It's 'Back to Bortron' with the Propulsion Family

When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Get ready with these activities and tune in on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00am and 2:00pm on WSKG TV!:

Ready Jet Go! Activities from Pinterest Board from PBS KIDS
Build your own rocket ship to go to Bortron 7 with Jet’s Rocket Ship Creator

Watch video where Jet Propulsion explains about his planet Bortron 7:

'Ready Jet Go!' Promises Adventure with Full Week of New Episodes

A week of all-new intergalactic adventures with Jet and the gang includes a mission to Saturn’s largest moon, a Solar-System inspired bake-off, a video game-like adventure to the Asteroid Belt and a saucer search flight for the Northern Lights. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, April 11, 2016 through Friday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm. https://youtu.be/wzKI0c_54bQ

 

A NASA First | #tbt

On the night of February 3, 1995, the dark skies around Kennedy Space Center in Florida light up as the space shuttle Discovery lifted off on its 20th mission to outer space. The launch represented an historic moment for NASA and the space program; it was the first Space Shuttle mission piloted by a female astronaut – Eileen Collins. Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows Collins at the pilot’s station during that historic flight. https://youtu.be/4-_rwxr3ygE

Lt. Col. Collins was born in Elmira, New York where she attended Elmira Free Academy. Collins had a very successful career with the Air Force and NASA, logging over 872 hours in space. In 1999, she made another historic flight as the first female commander of a U.S. spacecraft, and retired from NASA in 2006.

Pluto’s Haze, a Michigan Mammoth, and Antioxidants and Skin Cancer

Pluto’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). Image by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
On today’s Science Friday, It’s blue skies ahead for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Washington Post reporter Rachel Feltman explains what scientists are learning from new pictures of Pluto, including the first color images of the dwarf planet’s azure atmospheric hazes. She also discusses how blue whales subsist on shrimp and the shocking discovery of a woolly mammoth skeleton in Michigan as part of our weekly roundup of selected short subjects in science. Plus, a new study in Science Translational Medicine finds that—contrary to popular belief—antioxidants might not be beneficial when it comes to the treatment of skin cancer.

Chasing Pluto

After nine years and 3 billion miles, PBS NOVA will finally get a close look at Pluto, but only if the New Horizons spacecraft can survive the final, treacherous leg of its journey through a dangerous field of debris. If it does, New Horizons is poised to make dramatic new discoveries, not just about Pluto, but about the vast realm of icy bodies lurking beyond Neptune, relics of the earliest days of the solar system’s formation. Back on Earth, the planetary scientists who have spent decades working on this mission anxiously await a signal from their spacecraft. If all goes well, we’ll see Pluto’s mysterious surface in unprecedented detail and learn new secrets about other alien worlds at the far limits of our solar system. Tune into the latest posts from NASA’s New Horizons control room. 

 

Learn more about NOVA’s Chasing Pluto.

Passion for Pixels

SciGirls has a passion for pixels. When you look at a photo of a planet in space, did you know that you’re really looking at a set of numbers? Remote-sensing satellites take pictures and gather data that is transmitted to the ground as digital signals, or sets of numbers. Then computer software converts the numbers into color images. Have your students play with data transmission using this SciGirls activity as you guide them through encoding messages into digital signals they send each other.

Space Toys

In the late 1960s, toy makers where quick to capitalize on America’s fascination with space. Some of the most popular toys in the industry centered on man’s trek through the stars.  
One of the most popular in a long line of space explorers was Mattel’s Major Matt Mason who looked to conquer the galaxy in his moon walker and space sled. In 1968 Marx introduced the popular Johnny Apollo line into the mix and Hasbro quickly signed up G.I. Joe for a trip into space with his Mercury styled Capsule. Dozens of different play-sets where to follow and America’s children played along with the real heroes of space.