'Space Racers' Contest Brings Grandparents' Apollo Memories to Kids

A new contest from the makers of the TV show "Space Racers" asks grandparents to share their Apollo memories.
A new contest from the makers of the TV show "Space Racers" asks grandparents to share their Apollo memories. (Image credit: Space Racers, LLC)

The company behind "Space Racers," a TV series for preschoolers, has opened a contest inviting grandparents to share their moon-landing memories with their grandchildren — and the public.

The grand-prize winners, a grandparent and up to four of their family members, will get to visit the Kennedy Space Center visitor center near Orlando, Florida, for a day this July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. You can submit photos and Apollo 11 memories at www.spaceracers.com/apollo or on www.facebook.com/spaceracers.

"'Space Racers' has long used real-world space and science events, such as August 2017's total solar eclipse, to excite and engage children with the wonders of space," Space Racers LLC representatives said in a statement. "The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is a natural opportunity for young children to learn from their greatest teachers — their families."

Entries are open until July 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (0359 GMT on July 2). "Space Racers" and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will work together to pick their 12 favorite memories from among the submissions. Then, the public will get to vote on the best of those 12 starting on July 8.

Several prizes will be available to finalists, including:

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace