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Approaching the Unknown (2016)

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An American astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William D. Stanaforth
Louis 'Skinny' Skinner (CapCom)
Emily Maddox
Steven Brower ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Stephanie Gould ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Franziska Lamprecht ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Amanda Larson ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage (as Whitney Lee)
St. John McKay ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
James O'Connell ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Michael O'Connell ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Clare O'Connell ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Neel Patel ...
Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage


Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Desconhecido  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


While shooting within the primary vessel, Mark Strong (through direct account, as well as confirmed by the sound department) was singularly the conduit for Microwave Auditory Effect, an occurrence which was only first documented among stray personnel working within the vicinity of transponders during WWII. See more »


The arm connecting the living module and those along the main axis is an open framework, so clearly Stanaforth cannot readily move between the two sections. In which case what are the other modules for, as they obviously don't store food, oxygen or equipment needed in the living module? See more »


William D. Stanaforth: Nothing has ever lived here. Nothing has ever died here. Maybe I'll live forever.
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An OK effort
10 January 2017 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

I often fail to see what some people expect when watching films like this to the point of giving highly negative reviews.

OK, it's not a great film at all but certainly not a bad film either. I rather enjoyed it even if lacking any real action scenes as such. But then again, I don't recall reading any claims to any of the film being an action film!.

The spaceship interior was actually rather good for what is clearly a budget film, and clearly some genuine efforts went into some of the set design which was good to see. Acting was OK and story reasonable, overall an average budget film with some above average set design.

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