Moar Space Camp!

I had a crappy camera and none of my pics turned out. Probably because they were inside and low light. Fortunately two of my roommates (Ann and Heather) sent me copies of their pictures. I scanned them in. So here is my Space Camp experience.

Basically, I attended “Space Academy II”, which was for 10th-12th graders. They had 3 tracks: aerospace, tech, and engineering. Aerospace (we wore green) folks got to be shuttle pilots and commanders. What we didn’t know was that we also had to sit through 10 hours of the most boring ground school imaginable while the other kids in the other tracks got to do cool stuff in the neutral buoyancy tank.

Here’s our “official” group photo:

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Ann’s pics:

We had a British girl in our group, who had won some sort of contest and so she had a camera crew with her. So maybe I’m in some British 80s show about Space Camp.
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Our counsellors (L-R): Chris, Joynce, Jeff, DDI (Little Dave), DD2 (Southern Dave), and DD3 (Super Dave). We had 3 Daves and felt obligated to come up with acronyms for them since everything at Space Camp had an acronym.
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We did model rocketry. Each of the three tracks built their own rocket from scratch. Here’s me firing off the aerospace track rocket. Note that everyone else is behind a protective wood and glass shield.
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This was my room in the habitat (which was the name of the big dorm). I shared a room with 5 other girls. My locker is showing in the bottom right corner with the 3 on it.
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Our room again.
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The Columbia & Enterprise payload bays in the Training Center.
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This is the Academy II MOCR (mission control). Steve is the one pointing his finger and the back of Trey’s head is on the right.
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Me in the MAT (multi-access trainer). It doesn’t work like the one in the Space Camp movie. You don’t steer it.
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The Space Shuttle – the SRBs are real and were once used.
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It’s only a model.
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The F-4 is outside the habitat and next to the shuttle.
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The X-15 in the Rocket Park.
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The Saturn I in the Rocket Park.
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The Saturn V.
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The moon crater with lunar lander in the Rocket Park.
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Lunar Rover:
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Our trip to Marshall Space Flight Center. My email now routes through here. Yipee.
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SpaceLab
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The inside of the SpaceLab module looks like the space station they have at Space Camp.
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Inside SpaceLab.
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I think these are the Redstone Rockets we took a trip to see.
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Silly pic of me, taken by Ann in our dorm room. And oh look, my crappy crappy camera.
Hey, I’m wearing a Swatch! Oh 80s, how I miss you…
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Heather’s pics:

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Adam:
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Geoff:
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Geoff and Julie:
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Mitch in the multi-access trainer:
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Mitch. Self-explanatory.
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Jake in the 1/6 gravity chair.
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The tank, Atlantis (which is the mock cockpit), and DD2 running the MAT.
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The view from lying on the bottom of the payload bay.
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View of the training center floor from the payload bay. You can see the classroom where I spent all my time in the upper right.
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The space shuttle:
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A panorama of the training center floor.
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The Habitat from the outside.
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Geoff’s pics:

Me and Mary in the Atlantis cockpit.
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Geoff just posted these. It is bizarre seeing photos I’ve myself from 20 years ago that I’ve never seen and never knew existed!

Me, astronaut Byron Lichtenberg, and Mary again. Wow, I’m short.
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Trey, Ann and me. They were the first two people I met there – they were from the same town and knew each other already. Ann was one of my 5 roommates.
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One of our bus trips.
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