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Using a collaborative space system virtual program, the trainee astronauts will conduct a human space exploration mission that includes building their own spacecraft, traveling across the vast expanses of space, and creating their own off-world habitat.

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Space Teams is partnering with St. Jude and an amazing group of organizations including Texas Space Grant Consortium, One Giant Leap Australia, Mars City Design®, Society of Galactic Exploration and Higher Orbits to call all

young-astronauts-to-be to join a six-day virtual space mission,

led by a former NASA astronaut:

Dr. Greg Chamitoff

       In 1962, the same year  an American orbited the Earth for the first time, an unmanned spacecraft first landed on the far side of the moon, a hospital opened in Memphis, Tenn., committed to a different kind of uncharted territory: finding cures for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Nearly 60 years of scientific advancements later, childhood cancer survival rates have improved from 20% to 80%.


The St. Jude EPIC (Experimenting, Prototyping, Inventing and Creating) Challenge is an educational fundraising program that inspires students to apply their education, imagination and a whole lot of heart to flex their creative muscles and prototype a life-improving innovation for the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

      The St. Jude EPIC Challenge lets students help their fellow kide all while supporting the lifesaving work at St. Jude. Learn how your students create and share their ideas with loved ones and unlock prizes along the way. Learn more and sign up today!

10% of all proceeds from this mission benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Online and Virtual

August 9-14

Location: Online (from safety of own home)


Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Central Time


Duration: 5 hours a day for 6 days


Price: $199.00 with 20% St. Jude discount ( normally $249 ) per young  astronaut.

Members and friends of St. Jude’s receive a 20% discount when using this code: STJUDE2021

10% of all proceeds from this mission benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Mission Objectives

A rogue planet is passing through our solar system and your mission is to design a ship and habitat to explore this new world.  


Your virtual mission will be as real as it gets with accurate space environment, physics and engineering system models.  


Your mission includes lessons, tutorials, and guidance from astronauts, scientists and engineers. 

Each day you will learn about critical space mission concepts and technology while tackling a new mission objective.

Day1: ​Solar Systems and Planets

Day2: Spacecraft Design

Day 3: Orbital Mechanics & Remote Sensing

Day 4: Entry, Descent & Landing

Day 5: Extraterrestrial Habitats

Day 6: Human and Robotic Exploration

Computer Requirements

  • A CPU with at least 4 cores / 2.7 GHZ

  • At least 6 GB RAM

  • 15 GB available on Hard Drive

  • Windows 10

  • GPU Recommended

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