The OQ Missions

Each year Orion’s Quest adds new “live” or near real time missions to our offerings.  While these current missions usually take place during a single semester all of the virtual missions (previously conducted in space) are available online throughout the school year.  All material and equipment, either unique to the mission or not available in the classroom, is supplied by Orion’s Quest.

Orion’s Quest is currently recruiting teachers for two live missions, Biofilms in Space and in You supporting the work of Dr. Luis Zea of BioServe Space Technologies in Boulder, Colorado and Worms in Space 2.0 supporting the work of Siva Vanapalli at the University of Texas, both be conducted on the International Space Station.

Sensing Temperatures in Space.

Welcome to STS, our newest Orion’s Quest mission supporting the research of Dr. Firouzeh Sabri at the University of Memphis conducted aboard the International Space Station in 2021.

Orion’s Quest Distant Learning Classroom

Put more SPACE in your day using these self-paced activities for students of all ages learning from home.

Orion’s Quest: Inspiring the Next Generation of Explorers.

Orion’s Quest (OQ) is an internet based, education program for upper elementary, middle and high school students. OQ employs current NASA research to reach and inspire the next generation of explorers.

Built By Teachers.

Orion’s Quest has been designed “by teachers, for teachers” with an understanding of student needs, curriculum requirements and the many demands on teachers today. Every aspect of the program has been developed with this in mind.