Public Missions at The Nierman Challenger Learning Center
Take the ultimate trip! A realistic Mission Control mock-up and a Space Station will introduce you to the teamwork, technology, and drama involved in space travel. Work in teams to solve real-life science, technology and math problems using our unique, hands-on space simulators. High-tech hardware and computer software enhance the realistic feel of the mission control and the space station, closely mirroring the work of astronauts currently in orbit. Astronauts may monitor and test life support systems, work in the clean room to build, test and launch a scientific space probe, or use our isolation station robots and glovebox workstations to analyze extraterrestrial samples.
Return to the Moon
Grades 5 and up
The year is 2020, and for the first time since Apollo 17 in 1972, your crew of astronauts is traveling to the Moon. Their goals are to establish a permanent base to make further lunar observations, study the feasibility of creating a self-sustaining lunar settlement, and serve as a stepping stone for future manned planetary exploration. Navigating their way into lunar orbit, your group will:
- Launch a probe to deliver equipment to the Moon’s surface
- Analyze data to select a landing site for the S.S Phoenix Spacecraft
- Calculate the thrust needed to leave Earth’s orbit and enter lunar orbit
- Understand the gravitational attraction of the Moon to Earth
- Conduct investigations and make observations using scientific tools
- Understand lunar topography
Book your mission today and learn more about the mysteries of Earth's closest neighbor.
Voyage to Mars
Grades 5 and up
Voyage to Mars in the year 2076 to replace a crew working at Chryse Station—a permanent research base on the Martian surface. In addition to continuing research of the exciting planet, you'll calculate trajectories for entering and exiting Martian orbit and launch two probes to the Martian moons of Phobos and Deimos. During the course of your mission, you'll view stunning video images of some of the more famous geographic features of Mars. You'll also:
- Weigh components needed to build a probe and calculate its mass
- Record the vital signs of other astronauts on board the space craft
- Determine the nutritional value of foods available on the space craft
- Explore the planetary geology of Mars and its fascinating features
- Understand theories of the existence on the Martian moons
- Compare and contrast the location of Earth and Mars
Book your mission today to learn more about the mysterious red planet.
$15 for members, $20 for non-members
The next public mission is scheduled for October 12. Preregistration is required. Call (619) 238-1233 x 806 to reserve your space today!
Who Can Fly?
You must be at least 10 years or older to participate in Nierman Challenger Learning Center missions. Families can fly together, kids can fly without adults, but the missions are great fun for adults as well!
Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Summer Camp. The Fleet runs weekly, half-day summer camps in 2013 from June 24 to August 23. The majority of our camps are geared for kids in Grades 1–2 and Grades 3–4, but we also offer camps for Pre-K and Grades 5–8 on selected weeks. The camps are designed to be fun, educational and hands-on and to incorporate the Fleet’s exhibit galleries. Camps are described below and are listed by grade level.
Camps will go on sale for Members on March 4. Camps will be available for sale to Nonmembers on March 11.
Nierman Challenger Learning Center
The Nierman Challenger Learning Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a part of a growing network of centers worldwide that are being established by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in memory of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.