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Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama: A Meaningful Experience

Attending Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama

Every kid's most fervent dream is to experience what it is like to be an astronaut. The NASA sponsored Space camp in Huntsville, Alabama makes this dream a possibility. The week long programs help the kid experience what its like to be an astronaut. Some of these programs are offered along with other community programs like 4-H. Attending a Space Camp can be one of the most meaningful and interesting experiences of your child's life.

Of course, one would expect an age limit at Space Camp, and there is no exception for the program in Alabama. While there are special programs at the center for younger kids, the full camp is only available to those who are at least 12. There are many activities offered at the camp that younger kids would have a problem with, and there is also the question of being old enough to be away from home.

The programs and activities at Space Camp are designed to awaken creativity and curiosity. The kids learn to design a lunar colony, and attend classes and seminars to know about the history of the space program. They learn about the Soviet space program as well as the United States program in these classes. They are also taken on trips to the museum to gain an education experience.

But Space Camp is not only about sitting in classes and designing lunar colonies. They explore life size mock-ups of space shuttles. They get first hand experience of being in quarters with bunks that look exactly like they would on a space station or colony, not somewhere in Alabama. Of course, "astronaut training" is the best part of Space Camp.

All those who attend the Space Camp go through a sort of training. They wear space suits to get the feel of it. They are taken in simulators to learn how to fly spacecrafts like the shuttle. They go for a ride in a centrifuge to feel the pressure of gravity. And they experience the feeling of weightlessness in the zero gravity simulations. What's more, they even have a contraption designed to give them the experience of walking on the moon.

After going through all of the "training," the Space Camp participants get to run a simulated mission. Everyone on board the ship has a role (pilot, payload specialist, space walk, etc.) to play in completing the mission successfully. And, because sequencing and time are important in real space missions, these are elements present in the simulated mission. If you mess up, your simulator shakes you around and you know what it is like to crash and burn.

Depending on how much time you have, you may get to run the mission more than once. Thus you may be able to play different roles. This way you not only have fun but also learn more about the space program by doing more.

Space Camp provides the opportunity to spark an interest in space and in science. It is a hands-on learning atmosphere that seems worlds away from its location in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Robert Balwinder is the chief writer for, and editor of Alabama Home, it's one of the webs most up to date Alabama sites, while you're there sign up for the free newsletter. Want to read more Alabama articles?, just go to:

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