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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 April 1955 (USA)
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An American-led team of International 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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An American-led team of International 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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In most shots of the "Wheel", it is shown turning counter-clockwise. But in the scenes of Cooper being transported to it after becoming paralyzed aboard the rocket, the Wheel is suddenly turning clockwise - until the final shot of the rescue craft heading toward it, where once again it is moving counter-clockwise. 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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In the 1980s, an international crew of astronauts explore Mars
29 July 1998 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Although not the caliber of Pal's earlier space operas, "Conquest of Space" is still highly enjoyable. Besides the unique experience of viewing our future through the eyes of our past, it's interesting to see how many things they got right (and wrong) about space exploration. One of the most interesting devices, especially in light of the International Space Station, whose construction is supposed to commence in 1998, is "The Circle" a rotating, doughnut-shaped space station circling the earth, that is the main setting for the first half of the film. Along side The Circle is being built an enormous rocket ship that resembles a Northrop Flying Wing with a V-2 rocket strapped on it's back.

Sadly, Pal's special effects budget was cut short on this project leaving him somewhat short ended on the spectacle. All in all, however, this film is well worth a look.


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