It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s Space Racers, an upcoming TV series aimed at preschoolers that hopes to do for science what previous programs have done for language, counting, and problem-solving. The show’s secret weapon? Nothing less than NASA, which is attached as a technical consultant.
The series follows a group of five talented young spaceships — speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling, and competitive Raven — who are students at the Stardust Space Academy. As the ships travel throughout the solar system, they’ll teach their viewers about “exploration, investigation, observation, and how to work together as a team,” according to a release.
Creator and executive producer Richard Schweiger says that the idea for the series first came to him at Washington, D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum five years ago. While watching his two boys play around with rocket ships purchased at the museum’s gift shop, he was struck by an idea: “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, how amazing would it be to do a show where the characters are the spaceships, and the spaceships can go on missions through the solar system?” he explains to EW.
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