Challenger Simulated Space Mission

GRADES: 5 - 8

Designed in cooperation with NASA, the Challenger Center is an interactive educational program, using the excitement of space flight simulation to inspire students.  As students participate in one of three mission scenarios, they apply math, science, technology, and language arts to solve real-life challenges, raising their expectation of success and inspiring them to reach for the stars.  Mission fee includes classroom curriculum for pre-mission preparation, a 2 ½ hour simulated mission for 16-32 students, and post-mission classroom activities.



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"I’ve had a great time thanks to you! This is probably the best space field trip I’ve ever had. I enjoyed doing tests and answering tests. I learned that the average response visually is .1 - .7 seconds and much more." – Justin, 5th grader, 2016


Comet Halley is returning to our part of the solar system in 2061. A team of astronauts construct a probe, plot an intercept course, and navigate the spacecraft in search of the comet. The objective is to launch the probe through the comet’s tail, and collect data for research.

It is now 2076. Astronauts have occupied a research station on Mars for two years. A team journeys from Earth to replace the crew and continue exploring the Red Planet. The two teams work together to bring the spacecraft in for a successful landing, and launch probes to study the two moons of Mars.

Fees:  $580 for 16-32 students per mission.

Maximum: eight total adults, including teachers and instructional aids.

Download educational materials for Rendezvous With A Comet  HERE

Download educational materials for Voyage To Mars HERE

Find more Educator resources HERE

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As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. Challenger Learning Center Sacramento is part of the global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L. To learn more, visit