The Roof…The Roof…

For the second time this year, the day after Christmas, a fire broke out at Space Camp.

Fortunately, for the second time this year, no one was injured.

This fire was much more major and completely torched the roof on what had been the former “Mission to Mars” Space Camp simulator.  The building itself has not been used in any capacity for years.

Robert Pearlman, collectSpace editor and Space Camp Hall of Fame inductee, posted a great overview of the event as it happened.

Local media has since posted up-to-date photos.  WHNT has aerial photos showing the damage.

MSFC, Space Camp to be Featured Tomorrow on Good Morning America

Marshall Space Flight Center sent out an invite to its employees stating,

Marshall team members are invited to join ABC news for a special LIVE broadcast at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5:00-8:00 a.m. Participants must arrive no later than 5:00 a.m. and wear red shirts. ABC news is looking for a large crowd to be on TV in their audience. Parking will be provided near the entrance of the museum.

This broadcast will highlight Marshall Center’s contributions to human spaceflight.

And Space Camp just sent the following message:

Space Camp Good Morning America Email Content

There you have it!  Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:30am CDT to your local ABC affiliate!

2015 Space Camp Hall of Fame Induction Videos Available

Hall of Fame 2015 Crest - SmallSpace Camp has uploaded all four of the inductees’ introduction videos to their YouTube channel in record time!

The prerecorded comments by Susanna Phillips and Kate Rubins are now available too, as are the remarks made by Elizabeth Bierman and Bobak Ferdowsi.

I’ve created a playlist with all of them for your convenience! Or you can view them all individually:

2015 International Space Camp Videos Available

International Space Camp LogoMost of the clips and presentations from the 2015 International Space Camp Opening Ceremony (as well as the educator graduation) are now posted on the YouTube channel!

There is an issue with the Indian presentation, as a video they showed caused the owner of that clip to use YouTube’s content ID system and issue a copyright strike against me. It might be six months until I can post the entirety of the opening ceremony (or any other clip longer than 10 minutes).

These things happen.

No worries!  You can head straight to the 2015 International Space Camp Opening Ceremony YouTube playlist, or take a look at the individual selections below:

Space Campers Visit MSFC for Astronaut Presentation

A few lucky Space Campers had the good fortune today to visit the Marshall Space Flight Center and hear NASA Astronaut Barry Eugene “Butch” Wilmore talk about his recent time aboard the International Space Station.

Besides talking about the highlights of his trips to space, Wilmore took several opportunities to stress the importance of a STEM education if one is interested in pursuing a career as an Astronaut.

Butch Wilmore at MSFC

Several local news outlets covered the event, and you can read and watch more about his visit if you are so inclined.

2015 Hall of Fame Auction is Live

Space Camp Alumni Festival LogoWhen you came to Space Camp, did you ever look up at the big Space Camp sign and wish you could take it home?  No?  Well, now you can buy it, anyway!

The old-logo sign is one of many items–some space related, some not, all great–up for auction this week!

In most years, the Hall of Fame auction has required you to be present to bid, but this year is the complete opposite!

Everything is up for auction on eBay:

Bid early, bid often, and come away with something nice!


Two people holding the ten foot Space Camp sign

Your Twitter Guide to ISC 2015

International Space Camp LogoLast night’s opening ceremony kicked off another year of amazing experiences and memories for students and teachers from all over the world!

Social media enables those attending ISC to share those experiences with the rest of us!  A great way to keep up with how ISC progresses through the week is to keep an eye on the twitter activity from the participants.

  • @ShannaPeeplesShanna Peeples – 2015 National Teacher of the Year / 2015 Texas Teacher of the Year
  • @LuiMonicaMonica Lui – 2015 American Samoa Teacher of the Year
  • @ouida_newtonOuida Newton – 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
  • @MaggieMaberyMaggie Mabery – 2015 California Teacher of the Year
  • @MeganDSzaboMegan Szabo – 2015 Delaware Teacher of the Year
  • @dodeastoy2015Sarah Loomis – 2015 Department of Defense Teacher of the Year
  • @ChristieBassettChristie Bassett – 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year
  • @gatoty2015Amanda Miliner – 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year
  • @elspizzirriClemencia Spizzirri – 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year
  • @sralph81Shannon Ralph – 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • @melodyaraboMelody Arabo – 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year
  • @MrTomRadTom Rademacher – 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
  • @cholmes66Chris Holmes – 2015 Missouri Teacher of the Year
  • @ShelbyAabergShelby Aaberg – 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year
  • @MarkMautoneMark Mautone – 2015 New Jersey Teacher of the Year
  • @NMTOY2015Debra Minyard – 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year
  • @AamodtDeanDean Aamodt – 2015 North Dakota Teacher of the Year
  • @CNMI_TOY2015Marvin Tamangided – 2015 Northern Mariana Islands Teacher of the Year
  • @Coach_JProcJason Proctor – 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year
  • @SpaceTeachAnthony Grisillo – 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
  • @DavidMoscarelliDavid Moscarelli – 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • @mrdearybury1Jed Dearybury – 2015 South Carolina TOY Top 5 Finalist
  • @jbjimJim Allen – Texas, SCIVIS educator
  • @JaclynRollerJaclyn Roller Ryan – 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year
  • @Gail_AdamsGail Adams – 2015 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

For your convenience, I’ve created a list of these ISC 2015 participants on Twitter you can subscribe to or just visit to see all of their recent posts in one spot! Should I turn up any more tweeting International Space Campers, I’ll update the list as well as this post.

Additionally, Michael Harris, the educator from Australia, has a blog about his ISC adventure up!