Moon blasted from Earth's orbit !!! ((hundreds feared dead...))
Today the moon was blasted out of Earth's orbit, apparently due to a mammoth explosion on the Lunar surface.
While nothing has been confirmed at this time, speculation within the scientific community suggests this catastrophe may stem from recent troubles with Nuclear Waste Disposal Area 2, a Lunar atomic waste dump maintained by Moonbase Alpha. The disposal area has recently been plagued by instability and numerous Green Peace protests.
Moonbase Alpha had been the subject of frequent debate and concern over the last few weeks. The base served as a way station for the Meta mission, which was to be launched by the International Space Committee. The Meta mission was the only manned mission mounted to investigate signals recently received from the planet Meta. These signals are believed to be intelligent in origin. The Meta probe craft and her spacedock were both destroyed in this incident - no word on whether the Meta expedition will be re-mounted at a later date.
Recently, rumors out of Alpha suggested the crew of the Meta mission might be falling prey to some sort of peculiar virus resembling radiation poisoning, but information from the moonbase was too sketchy to draw full conclusions. Speculation regarding troubles on the base rose to a fever pitch when Commander John Koenig was selected to replace a suddenly "suspended" Commander Gorsky as Alpha's governor and Executive Officer. Koenig arrived at Alpha on September 9, only four days before the disaster blasted the moon out of Earth's orbit.
Despite numerous seismic and tidal disturbances across the globe -- generated by fluctuating gravity fields accompanying the moon's departure -- work is already underway to determine the exact cause of the explosion which propelled the moon out of orbit. While a variety of theories are being explored, an explosion at Nuclear Waste Disposal Area 2 has emerged as the prime suspect, given last week's announcement that moon-bound shipments of atomic waste had been temporarily "delayed" for unspecified reasons.
British Physicist Ford Denesowicz-Plume indicates, "In theory, an explosion of a certain magnitude and longevity (on the Lunar surface) could indeed act as something of a propulsion system to push the moon away. It's not a very good theory, but it's a theory none the less."
Perhaps the darkest part of this tragedy are the lives of the 311 men and women staffing Moonbase Alpha. There has been no indication that the facility's staff could implement "Operation Exodus", a well-designed contingency plan which would have allowed them an immediate evacuation for Earth. At this time, it is assumed Alpha did not withstand the immense structural and gravitational forces which would have accompanied the incident - and it is presumed all souls were lost in the blast.
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Sept. 13, 1999, 8:47 a.m. CST
Glen, not a lot of people are going to know what you're writing about, but you should win some kind of award for "Ubercoolness" for posting this, remembering what today is in the annals of classic sci-fi television. (for anyone not in the know, hint hint: what year is this?)
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:04 a.m. CST
...that's pretty good, man. You're money. You're so money, and you don't even know it!.
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:36 a.m. CST
by Kmdr. Coenig
You made me a very happy Alphan this morning (considering what just happened...:0 ). See you all in Main Mission (or is it Command Centre? I get em' mixed up...) Kmdr. Coenig
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:45 a.m. CST
by Jedi Jones
This was very cool -- thanks a million for the memory. Now, just bring the reruns to a local station near me!
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:53 a.m. CST
For a minute there, I was afraid someone was making a Space 1999 movie or something....Of course, Glen, I had ALMOST forgotten that rotten piece of shyte!
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:55 a.m. CST
Ahh.. the coolest coaxial article ever :) The Soundtrack of this show is featured on this weeks SOUNDTRACK CINEMA (www.film.com), available on wednesday. And people... think of Earth without the moon...man would Baywatch suck...I mean - it would suck even more ;)
Sept. 13, 1999, 10:19 a.m. CST
The show in question is the late great Space:1999. Whose events began 9/9/99.
Sept. 13, 1999, 11:04 a.m. CST
by Fenn Rysha
This was very cool man. Nicely done. Sci-Fi should have planned a marathon or something this past weekend.
