Welcome to Space Camp!
During this overnight Paekakariki event, you'll learn astronomical amounts about space, astronauts, Mars, night photography, rocket science, astrology, star navigation, astronomy and astrophysics -- while camping by the beach and surrounded by bonfires, rocket launches, telescopes, cameras and much, much more!
This event will include active space simulations and exercises, and space-themed educational classes.
The camp will include the following subjects:
1/10 - complete beginners welcomed - all you need is a passion for space!
Cost: $20 - campground fee included
Account Name: Adventure Wellington Trust (Kiwibank)
Account #: 38-9012-0322630-00
Reference: 77378222 > Your name > SpaceCamp
Experts in attendance will include:
- Becky Bateman (Astronomy)
Becky is a presenter and educator at Carter Observatory.
- Elf Eldridge (Astrophysics, Rocket science)
Elf is a space pirate who works at the Carter Observatory, and a PhD student at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology where he researches nanopore technology.
- Haritina Mogosanu (KiwiMars)
Haritina is deputy head of Kiwispace and the closest thing New Zealand has to an astronaut.
Haritina will discuss her recent mission to the wilds of Utah in April 2012 where she and three other intrepid Kiwinauts simulated a landing on the surface of the red planet, Mars. For 2 weeks they lived in "The Hab", ate and explored as if they were marooned on this desert rock (above). Hari will explain the difficulties of the mission and also chat about her plans for NZ's and mankind's space future. You'll get the chance of replicating some of these simulations while learning about what systems are needed to support life in space and on Mars and how we currently do this. Why aren't more humans currently living in space? Will we ever live on mars and what do we need to get there?
- Bob Zuur (Space Photography)
Bob is a skilled nature photographer and will be demonstrating how to photograph the universe from earth, such as this photograph taken from Space Camp's location in September 2012.
what to bring
WARM CLOTHES - you will be outside so make sure you are dressed warm
TENT - if you do not have tent you can request one on the event page. This is your own responsibility
SLEEPING BAG and everything you need to stay the night
BREAKFAST - we will not be providing any food
NO ALCOHOL - Please note this is a non-alcohol event due to our fire permit and rockets
RED TORCH (or red cellophane taped over a normal torch) - if you have one, as it helps read star maps better
TELESCOPE & CAMERA - if you have one
PEN AND PAPER - to catch all the great ideas and information
2L PLASTIC BOTTLE - to make your own water rocket