'Space Warriors' Hallmark Movie Features Space Camp Training

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Danny Glover shakes hands with NASA's Robonaut in "Space Warriors" a new movie from Hallmark. Image released Apr. 19, 2013. (Image credit: Space Warriors/Hallmark Channel)

Space Camp — the dream summer vacation of science-minded kids everywhere — is the star of a new movie from the Hallmark Channel.

Since 1982, Space Camp has provided a place for kids to train as Mission Controllers and spaceflyers on simulated shuttle millions. Now, it's the setting for a science-fiction film about teenagers who help NASA save the International Space Station.

"I got to do a lot of my own stunts and really interact with the space center itself," Grayson Russell, a 15-year-old who plays Rusty Riggs in the movie, told SPACE.com. "We got to do a lot of astronaut training on a smaller scale. My favorite part is that we got to scuba dive." [Watch a Clip from the Movie (Video)]

The movie makes its Hallmark Channel premiere on Friday night (May 31) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 June 1 GMT), and you can watch a SPACE.com exclusive clip from "Space Warriors" here.

Filmed on-site at Space Camp's home at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., "Space Warriors" is a fictional story about a group of teens who compete to win a trip to space. Two teams — the Warriors and the Titans — go head to head in challenges designed to test their skills in math, science and engineering to win seats onboard a spacecraft.

The kids get more than they bargained for, however, when scientists from the Marshall Space Flight Center call upon the students for help solving a life-or-death problem onboard the International Space Station.

Robonaut, the real-life robotic astronaut helper on the orbiting laboratory, even makes a special guest appearance in the film.

Some of the young actors in the movie weren't especially interested in space travel before filming, but that changed once they got on set.

"Science was always one of my favorite classes in school, and it still is, and everyone wants to go to Space Camp," said 15-year-old Ryan Simpkins, who plays Lacey Myers in the film. "To actually learn about real life space is really fun … Space Camp makes it much more fun and interesting."

Families can enter to win a trip to Space Camp through a sweepstakes. Submit your information on the "Space Warriors" website and then look for a "secret keyword" on screen during the Hallmark Channel premiere on Friday (May 31) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 June 1 GMT). 

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Miriam Kramer
Staff Writer

Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.