How will humanity survive when the Sun expires?
This vital question powers the central premise behind the "hard" science fiction web series Mission Backup Earth.
In the year 2176, the Sun has burned through much of its hydrogen reserves. This begins its transformation into a red giant star - not good news for life on earth.
Returning from a mission in the Uranus system, the deep space transport vessel STC Nikola Tesla receives orders to pick up a mysterious stranger and transport him to Neptune's moon of Triton.
Meanwhile on a small research facility on Triton, Dr. Jenna Brennagan and her husband Gordon have been ordered to return to Earth, interrupting her search for extraterrestrial life.
Matters quickly become dangerously complicated when two separate, dangerous turn-of-events happen simultaneously.
On Triton, Gordon is seriously injured during a cryovolcano eruption, while the crew of the Nikola Tesla must contend with deadly radiation from a massive solar storm.
What is most impressive when viewing Mission Backup Earth is it's a no-budget project.
The talents and skills required to film the science fiction series were crowd-sourced from individuals across the globe on a volunteer basis via the website WreckAMovie!
The entire production team and cast, donated their talents because they share a deep passion for this project - and it shows in every episode.
The quality of the CGI and visual effects used to depict deep space travel, along with the harsh environs of Triton, is surprisingly convincing.
Witness them for yourself by viewing the first episode:
Another hallmark of the series is it's use of actual science and scientific theory in its depiction of space travel, ship design, and human habitation off-world.
Mission Backup Earth is actually a prequel mini-series to a story much grander in scope - as conceived by its creator, Alexander Pfander. Three seasons of stories have been planned, but will only be produced if the audience supports them.
Mr. Pfander's goal is to use the series as a means to bring space exploration back to the forefront of the international zeitgeist.
I hope he succeeds.
For more information about the production, and to view the mini-series in its entirely, please visit the official web site: MissionBackupEarth.com .
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