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Space Race/Jet's Time Machine (#135H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet, Sydney, Sean, and Sunspot join Celery as she competes against her brother, Uncle Zucchini, in an "Earthie-style race with a winner"! The race is tight until Celery uses the kids' proposed secret "strategy" - a "gravity assist" off of Jupiter, to increase their saucer speed, and win! / Jet uses his Bortronian skills to test his first experimental Time Machine so he and his Earthie friends can go back to an exact time - 3 minutes earlier - in order to see a spectacular moment in a meteor shower that they missed. A mistake happens the first time, so he keeps trying to go back in time to fix the first mistake, but more mistakes keep happening and snowball into hilarity.

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Nov 19, 2018 -- 1:30am
  • KQED 9: Thu, Dec 6, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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You Can Call Me Albedo/The Tide Is Hig (#217) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

It's evening at the cul-de-sac, and the kids are looking at two asteroids through Sean's telescope - one is light-colored and one is dark. Meanwhile, Mitchell's dog Cody seems to have run away because he doesn't like the black sweater Mitchell put on him. The kids learn about how, just like asteroids, some things are easier to see in the dark than others, like a white card is easier to see than Cody's black sweater. This amount of brightness is called "albedo." The kids go to their local beach to surf, but notice that the beach looks completely different from the last time they stood there. There's way more sand, and the ocean is far away! They decide to be detectives and study what has happened, and learn that the larger and smaller beach is caused by the tides - the rising and falling of the ocean.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Nov 19, 2018 -- 7:00am
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Nov 19, 2018 -- 6:30pm
  • KQED 9: Fri, Nov 23, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Thu, Dec 13, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Sean's Neptune Tune/Earthday Birthday (#136H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Sean's nervousness about flying out to visit the remote Neptune is soothed by Jet's suggestion - an improvised, fun "Neptune tune." It works as our kids, Sunspot, and Celery fly to the faraway eighth planet! / When the kids discover that they've missed all 63 of Jet's Bortronian birthdays, they decide to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him landing on Earth instead... with an "Earthday birthday" surprise party!

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Nov 19, 2018 -- 5:30pm
  • PBS Kids: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 -- 1:30am
  • PBS Kids: Fri, Nov 23, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Eye in the Sky/Total Eclipse Block Party (#220) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Sean is planning his first sleepout under the stars with his Space Scouts troop, but the weather is threatening, and it looks like his sleepout will be rained out. The kids get help from Mitchell , building a weather observation station to make a weather prediction, and visit the DSA for further help by tracking the weather with satellites. A total eclipse of the Sun is coming to Boxwood Terrace! The kids prepare a Total Eclipse song and dance to perform at the DSA, where the whole town is gathered for the event. Meanwhile, Sunspot attempts to explain the eclipse to all the local animals so they won't think it's night and sleep through it.

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 -- 7:00am
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Castaway Carrot/Jet Can't Sleep (#137H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

After an afternoon on the Moon, Celery, Jet, and Sunspot discover, as they fly to Earth, that they have mistakenly left Carrot on the Moon! Then the saucer malfunctions and they receive news of a possible solar storm headed their way. In a nail-biter, Jet and Sunspot do a mid-outer space repair job - as per Celery's instructions -with Carrot comically adapting to the Moon environment. In the end, the saucer is fixed, Carrot is rescued, and the solar storm heads in the opposite direction of the Moon. / When a loud thunderstorm hits the neighborhood one evening, the Propulsions are woken up. They gather in the kitchen as the noisy storm rages on, and Jet is too excited to get back to sleep. Carrot, Celery, and Sunspot are sympathetic - they're in the same boat! During the night they all learn about Earth storms as compared to storms on other planets. And then they all try to get Jet to fall back asleep, a seemingly impossible task. They use more and more absurd methods, until Celery has a conventional Earthie solution: sing a lullaby.

