Launch Box was an educational television series that was produced jointly by Nickelodeon, NASA and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. It was meant to teach kids about space travel technology. As part of the Cable in the Classroom service, the show was intended to be taped by teachers and shown in the classroom. Each episode also included a teachers portion before and after where ideas for lessons and other aides were discussed. The show was taped before a live studio audience at Nickelodeon Studios and made use of many sets for shows such as What Would You Do? and Double Dare.

The show aired from May 9, 1991 to March 11, 1994, and continued in reruns often in early morning time slots right after Nick at Nite had finished (usually as part of Cable in the Classroom) until September 1, 2000.


# Title Sypnosis Premiere Date
1 "The Spectacular Spacesuit" Astronaut Brad Prouty appears in a spacesuit and explains the way it works. Kids offer facts about the suit during a "Space Break." We review spacesuit fashions through the ages, look at spin-offs (firemen's suits) and answer kids' questions. May 9, 1991
2 "Living on the Space Shuttle" We explore everyday life aboard the Space Shuttle, including the food astronauts eat and the way they go to the bathroom. We also examine the effects of weightlessness. May 10, 1991
3 "Space Training" We visit Space Camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and review the training needed to become an astronaut. Special guest-star former Senator Jake Garn talks about his mission aboard the Space Shuttle and answers questions about space travel. November 1, 1991
4 "The Living Earth" We look at the Earth from the outside and explain how satellites are used to study the planet. UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser demonstrates how to build a self-sustaining environment in a bio-bottle. We teach kids facts about the Earth by playing a game show. May 29, 1992
5 "Space Station" The United States is getting closer to creating a permanently manned space station in orbit. Dick Lyon of NASA is the special guest. UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser hosts the teacher's portion of the program. May 22,1992
6 "Fantastic Forces" Bob Sieck, the Launch Director of the Space Shuttle Program, is interviewed at the Kennedy Space Center. Ren & Stimpy are used to demonstrate Newton's Laws of Physics. Robin Marrella from Double Dare hosts the student's portion and UCF adjunct professor Karen Musser hosts the teacher's portion of the program. June 18, 1992
7 "The Inner Planets" Prepare yourselves for an epic voyage to explore the depths of travel with the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. StarGrazer who have been sent on a mission to explore Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Moon. March 11, 1994
8 "The Outer Planets" This episode of Launch Box takes kids on an incredible journey to the five farthest planets from the sun: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets and their moons were visited by NASA's [./ Voyager 1] and [./ Voyager 2] and what they found were sights never seen before -- giant hurricanes bigger than Earth, a moon with active volcanoes and a whole planet tipped on its side -- and they're all right here in our solar system. Astronaut Mike McCulley, the pilot on Space Shuttle Mission STS-34, hosts the informative teacher's portion. November 26, 1993
9 "Flight" Have you or your students ever wondered how a plane that weighs several tons can fly as easily as a bird? Or how a plane can fly through a lightning storm, wind shear or a snow-storm and come out of it virtually untouched? In addition, what is on tap for the future of flight? Well, you're about to find out in this episode of Launch Box -- Flight! February 4, 1994