Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces Space Festival Virtual Public Mission Registration

The fourth annual Las Cruces Space Festival will be running April 9-12 online. The Festival will feature virtual tours of space-related business and facilities, missions with the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces, live presentations and Q&As with New Mexico aerospace industry representatives, a live space quiz, Yuri’s Night celebrations and a presentation from retired NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane.

CLCLC Space Festival Virtual Public Missions: The Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces (CLCLC) is New Mexico’s sole full-scale space simulator, operated by Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS). In celebration of the Las Cruces Space Festival, the Challenger Learning Center will host six free virtual public missions. MISSIONS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, HOWEVER THE MISSION IS TARGETED FOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE 6TH GRADE AND ABOVE. CHILDREN 3RD TO 5TH GRADE ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE WITH AN ADULT FAMILY MEMBER FOR ASSISTANCE.

Virtual Public Mission Registration: CLCLC mission space is limited, therefore registration applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. You are limited to one mission during the week of the Space Festival. ONE REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EACH COMPUTER USER. Registration must be completed no later than two hours before the mission start time.

Open Mission Dates and Times

Virtual Mission 1: Friday April 9, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Virtual Mission 2: Friday April 9, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Virtual Mission 3: Saturday April 10, 2021 – 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Virtual Mission 4: Saturday April 10, 2021 – 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Virtual Mission 5: Monday, April 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Virtual Mission 6: Monday, April 12, 2021 – 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Location: This will be an online virtual mission through a Zoom meeting and website. Each participant will need their own computer to work on, PHONES DO NOT WORK IN THE MISSION.

We will also be sharing videos and activities throughout the festival on our facebook page for all ages to enjoy including an art contest held by Dr. Ilhuyolitzin Villicana Pedraza, Astronomy and Physics Faculty of DACC and NMSU and SSA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ambassador for the region. The contest is encouraging students age 3-12 to draw what they imagine the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter will find as it starts its exploration on the red planet.

The drawing must be sent to  in 2 copies: one must have your real name and the other must have a nickname. The drawing with the nickname will be published on the Facebook pages of the SSA JPL ambassador and on the Facebook page of Las Cruces Space Festival 2021. The winners will be the drawings with the most likes on Facebook by category:

The Dona Ana Arts Council is hosting the Dawn of Discovery rotating art exhibit March-May on the Staszewski Library and Gallery wall in DAAC’s Arts and Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave. Go and check out the new art pieces rotating every two weeks. Visit Las Cruces is hosting a “passport to space” competition that encourages residents and visitors to take photos at space-related sites around the city and county, and the Home on the Range: From Ranges to Rocket exhibit is ongoing at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

Cancellations: Please let us know if you will not be able to attend so that we may open that spot for another participant.

Contact Information: Should you need additional information, please contact the Challenger Learning Center at 575-639-1391.