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          SPRING 2017
Space Camp Summerfest 2017 Weekend Schedule & Tickets Now Available!

Space Camp Summerfest 2017 will be held Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Space Camp, and to celebrate, we’re preparing a weekend full of activities to showcase the future of our nation’s space program.

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Space Camp Alumni Association Announces the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.

The Space Camp Alumni Association is pleased to announce the four extraordinary individuals who make up the 2017 class of the Space Camp® Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductees were selected from an incredible slate of Space Camp alumni whose work is changing the world,” Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, said. “These four men and women exemplify the courage, curiosity and passion for learning that inspires future generations of explorers, and we are honored to induct them into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.

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Space Camp Alumni Volunteer Projects | 2017

Are you looking for a way to give back to the place that inspired you? We’re currently looking for energetic and passionate volunteers to help tackle the exciting alumni-led projects and initiatives that support Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. Projects include: restoring our A-7 and F-111 aircraft at Aviation Challenge, “Drive to 35” fundraising activities, Space Camp Hall of Fame auction support, and Space Camp Summerfest 2017 event volunteers.

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SpaceCampAlumni.com Website Survey

SpaceCampAlumni.com Survey – The Space Camp Alumni Association (SCAA) wants your feedback on our website! The SCAA is in the process of gathering feedback from various sources on what our community’s website should provide to its users. This link will take you to a survey designed to collect your preferences on what features you would most like to see in our planned update to the website. Please complete the short survey and give us your best feedback.

The Mars Generation Premieres at Sundance!

Space Camp® receives star treatment in a new, full-length documentary, “The Mars Generation,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 20. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Michael Barnett, the documentary features Space Camp students from summer 2015 and their aspirations to be among the first humans to travel to Mars.

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New Summer 2017 Volunteer Program Opens for High School Students – Application Deadline is March 17!

The USSRC is piloting a Junior Intern Volunteer Program. Students must be least 16 years of age by June 1, 2017, and be enrolled in an accredited secondary or post-secondary education program. The application for this program was posted at rocketcenter.com during the week of Feb. 13. Application deadline is March 17. A limited number of interns will be accepted into this exclusive program, and submitting an application does not guarantee placement in the program. For more information, contact Betty Burdick, Volunteer Liaison, at BettyB@spacecamp.com.

SCAA Artifact Highlight F-4 Rambler 04 - Phantom Deception

January 2, 1967. It was the usual bombing mission the U.S. Air Force had carried out of Ubon for the past few months, attacking targets in North Vietnam as part of its "Operation Rolling Thunder.” Radar controllers began directing MiG-21 interceptors to engage the inbound F-105 Thunderchiefs. "This will not take long," thought Nguyen Duc Thuan, one of the MiG-21 pilots vectored to attack the incoming bombers. The tactics were solid and had worked before, but Nguyen had a different thought as his MiG-21 punched through the clouds heading toward a flight of four F-4 Phantom II fighters, not the F-105 bombers. The trap set by Col. Robin Olds' "Operation Bolo" was about to snare its first victory. Rambler 04, flown by Maj. Philip P. Combies and 1st Lt. Lee R. Dutton, scored the first kill for Rambler flight and fifth of seven overall. This aircraft has been at Aviation Challenge and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center since the early 1990s. Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson stopped by Aviation Challenge to talk with us about his experience flying Navy F-4 Phantoms.

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Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson talks about his
experience flying Navy F-4 Phantoms.

Space Camp Alumni Association Board Opening

The Space Camp Alumni Association (SCAA) board of directors has one seat opening for a regular member term beginning spring 2017. In order to be eligible, a regular member must be a graduate of Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp, Space Camp Robotics, or an affiliate program, or be a former U.S. Space & Rocket Center staff member or current volunteer. We are reaching out to fellow alumni and former staff who may be interested in helping us to advance the alumni movement and support the mission of the Center.

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Apply Now for NASA’s Mars Analog Mission!

NASA is recruiting volunteer subjects for a 60-day Mars analog mission! Live and work inside the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) habitat on a crew of four, helping NASA to prepare for the journey to Mars. An analog mission is a ground-based study on Earth that produces effects on the body similar to those experienced in space, both physical and mental/emotional. These studies help prepare us for long-duration missions.

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Upcoming events
  • Mar. 16 Biergarten
  • Mar. 17 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® Birthday (1970)
  • Mar. 23 Wernher von Braun’s Birthday (1912) Molly Brown - First crewed Gemini mission (1965); Biergarten
  • Mar. 30 Biergarten
  • April 1  NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
  • April 6 Biergarten (Every Thursday)
  • July 13-15 Summerfest 2017


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