Space Camp Wings Flying on Blue Test Flight Today

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During Blue Origin’s broadcast of their launch efforts today, Blue showed a segment shot at Space Camp!

At the end of the tour, they mentioned that a set of Space Camp wings were attached to the flight suit of their astronaut stand-in, Mannequin Skywalker.

The live stream of their New Shepard Mission NS-14 can be viewed live.

Good luck, Blue!

Update: The launch was a resounding success, and a photo of the wings has been tweeted out:

Virtualfest TODAY!

The annual Summerfest celebration and corresponding Space Camp Hall of Fame sadly had to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus.

To make up for that, and to raise badly needed funds for Space Camp, the Space Camp Alumni Foundation is hosting the Space Camp Alumni Virtualfest throughout the day today!

The highlight will be the continuation of the annual town hall / state of the union. That streams starting at 5pm Central. Mark your calendars!

Other highlights throughout the day include a live STEM discussion with Shuttle Astronaut, Mike Mullane, and his son, Executive Director of Harvard Business School Online, Patrick Mullane, and a live Space Bowl Trivia game!

To get in on today’s activities, you can head on over to the Space Camp Alumni Facebook page, or their YouTube channel.

While you’re enjoying today’s activities, please consider donating to help strengthen a badly weakened Space Camp!

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Save Space Camp

Space Camp needs $1.5 million dollars within the next three months or it might cease to exist.

That’s the message that was delivered by Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission chairman John Nerger this past Tuesday in a press conference to kick off the launch of SaveSpaceCamp.com, Space Camp’s GoFundMe campaign.

Like many museums around the world, COVID-19 has devastated the Space & Rocket Center’s finances. Like an estimated one-third of museums in the United States, they might not survive.

But hope is far from lost! In just two days, over a half-million dollars has been raised! That’s an amazing campaign launch!

This still leaves ONE MILLION DOLLARS left to raise though. No easy feat, to be sure. But if every Space Camp, Space Academy, and Aviation Challenge alum donated a dollar, we could get there!

COVID-19 has hit a lot of people on this planet really, really hard. If you are one of the lucky ones to be going through this realtively unscathed, please consider donating. Save Space Camp.

Aviation Challenge Cancelled for 2020

What was supposed to be a ceremonious 30th anniversary year at Aviation Challenge has instead turned to one of sorrow.

All Aviation Challenge Sessions have been cancelled for 2020.

This will be the first summer since 1989 not to see any Aviation Challenge sessions.

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Aviation Challenge cancellation announcement

I Assure You We’re Open!

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center opened to members this morning for the first time in nearly three months.

Despite the dreary weather and light showers, a number of people were in line at 10am sharp!

There was quite a bit of cleaning going on. Employees were all wearing masks and generally practicing good social distancing amongst themselves. It’s clear the Space & Rocket Center is taking cleanliness seriously.

Though the center is officially open once again, it’s only open in part. In the Davidson Center, The Saturn V Hall is open, but the National Geographic Theater remains closed.

In the main museum area, only the center atrium is open. Every other facility from the Training Center Floor/MCC to the main gift shop and planetarium are currently closed.

There’s still enough to see to justify the currently discounted $13 admission price. Ultimately a slow, conservative approach to reopening is probably the right answer. Having been hit tremendously hard by the shutdown, I doubt the Space Center could afford to stay closed much longer.

It was wonderful to be able to go back to the Space Center and visit for a morning. It’s a nice bit of normalcy returned. Let’s hope it can stay that way and that the Space Center and the rest of the country can safely continue to reopen.

1983 Space Camp Application Guide – HabFiles Update!

It has been some time since I have updated the HabFiles section of this website.

I haven’t stopped collecting artifacts from Space Camp’s past, but I’ve been woefully inept at sharing them!

That is a trend I hope to reverse starting today!

I recently got hold of a 1983 Space Camp Application Guide and I couldn’t wait to share!

Alas, the application itself was cut from the guide, but everything else is in tact, including the week’s schedule, camp dates for 1983, and pricing information–$250 in 1983!

I don’t know if Space Camp ever produced a guide for 1982. That might very well make this Space Camp’s oldest program guide! It’s certainly the oldest thing from Space Camp in my collection!

I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I have!

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USSRC Reopening – More Information

As The U.S. Space & Rocket Center prepares to open its doors at the end of the week, they have sent out an email and updated their website to provide additional information about the reopening process.

Highlights:

  • Admission has been reduced by 50% to $13
  • The simulators are closed to support social distancing
  • Masks will be required for employees but only ‘strongly recommended’ for visitors
  • Hours will be reduced, with the Space Center staying closed on Mondays for additional cleaning

The Space Center will be open on Friday for members only and will open to the general public beginning on Saturday, May 30th.

Email sent to members on May 27th, 2020

Failure is Not an Option

COVID-19 has hit every individual, business, and charity hard, and even Space Camp has not been spared. In order to anything and everything possible, The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is launching their “Failure is Not an Option” campaign.

If you are able, please consider donating at https://www.gospaceeducation.org/alumni

Space & Rocket Center Reopens this Week!

USSRC Rocket LogoThe U.S. Space & Rocket Center has announced that they will open their doors to members this Friday, May 29th and to the general public starting Saturday, May 30th.

Like many businesses, The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will be requesting that its visitors wear masks and practice social distancing.

The reopening will come as a relief by many as the unprecedented 75-day closure of The U.S. Space & Rocket Center has forced the museum to lay off many.

Space Camp programs did shut down as well and will remain cancelled until at least June 28, 2020.