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Ain't No Mars Mountain High Enough/Treasure Hunt (#223H) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Apr 26, 2019 -- 1:30am
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  • KQED 9: Mon, May 20, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Who Messed Up The Treehouse?/Fact Or Fiction? (#212) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Each kid brings their personal project up to the tree house, and each contributes to a huge mess. Now they can't do anything in the tree house because it's too messy, but none of them want to clean up the other's mess. They have to learn to share the responsibility and clean it together. When Mindy tells Jet that clouds are made of cotton candy, and defends this idea because she heard a friend say so, Sean and Sydney set out to show her how to separate fact from fiction through research! Celery takes them up into the clouds to see for themselves.

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Apr 26, 2019 -- 7:00am
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My Three Suns/Magnet P.I. (#215) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids can't play shadow tag because the Sun keeps going behind clouds. Mindy wants the sun to be out all the time! Face 9000 tells them about a system with not one, but three suns! That sounds like a place where there would be shadows all the time. Celery takes them to visit in the family saucer. Sean becomes an amateur magician called the Great Seanzo, dazzling the other kids with magnet tricks. Jet becomes fascinated by magnets, and they all explore the various things magnets can do, culminating in a magic magnet show for Carrot.

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  • PBS Kids: Fri, Apr 26, 2019 -- 5:30pm
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Sunspot's Sunspot/Our Sun Is A Star! (#216) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Sunspot begins acting strangely, and Jet fears that he is sick. Carrot and Celery examine him, and decide that he's acting strange because of a large sunspot on the Sun. The only way to cure him is to bring him to the Sun, and get him close to the huge sunspot. Mindy wants to have a sleepover outside with her friend Lillian, but it's winter and too cold to sleep outside under the stars. Sean points out that they are under the light of a star all the time - our Sun! Mindy learns that our Sun is a star, just like the tiny ones we see at night.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
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Mindy's Bedtime/Galileo, Galileo! (#214) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Mindy has to go to bed when the Sun goes down, but she's having such a fun day with her friends. She asks Jet and the others to help her keep the Sun from going down. The older kids humor Mindy and try to help "slow down the Sun." All their efforts make Mindy so sleepy that she decides to go home and sleep. Sydney and Jet are having a hard time explaining to Mindy that the Sun doesn't move - the Earth is moving around the Sun, so the Sun seems to move. Then Sean comes over dressed as his science hero Galileo, getting ready to do a school report. Mindy asks "Galileo" to explain why the Sun seems to move, and Sean practices for his report by explaining how the planets move, in character as Galileo!

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  • PBS Kids: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
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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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  • KQED 9: Wed, May 1, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Tue, May 28, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

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: Wed, May 1, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 2, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
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Mission to the Moon/Mindy's Moon Bounce House (#107H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

"Mission to the Moon" - Sean tells Jet, Sydney, and Mindy about the Apollo 11 mission, and the kids decide to do a real-life reenactment of man's first mission landing on the Moon! Curriculum: The first manned mission to the Moon took place on July 20, 1969, and the first two humans on the Moon were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The astronauts were launched from a Saturn V rocket on the Apollo 11 mission. "Mindy's Moon Bounce House" - Jet gives a special birthday gift to Mindy that allows her to defy gravity. She has so much fun hovering above everyone, the others have to convince her to come back to Earth in time for her party. Curriculum: Gravity is a natural phenomenon by which all physical bodies attract one another. Gravity gives weight to physical objects and causes them to fall towards the ground when dropped.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, May 2, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

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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  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 2, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 3, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Mon, May 6, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

Mindy and Carrot Bake/Commander Cressida Begins (#213H) Duration: 28:46 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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  • KQED 9: Fri, May 3, 2019 -- 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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  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 3, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 4, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

Mars Rock for Mom/Sean Has A Cold (#222) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

It's Mothers Day, and Jet wants to do something special for Celery, who just wants to finish her book. She suggests a day where Jet finds his own missing things. Jet agrees it would be the perfect gift, but first he needs her to fly them to Mars, so he can find his missing robot, Jet 2, that he left there! It's the first windy day of spring at Boxwood Terrace, and the kids are all trying out their new kites - all but Sean, who's stuck in his room with a cold. Sunspot joins Sean and helps him work out engineering problems so he can entertain himself - and even fly a kit from his room!

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  • KQED 9: Mon, May 6, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Tue, May 7, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
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  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 11, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
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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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  • KQED 9: Tue, May 7, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 15, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 16, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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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  • PBS Kids: Tue, May 7, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 8, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Tue, May 14, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Date Night/Face on the Fritz (#120H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Date Night - When Jet realizes that it's the anniversary of Carrot and Celery's first date, he wants to recreate that first picnic they had on one of Bortron 7's moons. The kids all get involved to help create the perfect date night. Curriculum: It's hard to have a picnic anywhere in the Solar System besides Earth - here we're not too near or too far from the Sun, so the temperature is just right, plus we have liquid oceans and a breathable atmosphre. Anywhere else, you'd definitely have a hard time enjoying a picnic outdoors. Face on the Fritz - When the kids are trying to build a new pet house for Sunspot and FACE 9000 gives them mixed-up directions, they learn that it is time for FACE 9000 to get upgraded. In the meantime FACE 9000's "substitute," the "DATA-BOX," is an old Earth computer from the early 1980s. The kids need to learn how to give instructions in the way computers understand, putting them in charge of using technology in an active way. When FACE 9000 comes back, they have learned to appreciate him, as well as to be more independent thinkers. Curriculum: Technology has advanced greatly since the days of the giant computers that guided man to the moon in 1969. However, even though technology is very useful, it is still a tool, not an end in itself, and people still need to know how to monitor and program it.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, May 8, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

