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.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Year:
2004
100 min
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(MISSION CONTROL) Pegasus, proceed

with checklist for trans-Venus injection.

(YVAN) Copy that.

(NARRATOR) It is our destiny to explore

the far frontiers of space.

Last century we took the first steps to the moon.

Imagine we were ready to take

the next giant leap.

This is the story of a manned voyage

to the planets.

Humanity's greatest challenge

and ultimate adventure.

(MISSION CONTROL) Event timer countdown.

Five, four, three, two, one.

(NARRATOR) This eight-billion-mile tour

of our solar system

is based on science fact, not fiction.

Using data from over 40 years of

unmanned probes and human space flight,

it is a vision of how technology could take us

on a search for the origins of our own planet

and signs of extraterrestrial life.

No single nation could take on

a project this vast.

A manned mission to the planets

is a global endeavour,

but the dreams of billions

lie in the hands of just five astronauts.

They represent a wide range of disciplines -

engineering, medicine,

geology and aeronautics.

These five are scientists as well as astronauts

and they've been training for this mission

most of their adult lives.

The mission will begin with Venus.

It's our nearest neighbour, but nothing like Earth.

Venus is the most hostile planet

in the solar system.

Two of the crew will attempt to land

on its burning surface.

Huge electrostatic storms,

winds of over 200 miles an hour.

Clouds of hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid.

It gets so hot on the surface, it never rains.

(T0M) They'll be flying into hell.

Venus is permanently covered with cloud, so

they will be the first humans to see the surface.

Venus is covered in lava plains

and it's comparatively recent.

The thing is we've never seen any eruptions

so...what's going on?

No ordinary spacesuit can withstand the soaring

temperatures and crushing pressures.

This titanium suit has been tested

in a blast furnace.

On Venus, it will only function for about one hour.

(YVAN) It's a bit like going to Rome and

getting only two seconds in the Sistine Chapel.

When I get down there,

I won't have time for big speeches.

I'll have to leave that to politicians.

I'm going there to pick up rocks.

They will be out of Earth's gravity

and their muscles will be weakened.

Grigorev will need all his strength

once he's on the surface.

0n Venus, the gravity's like Earth's

so it'll come as quite a shock.

We've got an exercise regime on the way there

to help, but the suit weighs 100 kilos.

(BLEEPING)

The crew will pursue their mission objective.

the search for any signs of life

even in the acid storms of Venus.

There's a thin layer about 45 kilometres up.

The temperatures and pressures there are just

low enough for microbes to live off the sulphur.

No one thought they'd find life

in the hot sulphur springs here on Earth.

If life is tough enough to make it there,

why not Venus?

(MISSION CONTROL) We have lift-off.

(NARRATOR) This is Pegasus,

one mile of nuclear-powered spacecraft,

home for the next six years,

an oasis of life in the vacuum of space.

Everyone understands the risks. There's

no guarantee any of them will make it home.

(MISSION CONTROL)

You have a go for trans-Venus injection.

Godspeed, Pegasus.

(NARRATOR) The five astronauts

rely on thousands back on Earth.

The tip of the iceberg - Mission Control.

This nerve centre is vital

to the success and survival of the crew.

Flight Director is in overall control.

Flight Dynamics Officer, or FiDO,

handles all manoeuvres.

Flight Surgeon assesses crew health

and the risks

as the astronauts perform experiments

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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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