Nickelodeon Launch Box

Nickelodeon Launch Box
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Producer(s) Alexandra J. Bennett[1]
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon
Astronauts Memorial Foundation
Distributor Viacom International
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (PsF 4:3 SDTV)
Original release 1991 – 1994
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Nickelodeon Launch Box is an educational television series that was produced jointly by Nickelodeon and NASA. It was meant to teach kids about space travel technology. As part of the Cable in the Classroom service, the show was intended to be taped by teachers and shown in the classroom. Each episode also included a teachers portion before and after where ideas for lessons and other aides were discussed. The show was taped before a live studio audience at Nickelodeon Studios and made use of many sets for Nickelodeon shows such as What Would You Do? and Double Dare.

The show aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994, and continued in reruns on the network until September 1, 2000.


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1The Spectacular Spacesuit
Astronaut Brad Prouty appears in a spacesuit and explains the way it works. Kids offer facts about the suit during a "Space Break." We review spacesuit fashions through the ages, look at spin-offs (firemen's suits) and answer kids' questions.
2Living on the Space Shuttle
We explore everyday life aboard the Space Shuttle, including the food astronauts eat and the way they go to the bathroom. We also examine the effects of weightlessness.
3Space Training
We visit Space Camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and review the training needed to become an astronaut. Special guest-star former Senator Jake Garn talks about his mission aboard the Space Shuttle and answers questions about space travel.
4The Living Earth
We look at the Earth from the outside and explain how satellites are used to study the planet. UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser demonstrates how to build a self-sustaining environment in a bio-bottle. We teach kids facts about the Earth by playing a game show.
5Space Station
The United States is getting closer to creating a permanently manned space station in orbit. Dick Lyon of NASA is the special guest. UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser hosts the teacher's portion of the program.
6Fantastic Forces
Bob Sieck, the Launch Director of the Space Shuttle Program, is interviewed at the Kennedy Space Center. Ren & Stimpy are used to demonstrate Newton's Laws of Physics. Robin Marrella from Nickelodeon's Double Dare hosts the student's portion and UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser hosts the teacher's portion of the program.
7The Inner Planets
Prepare yourselves for an epic voyage to explore the depths of travel with the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. StarGrazer who have been sent on a mission to explore Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Moon. You don't have to leave your classroom to catch some incredible sights: from a giant volcano taller than Mt. Everest, to a planet that rotates backwards, to craters as big as Texas. Jason Zimbler of Clarissa Explains it All fame, will take you on an incredible adventure to explore the inner planets in this episode of Launch Box.
8The Outer Planets
This episode of Launch Box takes kids on an incredible journey to the five farthest planets from the sun: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets and their moons were visited by NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 and what they found were sights never seen before -- giant hurricanes bigger than Earth, a moon with active volcanoes and a whole planet tipped on its side -- and they're all right here in our solar system. Astronaut Mike McCulley, the pilot on Space Shuttle Mission STS-34, hosts the informative teacher's portion. From the fast-paced, high energy of host Phil Moore to the challenging space games, you will not want to miss this Launch Box.
Have you or your students ever wondered how a plane that weighs several tons can fly as easily as a bird? Or how a plane can fly through a lightning storm, wind shear or a snow-storm and come out of it virtually untouched? In addition, what is on tap for the future of flight? Well, you're about to find out in this episode of Launch Box -- Flight!


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