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March 2009 Space Camp Podcast
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Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.


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A Day in the Life- A Look at the Space Camp Experience
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Created in 2001, this video takes an in depth look at the Space Camp Experience- From arrival to graduation, campers experience fun activities and adventure in a safe environment. They are challenged each day with hands-on, educational experiences that promote teamwork. Through classroom time, simulators, and outdoor activities, campers learn the essential skills of collaboration, communication, and leadership. Space camp offers a unique educational setting that helps students learn about science, their world, and themselves. They will come away with confidence and skills that will help them succeed throughout life.


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Amanda Stubblefield
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Amanda Stubblefield was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame in 2007. As a child, Amanda witnessed the first woman travel into space onboard the Challenger. Since that moment she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the space program. Amanda attended space camp for the first time in 1987 and returned in 1995 to serve as a counselor for several years. She received an engineering degree from Vanderbilt and went on to be employed in Houston, TX at the Johnson Space Center. There she works with astronauts and cosmonauts that will travel to the space station. The Space Camp Hall of Fame was designed to honor graduates, former employees and supporters who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers or made considerable in-kind contributions in an effort to help further the goals of the Space Camp program.


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April 2009 Space Camp Podcast
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Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the April 2009 Space podcast. During a space walk, Kelly tells us all about the microwave oven. Invented accidentally by Percy Spencer in 1946, the microwave oven would go on to revolutionize the way Americans prepared food. Though it did not work well at first and was very costly, Spencer persevered and eventually came up with the design that is still used today. So next time you pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, remember that it was cooked by science. 


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Dan Oates
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Dan Oates was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2007. Dan has worked at Space Camp for 18 years exclusively with visually impaired children. He is the founder of SciVis (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students) which gives blind students, who are unable to see the world around them, the chance to launch the Space Shuttle and land it safely. He has helped bring new technology such as brail panels in the simulators and moveable monitors to Space Camp in order to help these children. Dan brings joy and confidence to these children each year as he provides them with a once in a lifetime experience. The Space Camp Hall of Fame was designed to honor graduates, former employees and supporters who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers or made considerable in-kind contributions in an effort to help further the goals of the Space Camp program.


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Dr. James Rice
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Dr. James Rice was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2007. Dr. Rice began his career in space exploration as a Space Camp counselor in 1985. He went on to land an internship where he had the chance to help select the landing site for the first robot to Mars. While at Arizona State University, Dr. Rice helped to develop the robots Spirit and Opportunity which have been exploring the surface of Mars for several years. His next project will be developing a robot that will look for previous life on the surface of Mars.


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Dr. Wernher von Braun
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In 2007, Dr. Wernher von Braun became the first inductee into the Space Camp Hall of Fame. This was, of course, only fitting because of Dr. von Braun’s many contributions to the space program. His fascination with rocketry and space began at an early age. Dr. von Braun went from flying his childhood wagon around the neighborhood to building and launching the Apollo 11 rocket. He dreamed of one day colonizing the moon and launching a manned mission to Mars, but, as America’s interest in space flight waned, Dr. von Braun found less and less money to fund the space program. He began speaking at colleges and universities, hoping to inspire students to take as many math and science courses as possible and to take an interest in space flight. His many accomplishments rightfully earned him the title the Father of Modern Space Flight.


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Ed Buckbee
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Ed Buckbee was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 2007 some 30 years after he and Dr. von Braun first discussed the idea of Space Camp. The two wanted to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, math, and science. So 5 years later in 1982, Space Camp opened its doors and welcomed 700 students. Since that time Space Camp has caught the world’s attention, inspiring a Hollywood movie entitled, of course, Space Camp and landing Ed Buckbee on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman. Despite the media fame that Space Camp received, the original desire to inspire children to become interested in math and science, the desire that Ed Buckbee and Dr. Wernher von Braun had in 1977, continues today.


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Space Camp- Robotics to the Rescue
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This video follows the Jinx team through Space Camp’s Robotics to the Rescue Challenge. The team is given a robot and then allowed to design and build modifications, program, and finally test their robot. The robots must be designed and programmed to complete an obstacle course that involves rescuing a stranded astronaut, delivering oxygen, releasing a solar aray for energy, and delivering supplies. The Jinx team goes through many modifications and tests before getting their robot just right. They are able to earn enough points in the obstacle course to land them in 2nd place. This video is circa 2000.


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The Heart of Discovery
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Sam Champion, of Good Morning America, is at the heart of discovery -- Huntsville, Al -- where he takes a ride in a moon buggy created by students from the Huntsville Center for Technology at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The segment includes interviews with a younger generation to see what they think of the original astronauts, as well as what they are interested in exploring.


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New Challenges for Discovery Await Us
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Good Morning America's Sam Champion takes us down 65ft. into the ocean to visit Aquarius, the world’s only underwater research laboratory. The lab is located off Key Largo, FL and is dedicated to exploring the many untapped resources that the ocean has to offer. Because the ocean covers three-fourths of the earth’s surface but only 10% of it has ever been explored, many scientists believe that it holds keys to curing certain human illnesses as well as abundant food sources. Ellen Prager, a marine biologist that works at Aquarius, takes us down into the lab and explains how aquanauts (ocean explorers), who live on Aquarius for 2 weeks at a time, are able to study marine life first hand and discover the secrets of what science calls the Last Frontier on Earth.


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Saturn V Rocket
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The Saturn V Rocket in Huntsville, AL demonstrates the lust for discovery and is picked as the embodiment of America's pioneering spirit to be named Good Morning America's Fifth Wonder of America. This video draws a parallel between the pioneers of early America and those pioneers that took the first steps out onto the moon. The Saturn V rocket remains the most powerful rocket that the U.S. has ever built and is the epitome of the American spirit.


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Saturn V Rocket Revealed
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The Saturn V Rocket in Huntsville, AL demonstrates the lust for discovery and is picked as the embodiment of America's pioneering spirit to be named Good Morning America's Fifth Wonder of Amerca- Here weatherman Sam Champion reveals the location on the Monday, May 12, 2008 program


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Space Camp Podcast, March 2009
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  Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.  


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