U.S. Space & Rocket Center celebrates Space Camp’s 40th birthday with Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The U.S Space & Rocket Center will celebrate the 40th birthday of Space Camp® with a Space Camp Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Friday, June 17, 2022. This event resumes after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Space Camp Hall of Fame represents outstanding alumni, former employees and friends of Space Camp. Inductees include four individuals comprising the 2020 Space Camp Hall of Fame Class, as well as the crew of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian space mission to orbit.

2020 Hall of Fame Class

Brian Dudas, Boeing 767-400 First Officer

Derek Hodgins, Strategy and Business Development, Lunar Exploration, Lockheed Martin Space

Peter Marquez, Head of Space Policy, Amazon Web Services

Mandy Vaughn, CEO & Founder, GXO Inc.


2021 Hall of Fame Class – Inspiration4 Crew

Jared Issacman, Mission commander and founder and CEO of Shift4

Chris Sembroski, Mission specialist Senior Analytics Engineer

Hayley Arceneaux, Medical officer Physician’s Assistant

Dr. Sian Proctor, Mission pilot Geoscience Professor


Issacman is a graduate of the Aviation Challenge program, and Sembroski is a former Space Camp counselor. Arceneaux and Proctor are being inducted as friends of Space Camp.


In September 2021, the Inspiration4 crew orbited the Earth for three days aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The mission raised more than $240 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


After their Space Camp Hall of Fame induction, the Inspiration4 crew will take part in a fireside chat moderated by Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for Time magazine.


Space Camp is an internationally recognized education program with more than 1 million graduates. Other programs of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center include Aviation Challenge®, a military-pilot inspired program, Space Camp Robotics and U.S. Cyber Camp®.


In addition to the Hall of Fame ceremony, the U.S Space & Rocket Center will hold a news conference Friday June 17, to announce a significant gift to Space Camp. The news conference takes place at 10:30 a.m.


About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics, Aviation Challenge® and U.S. Cyber Camp as well as the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket, the INTUITIVE® Planetarium and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.

To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.

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Media contact: Pat Ammons, pat.ammons@spacecamp.com; 256-721-5429