HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- For kids itching to experience weightlessness
and to eat freeze-dried foods, Space Camp might be the thing for
Space Camp is a training program designed to give kids and young
adults a glimpse into what it's like to be an astronaut.
The program is offered at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
here, a space museum owned and operated by the state of Alabama
The museum now serves as the official NASA Visitor Center for
Marshall Space Flight Center, also here.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is home to the first rocket
to put an American into space as well as the Saturn V, the rocket
that launched the Apollo 11 astronauts on humanity's first journey
to the moon.
Also at the museum is the Space Shot simulator, enabling guests
to feel the gravitational force of liftoff and the sensation of
weightlessness. The simulator operates from late spring through
early fall, weather permitting.
During the Space Camp program, "astronauts in training" learn
about the academic, emotional and physical requirements for
becoming an astronaut by training, eating, bunking and serving on a
Sessions are offered on a weekly basis through October and on a
limited basis in November and December.
Space Camp is offered to children ages 9 to 11 who are attending
or have completed the fourth grade. The program is priced at $699
per person for a four-night plan. The cost covers meals,
educational programs and materials, accommodations and a
A parent/child Space Camp weekend program is priced at $658 per
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center also hosts the Space Academy,
Advanced Space Academy and Aviation Challenge programs.
Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy are offered to anyone
ages 12 and older. The cost starts at $799 for a five-night
Aviation Challenge teaches the advanced skills needed for going
into space and is offered in three groups for youngsters ages 9 to
18. Prices start at $699 for a five-night program.
All of the above prices are net rates.
Call (800) 63-SPACE.