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  • PBS Kids: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Tiny Blue Dot/Earth Camping (#125) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Tiny Blue Dot" - A rollicking, song-filled recap of the Propulsion family's mission to Earth - as intergalactic travel writers, they really know their way around the Milky Way, and know the difference between a lovely, livable "Goldilocks Planet" like Earth, and the other, way less-livable planets! Curriculum: The Earth is a very rare and wonderful planet in the vastness of space, with its ideal size, its distance from its sun, its breathable atmosphere, liquid oceans, and ability to sustain life. "Earth Camping" - Mr. Petersen and Mitchell go camping with Carrot and Jet. The two dads have opposite approaches to setting up tents and preparing food, but when the dads get off track during a hike, the boys help them all find their way back using the compass, and the skills they've learned from their dads (turns out the kids were paying attention all along!). Curriculum: We can find our place outdoors by understanding how to find direction - north, south, east, and west. The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. A compass uses the Earth's magnetic field to find which way is north (the small magnet inside the compass is drawn by the Earth's magnetism to point to the north pole).

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Nov 21, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 21, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me

What's A Satellite/Satellite Selfie (#126) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"What's a Satellite?" - An Earth-orbiting "telecom" communications satellite breaks down, and satellite TV service in Boxwood Terrace stops working. Three people can't watch their favorite shows and consequently get very upset. Jet decides to fly up to space and see what the problem is with the satellite, and hilarity ensues. Curriculum: A satellite is an artificial object that has been intentionally placed into orbit. Satellites are used for a large number of purposes. Communications satellites receive signals from Earth and bounce them back to other locations, for everything from GPS to cell phone service to TV shows. Satellites are usually semi-independent computer-controlled systems. "Satellite Selfie" - The kids learn that they can use links to different websites to see a satellite view of their house. Mindy notices that Jet's house is not in the image. That's because these images are from sometime over the past 2 years, and not live images from space. With Dr. Rafferty's help, the kids identify the next time a satellite will pass over their neighborhood, and try to gather for a "space selfie" next to Jet's house. Curriculum: Satellites are objects that humans have placed into orbit around the Earth. Many have cameras in them. Some of these satellite cameras look "up" at the outer areas of space, and some look "down" at the Earth - they can even see our houses and cars!

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Not A Sound/Mindy In Space (#139H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids get information from Dr. Rafferty and then travel to outer space to confirm the amazing fact that there is no sound in outer space... even though Jet is convinced he's heard sounds all over the solar system. / After Mindy laments the fact that she's still only 4 and still can't go to space with the other kids, Sydney, Jet, Sean, and Sunspot plan a full makeshift, cobbled together "Day in Space" right there in Jet's yard. Mindy's day ends on a nearby hilltop where they all watch a real, amazing, actual space event - the Leonid Meteor Showers shooting across the sky!

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  • PBS Kids: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Sun, Nov 25, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Space Junk/Scientific Sean (#127) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Space Junk" - After learning about space junk, the kids are determined to help do their part to clean up their "space neighborhood." They meet up with Uncle Zucchini, a long-time galaxy garbage man! Using Bortronian technology, they start a cleanup. During the course of the day, our kids learn that recycling is necessary both on Earth and in space! Curriculum: The outer space region around Earth swarms with millions of pieces of man-made space junk that create potential hazards. Objects as small as 4 inches can be seen by radar or optical telescopes on Earth. Cleaning the debris is a challenge. Trips to larger objects could remove them from orbit, but that's expensive. Another proposal is using lasers to provide a path-changing push that wouldn't damage the object. "Scientific Sean" - Jet is fascinated by Earth paper airplanes when he watches Sean casually fold one. Jet suggests that the kids challenge each other to build the plane that will fly the farthest, and still carry the payload of a message. Sean wants to use the Scientific Method to solve the distance/size issues. CURRICULUM: The Scientific Method is a simple set of rules that scientists use the world over, to make sure that they are doing their experiments correctly and in a way that they can repeat. But great science comes from both the application of this simple set of rules AND from imagination and inspiration.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Fri, Nov 30, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Souped-Up Saucer/Pet Sounds (#201) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Celery has souped-up the family saucer, adding new features for the kids to use, including a robot arm. They test drive it with a trip to the Moon. / Jet takes care of Mitchell's dog Cody for the weekend, and attempts to teach him some new tricks.

