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On Mission Day, the students are in Mars Mission Control anxiously awaiting the arrival of a space ship that is launching from the lunar base. The space ship is on a rescue mission. It has been five days since a research vessel exploring the outer regions of our solar system has checked in with the Mars base. They are thought to be lost or having communication problems. The rescue ship just launched from the Moon will hopefully bring the two astronaut crew back to the Mars station safely. The rescue ship will have to stop at the Mars base to pick up the supplies needed for the rescue of the astronauts and for the trip back to Mars.

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About This Program


By Request: $400.00
By Request Premium: $400.00

A FREE Teacher Training session for teachers/staff/administrators is included in the price of this program. Training sessions are scheduled by calling Laura Ondeck at 304-243-2029 or scheduling on-line at www.e-missions.net. The training session is scheduled at your convenience; you name the date/time desired. CILC members automatically receive a discount price from $550 to $400/mission.


90 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Gifted & Talented, Health/Physical Education, International, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Special Needs, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Google Hang Out

Booking Information

Student missions and FREE Teacher Training sessions are scheduled at your convenience; you select when. You may call 304-243-2029 to schedule an event or you may do so on-line at www.e-missions.net using the on-line reservation forms.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

There will be no charge for cancelations due to weather or extreme circumstances. We will charge the full price of a mission if it is canceled less than 48 hours prior to the event; but we will work to reschedule the mission so that no loss is realized by the school/district.

About This Provider

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Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling University (West Virginia)

Wheeling, WV
United States

In addition to offering award winning, state-of-the-art programs in a $500,000 space simulator, the Challenger Learning Center, thanks to technology, brings its innovative programs to distant classrooms around the world through its electronic distance-learning programs, known as e-Missions. The CLC flies more than 800 e-Missions for schools, many located in traditionally underserved districts, each year. We provide FREE Teacher Training sessions via video conference for any of our distance learning programs.

The Challenger Learning Center® also offers adult and student learners the chance to climb aboard a space station and complete a mission in the role of astronauts, scientists, and engineers with its Corporate Missions. A successful mission requires critical thinking, leadership, cooperation, and problem solving.

Laura Ondeck

Program Details


The class is organized into 5 planet teams to help NASA locate and rescue a lost space ship that is orbiting one of the outer planets. Each planet team consists of Cargo, Navigation and Transmissions Specialists. The Cargo Specialists calculate the number of days for a round trip to their planet and the amount of food, water and oxygen needed for the rescue trip. The Navigation Specialists will plot coordinates to help get some location information on the lost space ship. The Transmissions Specialists decode messages which give them clues about the location of the space ship over the last 5 days. All teams work together using information they receive to determine where the lost ship is located. The Communications Team relays all information to Mission Control so that a rescue ship with all the loaded cargo can be launched from our base on Mars to that planet. Your class will locate and rescue the lost ship.

The students will interact with the Flight Director at Mission Control throughout the mission to help find the lost spaceship.


Students will create x-y graphs, calculate the amount of food, oxygen and water would be requried for a round trip rescue to their planet; and de-code messages that contain planetary facts so that they can locate and rescue the Distant Discovery.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program has been aligned to state/national standards and you can check out the complete list on www.e-missions.net under "Standards and Objectives" on the Teacher's Toolkit.

State Standards

This program has been aligned to state/national standards and you can check out the complete list on www.e-missions.net under "Standards and Objectives" on the Teacher's Toolkit.