I never wanted to be an astronaut. Never had any interest in hurtling through space on a rocket with fire shooting out its tail. Never wanted to look back on Earth as it grew smaller and smaller behind me. Nope. Being an astronaut was not for me.
But my mom? She’s always been fascinated by the thought of going into space. I’m not sure she ever wanted to be an astronaut, but I do think she would like to be a passenger on a trip to the moon. Or Mars. Or anywhere out in the Milky Way.
Space Camp is easy to spot. There’s a Saturn V replica piercing the horizon as you approach. Get a little closer and you’ll see lots of rockets and space shuttles outside. Touring the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a delight for anyone that wants to be surrounded by what I consider to be an astronaut’s playground. You may be surprised to learn that there are more PhD’s per capita in Huntsville than anywhere else in the U.S.! (Though I’m not sure this fact has been confirmed.) But throw a rock in Huntsville and try NOT to hit a rocket scientist!
Which made me wonder: how many of these Rocket Scientists attended Space Camp?
Space Camp is open to children aged 9-18 and must feel out of this world to kids who want to “go where no man has gone before.” At Space Camp, they:
- Train like an astronaut on the Gravity Chair, simulator, and a multi-axis trainer.
- Construct and launch your own model rocket!
- Learn what it’s like to live onboard the International Space Station.
- Discover the newest rocket that will carry NASA astronauts to Mars.
- Use technology to design and construct a futuristic Martian colony!
- Launch on simulated missions to the International Space Station and beyond!
- Develop team-building and communication skills in an aquatic activity.
- Compete in camp-wide Challenge nights!
I like to think that some of the astronauts and rockets scientists of today graduated with honors from Space Camp. But if they didn’t go, it’s not too late. There are Space Camp programs for adults, too!
And who knows — they might see my mom there. 🙂
Do you have any desire to attend Space Camp?