Former Space Camp Florida Counselor Named SpaceX Astronaut

SpaceX just released the names of the crew for their Inspriation4 mission which they are calling “the world’s first all-civilian mission.”

Amongst the four members is former Space Camp Florida counselor Chris Sembroski!

Chris is a former Air Force missileer and current employee of Lockheed Martin.

He will be joined by three other civilians later this year for their flight!

Congratulations, Chris! It’s always wonderful to see Space Camp alumni make good!

Space Camp Explorers Club Launching

For the past few days, Space Camp and the Space Camp Alumni have been teasing a “new way to be a part of Space Camp Alumni!”

Though the announcement was supposed to come today, severe weather (and an early closing time today of the Space & Rocket Center) has put off the announcement until tomorrow.

But I think I’ve found it!

Behold, The Space Camp Explorers Club!

At a glance, it appears that Space Camp is setting up Patreon-like system where, for a fixed amount of money, you can get access to various things only available (or premium versions of things publicly available) to Explorers Club members.

There are three tiers: Bronze, Silver and Gold for $10/month, $25/month, and $50/month, respectively.

Explorers Club Tiers

If successful, this could provide a new, steady stream of income to Space Camp! Best of luck to them! I hope it is a smashing success!

Space & Rocket Center Launches New Podcast

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center / Space Camp have a new podcast!

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Three episodes have been released thus far.

Episode 1 is a talk with Homer Hickam, famed Rocket Boys / October Sky author.

Episode 2 is with retired NASA engineer Kenny Mitchell

Episode 3 is with Virgin Galactic Founder Astronaut Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides.

Next week they’ll be speaking to famed Star Trek graphic designers and authors Michael and Denise Okuda!

Get subscribed!

(Sorta) Space Camp Snoopy Shirt on Woot! Today

shirt.woot.com has a shirt today feature Snoopy on top of his doghouse in a Space Shuttle that says “Space Camp 1982” in a NASA worm-logo font.

Is it authorized? Certainly not! Is it neat? Absolutely!

This is not the first time shirt.woot has a shirt referencing Space Camp! Back in May of 2016 they had one as well.

Hab1 is 20

20 years!

It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating 10 years!

How time flies.

Ten years ago, I said “It’s important that we stay engaged with Space Camp through the good times and the bad. Space Camp’s most difficult challenges likely still lie ahead.”

I didn’t realize how true that would be. At the time, my biggest concern leading me to that thought was the retirement of the Space Shuttle. But Space Camp has handled that transition reasonably well.

Obviously, the biggest challenge for Space Camp in the intervening decade is one that is challenging the entire world.

Thanks to thousands of generous donations, Space Camp has been able to weather the COVID-19 storm thus far. Let us hope for a speedy return to normalcy soon! And they’re not out of the woods yet, so please consider giving if you haven’t yet and are in a position to do so.

Regardless, I’ll be around! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this site over the years by reading and even participating in the HabForum. I’m definitely behind in both reporting and updating the HabFiles section, but please stick around! I will get to it!

It continues to be a privilege. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Vincent Vazzo

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.