Remember this? The 1954-55 Flash Gordon TV series. I don’t remember it well: mostly I have this image of Flash being menaced by something that looked like a heap of bathroom rugs (and might have been, at that). I used to read the Flash Gordon adventures in the Sunday newspaper, in the color comics section. The TV show couldn’t quite live up to that.
Nevertheless, it had its moments–as in this little clip above, in which the narrator makes reference to “the rings of Jupiter.” Huh? I thought it was Saturn with the rings–didn’t you?
There’s only so much you can learn from pop culture!
4 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Flash Gordon’”
Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager and Galileo missions, scientists have discovered that Jupiter DOES have a (very faint) ring system. As do Uranus and Neptune. You can Google for photos if you don’t believe me. Old Flash wasn’t so ignorant after all.
Cool! Thanks for the tip, I hadn’t heard about it.
I don’t remember much about Flash Gordon except that it was a TV show. Now Sky King – well, that’s another matter 🙂
Yep, Jupiter has rings, just as Saturn, albeit somewhat less grand in scale.