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Old 28-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Were there any Earth Space Commission missions that were successful?

As Commissioner Dixon says, "there is nothing like a big thumping failure": we know of the following Earth Space Commission probes and missions:

Meta Probe--never got out of dock--destroyed (Breakaway)
Jupiter Probe--lost (Matter of Life and Death)
Voyager 1 & 2--killed a while bunch of people and aliens w/ Queller Drive (Voyager's Return)
Uranus Probe--lost and crashed (Death's Other Dominion)
Ultra Probe--crew lost except for Cellini who escaped monster (Dragon's Domain)

Not a fan of Year 2 (haven't watched any of them in years), so not sure if this dismal record continues, but it is a pretty awful record! And I guess the whole storing nuclear waste on the moon thing didn't work so well either!

But, damn those failures look good!
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Old 28-05-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Yeah, they sure had their share of bad luck.
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Not a fan of Year 2 (haven't watched any of them in years), so not sure if this dismal record continues, but it is a pretty awful record! And I guess the whole storing nuclear waste on the moon thing didn't work so well either!

But, damn those failures look good!
Year 2 "Brian The Brain" failed 1996 Swift fleet mission.

http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/epguide/t33btb.html




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Old 28-05-2013, 06:58 PM   #4
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Yep, looks like their batting average didn't get much better. No wonder Dixon was concerned about his reputation!
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Old 28-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Yep, looks like their batting average didn't get much better. No wonder Dixon was concerned about his reputation!
True! Their record was not good maybe due to over ambitious missions.
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Old 29-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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Year 2 "Brian The Brain" failed 1996 Swift fleet mission.

http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/epguide/t33btb.html




Not forgetting the Venus mission, on which Koenig was a cadet, losing several members to a plague.
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Old 29-05-2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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Although the Starlog technical guide does mention a successful Mars mission. I'm not sure if that counts as canon, though.
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Old 29-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #8
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Not forgetting the Venus mission, on which Koenig was a cadet, losing several members to a plague.
Right , Year 2 "Lambda Factor"
http://catacombs.space1999.net/main/epguide/t43tlf.html

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To be fair we only heard of the failures they probably had far more successful missions but they wouldn't be discussed in the series as people have a tendency to remember failures over successes. Just as an example, how many times did Concorde fly over the Atlantic yet people remember the one crash in France.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #10
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Default Yes!

Scorpio46 makes a good point.

Can't help but wonder, though, if perhaps we really can't sort out the trees from the forest (or vice versa, if you prefer)...

To wit: the most successful mission? Moonbase Alpha itself.

All the best talents from a host of disciplines, pushing beyond the proverbial envelope to create something that not only stood on the shoulders of those who initially blazed humankind's trail from earth into space, but went on to evolve - albeit by force of events - into something completely new and original and unique.

And it kept its human complement - which adopted its name as their own (Alphans) - alive, to at last reach a new home.

Mission Accomplished. 'Nuff said.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #11
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To wit: the most successful mission? Moonbase Alpha itself.
Agree, the most impressive mission was to build Alpha.
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