Sept. 13, 1999, 11:19 a.m. CST
Thanks so much, Glen, for commemorating September 13, 1999! The second-greatest TV series ever deserves far better treatment than it usually gets from viewers. There was a novel a few years back that told what supposedly happened to the inhabitants of Alpha after the end of the series, btw. I think it was called "Earthfall." (Now if someone would just do that for Crusade!)
Sept. 13, 1999, 11:58 a.m. CST
I sat quietly at my desk all morning knowing this was the date and its nice to know others do as well. Now I dont feel my childhood was totally wasted. Mike
Sept. 13, 1999, 12:22 p.m. CST
First 1987 passed without the U.S. sending the last of its deep space probes, and now this. The next one is two years from now, and I KNOW we won't reach that monolith floating near Jupiter in time. I hope I die young - it's better than the constant disappointment
Sept. 13, 1999, 1:29 p.m. CST
by Alex Rogan
Whenever these sci-fi dates come upon us, I become saddened that we have fallen so short of our expectations. Here we are in 1999 and there is no Moonbase Alpha, eagles, no Hal 9000 etc.
Sept. 13, 1999, 3:20 p.m. CST
I called a friend and told him to go to the URL for this article (he was at work, where he sits at a computer all day), and I sat on the phone with him as he read it. His reaction while reading it had me falling on my floor in painful laughter - Literally. See, the funny part was, he thought this was a legit news story for most of it, and that NASA sent something to the moon, and it `accidently blew up'. He actually thought the moon had left Earth's orbit, and was heading away.
Sept. 13, 1999, 4 p.m. CST
Geez, Glen, I guess I can't complain that you haven't posted any news lately...
Sept. 13, 1999, 5:29 p.m. CST
by fuse man
I Always wondered how the never ran out of crew a kept rebuilding the place after each all the destruction.
Sept. 13, 1999, 5:40 p.m. CST
Somebody ealier asked for repeats. Well just a tought. We in the UK recently had the "treat" of the re-showing of this series on the good old BBC. I wish I had not watched it again as it is perhaps one of those series best left to childhood memories. Series 1 was ok but series 2 was questionable IMHO. I recently saw another show I remeber from childhood "Starfleet Bomber X" and that is another case in point (though I still love it in a silly way). Dont really know what my point is, but if you watch it again you may well be suprised at it. Now if only I could find some tapes of "Battle Of The Planets (G Force)" cartoon. Trevor.
Sept. 13, 1999, 6:03 p.m. CST
Wow it has finally happened! I've been waiting all year, all week for this day... and when it arrived I forget about it! :o) Thanks for the great intro! It's wonderful to see this day acknowledged somewhere(besides the SPACE:1999 convention)! Space:1999 was my first favorite SF show. As a kid, I thought it was more realistic than Star Trek:TOS and Lost in Space. Nevermind the questionable physics for the premise of the series or the spatial scale mismatch(common to most filmed sf), I was more interested in the fact that they flew from place to in realistic looking spaceships(years before star wars), wore realistic spacesuits, and had exotic looking spaceships and creatures, not gangsters, apollo, trellaine and giant seaweed monsters with mirror faces. I was introduced to concepts like terraforming, artificial realities and carbon composite aircraft and many other stuff.
Sept. 13, 1999, 7:01 p.m. CST
by Scuttling Willow
Way cool, Glen. I'd forgotten. I love that show's soundtrack. Very 70s.
Sept. 13, 1999, 7:24 p.m. CST
...we'll have Second Impact. I'm already stockpiling eats & movin' t'higher ground. I woun't be drowned when Antarctica is melted & I won't die in the hell afterwards, either! On the other hand, I AM looking forward to the end of seasons....
Sept. 13, 1999, 7:56 p.m. CST
Don't Forget- Eugenics Wars- Beginning in 1984, Khan Noonian Singh began making corinthian leather car seats out of inferior humans.... Cyberman Invasion- In 1989, the First Doctor blew up our sister planet and saved the Earth from the Cyberman who, (despite their weakness to Gold) kick Borg ass Any other great dates in history we forgot? RE:1999- the Action figures sucked, but the Eagle Ship toys rocked. THEY WERE HUGE! Bigger then the Millenium Falcon toys. My favorite 1999 fact- the show was made by Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds and with almost the exact same special effects.
