Space Camp - Huntsville
Space Camp®, is a hands on, interactive programme to inspire, motivate and empower school students. The six day programme is conducted at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s® facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center® is the Official Visitor Complex for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which plays a crucial role in propulsion, engineering, science, space operations, and project and programme management for NASA.
Space Camp is available for students from the ages of 9 to 18. The programme is age specific and has three variants:
At Space Camp® students won’t just hear about the work of astronauts and aerospace professionals, they will experience it first-hand! They will learn about spacecraft, aerodynamics, microgravity, robotics, rocket launching and extra-terrestrial travel through classroom sessions, practical activities, simulators and more. The culmination of the programme is a space mission that involves application of the knowledge they have gained and the training they have received during the course of the programme. The programme will not only show students the practical applications of the concepts of science and mathematics but also develop their leadership, communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills through challenging outdoor activities.
As part of this programme students will participate in the following activities/sessions:
- Lifting off at four times the normal force of gravity and experiencing weightlessness on the Space Shot simulator.
- Learning how it feels like to walk on the moon with the 1/6 Gravity Chair simulator.
- Building their own rocket and launching it from the Rocket Launch facility.
- Tumbling and spinning in the Multi-Axis Trainer, just like astronauts from the early space programmes.
- Experiencing a frictionless environment in the Manned Manoeuvring Unit
- Lifting off in one of Space Camp’s Shuttle Simulators, or commanding and support everything from the Mission Control Center.
- Living and working in Space Camp’s International Space Station simulator.
- Mission Specialists will experience walking “in space” on an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. (Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy only)
- Living and working in space, operating the Station’s life support, crew/equipment support systems. (Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy only)
- Performing scientific experiments focusing on polymers and soil samples from Earth, Mars, and the moon. (Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy)
- In depth SCUBA training for Mission Specialist track trainees. (Advanced Space Academy only)
During the course of the Space Camp® programme, students will stay in dormitories on site of the programme. These dormitories are comfortable and well equipped and are designed to replicate the accommodation provided to astronauts.
All meals during the programme will be provided at the Space Camp® facility. Vegetarian options are available. However, Indian food may not be available.
Optional: Trip to Orlando
After conclusion of the program at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, students have the option of visiting the exciting city of Orlando. Orlando is home to some of the best theme parks in the United States. The list of theme parks that the students can choose to visit include Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure and Sea World. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is also a short drive from Orlando. For more details click here.
Optional: New York City, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Boston
Students also have the option of visiting some of the most famous cities on the East Coast of USA. These include New York City, Washington DC, Niagara Falls and Boston. For more details about the add on tours click here.