Challenger Mission

Exhibits + Show + Mission

Fasten your seatbelts for an action-packed and immersive adventure to Mars! Using imagination, wit and drama, students will engage in hands-on experiments, research and analysis while solving challenges on a realistic simulated space mission. This experience cultivates the confidence and skills essential to future success, including problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

Our 2 ½ hour simulated space mission is available for grades 5-12.


What’s Included

  • Access to self-guided exhibits, hands-on maker space, interactive floor activities & telescopes
  • One planetarium show
  • One 2.5 hour simulated space mission


  • Available Thursdays & Fridays from September 19, 2019 to May 29, 2020
  • Open to grades 5-12 only
  • 2 times daily: Morning (8:45 AM – 1:45 PM) or Afternoon (9:30 AM – 2:45 PM)
    • Morning mission groups must arrive by 8:45 AM.
    • Afternoon mission groups must stay until 2:45 PM.
  • Check Available Dates. (Look under Voyage to Mars)


  • $750 for 32 students
    • 11 adults (including teacher) admitted free
    • Extra students require advanced approval and cost $25 each if approval is granted.
    • Extra chaperones cost $15 each.
    • Please email our Education Programs Coordinator at for approval of extra students and/or chaperones


  • Download Mission Materials
    • All Mission Materials must be completed prior to your visit.
  • Review our FAQs
  • NEW! Download our Chaperone Guide in English or Spanish
  • NEW! Galaxy Guide
    • Designed to help your group get the most out of your visit, this guide provides activities to help your students engage with each exhibit space.
    • Available for Grades PreK-3 in English or Spanish
    • Available for Grades 4-8 in English or Spanish


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