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MON: Closed

TUE - THU : 10am - 5pm

FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

Mission Scenarios


Choose Your Mission!

Participants in one of three available mission scenarios, use math, science, technology, engineering and reading comprehension skills to succeed in an intense, high paced space mission environment.

Voyage To Mars™

Voyage To Mars™
Enter the Challenger Learning Center portal and get teleported forward in time to the year 2076 where participants get the unique opportunity to work together in our simulator and land their spacecraft on Mars. The incoming crew, with the help from Mars Control, will navigate through Mars orbit and land the spacecraft at Chryse Station. The crew arriving from Earth has been trained to replace their peers in Mars Control who have been waiting 25 months for their transport home. 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. All crew members will be assigned to a team who is responsible for completing the tasks at their assigned station. We wish you luck on a successful mission!

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

Rendezvous with a Comet™

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

Earth Odyssey
Coming Soon!

Earth Odyssey

Fast forward to a future solar max – a time when the greatest solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun takes place. A major coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred just four weeks ago, with a burst of solar winds blasting from the sun toward Earth. . The strength of the CME was so strong that several vital satellites, responsible for collecting Earth science information, suffered critical damage. Without these satellites we can no longer identify and study the changes that are occurring on our planet.

It will take a true team effort of scientists from the Mission Control crew and astronauts in the Space Station to fix this serious problem. The two groups will have to quickly address the
damage and achieve two major goals:

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

Lunar Quest
Coming Soon!

Lunar Quest

In the not too distant future several permanent habitats on the Moon, the primary one being Moonbase Alpha, are home to astronauts and scientists conducting research and studying the planets beyond. To expand that research, additional environments must be created and new mining locations identified. Human operated vehicles and rovers search for titanium and iron deposits, and while scouting for these locations is dangerous, it is critical to the expansion of the lunar research

The two groups will have to achieve several goals before calling the mission a success: Observe the Earth, sun and beyond as they navigate the Spacecraft to the Moon to select sites for future lunar mining, and ensure the crew stays healthy and safe during the duration of the mission.

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

Mars Cadets
Coming Soon!

Lunar Quest

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.

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