You and your kids can learn about space, science, the solar system and lots more in a fun, hands-on way during Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center. Simulated Space missions are geared for families with kids ages 6 and up, and some for families with kids ages 11 and up.
Missions include Lunar Quest, Junior Mars and Planetarium, Rendezvous with a Comet, Expedition Mars, Return to the Moon and the Junior Astronaut Program.
After a brief training session, participants will be launched into space to complete their mission. Crew members aboard the space craft will work with their teammates in Mission Control to navigate the spacecraft, collect and analyze data using real robotic arms and glove boxes, build and launch a probe, and more. Junior Astronauts will make rockets and participate in a simulated space mission.
Public Missions are two hours long and require advance registration. Cost is $15 per person.
For more information, dates and times, and reservations: challengerstl.org
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