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Space Stations: Bones of Contention

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    Lunar and Planetary Institute

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Space Stations: Bones of Contention

In this activity, learners make models representing bones on Earth and bones that have been in space. They discover what happens to bones without proper exercise and nutrition. This activity station is part of a sequence of stations that can be set up to help learners explore how space affects the human body and why.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
    • Solar System
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton
      • Muscles and Skin
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Lunar and Planetary Institute, ©2006

Funding Source:

  • NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's Education Program


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