The WREN Personal Space Satellite is an actual space mission ran by four guys in a garage and, possibly, you. For a variety of options on the Kickstarter Project Page, you can take full control of WREN and tell him where to go and what to do throughout the life of the space mission.
Of course, if you want to be a lifelong controller, you’ll need to max the donation, but for the price listed, you can get your own personal one-on-one time with the device, and that’ll allow you to take pictures of what it sees and upload them directly to your computer. It just requires the software that WREN’s makers provide and some amateur radio equipment. If those space voyager games from childhood never did the trick, then this is your big opportunity for fulfilling a lifelong dream.