Space Racers® Begins Countdown to New Season Premiere on Sprout

Kids Events on November 5th at Science Museums Nationwide and National Photo Contest Will Kick-off in Partnership with The U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Live-streaming Countdown on Facebook Led by Retired NASA Astronaut Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson from Mission Control at Space Camp

(*Art and screeners available upon request)

NEW YORK--()--Space Race, LLC announced today that Space Racers® – preschoolers’ favorite rocket cadets – will premiere season two on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, on November 5th at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT. The show will air Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT, with new episodes premiering each Saturday.

To celebrate the premiere of season two on Sprout, Space Racers is launching a nationwide contest today to engage future astronauts. Parents are invited to submit a photo of their young ones to www.SpaceRacers.org/contest, where they can enter to win an all-expenses paid, grand prize trip to Space Camp® for their family. Each daily winner will receive a family membership pass to a local science museum. The contest runs from October 6th – November 4th.

“We’re excited to introduce Sprout viewers to Space Racers,” says Amy Friedman, SVP Programming & Development at Sprout. “The show taps into preschoolers’ endless curiosity about space. We think it will capture the imaginations of our audience and make a great addition to the Sprout family.”

“We are proud to be working closely with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp on this stellar launch campaign as we countdown to the premiere of Space Racers season two on Sprout,” says Space Racers' Executive Producer Michael Matays.

Kids and parents are also invited to join the big launch celebrations on Saturday, November 5th at select science museums nationwide. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL will be serving as official “Mission Control” for the festivities.

Mission Support Centers include:

  • Space Center Houston, TX, the official visitors’ hub of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center for human spaceflight activities;
  • The Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, VA;
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitors Center in Wallops Island, Virginia;
  • The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA;
  • The Challenger Learning Center in Normal, IL;
  • USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ;

Participants at Mission Control and Mission Support Centers will be treated to special launch day activities and private Space Racers screenings, and get to be part of the official countdown to the series premiere blast-off on Sprout – to be streamed live on the Space Racers Facebook page www.facebook.com/spaceracers starting at 11:45 AM ET. The live stream will be led by retired NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson.

Applauded by parents and critics for its STEM-focused curricular themes, season two of Space Racers features some of NASA’s most famous scientific explorations, including Mercury’s MESSENGER probe, the Voyager One spacecraft, and Mars rovers Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit.

Space Racers is collaborating in a partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp, to which NASA serves as technical and educational consultant pursuant to a cooperative agreement. The groundbreaking animated series introduces girls and boys to exciting, humorous tales of action & adventure in space, on Earth, and on other planets in our solar system, and inspires a new generation of future astronauts and scientists. Season two presents 40 new space adventures, bringing the total library to 90 across both seasons. Space Racers’ first season is currently airing internationally in over 130 countries and 25 languages.

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are registered trademarks of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space Racers is a registered trademark of Space Race, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

About Space Racers®

Space Racers follows Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling, Raven and their fellow cadets as they explore the solar system and the universe. Headmaster Crane, Professor Coot and other faculty members of the Stardust Bay Space Academy guide the cadets on missions that cover heliophysics, earth science, planetary science and astrophysics among many science disciplines explained at a preschool level. The stunning CGI animation plus authentic sounds and images from outer space provided by NASA bring the richness of space and diversity of planetary landscapes, as well as the characters, vividly to life for young minds. Season Two, debuting on NBC Universal's Sprout November 2016, focuses on some important emotional issues including bullying and growing up with physical challenges, by introducing new Stardust Space Academy cadets like brash transfer student Kite, and young Merlin, a rocket born with one short wing. Space Racers Season One is currently available on Netflix and the characters are available via the Space Racers App for iTunes or Google Play (Android).

About Space Race, LLC

Space Race, LLC, based in New York, is the global production company behind Space Racers and specializes in children’s programming and educational entertainment. Space Racers currently airs in over 130 countries across the globe and is available in more than 25 languages. Honors include numerous awards including the American Public Television Programming Excellence Award, Parents Choice Awards and a Cynopsis !magination Award. To learn more about Space Racers, visit http://spaceracers.org.

About Sprout

Sprout is the 24-hour preschool TV network where kids are Free To Grow™. Through engaging, original content and entertaining characters, Sprout encourages kids to develop into good people with curious minds, compassionate hearts, and courageous spirits. Sprout’s original programming includes series such as “Terrific Trucks,” “Nina’s World,” “Floogals,” “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave” and the only LIVE morning show for preschoolers, “Sunny Side Up,” which broadcasts live from NBCU Studios in Rockefeller Plaza. Sprout, which launched in 2005, is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Now in over 59 million US homes, Sprout is available for kids and their families across all platforms including on-air, online at SproutOnline.com, On Demand, and via mobile with the Sprout Now and Sprout Playground apps.

About the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the U.S. Space & Rocket Center please visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Contacts

Social Media
Space Racers Facebook
@SpaceRacersTV
Sprout Facebook
@SproutChannel
or
Space Racers Press:
Gina Salese, 917-434-0735
gina@benaustin.com
or
Sprout Press:
Jennifer Corcoran, 212-664-2190
jennifer.corcoran@nbcuni.com

Contacts

Social Media
Space Racers Facebook
@SpaceRacersTV
Sprout Facebook
@SproutChannel
or
Space Racers Press:
Gina Salese, 917-434-0735
gina@benaustin.com
or
Sprout Press:
Jennifer Corcoran, 212-664-2190
jennifer.corcoran@nbcuni.com