MEN INTO SPACE starring William Lundigan


The complete 38 episode series

Men Into Space was a half-hour American sci-fi television series broadcast from September 30, 1959 to September 7, 1960 which depicted future efforts by the United States Air Force to explore and develop outer space.

Men Into Space was somewhat unusual for a TV action series in that it had numerous recurring characters, but only one --- the protagonist, Col. Edward McCauley (William Lundigan) --- who was in each of the 38 episodes in the McCauley was a sort of "everyman" character who was viewed in the show as the most experienced and illustrious astronaut. As depicted in the scripts, the low-key but decisive McCauley was ubiquitous, assigned to every important space mission over at least a decade, including the earliest manned flights, the first flight to the moon, many additional moon landings and moon base construction missions, construction of a space station, and two flights to Mars (neither succeeded, and folklore has it that plans for a never-aired second season would have focused on further missions to Mars and beyond).

In many episodes, the astronauts were faced with accidents or technical problems that required innovation. The program was not idealistic; missions sometimes failed and astronauts sometimes died. For example, a scientist-astronaut stricken with a heart attack while exploring the moon was not expected to survive the G-forces of the return flight, so his comrades stowed the space-suited patient in a steel drum filled with water, to cushion him during launch. The series included an episode whose plot essentially paralleled the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission's explosion in space more than a decade later, and another that was an uncanny foretelling of the accident that befell the real Gemini VIII mission in 1966.

The picture and sound quality of this set is excellent rating a solid 8 or better and as a bonus a few episodes even include original network commercials


MOON PROBE
 MOON LANDING
BUILDING A SPACE STATION
WATER TANK RESCUE
LOST MILLILE
MOONQUAKE
SPACE TRAP
ASTEROID
EDGE OF ETERNITY
BURNOUT
QUARANTINE
CHRISTMAS ON THE MOON
FIRST WOMAN ON THE MOON
TANKERS IN SPACE - SEA OF STARS
A HANDFUL OF HOURS
EARTHBOUND
CAVES OF THE MOON
MOON PROBE
MOON LANDING
BUILDING A SPACE STATION
WATER TANK RESCUE
LOST MISSILE
MOONQUAKE
SPACE TRAP
ASTEROID
EDGE OF ETERNITY
BURNOUT
FROM ANOTHER WORLD
EMERGENCY MISSION
BEYOND THE STARS
MISSION TO MARS
MOON TRAP
FLARE UP INTO THE SUN
THE SUN NEVER SETS
MYSTERY SATELLITE
FLIGHT TO THE RED PLANET

MEN INTO SPACE starring William Lundigan
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