Why choose Space Camp?

Welcome to Space Camp! Since opening in 1982, Space Camp has provided a unique, hands-on, STEM experience for students of all ages to train like astronauts! Space Camp is a place for learning, growing and having fun, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

You may be asking, “Why choose Space Camp?” Space Camp is a one-of-a-kind experience at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Each year, trainees of all ages travel from across the United States and more than 70 countries to participate in our programs. Trainees learn space and flight history, work together as teams, experience simulators, complete simulated space missions, and learn what it really means to be an astronaut. Our location allows us to share Huntsville’s rich history and starring role in the Space Race and space exploration with our trainees. Home to Dr. Wernher von Braun and the German rocket team that built the Saturn V moon rocket, Huntsville played a prominent role in putting man on the moon. The area has become a technologically advanced city known for space science, missile defense and biotechnology research. There’s no better place to learn about space than “The Rocket City.” At Space Camp, trainees explore the amazing artifacts housed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Experience firsthand our National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket, the Smithsonian Institution’s largest artifact; the Apollo 12 moon rock; mobile quarantine facility and Pathfinder Space Shuttle! Our curriculum teaches STEM principles, leadership and teamwork, while encouraging fun and creativity. Program instruction is aligned to national science and math standards and framed with an exciting, immersive experience amidst a backdrop of mankind’s greatest technological achievements in space hardware. Space Camp has inspired and nurtured the dreams of trainees, leading many to pursue careers in STEM fields. 96% of Space Camp graduates say their Camp experience increased their interest in STEM topics, while 61% of graduates are currently in or studying careers in aerospace, defense, energy, education, biotech or technology. Space Camp has ten graduates who have become astronauts working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), or in commercial space industry, plus two cosmonauts with the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities (Roscosmos). Our staff is dedicated to providing a safe and exciting atmosphere for our trainees. Staff are trained to make Space Camp a fun and memorable experience for our trainees! With 24-hour security and nursing staff, Space Camp provides a safe and secure environment for all camp trainees. So, what are you waiting for? Your out-of-this-world experience is waiting for you!