Europa Encounter

Event Date/Time:  12/29/2020    2:30 PM to 3:30 PM


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Expedition Details

Calling all family adventurers!

Join the McAuliffe Center's first-ever winter break expedition: Europa Encounter virtual mission!
Reserve a position for each family member today!

This holiday season, take a trip to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, from the comfort of your own home!

Parents and their children, siblings, and other family members will be able to work in teams and join a remote crew of Mission Controllers to explore the icy oceans of Europa.

Imagine you have been chosen as part of the remote Mission Control crew to explore the oceans under the ice sheets of Europa. From navigating spacecraft to preventing radiation emergencies, you will play a key role in keeping our astronauts safe and ensuring the success of our mission.

You will keep the astronaut safe from dangers such as radiation, guide them to the proper location, determine the impact location for the probe, to launch the probe into its depths, and analyze data from the probe.

Reserve your position!

What is hidden in the ocean? Life? It is your job to find out!



Program Details


  • Now booking families for a mission on December 29th from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM.
  • Required to participate in the journey: a device with a video camera and microphone, an internet connection, and a web browser. One or two family members per device.
  • Special pricing for booking as a team of 2 people and for bookings 2 or more teams. Recommended for: youth aged 10-14 (with older siblings and adults in the family).
  • Bundle up, the forecasted highs are to be in the -210°s F.
  • Costumes are encouraged for your journey to Jupiter's icy moon!



Reservation Deadline: December 22nd, 5:00 pm






The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration fee is $10 per person or $15 for 2 persons of the same family. Maximum of 2 family members per form.



This event is non-refundable.

Mission Status

What happens next...

The zoom link and the Europa Encounter job position you have been assigned will be emailed, the day before the mission, to the email address you provide on the registration form.


If you have any questions, please contact Evan Pagliuca at with the subject line 'Europa Encounter Winter Break'.