Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis


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Visitors play the role of astronauts, scientists, and engineers through a two-hour simulated space mission to the Moon, Mars, or a comet

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Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Public missions held on select Saturdays. Visit and follow Groupon customers link for available dates/times. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person; 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 6+. Sessions non-transferable. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Jr. Astronaut mission is good for age 6-10 and their families, other missions for 11+. Parents/guardians must participate with their children for Junior Astronauts mission and be counted as one of the participants. New customers only. Cannot be combined with previous reservations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $15 for a two-hour simulated space mission for two (a $30 value)
  • $29 for a two-hour simulated space mission for four (a $60 value)

After a brief training session, a group of 30 amateur astronauts boards the spacecraft for two hours of simulated navigation, data-gathering using real robotic arms, and the building and launching of a probe. 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.

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 died in the 1986 Challenger space-shuttle mission—the center educates visitors in science and teamwork with its space simulators. Whether navigating a spacecraft or abetting astronauts at a Mission Control modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center, student, community, and corporate groups must maintain a cooperative spirit while assembling a probe, or being the first human to land on Mars.

Customer Reviews

My kids had a great time making their own rockets and seeing how far they would fly!
Lisa V. · August 21, 2016
Awesome day for my 6 and 8 year old grandkids. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Junior astronaut program ended with launching rockets the children made. FUN!
Mary N. · December 20, 2015
Comet mission is fantastic!
Rose E. · December 20, 2015
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