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Alternate Title: Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
Roy Thinnes (Colonel Glenn Ross)
Ian Hendry (John Kane)
Patrick Wymark (Jason Webb)
Lynn Loring (Sharon Ross)
Loni von Friedl (Lisa Hartmann)
Ed Bishop (David Poulson)
Groundbreaking (for the time) special effects highlight this account of an expedition to a new planet in the solar system. Brought to us by the team that created the Thunderbirds, UFO, and Space: 1999.
This aircraft has a number of features commonly found in other Gerry Anderson productions: VTOL capability, a detachable cargo pod, and engine nacelles in structurally dubious locations.
Apart from the dorsal accordion, this large aircraft looks almost plausible. It can be seen in the background of later shots, where it appears to have a forward swept cruciform tail.
The most impressive special effect model of the film, this chunky heavy lift rocket was several feet tall.
The Dove provides transportation from the Phoenix orbital ship to the planet's surface. The model clearly show the influence of the lifting body research done by the Dryden Flight Research Center in the 1960's, particularly in it's resemblance to the Northrop M2-F3