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Humans build robots to perform the tasks humans can't do, but people are still in control because they give instructions to the robots. When the kids experience an earthquake in Boxwood Terrace, Celery takes them up into space to study the Earth's plates and fault lines from above. What's Up with Saturn's Rings? Curriculum: Saturn has more than 12 rings that are made of mostly ice.

The ice pieces range from microscopic to very large chunks. The rings appear to be revolving with Saturn at the same speed but it's thought that the individual rings revolve at different speeds. Curriculum: The North Star is often used for navigation due to its constant position in our sky. It isn't the brightest star, but unlike the other stars, it seems to remain at a fixed location in the sky. The course is all the way around the Asteroid Belt.

She decides to design and build a robot companion for him, and names it "Sydney 2. Mission to Mars - When Jet and Sydney interrupt Sean doing some training in his backyard to eventually lead a mission to Mars, Jet suggests they just have his mom fly them out to Mars. Is Sean's concern about Martian dust devils legitimate?

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Curriculum: The next big frontier for human space flight is Mars. We have long range plans to get humans to Mars, but still have not solved some of the challenges, like what human inhabitants will do about the lack of oxygen and water, and the extreme temperatures. Sounds Abound - Sean is trying to work on a science project for Space Troops, but is interrupted by his friends' constant noise. His search for a quiet place to conduct his experiment leads him to the realization that sound is exactly what his experiments needed all along. Curriculum: Sound travels in waves like light or heat, but unlike them, sound travels through vibration.

So, in order for sound to travel, there must be something for sound to travel through. Sound can travel through air, water, and solid objects, but not through space. Jet is fascinated by the effects of wind on his saucer. He and the kids study how wind works, ending with Sean going on a wild saucer ride. When the DSA builds a new mini-golf course, the kids team up against the grownups, and Jet gets to apply his new knowledge of force. A Visit from Uncle Zucchini - Celery's brother, Zucchini, and his pet, Moonbeam, decide to visit the Propulsions, but get lost along the way.

The kids have to figure out where on Earth he is. As it turns out, Uncle Zucchini never made it to Earth, but has landed on a place that sort of resembles Earth - Titan, Saturn's largest moon! Titan has Earth-like features such as oceans, mountains, and an atmosphere. Curriculum: Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and the second largest in the solar system.

Titan has lots of conditions that make it similar to Earth, including an atmosphere with clouds and a golden haze, and liquid oceans. When the other kids hear about it, they mistakenly assume the storm is somewhere local. Mayhem ensues as the misinformation spreads and everyone rushes around to prepare, while Mindy meanwhile "broadcasts" her own weather report from Jet's house.

Curriculum: Earth is not the only planet with storms! Although we have big hurricanes here that typically last up to a week, Saturn is home to a hexagonal group of hurricanes locked into place around Saturn's north pole, that may have been going on for hundreds of years. Jet takes the kids on a saucer tour all around the Earth to discover all the ways that water can be found.

They visit Antarctica to look at the ice, and then compare that extreme to the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. The other kids help, and they come up with a story about lassoing a comet to bring water to Venus, and then Mars. The Grandest Canyon - When the Propulsions are forced to watch a slide show of the Petersen's vacation to the Grand Canyon, they're inspired to take their own trip to Mars to explore Valles Marineris-the largest canyon in the Solar System!

Curriculum: Mars has deeper canyons than our own Grand Canyon on Earth. The deepest canyon in our solar system exists on Mars, called Valles Marineris. But things take a fun turn when Jet decides to upgrade the show with some Bortronian technology and sings a song explaining how to find Earth in the Milky Way galaxy! Curriculum: Our sun is actually a bright star out on a spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, which is made of billions of other stars, and our galaxy is just one of billions of galaxies. Jet is fascinated by the Earthie potatoes that the kids have grown in the backyard garden.

Now he wants to try to grow potatoes on Mars! They take several plants to Mars and try, but learn that potatoes need the right air, temperature, water, and even the right soil. Jet is fascinated by his first Earthie rainbow. He wants to know all about them! Sydney tells Jet about the mythical Leprechauns that keep a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and even though they explain that it's only a story, Jet insists on following the rainbow to its end and meeting a magical leprechaun.

