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THE SPACE EXPLORERS
List of Planetaria by State

               

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List of Planetariums by City and State: (compiled by http://www.astrosociety.org)

Arizona

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, University of Arizona, Tucson

California

Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland
John Drescher Planetarium, Santa Monica College
Exploratorium, San Francisco
The Robert Ferguson Observatory, Kenwood
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater, San Diego
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Independence Planetarium, San Jose
Laserium, Denver/Los Angeles/San Francisco
Milliken Planetarium, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga
Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Palomar College Planetarium, San Marcos
Schreder Planetarium, Redding

Colorado

Fiske Planetarium, Boulder

District of Columbia

Einstein Planetarium, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Florida

Aldrin Planetarium, West Palm Beach
Alexander Brest Planetarium, Jacksonville
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Cocoa

Illinois

Adler Planetarium, Chicago
John Deere Planetarium, Rock Island

Indiana

J.I. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, Indianapolis

Iowa

Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

Kansas

Planetarium and Crane Observatory, Washburn University of Topeka

Kentucky

Hardin Planetarium, Bowling Green
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Louisiana

Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport

Maryland

Montgomery College Planetarium, Takoma Park
Southampton Planetarium, Bel Air

Massachusetts

Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston

Michigan

Abrams Planetarium, East Lansing
Peter F. Hurst Planetarium, Jackson
Shiras Planetarium, Marquette

Minnesota

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, Duluth

Mississippi

Russell C. Davis Planetarium, Jackson
Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium, French Camp
 

Nebraska

Ralph Mueller Planetarium, Lincoln

Nevada

Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas

New Hampshire

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Concord

New Jersey

Dreyfuss Planetarium, Newark

New York

Hayden Planetarium (American Museum of Natural History - Rose Center for Earth and Space)

Ohio

BGSU Planetarium, Bowling Green
The Cincinnati Observatory, Cincinnati
COSI Columbus Planetarium, Columbus
Ritter Planetarium, Toledo

Oregon

Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium, Eugene
Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Sky Theater, Gresham
Kendall Planetarium, Portland

Pennsylvania

Fels Planetarium, Philadelphia

South Carolina

T.C. Hooper Planetarium, Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville
Stanback Planetarium, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg

Tennessee

Renaissance Center Planetarium

Texas

SFASU Planetarium, Nacogdoches
 

Utah

Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City
Layton P. Ott Planetarium, Ogden
Sarah B. Summerhays Planetarium, Provo

Washington

Western Washington University Planetarium

 

 



Sources and Credits: The vast majority of information on this website was provided to the webmaster directly by the son of the late William Cayton and Mr. Fred Ladd (Laderman).  The original master films were thought to be lost, but were recently re-discovered after more than forty-five years.  Only 12 years old at the time, the original voice actor "Kerry Mark Joels", who played "Jimmy", has also contacted the webmaster to provide input.  He is now Dr. Joels, who was Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum, served as consultant to The White House, was technical script consultant for the James Bond film "Moonraker," co-author of the Space Shuttle Operator's Manual, and worked with NASA on Project SkyLab to name a few.  With the contributions of the late Bill Cayton's son, Fred Ladd, and Dr. Joels direct input, this is now considered to be the most authoritative website related to The Space Explorers animated 'Feature' films on the Internet.

Other references: The Space Explorers film, Macmillan Audio Brandon Films Catalog (1975-76), The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, The Library of Congress, The Hayden Planetarium, and NOVA's "The Elegant Universe".  Mike Stein, Editor of Filmfax Magazine.

Thanks in advance: To Jerry Beck for researching the series on his Cartoon Research website.  To Mark Wade for his Astronautix website which served to inspire additional research on these two artistic men and their early animated films.  To Mike Simmons of the Mount Wilson Observatory for some technical corrections.  To Forrest Patton for his detailed information on the musical film scores used in The Space Explorers. To Kevin S. Butler for researching and correcting the dates, channel details and station call-signs of the baby boomer TV shows that aired the series.

Webmaster comments: As of now, there are still ani_redsparkles.gif (1825 bytes) only 4 current websites ani_redsparkles.gif (1825 bytes) on the entire Internet with any significant content references to The Space Explorers feature film or serialized version.  If you know of others, please forward the URL address link to the webmaster.  Echoing the above comments... this is a true classic!



The Polaris rocket (an original smoker) traveling through outer space is sometimes refererred to as as a flyimg blimp or a flying potato with wings by those who try to describe what the cartoon rocket looked like.

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