Sun Probe is the 4th produced, and the 11th broadcast, episode of the British television series Thunderbirds.


When the retrorockets on board the Sun Probe manned mission fail, the spacecraft becomes locked on a collision course with the Sun, that will burn them to a crisp! It's up to International Rescue to rescue the now-trapped crew; and a two-pronged strategy is put into action: while Alan, Scott and Tin-Tin give direct chase in Thunderbird 3, Virgil and Brains (with Brains' robot, Braman) take Thunderbird 2 to the snowy slopes of Mount Arkan to stand by with a back-up regimen of their own...

TB3 succeeds in firing Sun Probe's retro-rockets by radio-beam - forcing it away from the Sun - but now the odds turn for the worse, as the overextended TB3 itself faces mortal peril!


  • This episode was one which Gerry Anderson was initially unsatisfied with during production and, remembering an old pearl of wisdom - "If it's bad, make it loud" - made a special request for Barry Gray to create an extra-loud score for the story.


Sun Probe on Thunderbirds Wiki:

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International Rescue: Jeff Tracy | Scott Tracy | Virgil Tracy | Alan Tracy | Gordon Tracy | John Tracy | Brains | Tin-Tin Kyrano | Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward | Aloysius Parker
Others: Lucille Tracy | Kyrano | Grandma Tracy | The Hood

TV Series Episodes:
Season 1
Trapped In The Sky | Pit of Peril | The Perils Of Penelope | Terror In New York City | Edge Of Impact | Day Of Disaster | 30 Minutes After Noon | Desperate Intruder | End Of The Road | The Uninvited | Sun Probe | Operation Crash-Dive | The Mighty Atom | City of Fire | The Impostors | The Man From MI.5 | Cry Wolf | Danger at Ocean Deep | Move - And You're Dead | The Duchess Assignment | Brink Of Disaster | Attack of the Alligators! | Martian Invasion | The Cham-Cham | Security Hazard Season 2
Atlantic Inferno | Path of Destruction | Alias Mr. Hackenbacker | Lord Parker's 'Oliday | Ricochet | Give Or Take A Million

Thunderbirds Are Go | Thunderbird 6

Young Corgi | The Vault

Tracy Island | Creighton-Ward Mansion

Thunderbird 1 | Thunderbird 2 (Pod Vehicles: Mole | Firefly | DOMO | Elevator Cars | Transmitter Truck | Recovery Vehicles | Monobrake | Excavator | Mobile Crane | Fire Truck | Laser Cutter | Thunderizer | Neutralizer Tractor | Jet-Air Transporter | Fire Tender | Yellow Trailer Truck | Red and Black Truck | Red Curved Vehicle) | Thunderbird 3 | Thunderbird 4 | Thunderbird 5 | Thunderbird 6
Other Craft and Vehicles
FAB 1 | FAB 2

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