A visit to the Expedition Center is a learning experience that engages students, transforming them into scientists, engineers or researchers on a simulated space mission. It transports a classroom to the Moon or Mars and turns learning into inspiration and students into explorers!
Wonders of space exploration fuel the imagination
Expedition Center Programs at the George Observatory utilize the wonders of space exploration to fuel the imagination and bring a unique hands-on learning experience to every student. Divided into teams, students perform tasks that include navigation, medical testing, data relay, life support, probe assembly, and robot operation.
From the operations deck of the Spacecraft to the consoles at Mission Control, students discover that teamwork, communications and problem solving are essential. The Expedition Center Program experience begins with classroom training activities and addresses key science objectives.
Expeditions at the George Observatory
Expeditions can be scheduled to begin at any time from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
For information call: (281) 242-3055 or (979) 553-3400.
To schedule a weekday expedition, call (713) 639-4708.
To schedule a Saturday expedition, call (281) 242-3055.
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In this two hour adventure, students spend half of their time as astronauts aboard the spacecraft and the other half at the consoles in Mission Control. All students are astronauts and mission controllers.
- Fee: $280/mission
- 21-40 students per expedition
- Ages: Grades 5-12 (GFM) or ages 10-90
George Full Crew Manifest
SS Observer Mini Expedition
In this one-hour adventure, students spend time as astronauts aboard the spacecraft.
- Fee: $160/expedition
- 8-20 students per expedition
- Grades 4-12 (GFM)
George Mini Crew Manifest
This unique hour and a half program gives children in grades 1-4 the opportunity to fly into space. Eight participating adults must accompany the children to help each team with their space flight.
- Fee: $185/expedition
- Max: 20 students/expedition
- Grades 1-4 (GJM)
George Junior Crew Manifest
Add a Class or Discovery Dome Planetarium show to your Mission for an Enhanced Experience! Details and availability available upon request.
From deep space to neighborhood constellations, add one of our Astronomy Classes to your Expedition. These special programs are only available at the George Observatory.
Select from over 30 different films for a 30 minute presentation in our inflatable Discovery Dome Planetarium.