Moon Pioneers Mission
Embark on an Astronaut-Led Space Mission
Join a 3-day on-site simulated space mission with former NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson, the last pilot of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, as your Chief Instructor in Midland, Texas.
The first space travel company to become a member of the UNWTO and an official partner of NASA, will lead you on this otherworldly adventure testing your leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.
You'll be heading back to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in over 50 years ago. As you complete your mission-specific training as part of the Artemis crew, a robotic supply mission lands on the Moon. But just before your launch, the connection to the robots is lost.
What will you find when you land on the Moon?
Will you be able to overcome the challenges and set up the first Moon base?
This is your chance to make history, to pave the way for the future of humanity, and to answer the call of adventure. Are you ready to take the leap and make your mark on the Moon?
All this in the greater context of West Texas history, culture, the story of energy, petroleum, and the future of humanity in space!
MISSION PROGRAM - SUMMARY
Day 1 – Midland Spaceport
The New Space Era
Campfire Tales of Space
Day 2 – Moon Base
Simulated Field Mission
Moon Base & Mission Control
Day 3 – Exploration & Graduation at the Petroleum Museum
The Story of Energy & Space
Becoming an Ambassador of Space
Graduation BBQ Texas Style
Day 0, Thu – Arrival at Midland Air & Space Port
Enjoy your first night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Midland Plaza in the center of Midland, TX which will serve as our accommodations throughout the Mission.
Day 1, Fri – Mission-Specific Training
9:00 AM Onboarding, touring, and mission briefing at Kepler Aerospace and Midland Altitude Chamber Complex (MACC).
The intense mission specific-training program includes learning about:
The hostile nature of space and the need for special equipment and training to live and work in space
The main phases of lunar space missions and how spacecraft and their key systems work
How to live off the land in space – In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)
The different roles & responsibilities of Mission Control and astronaut crew
proper communication protocols
The basics of EVAs, spacesuits, and how to wear the Space Nation spacesuit
Immerse in a personal Moon Pioneers Mission Scenario followed by a group debrief.
The day ends at the campfire with Moon gazing and tales of space.
Day 2, Sat – Moon Pioneers Mission
Space Shuttle transit in darkness and landing to the Moon Base location. Mission simulation runs with crews divided into Mission Control and the Moon Base. This is the time to test your training!
Friendly competition as to which crew will perform best followed by an onsite debrief.
Transit back to Midland for a celebratory dinner.
Day 3, Sun – Return to Earth Day
Enjoy a Space Cowboy breakfast at the Petroleum Museum. Learn about how the story of space is part of the story of energy and petroleum.
Guided Museum tour and a final space exploration mission to connect the dots.
Reflecting on your journey, understanding how astronauts decompress after returning from a Mission, and becoming Ambassadors of Space.
Texas BBQ Style Graduation Ceremony with the Midland Public.
3:00 PM Departures from Midland Air & Space Port
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PILOT PRICING
Maximum of 16 seats for Crewmember
Accommodations, food, mission-specific gear, and transportation included
No extra fees
Reserve your seat now!
If you have any further queries, please contact Mr.Stephan Reckie, Universal Sales Director at Stephan@spacenation.org
Chief Space Advisor and former NASA astronaut Gregory H. “Box” Johnson of space flights STS-123 and STS-134, who spent over 30 days at the ISS and in space and was the last pilot of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and former President of NASA’s Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Greg is your Chief Instructor throughout the Mission.
He serves as Chief Development Officer with the W. M. Keck Observatory, one of the world’s most productive astronomical research facilities.
Ed is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Edge of Space, Inc., a commercial spaceflight company serving the STEM market. In 2019, Ed started a new nonprofit called Energy Made Visible (EMV) fostering early-stage collaborations in scientific and technical disciplines to seed innovative research and educational projects. Ed is your Chief Science Instructor.
Captain of Space Nation, a former Finnish special forces military instructor, and private sector educator. Kalle is your Mission Commander.
Universal Sales Director, Executive Director of GEN Space - universal network of Space entrepreneurial ecosystem. Stephan is your Space Instructor.
Chief Creative Officer, an award-winning filmmaker. Mazdak is your Space Simulation Operator.
Communications Specialist, former US Special Forces in establishing comms and operation centers. He is your Comms & Mission Control Operator.
Mission Designer, anthropologist, and veteran analog mission astronaut. Morgan is your Mission Quartermaster.
Physically - LIGHT
If you can walk a mile at a normal pace and lift a maximum of 30 lbs, you are physically fit to take the mission.
Skills - LIGHT
The Mission is designed to accommodate participants with no prior experience in space exploration but also seasoned space professionals. You will go through a team experience that takes you into a simulated space mission testing your Leadership, Space, and Mindset skills regardless of your knowledge and skill background.
Mentally - MODERATE
You will experience extended periods of mental pressure and fatigue. Not recommended for people with PTSD, claustrophobia, or similar conditions.
Clothing & Gear – HIKING BOOTS
Bring hiking boots or similar for rocky, sandy, and possibly muddy terrain. Outside nighttime temperatures can get below 50° F and daytime over 80° F with possible extended exposure to sunlight, so bring appropriate clothing.
Additional details and briefs will follow prior to the Mission and will include:
A personal call with organizers to discuss expectations, preparations, and Q&As
Detailed Mission Brief and a packing travel list
Midland Air & Space Port (MAF)
We offer assistance to you in booking your flights to Midland, TX, as there is regular daily service from Houston, Dallas, Denver, Austin, Phoenix, and Las Vegas with hub connections within the US and from abroad.
We will provide transportation from the Midland airport to the Hotel when you arrive and organize all transportation during the Mission and back to the airport when you leave. If you are local to Midland, we will organize your transportation accordingly.
Expected Weather Conditions
Avg. low 52° F, high 73° F
75% chance of a clear or partly cloudy sky
12% probability of any rain
Dry or otherwise comfortable humidity
We plan to be equipped to provide immediate first aid onsite in case of emergencies. As required, we will assist in arranging evacuation to the nearest local hospitals in either Odessa or Midland.