Congratulations to Space Camp® for celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend! All alumni, former staff, friends, and their families were invited to come home for a weekend of fun to celebrate this momentous occasion. Several special guests attended the event including Robert Lightfoot, acting associate administrator at NASA Headquarters; Gene Goldman, acting director at Marshall Space Flight Center; and Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut and the 10th man to walk on the moon.
The Space Camp Hall of Fame had a new competition this year called “Space Camp through the Years” Challenge for the Space Camp or Aviation Challenge class with the most attendees.
The festivities began on Thursday night with a Retro Night Social including a special showing of "Space Camp" the movie. There were Space Camp and Aviation Challenge Adventures, activities onsite and offsite, and a special Hall of Fame Ceremony and Dinner on Friday night with a meal prepared by Top Chef Season 3 Runner Up, Dale Levitski. For a silent auction to benefit the Space Camp scholarship fund, RCSP Team Leader Tim Pickens donated a lamp he built. One of his hobbies is designing and building custom lamps that are progressive and cool. The lamp he designed and built featured three-position touch control lighting. It was constructed of a real jet engine burner can be made from a high-temperature stainless steel alloy. The burner is where jet fuel and air are mixed and high temperature combustion takes place. Holes in the burner are there to promote air mixing and cooling of the burner. The lid/lamp shade that sits on top of the gas burner has the shape of a segment of a spherical propellant tank that is typical of many aerospace systems.
Space Camp has been changing lives for 30 years. Space Camp inspires trainees to pursue more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Its home is at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center®, which is also the official visitor center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.