Our Virtual Space Missions transform students into astronauts, scientists, and engineers with a single common purpose – the success of the mission.  Essential skills including teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making will all be put to the test in these 60-minute. simulation-based learning experiences. These missions are designed for students learning from home via videoconferencing, but can also be delivered to the classroom.

Europa Encounter

It is the year 2040. Astronauts have finally settled in the Jupiter Gateway after a long 6 years trip from Earth. The Jupiter Gateway is equipped with a Poseidon vehicle that will travel to Jupiter’s moon of Europa to launch the Trident probe into the icy moon. Its goal is to dive deep into the salty ocean underneath the ice sheets studied by the Europa Clipper in the 2020s.

Due to an emergency, Mission Control is closed and we are going to use the lessons learned from the 2020 pandemic on how to work remotely to have a remote Mission Control finish the mission. You have been chosen as a member of the remote Mission Control crew. Your goal is to keep the Mission Commander safe from dangers such as radiation, guide them to the proper location, determine the impact location of the Trident probe, and launch and analyze data from it.

Grade Level:

5th-7th grade

Program Length:

60 minutes


$150 per class/group (min 5 participants, max 24 participants)

Technical requirements:

Computer with internet access, Google Chrome browser, Zoom, access to pages designed with Wordpress (blocked by some school district filters), device with camera (preferred). Please note: whether participating from home or in the classroom, every student needs their own computer for this program


Programs available Monday through Friday at 9:30AM, 11:30AM and 1:30PM and Wednesdays at 4:00PM (Pacific Time). Other possible times by request, please email us for more info.

Request This Program*

*Request form works best from a computer, not a mobile device

Program FAQs

Our group cannot use Zoom, can we use a different platform for this program?

Virtual Space Missions must be delivered via Zoom due to technical requirements.

Do we need to be together in the classroom to do this program?

No! Groups can participate in this mission from their own homes or from classrooms, but regardless of location each participant needs their own laptop/computer in order to participate in their assigned tasks for the mission.

Are pre-recorded missions available?

Currently, all of our Virtual Space Missions are live.

Does the teacher/group leader need to remain present during the program?

A minimum of two chaperones must remain online for the duration of the program. Chaperones can be teachers or other school/district/organization staff members. Monitoring of students’ behavior is the chaperones' responsibility.

Registration FAQs

How soon do I need to make a reservation?

Programs must be requested at least 2 weeks prior to the date(s) you would like to book, but sooner is better.

When is payment due?

Payment is due at least 2 weeks prior to your program date(s), but sooner is better. Payment can be made over the phone by credit card (preferred) or purchase order (PO).

When will I receive my program link?

You will receive your program link one week prior to your program date.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made more than 7 days in advance of the scheduled program date are eligible for full refund. Cancellations made within 7 days, including no-shows, are eligible for a refund minus a $50 administrative fee.

Is financial assistance available?

Visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more.

For additional questions, please email education@museumofflight.org or call 206-764-0384