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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  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 8, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 9, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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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  • KQED 9: Thu, May 9, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Tue, May 28, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 29, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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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  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 9, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 10, 2019 -- 1:30am 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: Mon, May 13, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 31, 2019 -- 5:30pm 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: Mon, May 13, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Tue, May 14, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 18, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sun, May 19, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Wed, May 22, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

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: Tue, May 14, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 15, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sun, May 19, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Mon, May 20, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion! (#209H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

The kids are attempting to grow prize-winning pumpkins in the back yard. Jet gets carried away and uses his Bortronian Grow-Lamp to grow a huge pumpkin. Now they just have to get his enormous pumpkin downtown to win the contest!

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  • KQED 9: Wed, May 15, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

How Come The Moon Has Craters?/Backyard Moon Base (#105H) Duration: 28:46 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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  • KQED 9: Thu, May 16, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Potatoes On Mars/Bortron Leprechaun (#211) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Jet is fascinated by the Earthie potatoes that the kids have grown in the backyard garden. Now he wants to try to grow potatoes on Mars! They take several plants to Mars and try, but learn that potatoes need the right air, temperature, water, and even the right soil. Jet is fascinated by his first Earthie rainbow. He wants to know all about them! Sydney tells Jet about the mythical Leprechauns that keep a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and even though they explain that it's only a story, Jet insists on following the rainbow to its end and meeting a magical leprechaun.

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  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 16, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 17, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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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  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 17, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 18, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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: Tue, May 21, 2019 -- 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: Tue, May 21, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 22, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 25, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sun, May 26, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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: Wed, May 22, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 23, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sun, May 26, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Mon, May 27, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

How Come The Moon Changes Shape?/Night of a Bazillion Stars (#106H) Duration: 28:46 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

How Come the Moon Changes Shape? - When Jet, Sydney, and Sean have a hard time trying to explain the phases of the Moon to Mindy, Jet's parents, Celery and Carrot, offer to fly them out to space so they can see how the Moon changes shape depending on perspective. Curriculum: The Moon changes shape depending on its position relative to the Earth and Sun. Night of a Bazillion Stars - Jet, Sydney, and Sean decide to have a sleepover in Jet's backyard. They use Sean's telescope to look at the night sky and learn why stars twinkle and planets don't. Curriculum: Star and planet gazing. Stars twinkle because of turbulence in the atmosphere of the Earth. Planets do not twinkle the way stars do.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, May 23, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa! (#219) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

When Astronaut Ellen Ochoa comes to visit the DSA and review an engineering project, she runs into the kids, who are running Sean's lemonade stand to raise money for a rocket to Mars. They end up hanging out with her before her DSA meeting. They solve an engineering problem together, which inspires Ellen to use the same solution with the engineering project at the DSA.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 23, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 24, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

Moon Circus/Every Day Is Earth Day (#221) Duration: 28:55 SRND51 TVY (Secondary audio: DVI)

Carrot is about to turn 250 Bortronian years old, and the kids have set up a backyard circus to help him celebrate. They all notice that Earth's gravity makes it hard to perform their circus stunts, so they take the whole circus to the Moon, where its 1/6th gravity makes all their stunts much easier! It's Earth Day, and the kids are preparing posters for the big community celebration at the DSA. They decide to research their posters by traveling all around the Earth in Jet's family saucer and observing all the things that make Earth so special.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, May 24, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Fri, May 24, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Sat, May 25, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me
  • KQED 9: Sun, May 26, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Moon Face/Lone Star 2 - Rocket Kids! (#224H) Duration: 28:46 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."

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, May 27, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

Souped-Up Saucer/Pet Sounds (#201H) Duration: 28:46 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.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, May 29, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me

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).

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • PBS Kids: Wed, May 29, 2019 -- 5:30pm Remind me
  • PBS Kids: Thu, May 30, 2019 -- 1:30am Remind me

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.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, May 31, 2019 -- 7:00am Remind me
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TV Technical Issues

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    • KQED Transmitter will be off (03/06/2019)

      KQED transmitter will off on March 6th at  3-6 at 3am-6am.  This will disrupt over-the-air reception and DirectTV viewers. Comcast and Monterey reception will not be impacted.

    • KQED FM on Comcast services

      KQED FM and other radio channels were recently dropped from Comcast’s local cable offerings. Affected users can still listen to KQED at 88.5 FM on their radios, or listen to the live stream at kqed.org/listenlive or by downloading the KQED app, or on smart speakers.

    • KQED DT9, Sutro Tower – Mon 8/20 thru Fri 8/24/18

      Engineers at Sutro Tower in San Francisco will be doing their annual maintenance work 9am-4pm Mon 8/20 through Fri 8/24.  All stations transmitting from Sutro Tower will be dropping to half-power each day, and perhaps moving from main antennas at the top of the tower to auxiliary antennas at the “waist” (middle) of the tower … Continue reading KQED DT9, Sutro Tower – Mon 8/20 thru Fri 8/24/18

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KQED Plus, formerly KTEH.
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