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"Buster Spaces Out"
Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 10a
Original Airdate: United States April 28, 2011[1]
Canada September 22, 2011[3]
United Kingdom January 12, 2011[2]
Germany March 25, 2013[4]
Written by: Ron Holsey
Storyboard by: François Brisson
"In My Africa"
"The Long Road Home"
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"Buster Spaces Out" is the first half of the tenth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.


Buster, after seeing footage of the first Moon landing, plans to build a model rocket ship. He recruits Arthur, George, Carl, Francine and Muffy to help him, however, chaos ensues until he receives advice from the guest star astronaut Mike Fincke.


Buster sees footage of the first moon landing on TV and mistakes it for a science fiction movie. When his mother tells him it is real, he decides to become an astronaut. He collects money he saved in various places and buys a model rocket.

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Buster invites Arthur over to launch the rocket. However, the assembly is much more complicated than Buster expected. He postpones the launch until the next morning.

At night, Buster dreams that he is flying a rocket to the moon, but does not know how to operate it properly. He decides that he needs help.

Buster invites Arthur, Francine, Muffy, and George, who brings Carl. Since Brain is not in town, Carl's knowledge of rockets is especially welcome. At first, the kids squabble over the material. Buster realizes they need a plan and puts Francine in charge. Francine organizes the kids in groups. When she and Muffy both tug at the rocket's parachute, it rips in half.

The kids go to The Sugar Bowl to discuss what to do next. Buster is about to give up when Mike Fincke, who is having a piece of pie, tells them about his experiences as an astronaut and that they should work together to find a solution. Muffy sees the waitress’ neckerchief and has an idea.

The kids make a parachute out of the neckerchief and continue building the rocket. This time, they work well together.

When the kids want to launch the rocket in the Crosswires’ yard, it rains. Eventually, the rain stops for a short while. The kids launch the rocket successfully, but it flies out of the yard and is captured by Mike Fincke, who is walking down the street. He returns the rocket to Buster, who invites him to join Buster's first mission to Venus.







  • This is the second appearance of Carl, and the first time a major character other than George meets him.
  • Brain does not appear in this episode, but is said to be in Texas, visiting his family.
  • This is one of the few episodes in which it rains without thunder and/or lightning.
  • Upon original release, this episode was preempted on some PBS stations for The Royal Wedding of Will & Kate.

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Cultural references[]

  • When Buster watches TV, actual live action footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon is shown.
  • The rat asking Buster to bring more cheese probably refers to the folkloristic idea that the moon is made of green cheese.
  • Mike Fincke is a real astronaut who voiced himself. The space suit malfunction he mentions happened during his first spacewalk in 2004 as part of ISS Expedition 9.


  • When the waitress gives Dave his food at the Sugar Bowl, he is not wearing glasses. A second later when the camera zooms in, he is wearing glasses.


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