Public Space Mission

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January 21, 2018


Town of Ramapo Challenger Center


Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult

$10; $5 seniors and for children younger than 9

Event description:

Reserve a seat on the flight deck. We’re going to Mars. Just like the real astronauts, public crew-members will attend a briefing session and then select tasks to perform on the mission like Navigation, Medical, Communication, and Life Support. Small teams of space adventurers will conduct research, perform scientific experiments, and even deploy a probe. Tasks are detailed enough to feel real and challenging, simple enough for kids to do, and fun! Participants will work in a simulated Spacecraft and Mission Control, and half way through the mission, a crew exchange provides the “astronauts” an opportunity to experience the other simulator. It’s a chance for families or individuals to have fun and at the same time learn the importance of working together to achieve a common goal. Public missions are offered at the Challenger Center on the third Sunday of every month, with voyages to the Moon and to a Comet as well as to Mars. For reservations or more information about this unique experience, call  Commander John at the Challenger Center: 845-357-3416, or email:

Address: 225 Route 59
Airmont, NY 10901
Phone: 845-357-3416

About Town of Ramapo Challenger Center

Standard hours: 9am Weekend; Hours can vary
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Stroller parking: Yes
Stroller check: No
Bring food: Yes
Buy food: No
Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
Changing tables in the women's room(s): No
Changing tables in the men's room(s): No
Family bathroom: No

The Challenger Center organization was founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the Challender 51-L mission. Dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission, Challenger Center programs continue the crew's mission of engaging students in science, math and technology and foster in them an interest to pursue careers in those fields. 

The Challenger Center offers visitors a chance to be an astronaut for a day through taking a simulated flight into space--a journey to the Moon, Mars, or a comet. Missions are available for groups from 8 to 34 participants. Small family groups and individuals can attend one of our monthly public missions or public planetarium shows.

Parking: Free
Party room: Yes

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