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, Nov 30, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 17, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Sunday Drive (#129) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Sunday Drive" Parts 1 & 2 - After the Propulsions download their new version of their saucer dashboard operating system, things are out of whack. Their test drive to Mars - usually a simple trip - is complicated by the new dashboard. They zip to Venus and Saturn instead... and then finally land on Mars, so they think. They're actually in an Earth desert, Mars-like at first (hot, red soil, lack of water), but soon they realize where they are. A desert vs. Mars comparison is made. Before heading home, the family decides that the old, dependable saucer operating system works just fine for them. Curriculum: An Earth desert and a Mars desert have some similarities, but are also very different. A comparison is made between the two, including life or lack thereof, temperature, water, and soil.

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me

I Feel The Earth Move/Zerk Visits Earth (#202) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

When the kids experience an earthquake in Boxwood Terrace, Celery takes them up into space to study the Earth's plates and fault lines from above. / Jet's overactive cousin Zerk comes to Earth for a visit, and the kids show him around the neighborhood.

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  • PBS Kids: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, Dec 1, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Beep and Boop's Game/Constellation Prize (#128) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Beep and Boop's Game" - The kids help Dr. Rafferty and Bergs get Mars Rover BOOP over a ravine on the red planet by simulating actions in the DSA "Mars Yard" using BEEP (Boop's sister)! Trial and error leads to success. Along the way, the kids learn just how scientists communicate with far away rovers - through satellites above Mars. The kids then solve a new mystery set up by Bergs, figuring out that Beep and Boop are communicating about... a game of Mars/Mars Yard tic-tac-toe they're playing! Curriculum: A good amount of communication between Mars and Earth goes through satellites. Rovers send images, along with instrument and status data, back to Earth. Extrapolating from the data, the scientists send commands to the rover, which can take 4-24 minutes to be received due to the distance. Rovers are often on their own, carrying out commands and sending image data to overhead satellites. The rover's commanders may tell it to move toward a new rock, grind a rock, analyze a rock, take photos, or gather other data with other instruments. "Constellation Prize" - When Mindy thinks she's found her own star, the other kids explain how stars are labeled and identified by constellations. Mindy eventually learns that she hasn't found a new star, but that she CAN create her own version of a constellation by connecting patterns in the sky. Curriculum: A constellation is a group of stars that make an imaginary shape in the night sky. In different parts of the world, people have made up different shapes out of the same groups of bright stars, like a game of connect-the-dots. In the past, constellations were useful for navigating at night and for keeping track of the seasons. They are now useful for identifying parts of the sky astronomers are studying. Because all the stars are at different distances, the constellations would look totally different to inhabitants of another planet orbiting another star.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Asteroid Belt Space Race/Sydney 2 (#203) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids join Celery in a space race between them, Uncle Zucchini, and Auntie Eggplant and Zerk. The course is all the way around the Asteroid Belt. / Sydney decides that Jet's robot, Jet 2, is lonely. She decides to design and build a robot companion for him, and names it "Sydney 2."

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  • PBS Kids: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, Nov 29, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sun, Dec 2, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Mon, Dec 3, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Thu, Dec 20, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Wed, Dec 26, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Total Eclipse of the Sunspot/Sean's Year In Space (#130) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Total Eclipse of the Sunspot" - While Mindy, Jet, Sean, and Sydney are trying to use a solar panel to improve their energy efficiency, they notice that Sunspot is acting strange. It turns out that Sunspot was aware of an impending eclipse and was trying to alert the kids to the fact that the Sun would be darkened for a while. Curriculum: A solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. It's important not to look directly at the Sun during an eclipse, but you can watch it through the use of a box viewer. "Sean's Year in Space" - Sean is excited by NASA's "Year in Space" program on the ISS, and decides to try to live for a year in the tree house without ever coming down. The kids keep interrupting him, and finally, after only a short afternoon of trying, he comes down for dinner. Curriculum: The International Space Station, or ISS, is home to several astronauts at a time, who come and go in small capsules like the Soyuz. At this point, astronauts are even staying for a year at a time to study what happens to humans who live in micro-gravity for extended periods, so we can learn what will happen to us on long space voyages, like a trip to Mars.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Nov 29, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 29, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me

Endless Summer/Jet Shrinks The Kids (#204H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet is amazed to find out that the entire Earth doesn't have the same season at the same time. So he flies with Sydney and Sean from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to compare and experience holidays in winter and summer...all in one day! Mindy feels bad that she's the smallest kid in the group, so sympathetic Jet and friends use a shrink-ray and become her size. The plan goes awry, and Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Sunspot become the size of mice. Mindy has to follow intricate diagrams to reverse the shrink-ray!

