In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of NASA administrators turn the first Mars mission into a phony Mars landing. Under threat of harm to their families the astronauts play their part in the deception on a staged set in a deserted military base. But once the real ship returns to Earth and burns up on re-entry, the astronauts become liabilities. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter, they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America,|
|Production Co.||:||Associated General Films ITC Entertainment|
|Genres||:||Drama, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction,|
|Casts||:||Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, David Huddleston, David Doyle, Lee Bryant, Denise Nicholas, Robert Walden, James B. Sikking, Alan Fudge, James Karen, Jon Cedar, Hank Stohl, Norman Bartold, Darrell Zwerling, Milton Selzer, Lou Frizzell,|
|Plot Keywords||:||helicopter, planet mars, nasa, texas, spacecraft, beguilement, crop duster, conspiracy, escape, astronaut, desert, investigative reporter,|