The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center began as a classroom experiment by founder and creator, Victor Williamson. He transported his class through the power of imagination to the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond. With the goal to bring this to students beyond his own classroom, Mr. Williamson built up the program through various grants, donations, and volunteer work to a much larger scale. On November 8, 1990, the first Star Ship known as the Voyager was opened for its first school flight.
Since that time, the Space Center has been inspiring and influencing the lives of thousands of children in Utah, and beyond.
CMSEC is currently under the direction of James Porter. He spent many hours volunteering and working at the Space Center as he grew up, attended USU where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, and after teaching for six years is excited to take this program he loves so much into the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
YES! We have been offering some of the most memorable birthday parties for over 20 years.
We have no upper age limit for our private missions and we frequently cater to our more seasoned fans. High school dance groups, surprises for your sci-fi significant other, business training & team building, or just about whatever other excuse you can come up with as an adult works for us. You aren’t the only adult who has wanted to come.
Our simulators offer a heart pounding and exciting experience that has often been overwhelming for younger patrons. The controls for the simulator are also too complex for them to grasp in the limited time they have to learn them. We want all who participate to get the full experience and make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Please be responsible and do not bring anyone under 10! You may be turned away without a refund. Don’t make us do that, plan ahead and consider all who are attending. Like a rollercoaster height limit, there is a reason we do things this way. It is worth the wait, so please don’t think that your child or situation is the exception.
Yes. To ensure your security, you need to create an account with our registration & payment system. You only need to do this once, and can use your login and password for subsequent registrations and payments. If you have any questions, please call or email us for assistance.
We invite parents to stay and observe the mission from our control room security cameras or even be a part of the crew, but you are not required to remain with the group. We do ask that you be prompt when picking your group after the flight.
There are two main differences: one is the size of the crew each ship can handle and the other is the type of missions they run (deep space, stealth, special operations, etc.). Many crews select a favorite ship because they were on it for a field trip or previous experience. Information about each ship can be found by visiting our Space Port
All of our crew sizes are based on the positions that are used to operate the ship. Additional participants simply don’t fit in some simulators and in others they wouldn’t have meaningful assignments and thus they would have a less than exceptional experience.
If you have less crew than the ship recommendations give that is ok. We have experience running with one less crew member. We do recommend you try to get within your ships recommended numbers and encourage parents to fill in the gaps. It is a great experience to share with your children, even if they are too cool for you normally.
Yes, we are located inside of Central Elementary in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We operate all year round as a program supported by Alpine School District.
We greatly appreciate the help of our large group of volunteers. More information can be found by visiting our Volunteer Page
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The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center currently has four simulators. Each of our star ships has a different ‘personality’, as well as a separate mission library. For a new experience every time you come, try them all!
Posters available at our Gift Shop. $2 cash or check only. Ask your flight director for more information.