Lea Thompson and Kelly Preston star in this film with Kate Capshaw about a group of young people who go to camp to learn about space and are given unexpected first-hand knowledge and experience when the space shuttle they’re touring is forced to launch. They have to figure out how to land, targeting White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (real footage of the Challenger at Edwards Air Force Base is used). Though the premise has a lot of potential, the film relies too much on two-dimensional characters and predictable story arcs. Couple that with a difficult marketing obstacle during its initial release on June 6, 1986 — six months after the Challenger explosion that killed all on board — and, predictably, SpaceCamp didn’t perform well at the box office. But it’s still fun to watch, because it features several stars whose careers were just beginning to launch.
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