The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. We also serve as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members lost in 2003. Located in Downey, California, we strive to be the most accessible space science center in the Los Angeles area. Our 20,000 square foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also a friendly staff and atmosphere to help make them more enjoyable. Plus, we’re constantly holding classes and workshops, so be sure to check out our calendar for updates
The Space Center also hosts one of over 50 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet and is the only CLC in the greater Los Angeles area. When operating, you can “Return to the Moon”, “Rendezvous With a Comet”, or go on a “Voyage to Mars,” and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft. Our CLC is available for field trips, team-building exercises, and parties of 16 or more.
Ready, Set, Launch! Prepare for Orion
Coming this December, NASA will be launching Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft on its first flight (EFT1). The Orion spacecraft is an essential piece of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and will be the capsule that will be carrying astronauts into space. Unlike the Russian Soyuz and even the Space X Dragon, Orion and SLS will be used by NASA to take humanity further into space for missions on asteroids, the Moon, and even Mars. While it may remind some of the Apollo capsule, Orion will have much more advanced technology and have more space, carrying up to 6 astronauts compared to Apollo’s 3.
The launch is currently scheduled for no earlier than December 4th. As with all launches, it is important to remember that these dates can change for many reasons and we will keep you updated of any changes. Our center will be open for the launch and will host a launch party for humanity’s next step into space. Stay tuned!
For a chance to have your name fly on EFT1 and print out your very own boarding pass, click here! (Must be submitted by 10/31)
FREE Teacher Workshops at the Columbia Memorial Space Center!
Fully credentialed and pre-service teachers are invited to learn and explore by joining these informative and innovative workshops that serve to benefit their classroom and school! Engage in the Cosmic Connection, increase your technology skills or become certified in handling real lunar samples!
November’s workshop: Robotics
Saturday, November 1st
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 FREE Space Mission Simulator for participants
Pre-registration is required.
Visit our Teacher Resources page for more information.
NEW! ON-LINE REGISTRATION
Interested in registering for a workshop, class, or booking your next birthday party, banquet, or meeting at the Columbia Memorial Space Center?
Visit the City of Downey’s ActiveNet online portal to register.
Visit our Upcoming Events page to browse a list of our classes and workshops, or visit any of the following pages to start planning your next event!
LOOKING FOR SOME FUN AND EDUCATIONAL GAMES??
Click on the Kids’ Club logo to check out NASA’s website just for kids: NASA’s Kids’ Club! With so many fun games, education has never been so fun and entertaining.
NASA Interview with William J. Roberts
Former NASA Downey engineer describes Downey’s role in aerospace history. Check out this interview of Bill Roberts as he describes his experience working for North American Rockwell Corporation right here in Downey during the 1980’s.