A top secret rocket is launched from the Pacific to test a new hydrogen ion booster; the target is the moon. Inexplicably, it sets off a rash of flying saucer sightings on the East Coast. ... See full summary »

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Dr. Robert Porter
Tom McKee ...
Dr. Wayne Masters
Bruce Wendell ...
Daniel Blake
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Dr. Steve Dorian
Lee Millar ...
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A top secret rocket is launched from the Pacific to test a new hydrogen ion booster; the target is the moon. Inexplicably, it sets off a rash of flying saucer sightings on the East Coast. The scientists monitoring the flight are also surprised when the rocket is trailed by several unidentified blips on radar as it nears the moon. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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16 November 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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The writers confuse being in outer space with being out of Earth's gravitational field. Granted, sapce technically begins at about 62 miles up, but that has to do with the air being too thin for airplane wings to work right. Earth's gravity holds the Moon in orbit at about 240,000 miles away, and our gravitational field influences the orbit of Mars. See more »

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Narrator Truman Bradley identifies a character as Daniel Borden, but he is called Daniel Blake by the characters. See more »

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Where'd They Get Flash Gordon's Space Ship
22 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not much imagination here. The basic content of the story is scientist finally sending a space ship into outer space, i. e. breaking the gravitational pull of the earth. They seem to have total control of the thing as it head toward the moon. As it sails around the dark side, a group of blips show up on the radar. At first they think it is gas, but when they change course, they are able to adjust and continue to follow the rocket. The problem with this episode is that it is sooooo dull. There is no suspense. There's virtually no science that is explained to us, other than they have found some cool rocket fuel. The rocket itself changes its shape from when it is launched to something out of some 1930's serial rocket. Pretty lame.


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