Thursday, May 29, 2008

"To Infinity - and Beyond!" Buzz Lightyear Goes Into Space

"Buzz Lightyear Becomes Real Space Ranger" (May 29, 2008)

"If you listen closely on Saturday, when NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station, you may just hear the voice of the STS-124 crew's special guest eighth astronaut.

"He'll be the one exclaiming, 'To infinity... and beyond!'

"Standing 12-inches tall, Buzz Lightyear, the action figure who thought he was a real space ranger in the 1995 film 'Toy Story', will achieve his dream of flying in space as part of a new educational partnership between NASA and the Walt Disney Company."

I'm a bit of a Buzz Lightyear fan, so this is good news for me. It's also part of a NASA "Toys in Space" educational program. Buzz Lightyear is scheduled to be in orbit for six months.

The Lightyear mission is part of a cooperative effort with Disney Studios. " 'The Space Ranger Education Series will give teachers an opportunity to incorporate a fun and engaging moment into the classroom with a character that children really love,' said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney's Parks and Resorts."

On another website, there's a video preview about the Space Ranger Education Series games.

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