Ramapo Parks
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Public Missions

Challenger Center Public MissionsCome join us for a Simulated Space Mission or a Planetarium Program! Call Today and Reserve a Unique Experience You can Share with your Family and Friends.

Public Simulated Space Missions are scheduled on the third Sunday of every month except when the third Sunday is a holiday (please check the dates below). Public Simulated Space Missions begin at 2:00pm and are approximately three hours in duration. Missions to the Moon, to Mars, and to a Comet are offered on a monthly rotational basis.

Public Planetarium Programs are scheduled on the second Sunday of every month except when the 2nd Sunday is a holiday (please check the dates below). Public Planetarium Programs begin at 2:00pm and are approximately two hours in duration. The planetarium show is approximately 1 hour and will feature one of our full-dome movies as well as a tour of the night sky. For approximately 1 hour following the planetarium show, participants will take part in various hands-on activities in our activity room. Please be advised that our planetarium has floor seating only.

  • Participants should arrive at our center 15 minutes (1:45pm) prior to the mission or show start time.
  • Tickets are $10 per person ($5 for seniors) and may be purchased in cash, by credit card or by a check made payable to the Town of Ramapo on the day of the mission. It is recommended that participants be at least 9 years old; however, younger children (ages 8 and under) may participate for $5 if accompanied by a paying adult. RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Parents that wish to drop off older children (9 years and above) must sign in the children, and leave a phone number where they can be reached.

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Public Mission Dates for 2018 - 2019

Voyage to Mars 
· Sunday, October 21, 2018
2019 Dates 
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                  

Rendezvous With A Comet 
· Sunday, November 18, 2018
2019 Dates
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Sunday, September 16, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019  


Return to the Moon
· Sunday, September 16, 2018
· Sunday, December 16, 2018
2019 Dates
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Public Planetarium Dates for 2018 - 2019

Movie: Two Small Pieces of Glass
Recommended Age: 9 and up
Activity: Building and Using a Refracting MPS
2018 Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
2019 Dates

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Movie: IBEX
Recommended Age: 9 and Up
Activity: Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum
2019 Dates
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sunday September 8, 2019

Movie: The Little Star That Could
Recommended Age: 5 and Up
Activity: How Big Is Our Solar System
2019 Dates
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Sunday, November 10, 2019