Shetland Space Centre to Host Astronaut Job Camp

28th Jun 2021
Scott Hammond - Shetland Space Centre

Young space enthusiasts will soon be able to take part in a virtual astronaut job camp with registration costs paid for by the Shetland Space Centre. The first edition of Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Job Camp aims to get children interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) inspired to consider a possible future working in the space industry. The camp will take place virtually, starting on 5th July and concluding on 30th July. Three separate camps will run for 180 young space fans from Scotland and the rest of the world. Guests will include astronauts with real experience at such prestigious projects as the International Space Station, NASA, and SpaceX.

Mike Mongo Bringing Space to Life

The camp will be run by astronaut teacher Mike Mongo, popularly known as the author of the children’s book The Astronaut Instruction Manual. A lifelong space enthusiast, he hopes to share his passion with the children tuning in to help inspire their interests in the space industry. CEO of Shetland Space Centre Frank Strang stated that he was thrilled to support the project, promising it to be “an amazing experience.” Wildland CEO Tim Kirkwood described the astronaut camp as “a brilliant opportunity for young people to learn about space while having fun.”

Shetland Space Centre Partners with Wildland International

In Scotland, space is becoming a thriving industry. The project is a partnership between Shetland Space Centre and Wildland Limited, a tourism and land conservation company run by Anders Holch Povlsen. Povlsen is the single biggest landowner in Scotland, with a net worth estimated at approximately £4.5 billion. Povlsen previously opposed plans for the construction of a Scottish spaceport in Sutherland, which is still in doubt, he is investing nearly £1.5 million in the Shetland Space Centre.

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