Shoot to the stars on Downey real estate at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. This state of the art facility was created in honor of the the Columbia Space Shuttle crew who tragically perished in 2003. Exhibits are inspired by their passion with a goal of passing enthusiasm for space exploration on to budding astronauts and star gazers.

Permanent exhibits feature science and technology pertinent to space exploration. An authentic astronaut suit is awe inspiring and an iconic image of the NASA space program. Visitors delve in deep as they take part in various activities. Guests to the space center are able to design their own solar system, use a robotic arm, launch a rocket and dock the space shuttle at a space station or land on a landing strip. Science swirls around the room with stations focusing on robotics, engineering and gravity.

Imagination And Education Go Hand In Hand Near Downey Homes

Educational opportunities abound at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Programs are dedicated to encouraging an eagerness for science and astronomy among youth from Downey homes. Workshops fill the calendar for boy scouts, girls scouts, junior and young explorers. STEM club activities stimulate young brains. Science nights are regular occasions at the facility. Field trips are frequent. And, in the Challenger Learning Center  groups actually simulate scenarios that astronauts and mission control centers in reality may actually face.

Known as the Columbia Astronomers, the museum’s astronomy club meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month. Guest speakers impart expert knowledge. A variety of subjects are discussed including astronomical phenomena. Telescopes are set up for night sky viewing after the meeting.

Find your head in the clouds at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. General admission to the museum $5 per person. Discounts are granted for seniors, veterans and teachers. Staying true to a mission of inspiration the center welcomes  Downey students for free. Residents from Downey real estate must register before entering. Download the form ahead of time here.