The high cost per hour for human occupied orbiting and interplanetary missions requires efficient use of time and space. Pressured to fit more activities into smaller spaces, mission planners must also consider the human cost, not only from a humane perspective, but also to ensure mission success.|
Several hours of vigorous exercise are needed each day to slow muscle and cardiac atrophy and bone demineralization.
We propose that digital media coupled to exercise equipment allows astronauts to engage in several activities simultaneously. Exercise activity can take place in the context of social and recreational activity. The full body engagement in the activity suggests that the set up may be useful for training exercises and pre-exploration of a landing site.