Defying Gravity is a Sci-Fi TV show from 2009 set in 2052. In 2042 the US sent five astronauts to Mars including Maddux Donner and Ted Shaw. Only three of the astronauts came back. Now, 10 years later, a mission is being mounted to go visit most (all?) of the planets in the solar system. We meet the people going on the mission just before the launch, and we follow them, and the ground control crew, while the mission is underway. The story of how the crew was chosen and trained is told in flashbacks to 5 years before the mission. And it seems not just the astronauts came back from Mars...As far as science goes, it tries and mostly succeeds at being on the hard end of the scale, but the instant and crystal clear two way communication with Earth even as they get to Venus is a big drag on that.Notable in that it was co-developed by ABC, The BBC, CTV and ProSieben, meaning its country of origin is The USA/Canada/The UK/Germany.Has nothing to do with the Wicked song.
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