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Take A Simulated Voyage To Mars At Ramapo Challenger Center In Airmont

The Town of Ramapo Challenger Center offers simulated public missions to space.
The Town of Ramapo Challenger Center offers simulated public missions to space. Photo Credit: Contributed

AIRMONT, N.Y. -- Time to reserve a seat on the flight deck; we’re going to Mars.

The Town of Ramapo Challenger Center, on Route 59 in Airmont, has tickets for sale at $10 per person ($5 for seniors) for a simulated, public mission to the Red Planet. 

The launch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Anyone 9 or older is welcome on board for an out-of-this-world experience. 

Just like the real astronauts, public crew members will attend a briefing session and then select tasks to perform on the mission, like navigation, medical, communication and life support. 

Small teams of space adventurers will conduct research, perform scientific experiments and even deploy a probe. Tasks are detailed enough to feel real and challenging, yet simple enough for kids to do and have fun.

Participants will work in a simulated spacecraft and mission control, and halfway through the mission, a crew exchange provides the “astronauts” an opportunity to experience the other simulator. 

It’s a chance for families or individuals to have fun and at the same time learn the importance of working together to achieve a common goal. 

Younger children may participate and fly for $5 when paired with a paying adult family member. 

Public missions are offered at the Challenger Center the third Sunday of every month, with voyages to the moon, a comet and Mars available. 

For reservations or more information, interested families and individuals may call Commander John at the Challenger Center at 845-357-3416 or e-mail

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