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If you love learning and teaching others about Space and Space Science, have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics you can be a part of our volunteer program.  The CMSC is the National Memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia and is dedicated to preserving the history of the birth place of the Apollo […]

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center that is 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 48 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet, and 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.




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 actual lunar samples!

October’s workshop: Chemistry and Climate Change

Saturday, October 11th 

10:00 – 11:00am

                                                                                      Challenger Learning Center mission for participants: 1 – 3:00pm

                                                                                  Pre-registration is required. Visit our Teacher Resources page for more information.

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Google Cultural Institute

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is happy to inform everyone that our Google Cultural Institute page is now up and running. If you want to know more about the STS-107 crew, Downey’s aerospace history, or see our cool exhibits visit our page.

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center can now be with you anywhere you go via your mobile device! Click on the icons below to be taken to one of our social media sites and follow us to receive the latest news on what’s happening at the CMSC!


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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!


Grant Opportunity for Teachers

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NASA invites you to travel far into space and become a part of history! Submit your name and have it etched onto a microchip that will travel on board the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft headed to asteroid Bennu in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft and robotic mission is set to last more than two years, will collect samples from Bennu’s surface, and then return those samples to Earth.

“You’ll be part of humankind’s exploration of the solar system –How cool is that?” said Bill Nye, chief executive officer of The Planetary Society, the organization collecting and processing the entries.

To submit your names and learn more about the OSIRIS-REx mission, head over to NASA website by clicking on this link:

Submit your name online no later than September 30th.




 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.


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