This 1986 family sci-fi movie was directed by Harry Winer. It was written by Patrick Bailey, Larry B. Williams, W. W. Wicket, and Casey T. Mitchell. The cast includes Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Joaquin Phoenix, Tate Donovan, Tom Skerritt, and others.

NASA runs Space Camp, a summer camp where kids learn what the life of an astronaut is like. Some of the brightest kids in the nation are picked to attend because they appear to be likely canidates to become the astronauts of the future. This is the story of one summer and one group of kids attending Space Camp. They learn all the usual stuff including flying the flight simulators. Finally they are selected to have the honor of sitting in an actual Space Shuttle while the engines are tested. But something goes wrong and they are launched into space! Now they must actually use what they learned in camp to surive and return to earth safely.

What a fun movie! Must see for young space geeks in the 80s. Heck I'd watch it now if it was on tv.