Mission Simulations


Sponsored by Marathon Petroleum 

2021 Marathon Petroleum is Sponsoring 20 In-house Missions or Virtual programs for 5th and 6th grade classes in the KPBSD.

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The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska offer students the next best thing to actual space flight with a Mission Control room designed after NASA Johnson Space Center and an orbiting space station. The Missions’ Commander and Flight Director direct our mission specialists in the orientation room where they are given an overview of the mission as well as their crew assignments.  A minimum of 14 and up to 32 students will be divided between Mission Control and the Space Craft.  Following mid-brief, crew members will switch so each student experiences both Mission Control and the Space Craft.

“Today I learned I’d make a great scientist!”  -Sixth Grader

Missions: 2 hours long
Subsidized School/Class Rate: $650.00
Team Building add-on: 30 Minutes $100.00, 60 Minutes $200
StarLab add-on: $100, 1 hour session

To schedule your out-of-this-world mission, call 907-283-2000.

Return to Admin, laura.mese@akchallenger.org or fax 907-283-2279

Choose Your Mission

Expedition Mars

Expedition Mars
Debuted in Alaska in December 2016! 

The year is 2076. Humans have solved some of the larger problems associated with a long term Mars mission, including radiation exposure and landing large payloads safely on the surface.  A handful of facilities have been established on the Martian surface including a Greenhouse, a mobile geo survey base, and a centralized research habitat.  The primary human habitat within the Mars system is not on Mars itself, but located approximately 9376 km away on its moon, Phobos.  This tiny moon provides an excellent location for a permanent base to continue studying Mars.

A large shuttle regularly ferries astronauts and scientists between the base on Phobos and the surface of Mars.  This shuttle, or Mars Transport Vehicle (MTV), serves as the spacecraft for the mission.  The MTV carries parts to build a ROV for hydrological exploration and it also carries one unmanned drone aircraft which can carry the ROV to a survey destination. However, when crew members discover a threat to their MTV base, they must act quickly to save their crew and their station.

The two groups will have to work together to accomplish their mission goals: to search for evidence of life on Mars, whether fossil or living, to search for evidence of water, and to keep everyone safe. Using teamwork and creative problem solving, the crew will be able to continue their research on our neighbor planet.

*minimum of 14 and up to 32 students

Expedition Mars Pre-Mission Curriculum

Expedition Mars Crew Manifest

Expedition Mars Job Description PowerPoint

Expedition Mars NGSS and Common Core Standards Alignment

Lunar Quest Lunar Quest
Debuted in Alaska in February 2016! 

Two teams set out for the moon to help with the expansion of Moonbase Alpha. Together they must navigate through space, to the moon and choose a suitable location for mining resources needed for the expansion of lunar research. However, scouting locations is dangerous and the choices the crews will need to make impact not only the success of their mission, but also the health and safety of each other.

*minimum of 14 and up to 32 students

Lunar Quest Teacher Crew Manifest
Lunar Quest Job Posting
Lunar Quest Teaching Guide
Lunar Quest NGSS and Common Core Standards Alignment

Earth OdysseyEarth Odyssey

A recent coronal mass ejection has destroyed a vital space satellite responsible for gathering key Earth science information. Working together, the team at Mission Control and another aboard the Space Station, must build a new micro satellite to replace the one lost.  However, traveling into orbit during this time of increased solar activity poses risks of its own.

*Ideal for 6th graders

*minimum of 14 and up to 32 students

Earth Crew Manifest
Earth Odyssey Pre-Mission Content
Earth Odyssey NGSS and Common Core Standards Alignment