Space Camp

Are you ready to take off!? Launch into the adventure of a lifetime when you join the ranks of Space Camp® where aspiring explorers train to live and work in space. This is your opportunity to command, navigate and contribute to a sophisticated space mission simulation.

Space Camp is located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center®, the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The program encourages trainees to pursue science, technology, engineering and math disciplines through exciting, hands-on educational activities.

During the five-night program, trainees participate in two, one-hour simulated missions. Crew trainers guide participants through the past, present and future of space exploration amid the backdrop of high-fidelity test articles or actual rockets and shuttles. Visitors explore the first rocket that put an American in space – the authentic National Historic Landmark Saturn V moon rocket – and actual capsules early astronauts used during their missions. Trainees experience walking on the moon in the 1/6th gravity chair to feel what it’s like to work in a frictionless environment and navigate a tumble-spin on the Multi-Axis Trainer, just like Mercury-era astronauts.

Space Camp trainees also climb the tallest mountain on the red planet with the Mars Climbing Wall and experience four times the gravity of Earth with the liftoff force of the Space Shot™ simulator. They get an astronaut’s view of Earth while watching amazing films in the IMAX® Spacedome Theater and Digital Theater.

Space Camp begins on Sunday afternoon and graduation is on Friday morning. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony.

There is no other camp like it!


  • Space Mission
  • Mars Mission
  • History
  • Experiments
  • IMAX® or Digital Movies
  • Astronaut Simulators
  • Rocket Construction

Check-in: Sunday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Graduation: Friday, 9 a.m.

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