Exhibits

We invite you to explore Challenger Space Center Arizona's unique facility - designed by 5th graders when asked "what would you like to see in a Space Center," the building features a four story mural painted by space artist Robert McCall called "Tour of the Universe." The following is a list of exhibits featured at the Center, some of which are stationed permanently, and others are on temporary loan and available for viewing for shorter time periods. The museum is open daily with tours generally on the hour, and self-guided tours are also available. MORE


  
 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 



 



 




ASU Meteorite Exhibit

The Challenger Space Center has received a variety of 13 meteorites on extended loan from the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. ASU has one of the largest repositories of meteorites on planet Earth, and their programs are world-renown. Visitors to the Center have the opportunity to see a variety of samples collected from ASU's extensive collections. Meteorites are the oldest things on our planet. MORE

 

 


My Solar System - Catch A Planet!

Have you hugged a planet today? This interactive exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation. Visitors can catch and hold a virtual planet using motion detection technology, as bubbles appear with relevant science facts. A Playmotion exhibition.

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Space Shuttle Landing Gear Tire

How big would an actual space shuttle tire be? You can find out and touch a landing gear tire  which actually flew in space on STS-121, Space Shuttle Discovery. You can still see the skid marks! Did you know that a space shuttle tire can carry three times the load of a Boeing 747 tire, or the entire starting line-up of a NASCAR race (40 race cars) all hitting the pavement simultaneously at 250 miles per hour.


Atlantis Space Shuttle Model

This 10 foot high model of the Atlantis Space Shuttle was donated to Challenger Space Center by Honeywell. Before finding a permanent home at the center, this model traveled around the country to different aerospace industry trade shows and educational events associated with Honeywell. Visitors on the guided tour will learn about the 30-year Space Shuttle era, and the shuttle's vital contributions to manned space exploration. Space shuttles were a marvel of modern technology, and paved the way for future space exploration and discoveries in our universe.


 

Robert McCall's "Tour of the Universe" Mural

As visitors cross the elevated gantry bridge into the Center, the first sight they see is a four-story mural wrapping around the walls of our Steele Foundation Rotunda. This mural, painted by world-famous space artist, Robert McCall. Utilizing 27,000 square feet of canvas, this phenomenal piece of artistry took six months to complete. It is believed to be the largest mural in Arizona.


William G. Gregory Exhibit, Former U.S. Astronaut, Pilot, STS-67

See Gregory's personal items which flew with him aboard the Space Shuttle in 1995, as well as his NASA test pilot gear. Gregory served as the STS-67 pilot on the seven-person astronomical research mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  Launching from the Kennedy Space Center on March 2, 1995, and landing at Edwards AFB on March 18, 1995, the crew established a new mission duration record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while completing 262 orbits and traveling nearly seven million miles.  This second flight of the ASTRO telescope primary payload also included numerous secondary payloads. Gregory retired from NASA in 1999. He logged more than 400 hours in space and has flown more than 40 types of aircraft. MORE


Iridium Satellite Model

In 1987, a team of valley engineers from Motorola conceived the idea of creating a global wireless communications system - a digital satellite phone and paging network that would later be called the Iridium system. Motorola successfully launched 72 low-Earth orbiting satellites in just 12 months. Each satellite weighs 1500 pounds and circles the Earth at 17,500 miles an hour at an altitude of 485 miles. A permanent model of this satellite has been donated to the Center by Motorola and is now on display.


Journey Through the Space Program

The second floor of the Challenger Space Center has been re-organized to give visitors a chance to take a walk back through manned space flight. Starting with the current day space station and space shuttle, and stretching back past Skylab, Apollo, Mercury and Gemini, these displays offer a chance to see how much NASA has accomplished over the last several decades. Among these displays are included mission patches from every mission flown, and several other pictures and donated materials related to each of these programs.  

 

Lowell Observatory Display

Currently on display at the Challenger Space Center, on extended loan from the Lowell observatory, are items relating to the study of the planet Mars by Percival Lowell and the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh. More than 22 Ph.D. astronomers from around the world conduct their research work at the Lowell Observatory. 


Theater Aviation Display

Several friends of the Challenger Space Center have donated space and aviation related lithographs and other photos, which are now on display in our theater for all visitors to enjoy.