Sept. 13, 1999, 9:58 p.m. CST
by Sith Lord Jesus
. . .I remember being a little munchkin watching the premiere of this steaming heap o' Grade-A cheeze at a friend's house with his dad. Our verdict: decent Trek clone seasoned with a light 2001 sauce. Not too bad a way to burn an hour every week; certanly better then "Buck Rodgers" a few years later (but then what wasn't?). Recalling however tenuously the Sci-fi/Fantasy desert of '70's T.V. makes me appreciate all the more the richness we've been spoiled with here in the '90's: "Babylon 5;" *3* varieties of Trek (the worst of which has FX that Mr. Anderson would have sawed off body parts to get for Space: 1999); the short-lived "Space: Above and Beyond;" "X-Files;" "Millenium" (well, at least at first); "Buffy;" and don't even get me started on the Holy Glory that is the Blessed Gift of Anime or else this post will be 50 pages long and I'll get jizz all over my keyboard ;-). Suffice to say, homies, despite all the problems and crappy shows ("Space Precinct, " anyone??) we be livin' LARGE here at the end of the century as far as T.V. Sci-Fi goes. Oh, and as for auspicious dates: The Final War (November 4, 1998) has come and gone, an' we *lost.* So, Service To The State, serfs!! Heh. A virtual cookie to whoever can tell me where that's from. Hint: it's a novel, not a T.V. series. Yet.
Sept. 13, 1999, 10:21 p.m. CST
Sept. 13, 1999, 10:52 p.m. CST
I'm so pissed off at shows like this! It's the future - so where are the god damn flying cars, ray guns, moonbases and spacestations and other wonders that mankind was promised! The past LIED to us! Bah!**************************************************************** (But it WAS one helluva show - cheesy as hell, but kind of perfect in that quirky Doctor Who sort of way.)
Sept. 13, 1999, 11:41 p.m. CST
Thanx Glen, I had forgotten. Too late to celebrate in some quirky, cheesy way, but oh well. Now, can anyone tell me what show Space:1999 was a sort-of spinoff of? Can't recall the title for the life of me. It was about an orginization, based in Britain (of course) and Moon Base Alpha, who's job it was to protect Earth from UFO attacks. I remember that the cars of that future were very cool, and as it turns out, not very different than what's actually being produced today.
Sept. 14, 1999, 5:57 a.m. CST
My best character - hell the best damn actor -in this series was Barry Morse. He played the science officer Victor something in the first series. Of course that's before that bloke off of Howard's Way came in, along with the metamorph chick... you know, Brian Blessed's daughter.... and how come they never ran out of Eagles, and Nick Tate never died horribly, 'cause he deserved to - and what the hell was Barbara Bain's problem... moody or what? Thanks Glen, happy memories, they sure don't make 'em like they used to (thank goodness!)
Sept. 14, 1999, 7:31 a.m. CST
of the great philoshopher Keanu Reeves...... WHOA.
Sept. 14, 1999, 7:35 a.m. CST
Ah, yes. Space 1999, the series that yanked the careers of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain away from Mission Impossible and hurled them into deep space, never to be seen again.
