Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets

Synopsis: This two-part science fiction docu-drama examines the possibilities of a dangerous, manned space mission to explore the inner and outer planets of the Solar system.
100 min

designed by the Science Director.

All Mission Control advice is relayed

to Pegasus through Capcom.

Pegasus, you are go...

Six weeks from Earth

and Pegasus is in Venus orbit,

ready to send the lander Orpheus

into the inferno.

(TOM) Fantastic sight, Larry.

You ought to be here, man.

(LARRY) I'm eating my heart out, Tom.

(T0M) Pegasus standing by

for 0rpheus pad on descent.

(MAN) Surface temperatures can melt lead

and pressures could crush a submarine.

The lander's designed to last for two hours.

(TOM) Orpheus bay is open.

You have to treat Venus like a bank job.

Get in, do your experiments fast and get out.

- You have the parameters for the descent, over.

- Coming up.

Grigorev and Lessard will be the first humans

on Venus, but not the first visitors from Earth.

The Soviets landed eight probes on Venus from

the '60s up until the '80s - the Venera series.

They withstood the heat and pressure

long enough

to transmit our first pictures back

from another planet.

The last one touched down in 1982, Venera 14.

The Russians are keen to find out what's left.

(YVAN) My grandfather worked on Venera 14.

For him, it was a complete disaster.

The camera ejected its lens cap and it landed

exactly where the soil sample was due to go in.

It blocked it, so they got one wonderful picture

before the camera insides melted,

but they couldn't touch the surface.

(ZO) Auto-sense sequencer up.

We're ready for release.

(CAPCOM) Orpheus, go front dock.

(NINA) I see a good set.

They're out at five metres per second.

(T0M) APU's looking good.

(NINA) Altitude is nominal.

(CAPCOM) Looking good, Orpheus.

(NINA) They'll be hitting the atmosphere

in one minute.

(JOHN) Max G due in 10 seconds.

(NINA) Loss of signal in 5.

25,000 kilometres per hour.

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Joe Ahearne

Joe Ahearne is a British television writer and director, best known for his work on several fantasy and science fiction based programmes including Ultraviolet, Apparitions and Doctor Who. He also wrote the screenplay for 2013 feature film Trance. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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