Jupiter II -
Spacecraft featured on the science fiction
series LOST IN SPACE/CBS/1965-68.
Launched on October 16, 1997, the Jupiter II
was bound for the Alpha Centauri galaxy with
hopes of finding a planet to support the
burgeoning population of earth.
Its crew included:
- Professor John Robinson (Guy Williams)
- Maureen Robinson (June Lockhart), his wife
- Judy Robinson (Marta Kriston), their eldest daughter
- Penny Robinson (Angela Lockhart), their younger daughter
- Will Robonson (Billy Mumy), their genius young son
- Major Donald West (Mark Goddard), the ship's pilot
- Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), a reluctant stowaway and an enemy agent whose sabotage attempt got the ship hopelessly lost in space.
In appearance, the Jupiter II was shaped like a
flying saucer with a ring of lights on its
underbelly. It's interior consisted of two
levels. The upper level housed the guidance
controls and suspended animation tubes
originally designed to hold the hibernating crew
as they traveled across the galaxy.
deck featured living quarters, galley,
laboratory, a storage area for the ship's bulky
robot, and a compartment containing a
shuttlecraft vehicle called the "Space Pod" used
for ship-to-planet travel. A small elevator
platform and ladder provided passage between
TRIVIA NOTE: The special effects team of L.B.
Abbott and Howard Lydecker designed a variety of
models of the ship including a full-scale model
for interior shooting and small-scale models for
space travel scenes.
The Lost in Space jigsaw puzzle made by Milton
Bradley in 1965 featured a full color photo of
the Jupiter II.
A new and improved Jupiter II design appeared in
the motion picture remake Lost in Space (1997).
ROBOTS: "Robot B9"
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