Buzz Lightyear (Buzz Lightyear) - 09.17.14

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Disney and NASA have come together to develop hands-on educational activities, demonstrations, and exhibits centered around the flight of Buzz Lightyear on STS-124, his year aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and his return on STS-128. These activities are designed to encourage children and young adults to pursue their dreams and develop an interest in exploration and discovery.

Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Mark T. Severance, M.S., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.

Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

  • Mark T. Severance, M.S., SciStarter, Columbia, MD, United States

  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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    Johnson Space Center, National Laboratory Office, Houston, TX, United States

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    Sponsoring Organization
    NASA Education (EDU)

    Research Benefits
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    ISS Expedition Duration
    April 2008 - March 2010

    Expeditions Assigned

    Previous ISS Missions
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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • Disney develops six web-based games for students to learn about the Shuttle and ISS. These games are found at NASA Kids' Club

    • The Buzz Lightyear patch design competition inspires children ages 6-12 to design a mission patch for Buzz Lightyear’s mission.

    • Pixar develops three “Mission Logs” chronicling the experience of Buzz Lightyear on the International Space Station releasing on the Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 Blue-ray DVDs.

    Disney, Pixar, and NASA chronicle Buzz Lightyear’s more than 450 days in space through hands-on educational activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. Disney creates six web-based games based on Buzz Lightyear’s experiences. Educational worksheets, games, and videos are also available.

    Buzz Lightyear Returns From Space: To Infinity and Beyond!

    • Mission Game 1 - Load the Shuttle: Buzz needs help loading the Space Shuttle as the equipment he takes with him cannot exceed a determined weight.

    • Mission Game 2 - Mission Matchup: Help Buzz discover some of the accomplishments that lead humankind into space and ultimately to the construction of the International Space Station (ISS).

    • Mission Game 3 - I Spy: The Shuttle’s lift off really shook things up! Help Buzz find a list of items.

    • Mission Game 4 - Connect it: Using commands, program a robotic arm to attach the Kibo module to the Space Station.

    • Mission Game 5 - Toys in Space: Move Buzz to the platforms to learn how different toys behave in space. This game includes videos demonstrating the toys on Earth and the ISS.

    • Mission Game 6 - Putting It Together: Help Buzz assemble the ISS and learn some fun facts about its construction.
    Disney Parks are hosting an online Mission Patch Design Challenge to commemorate Buzz’s return. The winner is selected based on the most creative entry and 100-word essay. Adam Carr, 11, of Tampa, Florida, created a patch showing Buzz soaring past the International Space Station. NASA has decided to make Adam’s design into a commemorative mission patch that will be flown into space on a future mission. After the mission, he’ll get the patch with a certificate from NASA and Disney Parks.

    Pixar creates three Buzz Lightyear “Mission Logs” for the Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 Blue-ray DVDs. The Mission Logs are found in the bonus feature segments on each DVD.
    • Episode 1 (Toy Story 1) - Blast Off: Buzz explains the time line from launch to rendezvous with the ISS. He also describes the three main parts of the shuttle. He explains how the ISS was built.

    • Episode 2 (Toy Story 2)- International Space Station: Buzz discusses how hard crewmembers work every day to keep the ISS running. He explains why crewmembers must exercise to keep their muscles and bones healthy in microgravity. He also describes space suits and extra vehicular activities (space walks).

    • Episode 3 (Toy Story 3)- The Science of Adventure: While on the ISS, Buzz observes hundreds of experiments in microgravity. He looks at studying Earth science from a space ship and the physics of a shuttle descent.

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    Space Applications
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    Earth Applications
    This partnership was created to give children a unique insight into life on the ISS, how to get there and back home again, and the unique challenges of microgravity through the perspective of one of Disney/Pixar’s most enduring and favorite characters, Buzz Lightyear

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    Operational Requirements
    Digital HD imagery of Buzz Lightyear’s ascent to orbit, stay on the ISS, and return to Earth is taken.

    Operational Protocols
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    Results/More Information

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    Related Websites
    Buzz Lightyear Mission Patch Design Challenge
    Buzz Lightyear
    Buzz on ISS

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    image Video screen capture of Buzz Lightyear on ISS with the fish that don’t require a fish bowl. Image courtesy of NASA.
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    image Video screen capture of Buzz Lightyear on orbit with fellow crewmembers Greg Chamitoff and Mike Finke. Image courtesy of NASA.
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