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Challenger Learning Centre

Challenger Center for Space Science Education uses students' natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds. By transforming the way teachers teach and students learn, Challenger Center is creating a new generation of explorers.


Challenger Center is an international, not-for-profit education organization that was founded by the families of the astronauts from Challenger Space Shuttle mission 51-L.

Through Challenger Center's programs and its international network of Challenger Learning Centers, the diversity, spirit, and commitment to education that exemplified the Challenger 51-L mission continues to make an impact on students, teachers, and families today.

These positive learning experiences raise studentsí expectations of success; foster a long-term interest in mathematics, science, and technology; and motivate them to pursue careers in these fields.

Their Misson

As new advances in science and technology occur at an ever more accelerated pace, the need for excellence in education has never been more essential. Perhaps that's one reason why so many communities throughout the world are actively engaged in developing a local Challenger Learning Center. Find out how our organization's solutions to encourage students to pursue further study in mathematics, science, and technology can make a difference in your hometown.

Organization History

In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the 51-L crew's families came together, still grieving from loss, but firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew's educational mission. Read more about the inspirational story of how Challenger Center for Space Science Education was created.


Learn more about the seven astronauts who perished in the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy. Rare photographs and publicity materials from the Challenger mission are also available.

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