“Assignment: Outer Space” is a science fiction movie released in 1960, directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Rik Van Nutter as the lead character, Commander Jack Rankin.
The movie is set in the future, where humans have established a permanent base on the moon and are preparing to send a spaceship to explore Mars. Commander Rankin is assigned to cover the mission as a journalist, but he soon becomes involved in the action when the spaceship encounters a series of obstacles and dangers.
As the spaceship travels through space, the crew faces a variety of challenges, including a solar storm, mechanical malfunctions, and an attack by an alien spacecraft. Despite the obstacles, Rankin and the crew remain committed to their mission and work together to overcome each challenge.
Once they arrive on Mars, the crew faces even more danger, including hostile alien creatures and treacherous terrain. However, they persevere and manage to gather valuable scientific data before returning safely to Earth.
“Assignment: Outer Space” was made during the height of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union, and it reflects the optimism and excitement of the era. The movie’s themes of exploration, adventure, and cooperation in the face of adversity continue to make it a popular science fiction film today.
Ennio De Concini, Jack Wallace
Rik Van Nutter, Gabriella Farinon, David Montresor