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This podcast is part of the series: Space Camp Hall of Fame


U.S. Space and Rocket Center


U.S. Space and Rocket Center


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.

Length: 02:47

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (9-12) Earth and Space Elective
12. Describe challenges and required technologies for space exploration.
  • Identifying long-term human space travel needs, including life support
  • Identifying applications of propulsion technologies for space travel
  • Identifying new instrumentation and communication technologies needed for space information gathering
  • Examples: Mars Exploration Rover, Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe, Gravity Probe B
  • Identifying benefits to the quality of life that have been achieved through space advances
  • Examples: cellular telephone, GPS
  • Identifying new technology used to gather information, including spacecraft, observatories, space-based telescopes, and probes
    SC2015 (9-12) Earth and Space Science
    6. Obtain and evaluate information about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to communicate how their findings challenged conventional thinking and allowed for academic advancements and space exploration.


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