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Challenger Learning Center

Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center learning-based experience will transform your students into NASA scientists and engineers with a single common purpose – the success of the mission! This realistic simulated space mission uses hands-on and inquiry-based activities to challenge participants in the areas of teamwork, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.

This program aligns with NGSS and Common Core standards.


Expedition Mars

The year is 2076. A handful of facilities have been established on Mars, including a greenhouse, a mobile geological survey base, and a centralized research habitat. The primary human habitat is not on Mars, but on one of its moons, Phobos! A large Spacecraft regularly ferries astronauts and scientists between the base on Phobos and the surface of Mars.

This Shuttle, or Mars Transport Vehicle (MTV) carries parts to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) needed to continue the search for evidence of life and water. However, when crew members discover an imminent threat to their MTV and the Martian surface facilities, they must act quickly to save their stations, their research and their lives.

  • Suitable for students grade 6 and up
  • Program Length: 2-hours
  • Maximum group size: 28 participants
  • Requires (2) chaperones to attend and stay for the duration of the program

Availability and Pricing

Multiple start times are available Monday through Friday.

  • Fee: $500

Register for Expedition Mars


Resources for Expedition Mars

Download Expedition Mars Teacher Packet

Download Expedition Mars Pre-Mission Brief PowerPoint

Download Expedition Mars Crew Manifest


Frequently Asked Questions

What skills and standards does this program support?

This program supports NGSS and Common Core standards. A full list can be found in the Teacher Packet on pages 13 and 14.

What are the expectations for the teacher/group leader upon arrival at the Museum?

The Crew Manifest (available to download under Resources above) should be given to the Mission Commander the day of the mission. It is not necessary to provide it in advance.

Let the Mission Commander and/or Flight Director know at the beginning of the day if you have to cut the mission short due to bus pick-up times.

What should I complete before arriving at the Museum?

Teachers should be exploring the Expedition Mars Teacher Packet (available to download under Resources above) to learn about the planet Mars but most importantly the Mission’s objectives and the storyline. There are two extension activities that can be done in class but are not mandatory.

Teachers should use the Expedition Mars Pre-Mission Brief (available to download under Resources above) to fill out the Crew Manifest and let participants know about their jobs and objectives for the Mission.

Have additional questions?

Please call 206-768-7142 or email education@museumofflight.org.

How soon can I make my reservation?

Programs must be requested at least two weeks prior to the date(s) you would like to reserve, but sooner is better.

Is Financial Assistance available?

Yes! Please visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more. Go to Financial Assistance.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made more than seven days in advance of the scheduled program date are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations made within seven days of the program date, including no-shows, are eligible for a refund minus a $50 administrative fee.

When is payment due?

Payment is due at least two weeks prior to your program date(s). Payment can be made over the phone by credit card (preferred) or purchase order (PO).

May I register for days/times that are not listed on the reservation calendar?

Possibly! Please call our Education team at 206.768.7142 to discuss options.

Are chaperones required? How many can accompany the group?

Yes! At least (2) chaperones are required to attend this program. A maximum of (10) chaperones are included in your registration. If you have more than 10 chaperones, additional general admission tickets will need to be purchased at the Admissions Desk.

Is admission to the Museum included with this program?

Yes. Full-day admission is included for all students and chaperones participating in the program.

More questions?

Please call 206-768-7142 or email education@museumofflight.org.

Let's Launch - FREE

Let’s Launch! is the Challenger Learning Center’s first Flipped Classroom series that is FREE to use. Each course includes an 8 to 10-minute animated video accompanied by three lesson plans for use in the classroom.

Join Maya and her friend B.U.D as they learn about planetary science – Mars, the Sun, Near-Earth Objects, the Moon and the Solar System. Appropriate for Grades 5-8

Visit Let's Launch at Challenger.org