I'm back from Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama...very tired and very knowledgeable about the U.S. Space programs.
My son and I really had a great time at the camp. We had a packed schedule with very little downtime. We had to sleep in the "habitat" (picture a gerbil cage- see photos to right) and if I wasn't so exhausted, I probably couldn't have slept at all. For example, on Saturday, we woke up at 7 AM, went to breakfast from 8-8:30 AM and spent the rest of the day until 9 PM going from activity to activity. While there, we performed a mission, learned about rockets (I can pretty much name all rocket parts and how they work), walked on the "moon," spun out of control in "space," built and launched a rocket, climbed a rock wall, went to Mars, made a superball and slime, designed a space patch, played "Space Jeopardy," and graduated from space camp...and that's probably only one third of the things we did. When I woke up my little guy for school today, he had bags under his eyes...now that's tired for a 10 year old!
Here are some other photos from our adventurous weekend:
Below: My son on his mission...he got the best job as a Mission Specialist." I got a boring one...I was a scientist stuck in the space lab making slime and superballs.
Below: My son and I spinning out of control on the Multi-Axis trainer:
And, finally, me "walking on the moon" in the 1/6 gravity chair:
If you want to go to Space Camp (I went with the school -- yes, it's a public school) so they have all types of programs, here is the link: http://www.spacecamp.com/camp/sc
If you go with a school-sponsored program, it's not nearly as expensive. But, be warned, you won't get much sleep unless you're used to sleeping on miniscule, hard plastic mattresses in a gerbil cage.