Astronaut Pam

Astronaut Pam

Countdown to Commander

DVD - 2009
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"The sky is not the limit! Ride along with Commander Pam Melroy and her crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on an exciting journey to the International Space Station. Float in Zero Gravity, and strap in for Mach 25 on a space trip of a lifetime" --Container.
Publisher: West Hollywood, Calif. : Traipsing Thru Films, c2009.
Edition: Full screen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (39 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 15, 2016

Any aspiring astronaut will love this. My kids are 4 and 6 and were able to understand enough of what was going on to be enthralled, and the adults in the house were interested as well. It was all focused on the job and the experience of being an astronaut. There wasn’t any biographical aspect. It is the story of the launch of space shuttle Discovery (plus a bit of prep) through its return 15 days later, as narrated by astronaut Pam Melroy, commander of this mission. There is TONS of footage of astronauts in space doing a variety of work, and clips from interviews with astronauts. They explicitly advocate studying math and science (especially for girls). They show how they handle a problem with unfolding the International Space Station solar panels, and mention that the ensuing spacewalk is dangerous, but there is no obvious peril. They emphasize the importance of their relationship with mission control. There is more content on the DVD that I haven’t watched yet. Yes, the animation is a bit cheesy, but if you like astronauts and space exploration, you will like this.

Chapter titles:
Human Element
Flying Shuttle
Zero Gravity
Mission Plan
ISS (International Space Station)

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