click here! 

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Daily Challenge (scroll below for prize entry info)

Day 1 Monday April 18: Crew Strength Training

Day 2 Tuesday April 19:

Day 3 Wednesday April 20

Day 4 Thursday April 21

Day 5 Friday April 22

Day 6 Saturday April 23

Day 7 Sunday April 24

Day 8 Monday April 25

Complete the challenge activity or any physical activity and share photos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using our event hashtag #TrainLikeAMartian to be entered in our daily drawings. You can be entered multiple times:

  • Every photo  (up to 3 photos per day) = 1 entry each photo
  • Every video (up to 3 videos per day) = 1 entry each video
  • Every post asking your followers to donate to The Mars Generation that includes both #TrainLikeAMartian and = 2 entries for each social media post (here is a dropbox with pre-written posts and photos to help you with creating posts)



Train-Like-a-Martian The Mars GenerationWHAT:

The Mars Generation’s Train Like a Martian Challenge allows people to participate individually each day following the activities  posted on The Mars Generation Facebook Page inspired by NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program* or up to 45 minutes of any activity. Groups are encouraged to participate together, especially in school settings. People will come together worldwide though social media to share their participation and progress using the hashtag #TrainLikeAMartian.

The Train Like a Martian Challenge culminates on April 24th with local events hosted by TMG members, schools, fitness studios or anyone who wants to get involved. People can drop in and join the fun for a short time or the entire event.

April 24th is the same day that Astronaut Tim Peake will run the London Marathon on the International Space Station. The Mars Generation will be cheering for Astronaut Tim Peake while participating in our own fitness challenges the week leading up to the London Marathon as a way to encourage other individuals to see physical activity, STEM education and space exploration in a new way.


The Challenge is helping bring awareness to the importance of health and fitness to a balanced life. While STEM education is our focus at TMG, it is also important to encourage and educate people about healthy living.

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.


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


This event can be participated 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!


Individuals who complete up to 45 minutes of activity everyday between April 18-24th are encouraged to share photos each day on our #TrainLikeAMartian hashtag. Make it a team effort! Join forces and challenge one another on both physical activities and fundraising goals.

The Mars Generation will post daily “Astronaut Exercise Activities” inspired from NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program* during the week of April 18-24th. NASA is not a sponsor or affiliated with our Train Like a Martian event. NASA creates these materials for anyone to use to encourage physical fitness.

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 could 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. 

Community Events – Host an Event

Host an event in your community. To find out more about planning an event in your community click here.

We will provide marketing support to any community event including posting and geo-targeting promotions for events on Facebook to support the local events. This is a great way to give back to your community and create some PR for fitness studios and gyms.

These events will be optional donation events to encourage supporting The Mars Generation.

Individuals and Groups

Individuals can participate on their own or in groups and share their success. Individuals and groups can setup fundraising pages and compete to raise funds for The Mars Generation as part of their Train Like a Martian participation. Prizes will be awarded for most funds raised and for participation. For more information on how to participate click here.

Fun Competition

Everyone has the chance to enter their workouts into The Mars Generation tracking spreadsheet to gauge their progress to see how they measure up to other participants.

Prizes and Rewards 

Go to our Train Like A Martian Contest Entry 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.