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October 1-6, 2022 North/Central/South America
October 2-7, 2022 Australia/Asia/Europe/India/Africa

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Schools/Organizations is Open NOW

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About the Challenge

To celebrate World Space Week, Space Teams and the One Giant Leap Australia Foundation are proud to announce ‘Mission OZ!’ This six-day virtual space mission will provide teams with lessons focused on the technical knowledge and theoretical understanding that is required to make decisions, plan and conduct a successful space mission.

As part of a mission team, students will literally design spacecraft, navigate to another planet, land their vehicle, build a planetary habitat, and explore a new planet to find resources in order to sustain human life.  Students will learn from subject matter experts including astronauts, scientists and engineers who are directly involved in ongoing missions as they compete with other teams for the best mission design. 

Lessons on topics ranging from planetary science to spacecraft systems, orbital mechanics to robotic exploration, bring all aspects of space exploration to an understandable level for young students, who learn by doing and creating with these concepts themselves.  The outcome of this program is to inspire young explorers to pursue STEM subjects in school and ultimately enable them to join the international community of scientists and engineers working on the space frontier.

Space Teams is a 6-day program (4 hours/day) and is open to Explorers ages 12 and up.  The ideal team size is 2-4 students, although more could be on the same team. Explorers can register and select their own teams, or be placed on a team automatically.

Individual registration is $295 USD or $500 AUD.

Schools, clubs and other organizations can also register students as a group.  

Online and Virtual


Location: Online

October 1 - 6, 2022 USA

Time: 4:00 pm PST (Los Angeles, CA)

October 2 - 7, Australia/Asia/Europe

Time: 10:00 am  Australia (Sydney)

Price: $500 AUS, $295 US per young  astronaut.

Computer Requirements

  • A CPU with at least 4 cores / 2.7 GHZ

  • 8 GB RAM

  • 15 GB available on Hard Drive

  • Windows 10

  • GPU Recommended

Registration for Individuals or Schools/Organizations is Open NOW
Testimonials from Completed Missions

“The overall experience of the challenge was amazing and the knowledge gained will be very useful for my future learning. It gave me insight into potential careers in the space industry and I am now thinking I could study either astrophysics or aeronautical engineering with the possibility of working for the Australian Space Agency or even NASA.” 

                                                  - Chris Olde, Toronto High, 2021 International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge winner

“I enjoyed listening to the talks from previous astronauts as well as the Australian robotics expert from JPL Ben Morrell. It has helped me realise why this is an excellent avenue for me to pursue later on in life.” 

                                               - Sebastian Hornsby, Toronto High, International SpaceCRAFT Exploration Challenge winner

"Thank you so much for providing this wonderful activity for students.I know our students  were thoroughly engaged throughout the activities and we were all very impressed and excited with the quality of the challenges presented, as well as expert and engaging guest speakers who no doubt, along with Dr. Chamitoff, provided much inspiration for all students attending."

                                                   - Rob Barter, Head of Department – STEM, Newcastle Grammar School

"ThIs experience was definitely one of the best!!!! The cooperation across and within the teams was dynamic and priceless.  The vocabulary they gained and expressed was so incredible. Thank you very much for organizing this awesome competition! It was well worth it and I’m sure this is an experience that our students will share for the rest of their lives... Keep spreading the challenge. We need to expose our “Artemis Generation” with this degree of knowledge to be prepared for the upcoming future.  To infinity and beyond..."

                                                  - Belinda Guzman, Dean of Instruction, BISD

"First off, may I congratulate you and your team for staging an utterly first-class competition.
As the STEM competitions coordinator for my school, I have never seen such attention to detail, dedication, and diversity of content encompassed in a single competition. The SpaceCraft software platform that your team developed was a truly amazing design tool, especially with regard to the numerous facets of space exploration that it addressed;. My students were utterly engaged in optimizing the balance between the various parameters to achieve a success outcome. I’m sure you have inspired several new candidates for the astronaut corps!

                                                   - Dave Bonzo, Lead Educator, STEM 9-12, St Philip’s Christian College (Newcastle Campus)

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