“This is the mother ship. This is the original Space Camp founded in 1982,” said operations director for aerospace programs Marcia Lindstrom.
Students off all ages participate in hands on activities like simulated shuttle launches and lunar orbits just like the real astronauts on Discovery's final mission.
It's bitter sweet, but it's also exciting, because as always when one thing ends new opportunities exist and you're able to dream bigger dreams. People still want to know what's out there, how do we get there and what will we find when we get there.”
Space Camp will unveil a new capsule and lander this year. Its primary function will be to simulate lunar landings, but it can also be used for missions Mars and beyond. As they (NASA) grow and change we will continue to grow and change and utilize our unique partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA proper to benefit of all these young people.”
The powers that be at Space Camp say they will endeavor to adapt to whatever programs NASA develops; meaning those who decide to come to Space Camp over the summer won't miss out on a thing.