Exploring the Solar System: Mission to Space Board Game

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In this tabletop board game, players will represent a team of scientists and engineers sending a spacecraft on a mission to space. They'll meet with the surprises, setbacks, and success that accompany every scientific mission. The player who collects enough data and completes their mission first is the "winner," but all players are encouraged to complete their mission and discuss their results. Game includes a facilitation guide with potential misconceptions, Earth & space science infosheets with NASA connections, table sign, and activity & content training videos. All public-facing materials also available in Spanish.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Game board
  • 4 game pieces
  • 1 dice
  • 1 deck of Mission Boost cards
  • 30-second timer
  • Dry-erase whiteboard
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Microfiber cloth to erase whiteboard
  • Activity and facilitator guides
  • Tips for Leading Hands-on Activities
  • Information sheets (see activity webpage for links)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Games


Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities