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.
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.
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.
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.
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’re reading this, you’ve been delivered this site from the new server!
This server is now the fourth incarnation of the site on its fourth home! Everytime I move it, it gets a fresh coat of paint!
I hope you like it.
The server and software hosting Hab1 and the HabForum were woefully out of date. The transition and update have been a year in the making. And what I mean by that is that I’ve been planning it for a year, but have been too busy (*cough* lazy *cough*) to get it done!
I’ve moved the server into the very capable hands of Linode! Though I was by no means upset with the previous host, they never adjusted the price down as computing go less expensive, while Linode does! Since capturing a less expensive price would have necessitated a move of hosts anyway, I decided to move hosting companies as well. So far, I’m very impressed with Linode. The best part: automatic backups! I, uh, wasn’t up on that as well as I should have been, and only by sheer luck did nothing bad ever happen!
Everything is up-to-date and ready to go! There are some tough times ahead for Space Camp as I write this, but I think there’s going to be a lot of great things to cover, and many more years to go!
We will experience those wonderful things together here!