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  • PBS Kids: Thu, Nov 29, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Whole Lotta Shakin'/My Fair Jet (#132H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids and Sunspot attempt to build the tallest tower ever on the Moon, hoping to beat Jet's cousin's record. While building, the Moon's surface shakes. Huh? The Earth kids are amazed to learn that the Moon has quakes, and Jet is just as amazed to learn that Earthquakes exist. After learning about the causes of moonquakes, the kids attempt to build a Moonquake-proof structure. / Sean and Sydney are planning to take Jet to the DSA Open House the upcoming weekend. The Earth kids are nervous that he will get in front of a crowd of strangers and forget to keep the secret that he's an alien from Bortron 7. After a hilarious outburst from Jet, the kids are motivated to try to "train" him to behave less like an alien from outer space, and more like a "regular Earthie kid." Jet's doing well until he ends up using his Bortronian jet-pack to fly up to rescue the DSA weather balloon when it's about to get away in some bad weather.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 3, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Fri, Dec 7, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Freebird/Sean's Robotic Arm (#218) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

When a strange bird lands in Jet's yard, the kids learn it is a migrating Snow Goose who is using Jet's yard as a temporary stopping-off place. Several more Snow Geese arrive, and the kids set up an "observation station" to make notes about their migrating habits. Sean accidentally drops his beloved Neil Armstrong action figure into a large crack in the ground in the woods behind his house. The kids all work together to engineer some kind of robotic arm to reach down into the crack and rescue Neil!

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Dec 3, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Tue, Dec 4, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me

From Pluto with Love/A Star Is Born (#133) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

As the kids get ready for Valentines Day by making their own valentines out of paper, Mindy continues to feel sad that little, frozen Pluto is so far out at the edge of the solar system. When Sydney shows Mindy a newly-downloaded, full-color image of Pluto as seen by the New Horizons spacecraft, Mindy is intrigued by Pluto's "heart" of ice. Mindy once again feels that Pluto deserves our love, since it's no longer considered a planet, but is orbiting out there at the edge of our solar system, like a big frozen Valentine. She asks Sydney to bring her own little hand-made Valentine to Pluto on her behalf. Sydney leads an expedition of the kids to Pluto to bring Mindy's Valentine, experience the frozen dwarf planet themselves, and bring back their report to Mindy. / Sydney is directing the kids in a backyard movie, making her version of a Commander Cressida story about the formation of a star. The other kids all have parts, but Sunspot has the lead - as the star! The kids' movie coincides with the celebration of a star being born near (a.k.a. 10 light years away from) Bortron 7!

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Dec 4, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Tue, Dec 11, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Ain't No Mars Mountain High Enough/Treasure Hunt (#223) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Sunspot needs to climb one more mountain to join an elite space climbing club - and the mountain happens to be Mt. Sharp, on Mars! Jet convinces the kids to fly to Mars with Sunspot and join the mountain climbing expedition. With all the Earthie kids away for the day, Jet and Sunspot are left to their own devices. They notice neighbor Mitchell digging for buried treasure in his yard, and decide to make and bury their own treasure, then make a map that Mitchell can find and follow to their homemade treasure!

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  • PBS Kids: Tue, Dec 4, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, Dec 5, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me

The Mindysphere/Lone Star (#134H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Mindy's mom has gradually been giving Mindy permission to go a little bit farther in the neighborhood on her own, and Mindy is trying to map out exactly what her boundaries are. Sean compares her "Mindyspere" to the helisophere-the boundaries of the Sun's influence. The kids get Celery to fly them out past the heliosphere into true interstellar space. Back on Earth, they make their own Voyager 1 (out of a wagon) and take Mindy to the outermost edges of the Mindysphere! / Sydney knows a lot about Boxwood Terrace's early history, and she tells Jet stories about a local pioneer who went by the nickname "Lone Star." He got that name because he was an early astronomer who liked the hills of Boxwood Terrace for their excellent views of the night sky, and built the first Observatory on the hill that now sits at the center of the Deep Space Array. As Jet imagines Sydney's story of Lone Star, the kids turn the story into a Western-flavored musical.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Dec 5, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Moon Face/Lone Star 2 - Rocket Kids! (#224) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids observe the full Moon at night and wonder why it seems to have a "face." They research why the light and dark splotches seem to make a face, and ultimately decide to fly to the Moon's surface so they can see for themselves what the light and dark splotches are made of. The kids are digging again down by the Lake, and dig up a part of an old rocket. This leads Sydney to tell another "Lone Star" story, this one about how long ago, when Boxwood Terrace was called "Boxwood Territory," early astronomer Lone Star engineered and built the first rockets. This inspires the kids to engineer and build their own "foot rocket."

