Onion: Modernized Space Camp Allows Kids To Simulate Frustration Over Lack Of Funding

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For a Friday I thought this story from unreliable news source “The Onion” was pretty spot on, where kids get to simulate the frustration of a real american astronaut — whose scientific projects are scrapped after years of hard work!

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Aiming to provide attendees with an authentic glimpse into the nation’s space program, representatives for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center announced Thursday that its newly updated Space Camp will allow children to simulate the anger and mounting frustration experienced by NASA personnel over a continual lack of funding.

“At Space Camp, each attendee experiences the trials of real-life astronauts who simply are not provided the resources they need to explore outer space,” said director Deborah Barnhart, noting that campers get a firsthand look at what it’s like to pursue cutting-edge astronomical research on a budget that, when adjusted for inflation, is a mere fraction of what it was in the 1960s.


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“Our campers endure constant setbacks throughout their week here, from engaging in spaceflight training modules that can be shut down at a moment’s notice, to working tirelessly on a solar probe project only to be informed that an across-the-board spending freeze has led to the indefinite suspension of their work.”Kids will walk away from a week at Space Camp knowing exactly what it’s like to be an American astronaut,” she added.”

Funny, but sadly too true! Read the full satirical article on The Onion and enjoy your weekend!


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