Virtual Missions

Delivered online and in real-time by Challenger Learning Center Flight Directors

  • 1-hour engaging, collaborative experiences

  • Aligned to national education standards

  • Perfect for remote, hybrid, and socially distant classrooms

  • No handouts or supplies needed

  • Program requires devices with internet connection along with audio and video (optional) capability

Now Available: Destination Mars

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Made possible with support from Northrop Grumman.

Featuring Former NASA Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger.

Designed for Grades 5-6

The Mission: Researchers are ready to explore Mars, but there’s one glaring problem – more than 40 million miles separate Earth from the Red Planet. This distance makes it impossible to travel back and forth between the two planets while completing our research. We need to build a base on one of the Red Planet’s moons, Deimos or Phobos, that will allow us to send a spacecraft to the surface of Mars and back in the fastest and safest way possible. Student teams will select which moon is best to build a base by analyzing three sets of data collected by rovers on Deimos and Phobos.

The team’s research efforts come to a halt when they encounter a critical emergency – a solar storm approaches and all communication signals are lost. To successfully explore Mars’ moons and complete the mission, the students must work together to protect the rovers and restore communication, analyze the data from their experiments, and select a moon to build a base.


Coming Soon: Destination Moon

Designed for Grades 7-8

Students launch Blue Origin’s New Glenn and deploy the Blue Moon lunar lander on a cargo mission to the Moon. Students work in teams to monitor the engines and the structure of the rocket and the lander.

Students will also monitor and adjust trajectory based on data about space weather and debris and choose an optimal Moon landing site.

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