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Conquest of Space is a 1955 Paramount Pictures Technicolor science fiction produced by George Pal and directed by Byron Haskin, which depicts the first voyage to the planet Mars.

The science and technology depicted in the film were intended to be as realistic as possible. The movie poster's tagline reads: "See how it will happen in your lifetime!" Wikipedia

Initial Release: April 20, 1955
Awards: None

Conquest of Space 1955
Conquest of Space 1955

IMDB Rating: 6

Starring: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mic Shaughnessy

Director: Byron Haskin

Writters: Chesley Bonestell , Willy Ley

Genre: Sci-Fi

Description: A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

Plot Summery: [Spoiler Alert!]

In the 1980s. A crew, dispatched from a satlelite in Earth's orbit, assembles a "moon" rocket.

Dr. Fenton (William Hopper) arrives with the news that the destination is to be Mars, not the Moon. One astronaut has already washed out due to space sickness. The willful commander General Merritt (Walter Brooke) is in denial that he suffers from a similar nervous fatigue and bulls ahead with his plan to personally command the Mars mission, accompanied by his reluctant son Captain Barney Merritt (Eric Fleming).

The mission goes as planned with only one hitch: General Merritt goes off his rocker with religious delusions that the trip to Mars is a blasphemous trespassing on God's domain. Reviewed by Glenn Erickson