Simulated space missions are a fun and educational experience where you get to experience first-hand what it’s like to go on a space mission. Most missions are geared towards participants ages 11 and up, although we have a Jr Astronauts program, which is recommended for ages 6-10.
After a brief orientation, participants are assigned various jobs, which are similar to those of astronauts, scientists and engineers. One half works on board the spacecraft and the other in Mission Control.
Halfway through the mission, participants switch sides so everyone can experience both Mission Control and the Space Station.
See below for mission descriptions or Click here to see calendar.
Earth Odyssey™ takes place in a futuristic time when a major coronal mass ejection (CME) causes a burst of solar winds to blast from the sun toward Earth, damaging several key satellites. The crew’s mission is to assess the damage done on Earth and construct a replacement satellite.
The Earth Odyssey™ mission was made possible through the generous support of the Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, The Monsanto Fund, The Saigh Foundation, the Express Scripts Foundation and the Missouri Space Grant Consortium.
Rendezvous with a Comet
A crew of astronauts is being sent on a mission to explore Comet Encke, which is approaching Earth’s orbit. The crew must assemble and launch a probe and launch it to the comet. Along the way, astronauts use their scientific and creative problem-solving skills to deal with unexpected and highly unpredictable objects in the Solar System that may come their way.
Return to the Moon
The year is 2020. For the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon to establish a permanent base. Supported by a team of people back on Earth, astronauts must construct and launch a probe to the lunar surface and select a site for establishing a permanent Moon base. All this must be completed while avoiding meteor showers, chemical leaks and other potentially damaging situations.
Voyage to Mars
The year is 2076. A crew of astronauts is being sent to the Red Planet to replace the team that has been stationed there for the past two years. Crew members must utilize teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills to build and launch a probe to one of the Martian moons, explore and analyze Martian geology, and track potentially hazardous conditions on the spacecraft and on the surface of Mars.
The two-hour Jr Astronauts program includes both the Jr Astronauts: Mystery in Space mission AND the Mini Rockets workshop.
Jr Astronauts: Mystery in Space
Students in Kindergarten through fourth-grade can participate in the Junior Astronauts: Mystery in Space mission where they will travel 230 miles above Earth to the International Space Station to investigate a mysterious object that has been spotted in space. While in space, these junior astronauts utilize their scientific, math and engineering as well as teamwork skills and are engaged in experiments and activities to help NASA learn more about our world.
Mini Rockets Workshop
As part of the Jr Astronauts program, students in grades Kindergarten through fourth-grade will work in teams to design, build and launch their very own rocket. Participants will learn about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, basic rocket components, and how rocket design features affect their performance.
(Note: Groups are divided into two and complete both the mission and rockets workshop.)