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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007

Arkansas 4-Hers get their thrills at Space Camp

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) — There’s nothing quite like the mystery and thrill of space. Several Independence County 4-H members recently got to experience that thrill without even leaving Earth.

And they agreed — it was a blast.

Founded in 1982, the Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville uses space and aviation as a platform to excite and educate children in the fields of math, science and technology.

Camp officials say children of all ages love rockets and science fiction and the camp ties into this love, allowing them to learn a little fact to go along with their science fiction.

So far the camp has graduated more than 100,000 children.

Although most children who go to Space Camp don’t want to grow up to be astronauts, statistics show that in the future there will be opportunities to work on the space program as a design engineer or software programmer.

Some people may even have jobs dealing with ways to learn to live in space. The camp helps to challenge today’s youth to look into such careers.

Campers learn about space shuttle systems and life aboard the Orbiter and space station. They get to try out food the astronauts eat and learn how to sleep in space.

“They got to go through a real simulation of astronaut training,” said Jana Mead, leader of the Independence County Livestock 4-H Club.

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