Mission: Astro Lab

As Astro Recruits progress toward their end goal of establishing life on another planet, they must first successfully live in outer space. In Mission: Astro Lab, campers will work as a team to send a crew using the Astralis capsule-based simulator to the Astro Lab (a space-based experimentation station modeled after the real International Space Station). Campers will create unique experiments and send them as high as 80,000 ft in our High Altitude Balloon, and they will train like real astronauts when they learn how to SCUBA dive.

Entering 9-10 Grade
6 Days / 5 Overnights
$1,000 + $70 registration fee

Check-In: HCC dorms 12:00-12:45 pm

Orientation: 1:00 pm on first day

Graduation: 10:00 am on final day 

2024 Dates

  • June 2-7, 2024
  • June 9-14, 2024
  • June 23-28, 2024
  • July 14-19, 2024*
Registration Opens September 1

*Astronaut John Herrington will be a part of the July 14-19 session, $100 additional fee applies.

To register for a camp, a parent or guardian can log in to an existing profile on the Camper Portal. New users will need to create a new profile. For more information about registering for a camp, view the FAQ page. If you have questions or need help, please contact the camp support team from the CONTACT page.

Please check out the Preparing for Overnight Camp document. 

*If the camp your camper wishes to attend is sold out, please email with your name, the camper’s name, and camp date to be placed on a waitlist.

Please note: Activities are subject to change. Significant changes will be communicated prior to camp.


  • Complete a mission to dock with the Astro Lab using both the Cosmosphere’s Mission Control Center and featuring the Astralis capsule-based simulator modeled after NASA’s Orion capsule
  • Train for weightlessness with an introduction to SCUBA dive.
  • Create experiments and send them up to 80,000 in a High Altitude Balloon. Can you do the ultimate egg drop and engineer a device to protect it or can water bears survive the journey?
  • Learn how to conduct basic medical flight tests and perform physicals on astronauts during the mission.
  • Train like an astronaut in the 4-G Centrifuge, the Multi-Axis Trainer (MAT), and a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Simulator!
  • Learn how to fly drones through an obstacle course.
  • Use engineering skills to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
  • Dive into exciting worlds using virtual reality technology.
  • Build team communication and problem-solving skills on Cosmosphere’s CosmoWorks Challenge Course.

Career Clusters Focus:

  • Business, Management, Administration
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Marketing

Click HERE for more information about the importance of Career Clusters and download a complete list HERE.

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