Alabama’s US Space and Rocket Center may be closed forever until it raises $ 1.5 million over the next 3 months

The museum in Huntsville, Alabama, which houses the famous Saturn V rocket, is usually the state’s top-paid tourist attraction. According to a news release, since the epidemic began, it has lost two-thirds of its revenue.

“We are now struggling for our survival,” Alabama Space Science Exhibition Commission Chairman John Narger said Tuesday at a news conference.

If the center closes, its beloved space camp, which has allowed both children and adults around the world to experience what it is to be an astronaut.

To prevent this from happening, officials announced a “Save Space Camp” drive, aiming to raise $ 1.5 million in donations to keep the museum open in October and reopen the camp next April.
And donations have already been poured. As of Wednesday afternoon, GoFundMe has raised more than $ 400,000, with people commenting on how much the center and space camp mean to them and their families.

“The summer I spent at the Space Academy in the late 90s was a life-changing experience. Please, save the space camp! We need more programs like this for young people. I would like to take this opportunity Always grateful, and I hope. It can continue to inspire America’s children, “one person commented.

Another Proud Space Camp Alumna? CNN’s own Brooke Baldwin.

Baldwin said, “I was a child at a space camp in 1993. I begged and begged to send my parents to Huntsville, Alabama and told me to live my dream.”

“I think at the end of the day, it’s about these kids and trust. The space camp believes in them,” she said.

Since launching in 1982, the space camp has been attended by nearly one million people from over 150 countries. The news release states that it is inspired by hundreds of thousands of successful careers in aerospace, engineering, science, education and other fields. Alumni of 10 space camps have also become real astronauts.


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