Solar System Bake-off! But they hit a bump when they can't remember if Saturn is cold on the inside and hot on the outside Jet, Sydney, and Sean fly with Celery out to Saturn to find out before the competition begins, so Mindy and Carrot can finish their entry in time! Curriculum: The planets in our solar system can be divided into two categories -- terrestrial inner planets and gas outer planets. Saturn is a gas planet that seems to have a hot solid inner core of iron and rocky material surrounded by an outer core probably composed of ammonia, methane, and water.

Kid-Kart Derby - Jet builds an electric engine from scratch for the annual soapbox derby competition, but Mitchell, determined to win the derby, is suspicious that Jet is using some alien technology. Curriculum: An ion drive engine is a very fuel-efficient engine for space vehicles. Ion beams are capable of propelling spacecraft at up to 10 times faster than ships propelled by chemical rockets. Date Night - When Jet realizes that it's the anniversary of Carrot and Celery's first date, he wants to recreate that first picnic they had on one of Bortron 7's moons.

The kids all get involved to help create the perfect date night. Curriculum: It's hard to have a picnic anywhere in the Solar System besides Earth - here we're not too near or too far from the Sun, so the temperature is just right, plus we have liquid oceans and a breathable atmosphre. Anywhere else, you'd definitely have a hard time enjoying a picnic outdoors. The kids need to learn how to give instructions in the way computers understand, putting them in charge of using technology in an active way.

When FACE comes back, they have learned to appreciate him, as well as to be more independent thinkers. Curriculum: Technology has advanced greatly since the days of the giant computers that guided man to the moon in However, even though technology is very useful, it is still a tool, not an end in itself, and people still need to know how to monitor and program it.

Three people can't watch their favorite shows and consequently get very upset. Jet decides to fly up to space and see what the problem is with the satellite, and hilarity ensues. Curriculum: A satellite is an artificial object that has been intentionally placed into orbit. Satellites are used for a large number of purposes. Communications satellites receive signals from Earth and bounce them back to other locations, for everything from GPS to cell phone service to TV shows. Satellites are usually semi-independent computer-controlled systems.

Mindy notices that Jet's house is not in the image.

That's because these images are from sometime over the past 2 years, and not live images from space. With Dr. Rafferty's help, the kids identify the next time a satellite will pass over their neighborhood, and try to gather for a "space selfie" next to Jet's house.

Curriculum: Satellites are objects that humans have placed into orbit around the Earth. Many have cameras in them. Some of these satellite cameras look "up" at the outer areas of space, and some look "down" at the Earth - they can even see our houses and cars!

As the kids get ready for Valentines Day by making their own valentines out of paper, Mindy continues to feel sad that little, frozen Pluto is so far out at the edge of the solar system. When Sydney shows Mindy a newly-downloaded, full-color image of Pluto as seen by the New Horizons spacecraft, Mindy is intrigued by Pluto's "heart" of ice. Mindy once again feels that Pluto deserves our love, since it's no longer considered a planet, but is orbiting out there at the edge of our solar system, like a big frozen Valentine.

She asks Sydney to bring her own little hand-made Valentine to Pluto on her behalf. Sydney leads an expedition of the kids to Pluto to bring Mindy's Valentine, experience the frozen dwarf planet themselves, and bring back their report to Mindy. The other kids all have parts, but Sunspot has the lead - as the star! The kids' movie coincides with the celebration of a star being born near a. The kids and Sunspot attempt to build the tallest tower ever on the Moon, hoping to beat Jet's cousin's record.

While building, the Moon's surface shakes. The Earth kids are amazed to learn that the Moon has quakes, and Jet is just as amazed to learn that Earthquakes exist. After learning about the causes of moonquakes, the kids attempt to build a Moonquake-proof structure. The Earth kids are nervous that he will get in front of a crowd of strangers and forget to keep the secret that he's an alien from Bortron 7. After a hilarious outburst from Jet, the kids are motivated to try to "train" him to behave less like an alien from outer space, and more like a "regular Earthie kid.

Sean's nervousness about flying out to visit the remote Neptune is soothed by Jet's suggestion - an improvised, fun "Neptune tune. The kids get information from Dr. Rafferty and then travel to outer space to confirm the amazing fact that there is no sound in outer space Mindy's day ends on a nearby hilltop where they all watch a real, amazing, actual space event - the Leonid Meteor Showers shooting across the sky! After an afternoon on the Moon, Celery, Jet, and Sunspot discover, as they fly to Earth, that they have mistakenly left Carrot on the Moon! Then the saucer malfunctions and they receive news of a possible solar storm headed their way.

