About Space Camp
- Space Camp is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Based at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, trainees have an unparalleled environment to spur imagination while being surrounded by space, aviation and defense artifacts.
- Space Camp challenges trainees to transcend from “What if?” to “Can do!”
- Launched in 1982, Space Camp has inspired and motivated young people from around the country, and later the world, with attendees from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 60 foreign countries.
- Space Camp is the brainchild of rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, who led the development of the Apollo-era rockets that took America to the moon, and Mr. Edward O. Buckbee, the first director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
- Space Camp alumni include NASA and ESA astronauts, engineers, scientists and technologists.
- Trainees cultivate teamwork, leadership and decision-making skills through simulated missions while gaining personal and professional insights that profoundly impact their futures.
- Camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students. Special programs are offered for trainees who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, and those who have other special needs.
- You’re never too old for Space Camp! Camp programs are also available for adults, educators, corporate groups and families. Family programs may include children as young as seven years old.
- Space Camp has attracted more than 750,000 trainees since its inception.
Why is Huntsville the Home of Space Camp?
Dr. Wernher von Braun and his rocket team first came to the United States in 1945 under military contract to create ballistic rockets. They were sent to Fort Bliss, Texas to work on rocket development, but after inspecting the Redstone facilities in Huntsville which had been used during World War II for the production of pyrotechnical devices, they deemed it a better location and proposed a guided missile center. On March 21, 1950, the von Braun rocket team moved to Huntsville and joined a group of U.S. rocketry specialists. Together, they would go on to create some of the world’s first rockets and satellites to orbit the Earth, and ultimately, the Saturn V rocket that sent the American Apollo astronauts to the moon, achieving the ultimate goal of preeminence in space.