Space Camp needs your help! NASA’s Space Camp and the US Space and Rocket Centre, two of the most iconic and spectacular tourist attractions in the US are at risk of permanent closure due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and NASA’s Save Space Camp Campaign needs your help to stop that from happening.
The lockdowns and travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry, to the point where much of it may not recover at all, and now the impact has reached the US Space and Rocket Centre and Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
The US Space and Rocket Center and Space camp have announced that both are at risk of closing forever because of the economic catastrophe that has being caused by lockdowns and travel restrictions, and has launched an emergency fundraising effort and a #SaveSpaceCamp campaign to try and save the two iconic attractions. They need to raise $1.5 million dollars by October to ensure that the museum stays operational and Space Camp and the Museum can reopen in 2021.
Follow this link here to Space Camp’s Go Fund Me page and please give as much as you can. Space Camp and the Space and Rocket Centre has millions of visitors and alumni every year, so if each one gave less than a single dollar they would still smash their target!
Devastating Economic Impact.
Space Camp and the Space and Rocket Centre, as the number one paid state attraction for the better part of a decade now, normally generate $120 million for the state of Alabama and the city of Huntsville, and the economic impact has been a huge blow to both the state and the entire industry.
After being forced to close it’s doors in March this year, the Space and Rocket centre tried to reopen but with people in lockdown and then too afraid to travel it did not get enough visitors to stay open and Space Camp itself has been forced to cancel all upcoming programmes in September. Because of this there has already been a loss of at least $28 million due to the pandemic and more than 80% of its full time employees have been lost, not to mention the loss of over 700 part time employees who work at every level of Space Camp and the Museum.
This isn’t just about the potential loss of two of America’s most important and iconic attractions, there is a very real human impact here too.
Failure is not an option!
This campaign cannot fail, and it won’t. The US Space and Rocket Centre and Space Camp are just too iconic to close down, and that is why they need your help.
If you can, please donate here at Save Space Camp. Every little bit helps, no matter how big or how small.
If not, then please share this campaign as much as you can. Share this post and the Go Fund Me page as much as possible, and use the hashtag #SaveSpaceCamp.
But more than that, after the campaign is successful, and it WILL be successful, and Space Camp and the Space and Rocket Centre reopens its doors once again, visit and support them as much as you can.
This pandemic will not last forever, we will beat it. Worldwide cases are already on a heavy downward spiral and the health risks of travel are increasingly manageable each and every day. We will be travelling again sooner rather than later. Travel restrictions need to end soon before the damage to the industry is irreversible, and attractions like these need you to visit to make sure they stay open.
Space Camp and the US Space and Rocket Centre are two of the US’ most iconic attractions and with your help they can stay that way! I had one of the best times of my life in Huntsville and got to tick off an entire bucket list of childhood astronaut fantasies, and once this mess of a crisis is over I encourage you to do the same!
The campaign has been a huge success! As of 5/08/20 the fundraiser surpassed the $1.5 Million dollar mark in just 7 days, thanks in part to huge donations by both Boeing and SAIC, but mostly thanks to all the donations made by each and every person out there, from Space Camp alumni to Huntsville Locals and people who just want to keep the hope and inspiration for the future provided by these two amazing attractions alive!
This is amazing news and it means that Space Camp and the Space and Rocket centre can now keep operations going and reopen again in the spring of 2021!
But the fight isn’t over yet. Now that Space Camp has managed to fend off closure, it still needs your help just like every attraction around the world. When the Space and Rocket Centre and Space Camp reopen next year they need you to visit, they need you to travel here and they need your tourism dollars to get back on their feet.
As soon as it is open again make sure you are first in line to the the Space and Rocket Centre’s unique exhibits, sign up for an adult Space Camp experience and support them as much as you can. That way we can get back to a real normal of encouraging exploration and STEM for future generations and dreaming of the next chapter of travel in space itself!
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