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    Dinosaurs in Space

    Grade Level: Preschool through 2nd grade
    Length: 35 minutes

    Dinosaurs in Space is a multimedia program that combines stars, panoramic scenes, photographs, artwork, video clips and a variety of planetarium special effects to take young viewers on an imaginary trip to the age of dinosaurs and then into outer space. Dinosaurs in Space is approximately two-thirds about dinosaurs and one-third about space. The show begins with a trip back through time in a "time machine" to the age of dinosaurs. On the way back, stops are made at several major periods in history. These short stops include the year 1976 (the year of America's bicentennial), 500 years ago to the time of the American Indians, 30,000 years ago to the last Ice Age and early people, and finally 100 million years ago to explore the world of dinosaurs. After viewers have arrived at the age of dinosaurs, they are introduced to dinosaur hosts Rex and Steggy, who introduce them to the following dinosaurs and dinosaur-like animals:

    Dimetrodon (early reptile)    Protoceratops    Thecodont (early dinosaur ancestor)
    Stegosaurus   Saltopus   Diplodocus
    Coelophysis   Tyrannosaurus Rex   Ornitholestes
    Allosaurus   Deinonychus   Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus)
    Archaeopteryx   Supersaurus   Ankylosaurus
    Ultrasaurus   Triceratops    

    Besides describing the different kinds of dinosaurs and their relative sizes, Dinosaurs in Space also emphasizes how dinosaurs and dinosaur-like animals differ from the more familiar mammals of our present world.

    The "space" section of Dinosaurs in Space begins with an imaginary trip into space, once again lead by hosts Rex and Steggy. Quick stops are made at the moon, Venus, a comet, star clouds and galaxies. The intention of this section is to expose audiences to the variety of objects found in space. The program concludes with a return to the present day, dropping off Rex and Steggy at their time in history on the way back to ours. A brief question-and-answer period follows the presentation.