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–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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

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Space Racers Press:
Gina
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gina@benaustin.com
or
Sprout
Press:
Jennifer Corcoran, 212-664-2190
jennifer.corcoran@nbcuni.com