A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Not only are the concepts of space exploration approached in a factual and educational manner, but the timelines and project organization of space missions are explained in simple language with graphics. Viewers are able to see the who, what, when, and how of a space mission. Scientific facts, historical notes, and technical explanations are provided in a manner appropriate for upper-elementary and middle school viewers.
Focus on your goals and work towards them. Allow people to help you on your journey. It doesn't matter where you come from, you can shape your destiny through hard work and perseverance. Working as a team can produce extraordinary results. Things can go wrong, and you can still be okay. Family is important. Friendships can be forged in challenging environments. There is much to be explored and discovered. Never give up.
Positive Role Models
The focus of this docu-series are astronauts and the people who get them into outer space. Astronauts represent the ultimate in exploration and ability. The teamwork and leadership exhibited in this series is inspirational in its scale and functionality.
Though there's a rather stunning lack of diverse background and ethnicity representation in the global space program, women are slowly advancing up the ladder, and there are women in leadership roles here. The Nobel Prize winner, and inventor of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Experiment, Dr. Samuel Ting, is of Asian descent, and his work is the focus of much of the series.
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Violence & Scariness
Perilous moments in space when equipment malfunctions. Tense music makes this even more frightening.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Among the Stars is a six-part documentary series that tells the story about various space missions concerning the International Space Station. It sticks to the facts, and the facts are well-documented, lending credibility to this series. There are a few perilous moments during space walks which feature tense music, heightening the dramatic nature of the situation.
Is It Any Good?
Beautifully produced, educational, and emotionally stirring docu-series for fans of all things space. Though the trailer emphasizes one astronaut's desire to get back into space, in Among the Stars his story is shown to be part of a larger team's story. Ultimately, this isn't reality TV, it's technically researched storytelling.
This is a must-see for kids who dream about going to outer space -- there's lots to learn, and beautiful footage of our precious planet from above. Parents may pick up a little something too, about science, teamwork, and the quest to find out where it all began.
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