Space Camp, California
The Bunks Here are Nice
by 11-year-old Phillip, 6th Grade
Payload Specialist I
April 01, 1997
I learned about Space Camp from T.V. I became interested
from looking at constellations. I also got good grades, like A's B's and
C's. I had a nice graduation before going to sixth grade.
What I've Done So Far
We usually get up at 7:00 in the morning. We have
an hour to get dressed. We draw circles or squares on the ground with
chalk and meet at these at 8:00 a.m. The team talks about future mission
or we have team talks at breakfast. After that we do about 5 or 6 activities,
have lunch, do another 5 activities, eat dinner, and then go to bed. It's
non-stop everyday, and no rest. But it's fun.
We 've done missions in space camp. We learn about
the orbiters; space history; space food; and suits; how food is made for
the space shuttle; and about oxygen. Each of the [student] teams constructs
a space station from our imagination. We get to do the missions and other
things, like build rockets.
I was the payload specialist #1 on the mission, out
of #2 and #3. Mission specialists 2 and 3 do the experiments [on the missions.]
The pilot is the commander in charge of the trip, like the GCO for the
There are plants on the shuttle with hydroponics in
a zero gravity [environment]. They put astronauts on the Multi-axis trainer
in order for them to see what it's like to move around in different directions
in space. The "1/6 Chair" teaches us about moon walks and gravity.
What I Like About Space Camp
The bunks here are nice, and there are lots of NASA
things. The other students are friendly. The gift shop has good stuff,
too. It has a lot of the things I like and want.
I like everything I've done and think everything is
the most fun. I think Space Camp is helpful and I would recommend it to
What I'd Like to Do in the Future
I would like to be an astronaut, get a flying degree
and get into the Air Force. If I'm not good enough to get into the Air
Force, I would like to be in Mission Control. I'd like to go to Harvard,
Notre Dame, or Stanford because I've heard they are pretty good. I think
it would be neat to go to an Irish school like Notre Dame.