Shortly after the loss of NASA's Space Shuttle Challenger and its seven crew members in January 1986, the astronauts' families established the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education in honor of their loved ones to inspire students to continue their space exploration mission.
In 1996, Aerojet led local efforts to fund and design a Challenger Learning Center in the existing 61-year-old Discovery Museum, located on Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento. The center's interactive space mission simulator experience includes a realistic Mission Control room, patterned after NASA's Johnson Space Center, along with an orbiting space station through which students complete launch mission scenarios relying on teamwork, communication, decision making and problem solving.
Since its opening in October 1997, more than 60,000 students have participated in 2,300 simulated space missions at Aerojet's Challenger Learning Center.
The new Aerojet Challenger Learning Center will showcase a cutting-edge simulated NASA space mission program, the most advanced in the nation, and serve as a cornerstone of the future Powerhouse Science Center. Once completed, the new science complex is expected to draw approximately 500,000 visitors a year.
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