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The Anderson Solar System

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Space exploration is a key theme of many Gerry Anderson series and feature films. But where exactly have our intrepid Anderson astronauts been in our own solar system. Chris Thompson and Jack Knoll have created this infographic to map the exploration taken up by the space heroes of tomorrow…

Planet mapThe main thing that can be learnt from this map of the solar system is that, for the most part, Gerry wanted the space exploration in his shows and films to believable. In the 1960’s the race was on for mankind to reach the Moon which is why so many Anderson organisations have established lunar complexes. Mars also serves as the home for many adversaries in the Anderson universe. Gerry could sense that the red planet was just within humanity’s reach, and so he wanted to speculate about what might be waiting for us there.

Beyond that, the rest of the solar system predominantly features only in comic strips, particularly the adventures of the Zero-X crew. One can only speculate that this is because Gerry’s strive for realism and credibility extended to not wanting to present the planets of our solar system erroneously when they had yet to be explored by real life astronauts. As a result, the crew of Fireball XL5 or the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are left to trek through parts of space that we have never seen (and will probably never see as they don’t appear to exist!). Extrasolar bodies of note have therefore been included here.

But are there any parts of our solar system that Jack and Chris may have missed out in their creation of this Ander-system map? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts!


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Jack Knoll

I've been a Gerry Anderson fan from birth, growing up on the repeats of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlet in the early 2000's. I'm also a fan of Doctor Who and other cult TV series including The Prisoner and Danger Man. I enjoy writing on a range of topics from across the Gerry Anderson back-catalogue from behind the scenes insights to fun and entertaining reviews. In my spare time I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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  • Jeffery Page

    If Jeff Tracey landed on the moon at the end of the last century, surely the original Thunderbirds must be about now not at the later part of this century??

    • I_have_a_theory

      Jeff Tracey was one of the first astronauts to land on Mars, not the moon….

      • Jeffery Page

        OK, but when?

        • I_have_a_theory

          2023 I think – (but I’d have to go into my loft to find original TV series brochures) and the big picture that is used to allow Virgil to access the chutes to Thunderbird 2 is the rocket he was on to leave the Earth to travel to Mars. This makes (original series timeline) sense as in 2065, the date used for the 1960s TV series, his sons were aged from late teens (Alan) to just short of 30 (Scott).

          FYI I am 60 and watched all the originals on TV as a 10 and 11-year old and have an awful lot of memorabilia to this day along with copies of all Gerry’s classic series – Supercar through to Space 1999 (but not Joe90 or The Secret Service!!!) – on official DVDs….

          Hope this helps…

      • Matthew Black

        No; in the 1965 pilot episode ‘Trapped In The Sky’ it is distinctly said he was one of the first to land on the Moon – but they didn’t mean the 1960s or ’70s – they meant well into the 21st Century. After all: only 12 men landed on the Moon between 1969 and ’72 and it will be AT LEAST the late 2020s before anyone returns there again!! Be that China, the U.S. or Commercial Space. So you see; one can easily state that a young Jeff Tracy was one of the first to go to the Moon, because he would no doubt be in the first 50 people to do so!!

        • Matthew Black

          And the Zero-X crew were the first to land on Mars in the Gerry Anderson ‘Verse…

  • Captain Forsyth

    terrahawk take place before captain scarlet? didn’t know that.

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