The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.
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 Col. Edward McCauley 38 episodes, 1959-1960
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The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

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30 September 1959 (USA)  »

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Space Challenge  »

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This program was originally aired on the CBS network on Wednesday, 8:30 PM EST. It's competition was The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) on ABC and The Price Is Right (1956) on NBC. See more »

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In the exterior shots of space, the stars are depicted as moving. In reality the stars would not have any apparent motion even from a moving space vehicle. See more »

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Narrator: No matter where he travels, one thing will always be the same: man himself. Human nature will not change in the strange outposts of space. There will always be love and hate, courage and fear, and even greed. This is the story of an expedition to a distant world that was brought to the brink of disaster by one man's greed.
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Possibly the most accurate "hard" sci-fi series of all time
30 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

As with other reviewers, my impression of this never-syndicated, never-published-on-video series rests on childhood memories, in my case from age 7. However, at the time I had read a lot of popular books on the prospect of manned space flight, and "Men Into Space" resonated perfectly with the best that scientist-author Willy Ley and colleagues had to offer a 50's audience. As the episodes progressed, we witnessed man's first space flight, EVA, moon landing, and moon base operation. Space was depicted as silent (no "whooshing" spacecraft); multistage rockets were used; and full pressure suits were de rigueur.

I suppose this series stood on the broad shoulders of the Heinlein-penned film DESTINATION MOON (1950), but you have to credit the TV show's producers with a level of scientific integrity not seen in in network sci-fi before or since.


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