Monday, April 4, 2011

Back to Earth

Greetings Earthlings!
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 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:
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.


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You're brave...I would have lost it on the Multi-axis trainer! Hope you get some rest!!!

Gail said...

My son went to Space Camp (twice actually) which fueled his desire to go to the Naval Academy (class of 1996) He is now a Lieutenant Commander. Who knows what will happen to your son?

I found your blog because we were both featured on

Peg said...

Oh boy! What an adventure. You're a good mom to go do that, but what memories you and your son will have.

stacie said...

You guys are lookin' good. Kellen looks especially cool in his space suit. Sleeping accommodations look a little more challenging than any of it! Although I think I would have lost my cookies on the multi-axis trainer too.