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Challenger Mission & History

On January 28, 1986, the seven crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger/STS-51L "Teacher in Space” mission set out to broaden educational horizons and advance scientific knowledge. To the nation’s shock and sorrow, their Space Shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. In the aftermath this tragedy, the crew’s families bonded together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. They created Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a global not-for-profit organization. Dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission, Challenger Center develops learning centers and other educational programs worldwide to continue the mission to engage students in science and math education. Challenger uses space exploration as a theme to create a positive learning experience that raises students' expectations of success; fosters in them a long-term interest in math, science, engineering and technology; and motivates them to pursue future studies in these areas.

The Bay Area's Challenger Learning Center® at Chabot Space & Science Center joins a growing network in the United States, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Canada. This network of learning centers is a recognized leader in educational simulation with a strong curriculum standards-based emphasis.

The Challenger Learning Center® offers programs for school and youth groups and corporate groups, as well as teacher workshops and classroom-based programs. 

Contact us: (510) 336-7351 or clc@ChabotSpace.org