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Date: March 21, 2018​​

Mission: Expedition 55 Launch

Description: NASA astronauts A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Targeted Date: May 5, 2018​​

Mission: InSight Mars Lander

Description: InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), the first mission to explore Mars' deep interior, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. This NASA Discovery Program mission will be the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.

Date: June 3, 2018​​

Mission: Expedition 55 Landing

Description: NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and crewmates Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station and land in Kazakhstan.


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Missions open to all members of the public. Children 3​​​​​​​​​​​​rd​ grade and
up are welcome to participate with a family member.

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Challenger Event Calendar
  1. April 12th - 14th
    Las Cruces Space Festival
  2. May 25th
    Last Day of School
  3. June
    Summer Camp