In this captivating program, students travel to the Red Planet for a day to live and work on Mars Base 1 as a part of the Astronaut Training Experience® Center - Exploring with Lockheed Martin. Set in a landscape of the future, Rookie Astronaut teams have the unique opportunity to travel to Mars through the Mars Transporter Vehicle. Once there, work through the challenges of living on the Martian surface: manage the Base Operations Center on Mars, grow and harvest plants in the Botany Lab, and collect and analyze data that will be sent to real NASA scientists. Rookie Astronauts will also need to optimize energy intake for the Base by programming robots to clear debris from solar panels.

Your students will leave Mars with a better understanding of how to adapt to life away from Earth. It is an experience unlike any other on the planet!

Time: 5 - 7 hours, beginning at 9:00 AM

Trainees: Individuals or groups, ages 10 and older

Price: $150 (plus tax)


Mars Base 1 can be booked as a private event for larger groups, or families/small groups can join others for a public program. For private groups, call the number below:

To reserve your spot or learn more call 1.855.433.4210 from 9 AM to 5 PM EST daily.


For all public dates, click here to see upcoming availability and to buy tickets

Admission to the Astronaut Training Experience Center does not include daily admission to the visitor complex, but daily admission is not required to participate. Add admission to visit on your second day and have the complete Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex experience!

Trainee groups larger than 10 must reserve their spot by calling 1.855.433.4210 from 9 AM to 5 PM EST.

If you do not see a date that fits your schedule, inquire about a private experience for your group. Full payment is due at the time of booking.

Safety and Restrictions:

English Fluency: Due to safety instructions and the interactive content essential to this program, each guest must be fluent in English in order to participate in ATX Center Programs.

All Astronaut Training Experience Simulators: For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this experience.  Expectant mothers should not participate.

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Educational Field Trips

Camp Kennedy Space Center

Students working in the Mar Base 1 Botany Lab in the ATX Center at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Watch the Mars Base 1 Botany Lab Grow

Mars Base 1 is the only place on Earth where you travel to Mars to live and work for the day. Visit the Mars Base 1 Botany Lab facebook page to find information about the plants that are grown and harvested.