Space Camp kicked off their 30th anniversary this past Thursday evening with “Retro Night,” and a public viewing of SpaceCamp.

Harry Winer, the film’s director, was  unable to attend, but sent along a short video, played before the move, sending his best wishes and brief thoughts on the movie.

After the showing the film’s producer and author of early drafts of the script Patrick Bailey joined Lee Sentell and Ed Buckbee to give their thoughts on the making of Space Camp.

Lee was one of the technical advisors on the movie as well as the Director of Marketing for Space Camp from 1982-1992.  He also serves on the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, the governing body that oversees the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Ed Buckbee was the CEO of the Alabama Space & Rocket Center as well as Space Camp from their inception through 1994.

It was an incredibly exciting event because I highly suspect that, because the film never found commercial success during its theatrical run in 1986, this was probably one of the few times anyone involved in making the film sat down to talk about it.  And that’s a shame, because it really is, if nothing else, a fun movie!

Fortunately, you didn’t have to be in attendance to hear the panel.  I present to you video of that event, recorded both for your enjoyment as well as for posterity.