Atmosphere Of Death (Part 2 of 2) Aired March 20, 1952
The Tom Corbett universe partook of pseudo-science, not equal to the standards of accuracy set by John W. Campbell in the pages of Astounding. And yet, by the standards of the day, it was much more accurate than most media science fiction. Mars was a desert, Venus a jungle, and the asteroids a haunt of space pirates, but at least planets circled suns and there was no air in space. Contrast this with Twilight Zone, years later, where people could live on asteroids wearing ordinary clothes, or Lost in Space, years after that, where a spaceship could be passing "Jupiter and Andromeda" at the same time. Before Star Trek, Tom Corbett — Space Cadet was the most scientifically accurate series on television, in part due to official science advisor Willy Ley, and later due to Frankie Thomas.
March 20, 1952. ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. "The Atmosphere Of Death" Part 2 of 2
. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran. The cadets discover a plot to take over the government of Venus. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 24:08. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.