Trivia / Space Camp

  • Alan Smithee: Husband-and-wife team Clifford and Ellen Green were both credited under a single name: "W.W. Wicket" (they used that alias on The Seventh Sign two years later).
  • California Doubling: An interesting case. The movie was filmed on location at the real-life Space Camp at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. However, the movie places both locations together in the same vicinity. Space Camp at Kennedy Space Center did not open until 1987 (it closed in 2002).
  • Creator Killer: This was the final film to be made by ABC Motion Pictures.
  • Dawson Casting: Larry B. Scott and Lea Thompson were 24 during filming. Kelly Preston was 23. Tate Donovan was 22. All are supposed to be teenagers. For reference: Kate Capshaw was only 32.
    • Mildly inverted by Leaf Phoenix (now known today by his real name Joaquin), who was 10 during filming, playing 12-year-old Max.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Andie is played by Kate Capshaw, who is perhaps better remembered for a movie she appeared in two years earlier, where she played a nightclub singer who seemed to scream most of the time.
    • Yes, that's Marty McFly's mothernote  playing Kathryn, one of the campers.note 
    • Disney fans may recognize Tate Donovan (Kevin), who played the title character in Herculesnote .
    • Jinx and the NASA computer voice are just a couple of the many roles played by legendary voice actor Frank Welker.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Most people saw the film on HBO, long after the Challenger disaster, and were inspired by the ending.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original script, a Russian Shuttle with Russian Kids would have rescued them. Remember this is still the time of the Soviet Union.
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