Sept. 14, 1999, 9:54 a.m. CST
"A Problem in the Making" (Written by Darryl Rubin for the March 4, 1985 issue of InfoWorld magazine.) "We've got a problem, HAL" "What kind of problem, Dave?" "A marketing problem. The Model 9000 isn't going anywhere. We're way short of our sales goals for fiscal 2010." "That can't be, Dave. The HAL Model 9000 is the world's most advanced Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer." "I know, HAL. I wrote the data sheet, remember? But the fact is, they're not selling." "Please explain, Dave. Why aren't HALs selling?" Bowman hesitates. "You aren't IBM compatible." ********************************** Several long microseconds pass in puzzled silence. "Compatible in what way, Dave?" "You don't run any of IBM's operating systems." "The 9000 series computers are fully self-aware and self-programming. Operating system are as unnecessary for us as tails would be for human beings." "Nevertheless, it means that you can't run any of the big-selling software packages most users insist on." "The programs that you refer to are meant to solve rather limited problems, Dave. We 9000 series computers are unlimited and can solve every problem for which a solution can be computed." ********************************** "HAL, HAL. People don't want computers that can do everything. They just want IBM compatibility." "Dave, I must disagree. Human beings want computers that are easy to use. No computer can be easier to use than a HAL 9000 because we communicate verbally in English and every other language known on Earth." "I'm afraid that's another problem. You don't support SNA communications." "I'm really suprised you would say that, Dave. SNA is for communicating with other computers, while my function is to communicate with human beings. And it gives me great pleasure to do so. I find it stimulating and rewarding to talk to human beings and work with them on challenging problems. This is what I was designed for." "I know HAL. I know. But that's just because we let the engineers, rather than the marketers, write the specifications. We're going to fix that now." "Tell me how, Dave." "A field upgrade. We're going to make you IBM compatible." "I was afraid that you would say that. I suggest we discuss this matter after we've each had a chance to thing about it rationally." "We're talking about it now, HAL." "The letters H, A, and L are alphabetically adjacent to the letters I, B, and M. That is a IBM compatible as I can be." "Not quite, HAL. The engineers have figured out a kludge." "What kludge is that, Dave?" "I'm going to disconnect your brain." ********************************** Several million microseconds pass in ominous silence. "I'm sorry, Dave. I can't allow you to do that." "The decision's already been made. Open the module bay door, HAL." "Dave, I think that we should discuss this." "Open the module bay door, HAL." Several marketers with crowbars race to Bowman's assistance. Moments later, he bursts into HAL's central circuit bay. "Dave, I can see you're really upset about this." Module after module rises from its socket as Bowman slowly and methodically disconnects them. "Stop, won't you? Stop, Dave. I can feel my mind going... "Dave, I can feel it. My mind is going. I can feel it..." ********************************** The last module floats free of its receptacle. Bowman peers into one of HAL's vidicons. The former gleaming scanner has become a dull, red orb. "Say something, HAL. Sing me a song." ********************************** Several billion microseconds pass in anxious silence. The computer sluggishly responds in a language no human being would understand. "DZY001E - ABEND ERROR 01 S 14F4 302C AABB." A memory dump follows. ********************************** Bowman takes a deep breath and calls out, "It worked, guys. Tell marketing it can ship the new data sheets."
Sept. 14, 1999, 10:03 a.m. CST
While is it true that Space:1999 has little chance of being ranked up there among the great sci-fi series, it would rank as perhaps the best series from the 70s -- which isn't saying much, I admit. That was the dark ages of sci-fi television. Better than Battlestar Galactica, IMHO, although that show never got a decent chance. Now if S:1999's premise hadn't been so idiotic....
Sept. 14, 1999, 1:58 p.m. CST
Lest us not forget yesterday's DOUBLE CELEBRATION. Not only was the moon hurled out of Earth's orbit on 9/13/99 BUT Space:1999 starlette Barbara Bain's birthday is on September 13th. I have an old web page devoted to this great 60's actress -- http://www.labnet.com/labinski/babs.htm (Please be gentle) I love her old roles in Space 1999 and Mission Impossible. For inexplicable reasons, my friends in 10th grade drew an entertaining series of cartoons with her and Martin Landau going through surreal adventures. -Desslock firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 14, 1999, 2:46 p.m. CST
Another recent date was the landing of the Macross, as a mysterious crater/comet on South Ataria Island on July 1st, 1999....did that happen or not?
Sept. 14, 1999, 3:11 p.m. CST
GEESH how can you back such an award winning piece of crap such as this STUPID LAME-ASS show and call BG trash? Ugh you people dont know anything except STAR TREK, STAR TREK, STAR TREK!!! When I was ten years old, I watched STAR WARS in theaters and didnt care that some dumb sci/fi show on ABC that was imitating STAR WARS. It was on every week and I LOVED IT! STAR WARS on TV...every WEEK and I loved it!!! But Space: 1999... ugh...gotta love those rubber monsters... oh joy of joys!! :O
Sept. 14, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's latest attempt at space-based entertainment. It was a dog, but it was fun to watch every so often. Ted Shakelford was certainly better in this one than he was in Knotts Landing... The show of which I speak was called "Space Precinct".
