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.
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!
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center finally has a new CEO, and today is her first official day on the job!
What was intended to be completed by early 2020 was sidetracked by COVID for a year!
Speaking of, kudos to Louie Ramirez. The man retired from the CFO position at the end of 2019, only to be pulled back as an interim CEO to shepherd the Space Center through its most trying time yet. And that’s really saying something.
Dr. Kimberly Robinson comes to the Space Center by way of a 30+ year career at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center! This seems like a most excellent start to the director of a space museum!
We are so happy you’re here!
We’re all wishing you the best! We are rooting for you and wish you nothing but success!
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!
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Blue Origin–more specifically Club for Future, Blue Origin’s nonprofit to promote STEM careers–showed a video of their tour of Space Camp during Blue’s NS-14 launch coverage.
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.