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Space Cadets

Season 1 2005

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  • 2005-12-07T00:00:00Z on Channel 4
  • 60 mins
  • 10 hours, 0 mins (10 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reality
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Channel 4 is blasting a group of adventurers, ordinary members of the public, off into space to spend five days orbiting the earth. It's thrilling, it's exciting, and it's totally bogus.

In fact, the cadets will be on a disused military base in Suffolk.

Our group of thrill seekers will experience two weeks of intensive astronaut training believing they are in Star City, near Moscow, and labouring under the illusion that they are part of a real space mission.

After all, who would go to the trouble of dressing Suffolk, up as Russia, and faking a space launch?

To fuel the illusion, the base has been painstakingly decked out in Russian products, down to the very last plug socket.

Their physical training is under the supervision of a genuine former KGB agent.

Hollywood visual effects specialists, Wonderworks, whose credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Apollo 13, have created the space shuttle itself from a NASA blueprint.

Sound effects have been created to simulate the incredible noise generated by blasting off from the earth. Hydraulics and 'air biscuits' will pull, jolt, and vibrate the craft around for authenticity.

When the cadets look out of the cockpit window, they'll see a distant earth, thanks to meticulous visual effects.

Who wouldn't believe?

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10 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2005-12-07T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Johnny Vaughan introduces the show and how the audition process worked.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2005-12-08T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Training begins for the nine contestants.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2005-12-09T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The first eliminations are made in this episode of Space Cadets.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2005-12-10T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants get their first try in the shuttle simulator.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2005-12-11T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Training in the shuttle simulator continues.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2005-12-12T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The crew experiences their first liftoff.

1x07 Episode 7

  • 2005-12-13T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

Earth Orbiter 1 is home for the crew as their training continues.

1x08 Episode 8

  • 2005-12-14T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants continue preparations with communications training.

1x09 Episode 9

  • 2005-12-15T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The contestants prepare for the final selections.

1x10 Episode 10

  • 2005-12-16T00:00:00Z — 60 mins

The announcement of the three winning Space Cadets.

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