A Mission to Space

January marked the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. Many of us were very young when it happened, and some of us were not even born yet. The widows of the fallen astronauts realized the importance of continuing the mission and passion of the Challenger crew. They did not want to let their loved ones memory disappear and decided to do something to allow the Challenger to live on for future generations.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a not-for-profit education organization created in 1986 by the families of the astronauts from Challenger. The Challenger Center develops Challenger Learning Centers and other educational programs worldwide to continue the mission of engaging students in science and mathematics education.   Their mission: “We invigorate science, technology, engineering and math education with inquiry, exploration and discovery.  In so doing, we change the lives of students, teachers and the public, and transform education policy and practice.”

The Challenger Learning Centers offer realistic mock-ups of Mission Control and a space station with five different mission scenarios, including visiting mars, studying a comet, or going to the moon. While the missions are aimed at students, the centers offer missions to the community as well. There are 48 Challenger Learning Centers throughout the United States, Canada, South Korea, and the UK. The history of this organization is incredible and detailed. If you want to read more about it, you can click here.

With the recent anniversary, I thought the Challenger Learning Center would be a great place to tell you about. I have known about the CLC since I was in 8th grade. My science class went to do a mission, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. And now that I am older, I still enjoy going. And the reason I still get to go and enjoy the experience? My mom is one of the Flight Directors! Even in my 20’s I enjoy “traveling” into space and actually enjoying math and science. If you want to check it out, we are fortunate enough to have a Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL. You can learn more about Challenger Learning Center by visiting their website at http://www.challenger.org.

Whether you remember where you were when the Challenger exploded or weren’t even born yet, the Challenger Learning Center is a great way to keep the mission alive, enjoy science and space, and check out a place that is truly unique.


~ by Karissa on February 6, 2011.

One Response to “A Mission to Space”

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