The PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a one-hour special, space camps and more.
The Ready Jet Go! Space Camp program will feature series-inspired STEM activities that have been designed to make learning about space fun for school-age kids. The week-long camps will be hosted by PBS stations in nearly 20 states across the country. At the National Mall in D.C. this July, fans can celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversary with several Ready Jet Go! Moon landing-themed events such as onstage games and experiments in partnership with the National Air and Space Museum from July 17 to July 20.
Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step, a new hour-long special, follows Jet and the gang as they plan a fun night in Jet’s backyard to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, with Jet showing off his super saucer that can take them all to the Moon. The friends ultimately decide to have their sleepover up on the Moon—but Jet and Sunspot soon disappear. One Small Step will air throughout June and July on PBS Kids and is also now available for streaming on pbskids.org and the free PBS Kids Video App.
The Jet Propulsion Lab’s Dr. Amy Mainzer, a NASA astronomer and Ready Jet Go!‘s science curriculum consultant, stars in the series’ live-action segments and is featured in the special. Mainzer will also help to host the activities at the National Air and Space Museum.
Dete Meserve, executive producer and principal of Wind Dancer Films, said: “We’re truly ‘over the moon’ about bringing all these incredible Ready Jet Go! events to fans across the U.S. this summer. Whether it’s tuning in to the can’t-miss new PBS Kids special, discovering the wonders of astronomy in a space camp or joining in the fun on the National Mall, we’re giving young explorers an array of opportunities to celebrate the momentous anniversary and further develop their love of space and STEM learning.”