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  • PBS Kids: Wed, Dec 5, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, Dec 6, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me

Mindy Turns Five (#208) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Mindy has finally turned five and is super excited that she is now old enough to go to space. But she's planned a tea party in the back yard. The kids convince Mindy to move her tea party to the Moon! In her first trip to space ever, Mindy gets to board the Propulsion family saucer and experience space travel, rounding out their Moon tea party with a quick trip out to Pluto and back.

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  • PBS Kids: Thu, Dec 6, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, Dec 7, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me

Earth, Wind, and Flyer/Mini-Golf at the Dsa (#205) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet is fascinated by the effects of wind on his saucer. He and the kids study how wind works, ending with Sean going on a wild saucer ride. / Jet is fascinated by Earthie golf, and Sean and Sydney try to teach him the rules. When the DSA builds a new mini-golf course, the kids team up against the grownups, and Jet gets to apply his new knowledge of force.

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  • PBS Kids: Fri, Dec 7, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Fri, Dec 28, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Sun, Dec 30, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me

Water, Water Everywhere/Commander Cressida Story Contest (#206) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet takes the kids on a saucer tour all around the Earth to discover all the ways that water can be found. They visit Antarctica to look at the ice, and then compare that extreme to the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. / Sydney wants to enter a Commander Cressida story contest, but can't think up a good enough story. The other kids help, and they come up with a story about lassoing a comet to bring water to Venus, and then Mars.

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  • PBS Kids: Sat, Dec 8, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 31, 2018 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Mindy's Ice Rink/Measure for Measure (#207) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Mindy is impatient for winter, because she wants to ice skate. So Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Celery fly to Saturn's icy rings to gather ice from them and return to build a Saturn-ringed skating rink around Jet's house. Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy, and Sunspot decide to make a scaled replica of the solar system using found items in their own neighborhood and in doing so learn that an Astronomical Unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

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  • PBS Kids: Sun, Dec 9, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Mon, Dec 10, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me

Holidays In Boxwood Terrace (#138) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet pitches an idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant, and not only is it accepted, he gets to direct it! He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy, and Sunspot as characters in the play, and hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find this elusive thing called "Christmas Spirit." / Jet is looking for the Spirit of Christmas, something intangible that Sean and Sydney can't quite define. Mitchell wants to belong to the group, but doesn't know how to do it. Both kids get their answer in a heartfelt conclusion.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 10, 2018 -- 6:30pm Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Thu, Dec 13, 2018 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, Dec 14, 2018 -- 9:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 -- 5:30am Remind me
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A Hammer and a Feather/Commander Mom (#140H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Sydney shows Jet and Sean a cool experiment - dropping different items from the same height to see which reaches the ground first. That reminds Sean of a video he watched of an astronaut on the Moon dropping a hammer and a feather from the same height. They reach the ground at the same time. And the reason is atmosphere - or lack of it - on the Moon. Jet laughs - really? Wait, what's atmosphere? Well, the kids know the best way to find out - into the wagon/saucer! Our kids and Celery fly to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere to learn what it does... and then go to the Moon. Is the atmosphere around the Moon the same as the Earth's? And what happens when our kids do the hammer-feather drop on the lunar surface? / Sydney brings Jet and Sean to the DSA to visit her mom, DR. AMY SKELLEY, and check out her work. Dr. Skelley is a robotics engineer who makes outer space robotic and gadget dreams a reality.

