It's 1958. The space age has begun! And firing up the imagination of millions of would-be astronauts, The Space Explorers and The New Adventures of the Space Explorers hit the airwaves.

Produced under the technical direction of Dr. Franklyn M. Branley, Associate Astronomer of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, and filmed with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space administration and the U.S. Air Force, Space Explorers was an instant success.  Fascinating, exciting - and educational - the cliff hanger series helped spur thousands of children (now adults) into a career of science and exploration.

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Created in 1957, The Space Explorers follows an astronaut's young son as he stows away on a rescue mission to the moon and Mars.

A cult classic, details about The Space Explorers and its sequel, The New Adventures of The Space Explorers can be seen on such fan sites as www.thespaceexplorers.com. The Space Explorers is described as "A beloved, memorable and long neglected SCI-FI infotainment that inspired the baby boomer generation" by Cartoon Research.com.