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1 - Space Week

Original title : Space Week
First Aired : 07.07.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Jack Weinstock & Willy Gilbert
Cast : Frank Sutton (Eric Rattison)

The Story : A Space Academy tournament, consisting of sports, a written exam, and a space race, pits the Polaris unit in competition against other Cadet units at the Academy. The chief competition is the Vulcan unit led by Eric Rattison. Controversy cast a shadow over the Polaris unit when evidence indicates that a member of the Polaris crew has stolen an examination paper from Dr. Dale's office.
Note : This may be the first appearance of Eric Rattison, who makes numerous appearances in subsequent episodes, frequently bumping heads with Roger Manning. Rex Marshall as "Lieutenant Saunders", does the first commercial for Kellogg's Variety Pack. Frankie Thomas takes a break from his narration to do the second commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes

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2 - The Martian Revolt

Original title : The Martian Revolt
First Aired : 14.07.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Marc & Anne Siegel
Cast : Joe DeSantis (Commander Elbas), Ralph Camargo (Captain Bex)

The Story : An apparent plan by the Solar Council on Mars to break up Space Academy into three separate Academy's actually masks a much more sinister plot to start a revolution with the goal of destroying the entire Solar Guard.The Space Cadets wind up imprisoned inside an old rocket that has been programmed to go out of control and crash into the Martian surface.

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3 - Trial In Space

Original title : Trial In Space
First Aired : 21.07.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Jack Weinstock & Willy Gilbert
Cast : John Weaver (Cadet Harvey)

The Story : Astro is believed to have contracted "Space Fever" a disease which could result in having him permanently grounded from space travel, and thus, out of the Polaris Unit. During his narration, Frankie Thomas defines for the viewers just what a 3-man Space Cadet unit, like the Polaris, really is.

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4 - Graveyard of the Rockets

Original title : Graveyard of the Rockets
First Aired : 28.07.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : George Lowther
Cast : James Van Dyke (Professor Chambers), Ralph Riggs (Norgerson)

The Story : The Space Cadets, along with Captain Strong, Commander Arkwright, and Dr. Joan Dale, seek an Academy scientist lost on a distant planet in an uncharted solar system. Their search takes them to the legendary RocketGraveyard, where dozens of lost ships have accumulated over the past 200 years. The graveyard appears to be otherwise deserted, but there are unknown foes waiting -- not all of which are human.

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5 - The Asteroid of Death

Original title : The Asteroid of Death
First Aired : 04.08.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Jack Weinstock & Willy Gilbert
Cast : Clifford Sales (Jodie Morton)

The Story : A clue provided by a youthful stowaway provides the only hope of preventing Roger and Captain Strong from making contact with an anti-matter asteroid and instantaneous annihilation.

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6 - The Mystery of Alkar

Original title : The Mystery of Alkar
First Aired : 11.08.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Franck Thomas & Ray Morse
Cast : Joe DeSantis (Elblas), Ralph Riggs (Luxor)

The Story : The Cadets are menaced by a weird, near-mute visitor from Alkar, the legendary black planet lying beyond the orbit of Neptune. But a much more deadly threat comes from an old and very dangerous enemy, that could lead to an attack against the entire Solar Alliance.
Note : In the second commercial break, Tom speaks directly out of the Space Cadet News, informing all viewers how they can form their own Space Cadet Squadrons, and obtain their Space Cadet Membership Kits through Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Tom Poston guest stars as the mysterious invader from Alkar, though he is not identified in the credits. Poston also guest starred as Captain Turner in the premiere Corbett episode on October 2, 1950.

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7 - The Lost Colony of Venus

Original title : The Lost Colony of Venus
First Aired : 18.08.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : George Lowther
Cast : Chester Stratton (Ace of Space Bradley)

The Story : An adventurer calling himself the "Ace of Space"- stows aboard the Space Cadets' ship (the Ventura on this occasion) with the aid of the impulsive Roger. But "Ace" thereupon commandeers the ship and forces the Cadets to fly to Venus and help him search for the legendary Lost Colony. They do find it, amidst the Venusian jmgles, but they also encounter the very same menace that wiped out the original Colony, established by the first colonists from earth 200 years ago!

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8 - Summer Space Maneuvers (1/2)

Original title : Summer Space Maneuvers (1/2)
First Aired : 25.08.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Jack Weinstock & Willy Gilbert
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The Story : The Polaris, on a mission to destroy a dangerous contra-terrene asteroid, is crippled by a split in the servo-gyro and forced to land on Jupiter for repairs.

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9 - Summer Space Maneuvers (2/2)

Original title : Summer Space Maneuvers (2/2)
First Aired : 01.09.1951 (USA)
Director : George Gould
Writing credits : Jack Weinstock & Willy Gilbert
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The Story : Cadets Astro, Roger Manning, and Eric Rattison, out on space maneuvers aboard the Polaris, run into trouble when the Servo unit (which controls the automatic steering unit) on the space ship goes out of commission, and they are forced to make an emergency landing on Jupiter. Problems with Jupiter's intense gravitation field and ammonia storms threaten the ships' survival, and also hinder the efforts of Tom and Captain Strong to come to their aid.

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