Reach for the Stars MLXVIII

Daily Briefings.

Daily Briefings is an attempt to clarify the experience of our students’ mission, and to provide insight to what is seen in the gallery.



Cassius from Team Friendship accepts the Right Stuff award.

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” — Wernher von Braun.

Parents, we hope your child has returned home with a renewed interest in learning.

Students, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center experience is designed to show you how science and math can be tools to help you accomplish your goals, and open up greater potential for own future.

Our mission really began months ago when 29 students and their families decided that yes, we can make this happen. And you did.




Tove egressess through Enterprise's top hatch for her EVA.

The largest orbiter at Space Camp is the shuttle Enterprise. It has two levels (mid-deck and flight-deck) and a full size cargo bay. Historically, it has been used for Advanced Academy mission exclusively. It has been re-purposed for use with the other camp programs.

Team Friendship had the opportunity to conduct their Bravo Mission on Enterprise and we were able to capture the events.



Team Friendship Pilot Cassius on the flight deck.

“Houston, we're still flying blind up here” — Commander Max, to mission control.

Compelling simulations and immersive environments provide the context for trainee learning experiences. It becomes serious business. Distractions are removed, and then created.

During Team Friendship's Alpha Mission, something happened and the commander and pilot were suddenly flying blind. Was it equipment malfunction? Did they correct the situation? What was the outcome?



Students participate in two simulated missions during the week.

“I'm going to the Moon!” — S.J., speaking about his mission.

Space exploration involves missions. Training for them is all about preparing for an environment that requires absolute teamwork. There is a process or procedure for each stage of the mission. Everything is scripted and rehearsed.

This rigid context forms a baseline from which our young friends perform their assigned roles. Anything could (and often does) happen. In those moments, and in the post-mission debriefings, they realize exactly how vital training and team work can be.



Training on simulators begins in earnest.

“Oh yeah, you betcha” — Team Atlas, responding to a question related to Minnesota.

Preparing for missions includes getting the feel for what it is like to train to be an astronaut.

Astronauts who train for each American crewed space flight have prepared for their flight using simulators: machines that re-create the feeling of being in space.

The following are simulators that campers train on at Space Camp.



Our very bumpy flight to Houston.

“They’ll have a lunar mission in our new capsule simulator.” — Manager, describing a new mission for Academy.

Greetings from Huntsville, Alabama!

The flights were turbulent. The timing was good, everyone was well fed, and is well rested (hopefully).

All of our students are on just two teams. Tracking and photographing their experience will be a snap. In addition to the photos, we'll provide more of a narrative of the activities here.