G | | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?
The space station using a spent Saturn S-IVB stage was based on early proposals during the Apollo Applications Program; at the time of filming, what came to fruition as Skylab was still under development. The only differences between the orbital workshop depicted in the film (which has a rocket motor attached) and the real Skylab was the incorporation of the Apollo Telescope Mount and two docking ports on the docking module, not to mention the absence of a rocket motor. The real Skylab was launched as a 'dry' workshop using a surplus Saturn S-IVB stage. The Skylab space station was built from Saturn IB S-IVB stage S-IVB -212; the backup from Saturn V stage S-IVB-513, now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The three-man crew in the film spent 5 months living in space; the longest duration in the real Skylab was 84 days during the final mission, Skylab 4.
President of the United States:
Charles, just put away your slide rule for a minute and listen. There's more going on here than logic. A large part of the world is watching us and what we do about rescuing these men. Just to say that we've looked at the book and there's nothing we...
The Earth as represented in the on-orbit shots is too small if the spacecraft is supposed to be in Low Earth Orbit (approx 200 miles) as would be expected for an orbital laboratory (and Voskhod) mission. The apparent altitude is more like 1000 miles.
The version titled "Space Travelers" is the one spoofed by Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this version, the scene where Celia Pruett learns of her husband's death is accompanied by a truly AWFUL electronic score (it sounds literally like random keys played on a toy synthesizer, something MST3K made note of). The original version has no music during this scene (and almost no other music; a muted, very low-key score can be heard when Pruett leaves the ship to "fix" it).
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