Public Missions

challenger
Public Missions

Public Missions

Two different missions are offered to the general public at several times during the year.  These two programs allow guests to get a glimpse of our simulated Space Station.  The Challenger Experience is designed to accommodate all ages, while a Mini-Mission is designed for ages 8 and up.

Both missions are offered during Spring Break Hands-On Week, Summer Hands-On Wednesday afternoons, and Winter Break Hands-On Week.  Click on the CALENDAR link to find the next available public missions. Space is limited; please call 269.373.7979 to get your tickets! Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.

* Non-refundable tickets may be purchased up to 1 week ahead of a scheduled event. 
* Ticket holders must present their tickets 15 minutes prior their scheduled event start time, or forfeit their seat without refund should there be a wait list for other patrons. 

Challenger Experience
Challenger Experience

The Challenger Experience is an opportunity for children and their parents to get a taste of the simulation program offered in the Challenger Learning Center.  Guests will be seated inside the spacecraft and will help with a spectrum analysis (you get to wear cool glasses!) during a simulated space flight.  A gas leak has been detected aboard the Space Station, and NASA has evacuated the crew.  Now a highly trained Emergency Response Team (ERT) of astronauts must travel to the station and help identify the gas.  NASA and the rest of the world are depending on them!  The 20-minute Challenger Experience has no age restrictions, but children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a partner aged 16 or older.   Cost is $3.00 per person.

Mini-Mission
Child at the Glovebox

The Voyage to Mars® Mini-Mission is a 45-minute interactive, hands-on simulated space mission in which participants assume the roles and duties of the astronaut crew.  Just like real astronauts, the crew will read and follow directions to successfully complete their mission.  Participants have been chosen by NASA to be the very first humans to travel to Mars.  And even though the mission has been carefully planned, unforeseen dangers could pose a threat to the crew.  Mini-missions are designed for ages 8 and up, but each child ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a partner aged 16 or older. Cost is $3.00 per person.