Space Center Houston to Host Launch Day Celebration for Space Racers® New Season Premiere
Visit Space Center Houston to win family membership or grand prize trip
HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2016 – Space Race, LLC and Space Center Houston invite families to celebrate the season two premiere of the popular animated television show Space Racers® at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Space Center Houston.
Guests will be treated to a special Space Racers® screening and space-themed giveaways, as well as the official countdown to the series premiere on Sprout — NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network.
“Our science and space learning center is dedicated to offering educational experiences such as this special Space Racers® screening to engage children with the exciting future of space exploration,” said the center’s Director of Education Daniel Newmyer. “Whether you’re looking for family fun, exceptional educational activities or just an extra-special adventure, Space Center Houston has something for everyone.”
The launch day event will be led by retired NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson from “Mission Control” at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and livestreamed on Space Racers® Facebook page. Participants at Space Center Houston will join the commander by calling into “Launch Control” and will count down to the premiere blast-off on Sprout. The premiere also will be streamed live to other science centers nationwide.
Space Racers® has kicked off a nationwide contest to engage the next generation of explorers. Parents are invited to enter online at SpaceRacers.org/contest for the opportunity to win a Space Center Houston family membership or the grand prize, an all-expense paid trip to Space Camp® in Huntsville, Alabama. Space Racers® is collaborating in a partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp, to which NASA serves as technical and educational consultant.
Applauded by parents and critics for its educational themes focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, season two of Space Racers features some of NASA’s most famous scientific explorations, including Mercury’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the Voyager One spacecraft, and Martian rovers Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit.
The groundbreaking animated series introduces girls and boys to exciting, humorous tales of action & adventure in space, on Earth and on other planets in our solar system. It inspires a new generation of future astronauts and scientists. Season two presents 40 new space adventures, bringing the total library to 90 across both seasons. Space Racers’ first season currently is airing internationally in over 130 countries and 25 languages.
Space Racers® will premiere season two on Sprout at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The show will air Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., with new episodes premiering each Saturday. For more information, visit spaceracers.org.
Space Camp is a registered trademark of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space Racers® is a registered trademark of Space Race, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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About Space Racers®
Space Racers® follows Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling, Raven and their fellow cadets as they explore the solar system and the universe. Headmaster Crane, Professor Coot and other faculty members of the Stardust Bay Space Academy guide the cadets on missions that cover heliophysics, earth science, planetary science and astrophysics among many science disciplines explained at a preschool level. The stunning CGI animation plus authentic sounds and images from outer space provided by NASA bring the richness of space and diversity of planetary landscapes, as well as the characters, vividly to life for young minds. Season Two, debuting on NBC Universal’s Sprout November 2016, focuses on some important emotional issues including bullying and growing up with physical challenges, by introducing new Stardust Space Academy cadets like brash transfer student Kite, and young Merlin, a rocket born with one short wing. Space Racers® Season One is currently available on Netflix and the characters are available via the Space Racers App for iTunes or Google Play (Android).
About Space Center Houston
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.
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