Hours & Directions

MON, TUE: Closed

WED & THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

Mission Scenarios

As students participate in one of three available mission scenarios, they use the skills learned in the classroom like Math, Science, and Reading Comprehension to succeed in an intense, high paced space mission environment.


Rendezvous with a Comet™

In the not too distant future, a team of scientists and engineers are on a daring mission to take an up-close look at a comet as it streaks its way across the galaxy. Their goal is to plot a successful course to rendezvous with the comet and launch a probe to collect scientific data on the object.

They must first construct the space probe and then plot the correct intercept course. What seems at first to be a routine exploration is filled with challenges and emergencies. Each obstacle that stands in the way of a successful mission requires students to work together as a team and problem solve the solution.

Available for grades 5-12 (2.5 Hours)
Alignment with State of California Science Standards

Voyage To Mars™

In Earth years, it is 2076. A now routine Voyage to Mars has brought the latest human crew into Martian orbit. The crew arriving from Earth on the Mars Transport Vehicle has been specially trained to replace the existing crew of astronauts, which has manned Mars Control for the past two years. They must successfully land on Mars and complete their mission objective, to send a robotic probe into orbit around one of Mars's two moons.

After arriving on the Martian surface, the team will collect and analyze a number of planetary samples and data. This information is vital to scientists and explorers for a better understanding of the Red Planet.

Available for grades 5-12 (2.5 Hours)
Alignment with State of California Science Standards

Mars Cadets

As trainees for the next trip to Mars, our cadets are briefed on the mission objectives and then loaded into the simulator.

Rather than being assigned to stations, students are permitted to move freely through the spacecraft and Mission Control rooms. Each team of trainees will have a chance to work at every station. Every station contains 3-4 minute tasks which are aligned to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. While students work, events and emergencies will occur which require the entire class to work together to solve a problem and come up with a solution.

This is the first year we are running this program, which will allow 3rd and 4th graders into the simulator for a mission experience!

Available for grades 3-4 (2 Hours)
Alignment with State of California Science Standards

The Mission Teams

You will become a Mission Specialist working on a team to accomplish your mission's objectives.

  • Data (DATA): Transmits important images and shares vital information between mission control and the spacecraft.
  • Medical (MED): Uses computers to gather data relating to the crew's health and its reaction to the stress of the mission.
  • Life Support (LS): Monitors and repairs the spacecraft's critical water, air, and electrical systems.
  • Probe (PROBE): Assembles a data-gathering scientific probe to relay data for analysis.
  • Isolation (ISO): Uses robots to handle hazardous chemicals, conduct tests, and count micrometeoroid impacts.
  • Remote (REM): Works in a glove box to analyze mass, volume, and density of meteorite samples.
  • Communication (COM): Maintains a voice link between the spacecraft and mission control.
  • Navigation (NAV): Calculates trajectories, and analyzes and determines angles for launch coordinates and probe deployment.
  • Press Team (Optional): Interviews crewmembers, prepares biographical sketches of the crew and uses video/photography equipment to record the events of the mission.

Missions are available for school and youth groups and corporate groups, and the general public. Teacher workshops and classroom-based programs are also offered.

Contact us: (510) 336-7355 or clc@ChabotSpace.org