Home to Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® Camp, and Space Camp Robotics, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. Its large rocket and space hardware collection is valued in the tens of millions of dollars. From America’s first satellite, Explorer I, to next generation space vehicles like Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser, the museum showcases the past, present and future of human spaceflight. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center serves as the Official NASA Visitor Center for Marshall Space Flight Center and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The USSRC is more than just artifacts! Experience the physics of astronaut training like never before in simulators like Space ShotTM and G-Force. Our Spacedome IMAX® Theater and our National Geographic Theater transport you to different worlds with amazing documentary films like Hubble, and live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center!
The Alabama Tourism Department named the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) the state’s most visited attraction in 2014. The Center also received Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” in 2013 and 2014. These accomplishments are due to the passion and dedication of our entire team, our wonderful supporters and 700,000 Space Camp alumni.
The USSRC hosted a record 626,000 visitors last year and they came from every state in the U.S. and 64 foreign nations. 61,000 of these guests were students on school trips and 26,000 attended as part of a Space Camp program.
We are convinced that science centers and museums play a vital role in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. According to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), which represents 353 U.S. science centers and museums, nearly 63 million visits are made to science centers and museums a year. As a science center and a museum, the USSRC has launched the following STEM activities for children:
- Saturday Scientist, a program for children ages 6 to 9, with fun lessons on topics such as solar energy, precipitation, the geology of space, chemistry and more.
- Science of Imagination, a weekly series that includes hands-on activities for ages 4 to 6.
- Homeschool Adventure Days, a complete field trip experience for students that includes age-appropriate curriculum, a guided Center tour, an IMAX® or digital movie and an academic laboratory activity.
- Homeschool Adventure Series, five weeks of lessons rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, visited the Center in September 2014, and his initial observation was “You can’t beat this classroom!”
There are also live demonstrations in the Discovery Theater that will have you seeing space science in a whole new light. There’s always something happening at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center!
Space Camp has been helping inspire the next generation of explorers for more than 32 years. This internationally known program with more than 700,000 alumni is based on NASA astronaut training and focuses on teamwork and leadership skills.
We offer space, aviation and robotics camps to:
- children between the ages of 9 to 18,
- adults of all ages
- teachers and educators with specialized curriculum
- and families
Please visit www.spacecamp.com to review our exciting camp programs.