"My week at space camp!

Girls' World takes you be­hind-the-scenes of one of the coolest camps in Amer­ica: Space Camp! 3, 2, 1 ... lift off!

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Have you ever won­dered what life as an as­tro­naut would be like? At Space Camp, a sleep-away camp in Huntsville, AL, girls go through a six-day as­tro­naut train­ing pro­gram, where they get to use equip­ment and flight sim­u­la­tors based on real as­tro­naut train­ing! To get the scoop, we asked two pro­gram grad­u­ates, Keziah, 10, and Cara, 11, to tell us what a week as a trainee is all about.

As­tro­naut Train­ing

Dur­ing Space Camp, trainees com­plete two, one-hour sim­u­lated flight mis­sions. "We got to pi­lot a mis­sion to Mars!" Keziah ex­claims. "There were so many but­tons to push." Another fun part of the ex­pe­ri­ence is try­ing freezedried space ice cream — the kind as­tro­nauts snack on while in or­bit! "It wasn't cold, like I thought it would be," dishes Cara. "It's really dry, but ac­tu­ally pretty tasty!" Keziah adds.

Be­sides that, trainees get to scale the Mars Climb­ing Wall, see an as­tro­naut's view of Earth at the IMAX Space­dome The­ater and test out the 1/6th Grav­ity Chair, which sim­u­lates the feel­ing of walk­ing on the moon!

Sum­mer of Space Space His­tory

Campers also learn about the his­tory of space ex­plo­ration and get to see cool space ar­ti­facts, like an as­tro­naut suit, a rock from the moon and the Apollo 16 cap­sule! "I loved learn­ing about outer space dur­ing our les­sons," Keziah tells us. "Saturn is my fa­vorite planet!"

Camp Life

When they're not busy train­ing, campers eat break­fast, lunch and din­ner at the Space Camp cafe­te­ria. "We had meals from dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world that visit the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. One night, din­ner would be from Rus­sia, the next Eng­land, and so on!" Cara says. Campers sleep in bunk beds on dif­fer­ent floors of a four-story, space-age look­ing "habi­tat," as its called. "It looks like some­thing they would put on Mars!" Cara shares.

Both Keziah and Cara had so much fun that they went back the fol­low­ing year! "I think ev­ery girl should go to Space Camp be­cause it's fun and teaches you about space, the space race and all the as­tro­nauts," says Cara.

It's also a great way to meet peo­ple from all over the world. "It was so much fun — I made lots of new friends," Keziah tells us. Cara adds, "I still talk to many of the friends I made at Space Camp!" So if you're ready to take off on an out-of-this-world ad­ven­ture, both girls agree: Space Camp is for you!

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