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Ranger 3 - Spacecraft on the sci-fi series BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY/NBC/1979-81.

Ranger 3 Spacecraft - Fantastic Plastics Models - Original Box Art - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY

Ranger3 was a NASA spacecraft, the last of Earth's deep space probes, piloted by astronaut Captain William "Buck" Rogers (Gil Gerard). A freak accident froze the ship's life support system and sent Ranger 3 into an elongated orbit that returned it back to Earth 500 years later to a new world ruled by a federation of nations whose capitol city was New Chicago.


"In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship a lone astronaut Captain William Buck Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger 3 was blown out of its planned trajectory into an orbit a thousand times more vast: an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to Earth five hundred years later." - Opening Narration


Opening Sequence - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY
Opening Sequence - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY
Opening Sequence - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY
Opening Sequence - BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY

Screen captures of the opening sequence as Buck Rogers launches into space.

The ship was initially rescued by the Draconian Empire, whose beautiful but evil Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) instantly got the hots for the Terran, Buck Rogers who had been held in a state of suspended animation. Despite the fact that Buck hadn't been with a woman in over 500 years, he still declined the advances of Ardala. What a guy!

There were two models of Ranger 3 constructed for the series. One in pristine condition seen as Buck Rogers took off on his flight; and one discolored model covered in space dirt to indicate his long trip through space. See also "Searcher" and "Starfighter"


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