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Go behind-the-scenes to see a space shuttle assembled, watch astronauts train for a mission and follow a mission through from launch to landing! Learn about outer space and astronaut experiments performed on orbit. Visit a space camp for kids and experience being an astronaut! This program features pilot Susan Still, Payload Commander Janet Voss, and Mission Specialist Don Thomas - their jobs and childhood dreams!Awards: 1998 Worldfest Houston
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This video from the wise Big Adventure series gives kids a great overview of the space program using simple graphics, a soundtrack featuring kids' questions, and plenty of footage not seen on TV. The film follows one space crew through selection, training, and flight, providing some amazing facts about the mass of the space shuttle. Often the video goes on too long about specifics--reentry tiles, or the specific scientific experiments on board--but overall this kind of documentary has rarely been handled better. For ages 5 and up, but 3-year-old fans of space exploration will be happy to view the pictures. Parenting Magazine named it one of 1998's best videos for kids. The Big Adventure series scans a number of fascinating subjects (airplanes, aquariums, and even renovations) and is a series to seek out. --Doug ThomasReview:
In a superbly organized fashion, this video teaches everyone about the mysteries behind the space program - specifically, the topic of space shuttles. Viewers are treated to the multitude of tasks that are preparatory to the launch. Nothing is excluded, as we visit the astronauts in flight and witness the science experiments on board. The physics involved is reduced to understandable terms, with photos, charts, and animation. We meet the personalities involved, from the astronauts and Mission Control to the skilled technicians who check and recheck every piece of tile on the rocket's exterior. While many of the segments are visually stimulating for younger children, they will most likely get bored during the explanatory scenes. Older children will be fascinated by the facts and the amount of work that it takes to reach that thrilling countdown. There is also a segment on children at Space Camp, additional inspiration for interested youth. Family viewing is encouraged as adults will find no better introduction to this part of our space program. A 1998 Parents' Choice® Gold Award.
Reviewed by Yvonne Coleman, Parents' Choice® 1998 -- From Parents' Choice®
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