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At Space Camp, students don’t just hear about what astronauts do, they do what astronauts do, as they experience activities and simulators patterned after those used by NASA.

Shuttle Missions:

Shuttle missions are the highlights of the Space Camp experience, and take place at the superbly equipped Mission Center Complex. Each trainee takes on the role of a member of mission control or a member of a shuttle flight crew. In Space Camp’s minutely detailed, full-scale space shuttle cockpit, mid-deck, and mission control mock-ups, crew members inside the orbiter communicate with mission control, working as a team toward completion of a successful mission. In the buildup to these missions, participants train on machines that simulate zero gravity, G-forces, walking on the moon, spatial disorientation, and more.

Mission Prep:
This session is designed to familiarize the trainees with the positions, timeline and duties they will encounter during their simulated missions.

Shuttle Orientation:
This is a series of presentations and activities designed to teach trainees the basic systems of the Space Shuttle, including shuttle anatomy, timeline, and possible aborts.

Mission Training:
During each mission training session, trainees are assigned a new position in the team, allowing them to become familiar with the Space Station, Shuttle and Mission Control.

Missions:
The trainees work together to launch the shuttle to the International Space Station, to complete experiments that approximate those conducted in space and to return the crew to Earth in each two-hour mission. Realistic and technically challenging anomalies challenge trainees to use all their knowledge and critical thinking and communication skills to save the mission!
Rocketry Module:

This session teaches trainees rocketry basics, such as engine placement, reasons for a recovery system, and how to build and direct the flight of a rocket. Mass and drag, two factors that can hinder rocket flight, are discussed. Trainees get the opportunity to build and launch their very own rockets.
Area 51:

Area 51 is a land-based leadership training course centered on outdoor challenges and activities that require group communications, leadership, and teamwork. It consists of several courses, each designed to test individual leadership characteristics as well as a group’s overall ability to function effectively as a team.
Multi-Axis Training Simulator (MAT):

Designed to simulate training from the early Mercury program, the MAT simulator spins simultaneously on three axes. Mercury astronauts used similar equipment to practice emergency re-entry procedures. Trainees experience the disorientation astronauts would feel if a capsule went into a tumble spin.
Microgravity Training Chair:

Used during the Apollo program to train astronauts for walking on the moon, this simulator (popularly known as the ‘1/6th chair’) hangs from springs. Properly weighted and balanced, the springs offset five-sixths of the trainee's weight, giving the sensation of walking on the moon.
Five Degrees of Freedom Training Simulator:

Used in the early Gemini program, the ‘5df’ is a spacewalk simulator. The spindles attached to the seat provide freedom to move on two axes. The apparatus floats on air a fraction of an inch above the floor, giving trainees freedom to move from front-to-back, side-to-side, or to spin on the third axis.
Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU):

This simulator is designed to simulate the controlled maneuverability provided by the MMU in the microgravity environment of earth orbit. In the MMU, trainees can travel untethered for short distances using a joystick to control their movements.
Zero-G Wall:

The Zero-G simulator is designed to place trainees in a neutral state to simulate weightlessness in space. The specially designed chairs are attached to suspension steel ropes and a swivel frame, and a counter-weight system allows the chairs to move up and down effortlessly as trainees perform space walk activities.
Space Shot:

Space Shot is a 15-second space flight ride that launches trainees 140 feet straight up in 2.5 seconds. Trainees will experience a real lift-off with 4gs and then experience weightlessness for 2-3 seconds. Trainees must be 54” tall to ride.
G-force Accelerator:

The G-force accelerator gives trainees a first-hand experience of how an astronaut feels at lift-off. As the large room spins to create G forces, they experience three times their body weight and rise up in their seats. Trainees must be 48” tall to ride.
Underwater Astronaut Trainer (UAT):

The UAT is a neutral buoyancy simulator like those used by the astronauts and design engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. Neutral buoyancy simulators allow astronauts to practice on earth the missions that they will carry out in space. Advanced Academy trainees participate in neutral buoyancy/microgravity simulations similar to those used by the astronauts in practicing for space missions.

U.S. Sapce & Rocket Center