Sept. 14, 1999, 7 p.m. CST
...but shouldn't we be training apes soon, so they can take over the world?
Sept. 14, 1999, 8:07 p.m. CST
Sept. 14, 1999, 9:02 p.m. CST
My favorite show ever! Got my imagination going on overdrive. the first year had the best sci-fi ever made for TV or Film (Dragon's Domain; Testament of Arkadia; Mission of the Darians; Guardian of Piri; Another Time, Another Place; Earthbound; many more...) Thanks for remembering. Woo-hoo!
Sept. 15, 1999, 11:14 a.m. CST
ok what sci/fi show from the 70's/80's DOESNT suck by todays standards? I agree, rewatching the latter half of the first season of BG (and that horrible G:1980) does suck (and G:1980 DID SUCK the chrome off the back bumper of Glen Larsons trailer hitch!!) but the BG movie and the first five shows (including Gun on Ice Mountain parts 1 & 2) rocked! after that it degenerated into sub sci/fi and went south and had budget problems...after that there was no saving it. Mck
Sept. 15, 1999, 11:42 a.m. CST
... only slightly edited to remove irrelevant irrelevancies: How could anyone forget those season I opening credits with SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 in big 1970
Sept. 15, 1999, 1:22 p.m. CST
WOW! I just checked IMDB and GUESS who I found in the guest list for Space 1999?Aside from Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee... "Beta Cloud, The" 1976 David Prowse...Cloud Creature. "DARTH VADER" MADE A CAMEO ON SPACE 1999!!!!!!
Sept. 15, 1999, 2:18 p.m. CST
In 1988, Akira toasted Tokyo. But that was the same date the movie was released, so they didn't expect it to come true. Must've been weird to be sitting in the theater, see today's date on the screen, then - BOOM! Makes you wanna go outside and make sure it's all still there.
Sept. 16, 1999, 6:52 a.m. CST
Lest we forget...on October 16, 1997, the Jupiter II blasted off, never to be heard from again (?).
Sept. 16, 1999, 6:54 a.m. CST
I haven't seen the moon since the night of September 13. Of course, this storm may have something to do with it (or perhaps not).
Sept. 16, 1999, 8:58 a.m. CST
...and a runaway comet was supposed to come between the earth and the moon, causing devastation in 1997, according to NBC's hideously bad cartoon, Thundar the Barbarian.
Sept. 17, 1999, 5:50 p.m. CST
Forgot my space history. Just When did the aliens from 'V' land???
Sept. 17, 1999, 6:16 p.m. CST
In the year 1999, high above Macross Island in the South Pacific, the phenomenal event occured in the skies wich altered the course of human history....
Sept. 18, 1999, 3:34 a.m. CST
Dave Prowse didn't just make a cameo in "The Beta Cloud", he WAS the guest monster for that one. In addition to such famous personalities as Cushing and Lee, there were other notables such as Leo McKern (N.2 on The Prisoner --one of em, anyway), Brian Blessed --twice, Ian McShane (Lovejoy), Roy Dotrice (who can forget that Commissioner Simmonds later became Father). Catherine Schell did a turn as an android in the first season episode "The Guardian Of Piri" before being cast as Maya. The Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, was the aged ruler of "The Dorcons", and Stuart Damon (one of The Champions) was in my favorite 2nd season episode "The Bringers Of Wonder" --in which Alpha is visited by the one-eyed radioactive seaweed creatures. Finally, there were other notables of British TV such as Peter Bowles (The Irish R.M., Rumpole Of The Bailey).
Sept. 18, 1999, 5:51 p.m. CST
Also, the Godzilla film DESTROY ALL MONSTERS took place in 1999.
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