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Conquest of Space (1955)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  20 April 1955 (USA)
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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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Roy Cooper
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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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After a dispute over how to depict the surface of Mars, Chesley Bonestell claimed never to have seen the final movie. See more »

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The crew uses Martian "snow" to replenish their water tanks. From what is known now about Mars, the snow would likely be dry ice flakes and would have produced the gas carbon dioxide when they sublimed, not water. See more »

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Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity, and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens, and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets, and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of mankind, the ...
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Curiously ahead of its time, but behind ours...
1 January 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It is interesting that Pal felt the first astronauts would be like navy crews - I don't think that NASA ever sent NCOs into space, only the best qualified scientists and pilots. The age of the commander would have disqualified him as well, and as it turns out, that would have been better for the expedition. I found the Irish "tag-along" character deeply annoying, and I am not sure how he could have managed to sneak on board.

All that aside, this was Hollywood's first serious attempt to reach Mars, and considering that Viking hadn't been there yet, it's not too bad. Shame about the blue skies...

Most interesting for me was that the futuristic "minimalist" fittings and fixtures on the space wheel look like nothing other than the style of the sets for the really up-to-date Star Trek: Enterprise.

Yes, just like the present, it's going to be a retro future, folks!


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