this day in science fiction history: september 13, 1999

On this date in a fictional 1999, Earth’s moon was hurled from orbit by a nuclear blast. The personnel manning Moonbase Alpha survived the blast (they were on the opposite side of the moon from the nuclear waste storage facility that blew up), and were sent on an interstellar adventure that lasted two TV seasons. Although some of them didn’t make it to the second season. The show, of course, is Space 1999. The intro to season 1 is posted above. Here’s the intro to season 2:

Personally, I prefer the first season intro over the second. And while we’re on the subject, I thought the first season was better in pretty much every way.

If you’re a fan of the show, and you’re curious about what happened to our intrepid space travelers, there’s an answer for you. Sort of. In 1999 (the real 1999), a short was released titled Message from Moonbase Alpha. It was written by former show writer Johnny Byrne and starred series regular Zienia Merton. Thankfully, someone posted it to Youtube.