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"A kid's place is exploring space!"

Ready Jet Go! is an Edutainment Show that currently airs on PBS Kids in the United States, and was created by Craig Bartlett (whose works include Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train). It made its television debut on February 15, 2016, and is aimed at kids ages 3-8. The series is produced by Wind Dancer Films and Snee Oosh, Inc, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A Cheerful Child, ace, and all around good guy named Jet Propulsion and his quirky family hail from the fictional planet Bortron 7, which orbits around a Red dwarf called Bortron. They live at Boxwood Terrace in Washington, where they study human customs and Earth environments for a travel guide. They came upon Earth when they were looking for new life-friendly planets to visit and write more stories about, when they picked up a radio signal, which had a rather catchy tune. And so, the Propulsions figured that the Earthies would still be there, and have a good sense of rhythm, so they decided to move to Earth to learn more about it.

Jet's human friends on Earth are just as passionate about space as he is, and with the Propulsions' minivan that can turn into a saucer, they get to experience space first-hand. His friends are Sydney, a science-fiction buff with a particular love for Commander Cressida; Sean, a neurotic nerd who wants to lead the first human mission to Mars, yet is always apprehensive of going to space; and Mindy, a 4-year-old girl whose constant stream of questions prompts the older kids to search for an answer in space. She usually stays on Earth, but in the second season, she turns 5 and finally gets to go to space. Jet's friends also help to keep the Propulsions' alien identity a secret. Jet's inability to keep his identity under wraps is a frequent source of comedy and drama.

At the end of each episode, scientist Amy Mainzer hosts educational interstitial segments: these segments are not included in international airings. The educational mission of the series is to build on children’s curiosity about astronomy and earth science, telling stories that feature characters learning about space in a way that is accessible to children.

The series was a big hit for PBS, and has inspired a few mobile apps such as Space Explorer. In August 2016, Ready Jet Go! was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 2, 2018.

The show's last episode, the special One Small Step, aired on June 17, 2019. On October 19, 2019, it was confirmed that show had been cancelled. In 2021, PBS, Bartlett and co. began dropping hints that the show would return in some shape or form — a new online store with shirts in adult sizes was released, and a marathon of the show's two hour-long specials was aired July 2-4. They were even Rereleased for Free on YouTube for a brief period of time. In August, it was confirmed that new content is being made for the series. On October 7, 2022, Bartlett confirmed (event occurs at 40:44) that the new content is an 80-minute movie for Universal. The movie, Ready Jet Go! Space Camp is was released on July 20, 2023.

Ready, Jet, TROPES!:

Tiny blue dot, what a gorgeous little spot. Our planet, our spaceship, our home.


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