Full Missions

 Mission Price: $500

Full Mission is a 2 hour simulation that includes commanding Mission Control, launching into space on the shuttle, and conducting research in the Space Lab. There are 3 full mission scenarios: Rendezvous with Comet Halley, Expedition Mars, and Return to the Moon.

  • Maximum 34 participants (36 for Mars Mission)
  • 5th grade reading level required
  • Mission preparation materials included


rendezvous with a cometRENDEZVOUS WITH COMET HALLEY: It is the year 2062.  Our space craft is moving towards Halley's Comet, which made its last closest encounter to Earth in 1986.  Seventy-six years later, our crew has two hours to rendezvous with the comet and launch a scientific probe towards it to gather scientific information about it.  How has the comet changed in the past 76 years?  Only a successful probe launch will tell us.

Comet Mission Prep Packet including Activities


return to the moonRETURN TO THE MOON: In this mission, our crew strives to achieve the first lunar landing since 1972 with the ultimate goal of establishing a permanent lunar base that will serve as a staging area for further solar system exploration. As the crew moves toward our closest neighbor, they will capture a probe containing lunar samples to study. While reconfiguring the probe to become an equipment module, best locations are ultimately made for Moon habitability. A complete team effort is required for the ultimate challenge - a safe and successful lunar landing.

Moon Mission Prep Packet including Activities


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EXPEDITION MARS:  This expedition begins in the year 2076.  Humans have established a research habitat on Mars, with the primary home base habitat located on the Mars moon Phobos.  Humans routinely travel from Phobos to Mars to conduct scientific research on the surface of the red planet. This particular mission's objective is to search for evidence of life on Mars, whether fossilized or living, and also search for evidence of water.  While conducting this research, crew members must be kept safe while in transit and on the Martian surface.

Mars Mission Prep Packet including Activities


{The unique educational structure of our mission programs and the quality we want each school to experience is the number one priority of the Challenger Center.  Our scheduling and staffing plan for each mission and classroom program is worked out weeks in advance; therefore any major changes in the time of the mission and number of students attending for the day may create problems that are impossible to manage on the day of the mission. Therefore, your school will be responsible to bring no more than the agreed upon number of students. If too many students are in attendance, some students will not be able to participate in the mission. If we feel the additional students can be accommodated, your school will have to pay additional charges for those students. It is also critical that your school arrive on time in that we have scheduled flight directors for defined periods of time to staff your event. Any delays that may create a situation where the final mission and/or program of the day cannot be accommodated.   Also, it is critical that you confirm with your bus driver the departure time to return to your school.  If this is earlier that what has been planned, this could result in the final mission and/or programs for the day being shortened. Please know that we want to avoid any issues that may affect the quality of your students' experience at the Challenger Center.  Therefore, it is critical that in your pre-planning of the mission you work closely with your Challenger Center contact to confirm your student numbers, arrival and departing times.}