Next flight launches December 6, 2014--call to reserve a spot!

Public Simulated Space Missions


Become a Crewmember on a

2-hour Simulated Space Mission

at Challenger Space Center!


What's a simulated space mission?

Families, friends, and teams of co-workers are invited to the Challenger Space Center to participate in an exciting space-based learning environment where children, families, senior citizens, corporate teams and other community members fly simulated space flight missions involving flight crews, mission controllers and scientists.

The Challenger Space Center’s Technology Flight Deck features over $1 million in technology, including a Mission Control room designed after Johnson Space Center; the Spacecraft, designed to simulate a room onboard the International Space Station (ISS); and the ESTM, or Earth Space Transit Module, which transports teams of crewmembers up to dock with the ISS so they can live and work in space.

mission control 


(Every 2nd & 4th Weekend of the month)

Take part in a daring trek of exploration as, once again, comet Encke travels close to the Sun and Earth. This time, human space travelers, as well as space probes, will undertake scientific missions to the great comet. Years of planning and hard work have been invested to get to this vital moment.

Team members in both the Spacecraft and Mission Control must work together to rendezvous with the comet's tail, and successfully launch a scientific probe. Along the way, team members will also encounter many important tasks that need to be performed. Journey with us on this important mission; the great comet awaits!



(Every 1st & 3rd Weekend of the month)

The time frame of this mission is sometime in the not-too-distant future, when humans have established a permanent base on Mars. Crew members will serve as the first crew on Mars and the relief crew en route to the planet. While on the Martian surface, the team will have collected and analyzed a great number of planetary samples and data.

This information is vital to scientists for a better understanding of the planet Mars. Crew members also will have gained an appreciation for the "luxuries" of planet Earth such as air, water and food as compared to a barren planet such as Mars. 


Missions fly year-round
Saturdays at 1:00pm 

Our upcoming missions are SOLD OUT. Next mission launches December 6, 2014

Boarding pass cost is $22.50 for adults and $19.50 for children and seniors.
General Admission to Challenger Space Center Museum IS included with a mission boarding pass.

*Prepaid reservations are required for ALL MISSIONS*

Mission dates, once booked, are non-refundable as a minimum number of participants (16) is required for each mission. Missions are NOT recommended for 2nd grade & under.  For the duration of the mission, participants will be given instructions at a 6th grade reading level. 3rd and 4th graders must fly with a ticketed adult.

Call 623.322.2001 to reserve your seat, or buy your boarding pass online below!




Join us for Summer, Holiday, and Spring Break Matinee Missions. Missions are scheduled on weekdays, only when local schools are not in session. Check out our calendar of events prior to Summer, Spring Break and Christmas Holiday for upcoming dates and times.