Challenger Learning Center
Simulated Space Mission
"Each year I see my students’ attitudes change after our Challenger mission: they listen better, their math scores improve, and they are more eager to learn. I try to schedule our visit as early as possible! It’s a fantastic program, and well worth the effort to come here."
// Kevin H, Middle School Teacher //
Have you ever wanted to explore space? Do your children dream of being astronauts? Are you looking for an inspirational, interactive field trip for your students? The Challenger Learning Center brings space travel to life right here on Earth.
The Challenger Learning Center is an interactive space mission simulator consisting of a realistic Mission Control and Spacecraft. All three mission scenarios simulate an entire NASA exploration mission from launch to successfully achieving the mission objective.
Your adventure begins when you "launch into space" to search for Comet Halley, embark on a journey to Mars, or prepare for a return trip to the Moon. All participants spend half of the mission time in Mission Control and half in the Spacecraft.
Aboard the Spacecraft you will conduct science experiments, operate robotic arms, build a probe, or navigate toward your destinations. In Mission Control you will record critical science information, monitor the mission status on computers, and communicate with the astronauts. You must be prepared to handle unexpected emergencies during the mission; its success is in your hands!
Challenger programs include School Missions, Community Missions, Corporate Team Building Programs, and Scout Programs.
Upcoming Community Missions
October 3, 2014 (Voyage to Mars)
December 5, 2014 (Rendezvous with Comet Halley)
January 2, 2015 (Return to the Moon)
Community Missions run 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Call 916-485-8836 to schedule a field trip, or visit.