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"Lost in Space" The Reluctant Stowaway (TV Episode 1965) Poster

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Alpha Centauri, a.k.a. Alpha Centauri AB, is currently classified (as of 2012, at any rate) as a binary star, approximately 4.37 light years from Earth, with its 2 stars designated as A (the larger) and B (the smaller). Proxima Centauri, a.k.a. Alpha Centauri C, is .2 light years from Alpha Centauri AB. At 1/7th the size, its sun is much smaller than ours and not visible to the naked eye, but its distance from Earth is 'just' 4.24 light years, making it the closest star to ours. It was discovered in 1915. An Earth-mass planet had been detected in orbit around Alpha Centauri B, but, It's not in the habitable zone, instead orbiting very close to the host star. Its surface temperature is estimated to be 1200 °C (about 1500 K) - far too hot for liquid water, and also above the melting temperatures of many silicate magmas.
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This episode takes place in October 1997.
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When trying to decide whether or not to abort the mission, Maj. West points out the cost as $30billion. Adjusted for inflation,the cost in 2016 is $230,242,872,228.01 - over a quarter of a trillion dollars.
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Before the role of Dr. Smith was offered to Jonathan Harris, it had been offered to Roger C. Carmel (who'd later appear in Star Trek, as Harry Mudd).
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Jonathan Harris was claustrophobic, so for his very first appearance in the series (hidden in an acceleration couch enclosure) a stunt double was used.
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For this episode, John Williams (as Johnny Williams) wrote a good deal of incidental music, much of which would be re-used throughout the course of the series. Especially notable is the music that accompanies the zero-gravity scene. Williams dubbed it "The Weightlessness Waltz" and it would be used again many times for fanciful sequences.
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Dr. Smith was to have paralysed the security guard with a poison needle (inside his signet ring); he was to flip the ring over to reveal a skull, with a poison needle in its mouth, and after poisoning the guard, he would flip the ring back to the signet design, which is inscribed 'mother'.

However, CBS did not want the guard killed. They felt there was too much 'sweetness and light' on the part of the family, and they requested the script be changed, so there'd be more 'toughness', and humour amongst the family

CBS was also concerned about the character of Dr. Smith, and made the script revisions clarify his mission and its purpose, so he was made a citizen of the world, working for the highest bidder, and not for either his own personal reasons, or a(ny) specific foreign government/agency.
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