Simulated space missions allow participants to experience to be a scientist, astronaut, or engineer on a mission to the Moon, Mars, etc
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- Two-Hour Simulated Space Mission for Two
- Two-Hour Simulated Space Mission for Four
After a brief training session, a group of 30 amateur astronauts, scientists and engineers board a spacecraft or take their place in mission control to assemble a satellite, navigate to their destination, and gather data using real robotic arms. Mission simulations are recommended for guests aged 11 and older, except for the Junior Astronauts program, which is recommended for guests aged 6—10. See available missions.
About Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis
The astronauts deftly dodge the oncoming trickle of rocks and debris from the meteor shower, and as the rubble clears they see the Moon up ahead. It is at this site that they’ll soon establish the first permanent human base. Though it sounds like science fiction, novice astronauts attempt this feat daily at Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. Part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education—a nonprofit founded by the families of the astronauts who were lost in the 1986 Challenger space-shuttle mission—the center educates and inspires visitors through simulated space missions and other science education programs. Whether navigating a spacecraft or assisting astronauts in Mission Control modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center, student, community, and corporate groups must maintain a cooperative spirit while completing their mission.