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A camp where parents and kids play astronaut

Patricia Dahm, a mother of two boys, had never considered herself an adventurous person. Her perception changed, however, when she attended Space Camp with her family last year. During a weekend of piloting simulated shuttle missions and bringing spinning space capsules under control, Dahm discovered that she's more daring than she'd ever thought. "I probably had the best time of all," she says with a laugh. "It was great fun--just acting like a kid, letting loose and seeing the excitement in my children."

Since it opened in 1988, the U.S. Space Camp Florida parent-child program has trained some 10,000 boys, girls,...

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