"Space Cadet" is the seventh episode of the third season of Recess which was first broadcast on October 2, 1999.


Gretchen gets a letter from NASA, telling her that she will be involved in the next space shuttle mission.



  • The animation of Gretchen on the merry-go-round was later used in the 2001 opening to Disney's One Saturday Morning.
  • Buzz Aldrin guest stars in this episode as himself.
  • This is one of only six episodes of the television show Recess that were directed by both Sheetz and Parkins, the two prominent directors of the series.
  • T.J. partially breaks the fourth wall in this episode. When Gretchen is fooling around during her "space training", T.J. tells her, "You're an astronaut, not a cartoon character!".
  • This episode was paired up with "Dodgeball City" outside the US.
  • Clips of this episode were included in Toon Disney's "Weekday Bonus Stack" commercial.
  • Clips of this episode were included on the 2001 Disney's One Saturday Morning promo.
  • The shuttle shown at the end is Space Shuttle Atlantis.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Ricky D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Phil - Klee Bragger
  • Astronaut - Sam McMurray
  • Buzz Aldrin - Himself