Public missions are a great way to experience a simulated space mission with your friends and family. Participants engage in hands-on activities and take on roles similar to astronauts, scientists and engineers on a mission to the Moon, Mars, a Comet or to the International Space Station.
Expedition Mars, Return to the Moon and Rendezvous with a Comet mission scenarios are geared towards ages 11 and up. The Junior Astronaut program is for participants ages six and up and accompanying adult(s).
See below for mission dates and descriptions.
February 15: Rendezvous with a Comet, 9-11am
February 15: Jr. Astronauts: ISS, 12-2pm – FULL
March 7: Jr. Astronauts: Mars Pioneers, 9-11am
March 14: Return to the Moon, 1-3pm
April 4: Jr. Astronauts: ISS, 9-11am
April 4: Rendezvous with a Comet, 12-2pm
May 9: Expedition Mars, 9-11am
June 6: Jr. Astronauts: ISS, 10am-12pm June 27: Rendezvous with a Comet, 10am-12pm
July 11: Return to the Moon, 10am-12pm July 25: Jr. Astronauts: Mars Pioneers, 10am-12pm
August 8: Jr. Astronauts: ISS, 10am-12pm August 22: Expedition Mars, 10am-12pm
All public missions are two-hours and require advanced reservations.
Children 10 and under participating in the Jr. Astronauts mission must be accompanied by an adult (adult participant is also subject to the admission cost).
Call (314) 521-6205 to make a reservation.
Rendezvous with a Comet
In the not-too-distant future, a crew of astronauts is being sent on a mission to explore a comet that is approaching Earth’s orbit. The crew must complete the assembly of a probe and launch it to rendezvous with Comet Encke. Along the way, astronauts use their scientific as well as problem-solving and decision-making 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. Their mission is to establish a permanent base on the Moon to observe, explore and test the feasibility of off-Earth settlements. 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.
The year is 2076. The primary human habitat within the Mars system is not on Mars itself, but located on the tiny Martian moon Phobos. Astronauts will travel from Phobos to Mars on the Mars Transport Vehicle (MTV) as part of an ongoing effort to search for evidence of life and/or water on Mars. Astronauts and the Mission Controllers on Phobos must work together to conduct scientific investigation, build a rover that can explore dangerous Martian terrain, and keep the crew safe – no matter what space throws their way.
The two-hour Jr Astronauts program includes the Jr Astronauts: Space Station Odyssey mission, the Jr Astronauts: Mars Pioneers mission, or the Jr. Astronauts: Destination Moon mission AND the Mini Rockets workshop.
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.)
Jr Astronauts: Space Station Odyssey
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.
Jr. Astronauts: Mars Pioneers
The year is 2034…and our astronauts are about to embark on the most ambitious pioneering mission since Lewis and Clark – the first manned mission to Mars. The astronauts will begin their mission by launching from Earth and working together to achieve the mission goals. During the 48 million mile voyage, the astronauts will attend to their stations by performing the necessary work for getting the spacecraft to Mars, ensuring the safety of the crew, and conducting research along the way. As the crew reads through their instructions and completes their tasks, the spacecraft makes its final approach into Martian orbit. As they work to complete the mission, they will have to come together to overcome obstacles and challenges that may threaten their mission.
Jr. Astronauts: Destination Moon
The astronauts are heading to the moon on the first visit back since 1972. Their goal is to continue research on the surface of the moon by launching a satellite to search for water. During the 240,000 mile voyage, the astronauts will attend to their stations by performing the necessary work for getting the spacecraft to the moon, ensuring the safety of the crew, and conducting research along the way. The crew will need to work together to overcome obstacles and challenges along the way in order to achieve their mission goals.