In a nail-biter, Jet and Sunspot do a mid-outer space repair job - as per Celery's instructions -with Carrot comically adapting to the Moon environment. In the end, the saucer is fixed, Carrot is rescued, and the solar storm heads in the opposite direction of the Moon. They gather in the kitchen as the noisy storm rages on, and Jet is too excited to get back to sleep. Carrot, Celery, and Sunspot are sympathetic - they're in the same boat! During the night they all learn about Earth storms as compared to storms on other planets. And then they all try to get Jet to fall back asleep, a seemingly impossible task.

They use more and more absurd methods, until Celery has a conventional Earthie solution: sing a lullaby. Asteroids, Meteors, and Meteorites - Sean is determined to beat his mystery competitor at a video game of "Astro-Tracker. Celery flies them out to space, and the kids learn the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, and a meteorite.

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Red dwarf stars are very long-lived and are probably the most abundant stars in the universe. The closest star to Earth besides its own Sun is the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri magnitude 11, 4.

Mercury: The closest planet to your actual sun. Named after the messenger to the Roman gods. Venus: Second planet from the sun. Named after the Roman goddess of love. Mars: Fourth planet from the sun. Named after the Roman god of war. Jupiter: Fifth from the sun and largest planet. Named after Jupiter, chief of the Roman gods.

Satellites: Ganymede named after the cupbearer of Zeus, Greek equivalent of Jupiter , Io named after a lover of Zeus , Europa named after another lover of Zeus , Callisto surprise surprise, yet another of Zeus's conquests. Saturn: Ringed planet, sixth from the sun. Named after a Roman god of agriculture. Satellites: Titan named for a race of primeval Greek gods , Mimas, Tethys named after a Titan sea-goddess , Dione named after a Greek earth-goddess , Rhea named after a Titan mother- goddess , Hyperion named after a Titan sun-god , Phoebe named after a Titan moon-goddess.

Uranus: Seventh planet from the sun. Named after a Greek sky god, father of the Titans. Satellite: Miranda. Neptune: Eighth or ninth planet from the sun. Named after the Roman god of water. Satellite: Triton named after the merman son of Poseidon, the Greek equivalent of Neptune. Pluto: Eighth or ninth planet from the sun. Named after the Roman god of the underworld. Though its pool table allowed Lister to become the stuff of legend, this pub did not always have this apparatus on which to be a Cinzano Bianco.

Wrote many songs for film and TV and often appeared on celluloid as himself to perform the songs. It was devised in by Polish philologist Ludwig Zamenhof George Bailey Stewart is a selfless man who has lived a good life in Bedford Falls, where he frequently gave up his own opportunities for the good of others. One Christmas Eve when things have gone so wrong that George believes everyone would be better off if he were dead, he first attempts suicide, but after being saved by the angel Clarence then laments instead that he had ever been born at all.

Clarence then takes George on a visit to the town and people of a Bedford Falls where George Bailey had never existed Several characters, buildings, etc. Old Man Gower played by H. Warner; and his drugstore. Bert the cop played by Ward Bond; Ernie the cab-driver played by Frank Faylen; Martini played by Bill Edmunds; and his bar. Potter played by Lionel Barrymore; Ma Bailey played by Beulah Bondi; and her boarding house. Billy Bailey played by Thomas Mitchell; Even though Billy Bailey does not play the tuba in the film, both Billys are a couple of lettuces short of an allotment and are bound to be the same person.

There is an Emporium in the film's Bedford Falls, though I doubt it sells shami kebabs! The real Admirable Crichton was a Scottish adventurer, James Crichton , famous for his accomplishments and attainments. Big success in Europe. Albums such as "Polka Party" and "Violins In Love" indicate both why Rimmer likes him so much and why he is truly evil!

President during the time of the American Civil War, he was concerned with preserving the Union and freeing the slaves. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play. During the French Revolutionary Wars he lost the sight of his right eye , and lost his right arm in He was martyred on the Vatican Hill, Rome, in approximately 64 -- said to have been crucified upside-down in parody of the crucifixion of Christ. His famous gold death mask is presently in a Cairo museum. Given to bouts of insanity, after one of which he cut off his own ear. He shot himself at the age of 37 during another spell of madness.

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I freely admit that "Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle For Beginners" would come in extremely handy for me too, as the most I get out of reading the principle is that Heisenberg must have been one very clever chap indeed to have thought of it. Twain, Mark: American writer. McIntyre: "Rumours of my death have been greatly understated. Twain: "The report of my death is exaggerated. Scala: A cinema. Greenaway, Peter: British writer and director, known for his films which appear to be engendered to stir up controversy, or failing that, to stir up at least the contents of the viewers' stomachs.