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Mindy and Carrot Bake/Commander Cressida Begins (#213) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

While making a cake, Carrot and Mindy find they are one are short one ingredient, so they head to the store. But Carrot accidentally pushes a wrong button on the wagon's newly-updated control panel, and they take off into outer space! Using a diagram, methodical experimentation, and record keeping, Mindy and Carrot figure out how to properly fly the saucer back home, where they finally finish the cake. Mindy has a problem: now that she's been to space with the bigger kids, she realizes how much there is out there to see! How can she decide where to explore next? Sydney asks her mom, Dr. Skelley, who presents them with the very first edition of Commander Cressida comics! In reading the comic book, Mindy comes to appreciate that she, like Commander Cressida, can explore space "one adventure at a time."

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Dec 17, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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Tour of the Solar System/Jet Cooks Dinner (#101) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Tour of the Solar System" - Jet attempts to play the "Solar System" game with Sean, Sydney, and Mindy, but the kids don't quite understand which planets go where. Celery, Jet's mom, takes them on a tour of the solar system and introduces each of the eight planets. Curriculum: The sun is at the center of our solar system, and everything else revolves around it. The sun, planets, dwarf planets, moons, and different kinds of space rocks like asteroids and comets are all part of our solar system. "Jet Cooks Dinner" - Sydney, Mindy, Sunspot, and Sean help Jet cook a classic meal from Bortron 7 for his parents, Celery and Carrot. After some funny attempts, the kids find that using the Scientific Method works best to get the meal done in time. Curriculum: "Failure is not the opposite of success; failure is a stepping stone to success." This attitude can be applied to cooking as well as scientific discoveries!

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  • PBS Kids: Fri, Dec 21, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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How We Found Your Sun/Treehouse Observatory (#102) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"How We Found Your Sun" - Jet explains how his family, the Propulsions, found Earth by way of the Sun, a star in the Milky Way galaxy. Celery takes the kids out into space and shows them how the Sun looks huge, or small like other stars, depending on your perspective. Curriculum: The sun is a star. Our sun is a star in the Milky Way galaxy, a yellow dwarf. The Propulsion family comes from another star in our galaxy: Bortron, a smaller, cooler red dwarf star. "Treehouse Observatory" - Sydney, Jet, Sunspot, and Sean fix up a treehouse and make it into their own clubhouse/observatory. The kids even build their own telescope so they can all observe the awesome nighttime sky! Curriculum: An observatory is a location used for observing terrestrial or celestial events. A telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light).

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Round and Round/The Plant from Bortron 7 (#103) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Round and Round" -The kids learn how all the planets both orbit around the Sun and rotate on their own axes at the same time. Curriculum: The planets both revolve around the sun and rotate on their axis. "The Plant From Bortron 7" - Jet attempts to grow a seed from his home planet, but the light from our Sun is stronger than the light from Bortron 7, and has a surprising effect on the plant! Curriculum: There are different kinds of stars, which emit different kinds of light.

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Just The Right Distance from the Sun/Solar Power Rover (#104) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Just the Right Distance From the Sun" - Sean explains to the others that Earth is a "Goldilocks" planet because it's not too hot and not too cold. When Celery takes the kids to space, they observe how the other planets don't have the right attributes to support life, but Earth is "just right"! Curriculum: All life on Earth comes from the energy of the Sun. The Earth happens to be located just the right distance from the Sun: not too far away, and not too close. This makes the Earth what we call a "Goldilocks planet": not too hot, not too cold. "Solar Power Rover" - Jet, Sean, and Sydney visit their Mars Robot Rover friend at the DSA, and discover that the rover seems tired. Through helping the solar powered robot regain its energy, they learn how energy can be captured, used from the Sun, and used anywhere - even on Mars. Curriculum: The Sun creates solar power that is used for energy. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly or indirectly.

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  • PBS Kids: Fri, Dec 28, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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How Come The Moon Has Craters?/Backyard Moon Base (#105) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

How Come the Moon Has Craters - The kids take a trip to the Moon and learn that falling asteroids probably created all the craters on the Moon's surface! Curriculum: Craters on the Moon were probably caused by asteroids hitting the surface. Backyard Moon Base - Led by Sydney, the kids build a moon base in Jet's backyard and use their imaginations to figure out what challenges they would need to overcome in order to live on the Moon. Curriculum: A moon habitat is a structure on the Moon that would provide the right conditions to allow humans to live on the Moon's surface.

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  • PBS Kids: Mon, Dec 31, 2018 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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