Are You Up for the Challenge?

An unforgettable, state-of-the-art learning experience

Discovery’s Challenger Center is an immersive mock space station and mission control simulation experience that promotes teamwork and critical thinking skills.

The simulation creates a cooperative learning atmosphere underscored by teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making. Embedded throughout the simulations are opportunities for participants to hone applicable, real-world skills.

See below for corporate team-building and mini mission options!

Challenger mission goals for students are to engage and enhance enthusiasm for STEM, improve problem-solving skills, demonstrate the value of teamwork and communication, and enhance critical thinking abilities.

For grades 5 and above, a Challenger Mission includes a pre- and post-visit curriculum.

$425 minimum fee for up to 25 participants (minimum 16), add $20/participant to a maximum of 28. Don’t have enough participants for a full mission? Ask about our mini-mission options!

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Book two same-day missions, get a FREE digital Planetarium show or Science on a Sphere show!

Mission to the Moon - Grades 5 & Up

The year is 2040 C.E. For the first time since the last Apollo mission way back in 1972, man returns to the Moon. The goal of the mission is to establish a permanent lunar base that will allow the astronauts to collect and analyze data about the space environment and the Moon, study the feasibility of developing a self-sustaining off–planet settlement, and create a stepping stone for manned planetary exploration.

Earth Odyssey - Grades 7 & Up

This brand new mission takes place in a futuristic time when a major coronal mass ejection (CME) causes a burst of solar winds to blast from the Sun toward Earth. The CME damages several key satellites and forced the immediate evacuation of International Space Station. As our team of scientists and engineers in Mission Control work to safely bring the crew back to Earth, they must also assess the damage done on Earth from the CME. In addition a replacement satellite will need to be assembled on board the spacecraft by our crew with guidance from Mission Control engineers.

Voyage to Mars - Grades 8 & Up

Our voyage begins in the year 2076 C.E. with our brave new crew of astronauts en-route to the Red Planet. The purpose of their voyage is to replace the existing crew which has manned Mars Control for the last two years. Mars Control must safely guide the Mars Transport Vehicle (MTV) into Martian orbit and a safe landing. After arriving on the Martian surface, the new crew will continue scientific exploration while overcoming emergencies and environmental variables, all the while gaining new insights into the problems NASA scientists face. This information is vital to scientists and explorers for a better understanding of Mars.