Copacabana: Song about love, murder and regrets at the hottest spot north of Havana where music and passion were always the fashion. Recorded by Barry Manilow. Starring Werner Baxter and Ginger Rogers. From the novel by Bradford Ropes. Stewart, James: Most excellent American actor.

Star of many films, one for which he received an Oscar "The Philadelphia Story", and four others which garnered him Oscar nominations "Mr. Monroe, Marilyn: American actress and sex symbol.

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Crunchie bars: Scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate-covered honeycomb bars, made by Cadbury. Doctor Who: British science-fiction TV series debuted about the adventures of a time-traveller called the Doctor -- played by seven actors; including originally by William Hartnell from , with the longest run by Tom Baker from Frankenstein: Book by Mary Shelley, published A scientist Frankenstein creates a monster by reanimating corpse tissue, and then suffers the consequences.

Apparently, truly stupid people and Cats erroneously believe that it was the monster, not its creator, who was called Frankenstein. Bennett was known for his extravagant and capricious behaviour, and his name has become synonymous with a feeling of exasperation such as he frequently caused in people.

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Newton, Isaac: British physicist and mathematician. Laid the foundations of modern physics, including developing calculus, discovering the law of gravity and developing the laws of motion. Apparently had a penchant for sitting under apple trees. Luxembourg, capital of: That's really a poor IQ for a glass of water. The capital of Luxembourg is Lolita: Best-known novel of the Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov, it tells the story of a middle-aged man's obsession with a 12 year old girl. Goering, Hermann: The 'bit dodgy, drug-crazed Nazi transvestite' associate of Hitler.

Established the Gestapo and concentration camps. Committed suicide before he could be executed for war crimes. Flaubert, Gustave: French novelist. Well-known work -- "Madame Bovary" Napoleon Bonaparte : Born at Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. General, dictator and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I; Kama-Sutra: Textbook on erotics and other forms of human pleasure.

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Keegan, Kevin: British former footballer; now manager of the team Newcastle United. Copernicus, Nicolaus: Polish astronomer who went against Christian doctrine by maintaining that the Sun, not the Earth, was the centre of the solar system. Catherine wheel: Type of spinning firework, also called a pinwheel. Named for the 4th century Christian martyr Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who protested against the worship of idols and was tortured on a wheel before being beheaded at the behest of the Emperor Maxentius.

Her feast day is Gazpacho Soup Day. Dixieland: A jazz style originating in New Orleans after ; emphasis on trumpet, trombone and clarinet. Yankee Stadium: American baseball stadium in New York. Size -- ooh, big. At least metres over feet from here to there, apparently.

Well I've been told exact dimensions, but I don't understand these baseball field thingies, and I doubt that anyone cares too much anyway, so I'll just leave it at that. Lewis': Department store. Mauna Kea: Dormant volcano and highest peak metres; feet on Hawaii in the Hawaiian Islands. Also the site of an astronomical observatory, but I guess that's not needed in this particular case. Barbican Centre: Large arts and conferences centre in London Components include a theatre, cinemas, library, art gallery, restaurants, offices and apartments. Pandora: Greek mythology 'Eve' equivalent, whose curiosity compelled her to open a box given by the Titan Prometheus as a wedding present.

Pandora released the contents of the box -- troubles and diseases -- into the world, along with the one solace Hope that was also in the box. Shake 'N' Vac: A carpet-deodorising powder which is shaken onto a carpet and which releases an odour-killing fragrance when the carpet is vacuumed. This show starred Barry Curtis as 12 year old Ricky North, who was always getting into serious scrapes and being rescued by his Wonder Horse, Champion, and his faithful German shepherd dog called Rebel.

Serling, Rod: American TV show producer. Most famous for creating and hosting the TV series "Twilight Zone". Briefly revived in the s the TV show, not Rod Serling -- ick as a series, and movie Kensington: Part of London. Governor of Bengal. Student Prince, The: American operetta film starring Edmund Purdom and the voice of Mario Lanza; about a prince who goes to Heidelberg to study, but falls in love with a barmaid. Juno: Roman goddess of women and childbirth and wife of Jupiter, chief of the gods. The Colony of Lies. Past Doctor Adventures.

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