Gerry Anderson Encyclopedia

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 TracyScott TracyVirgil TracyAlan TracyGordon TracyJohn TracyBrainsTin-Tin KyranoLady Penelope Creighton-WardAloysius Parker
Others: Lucille TracyKyranoGrandma TracyThe Hood

TV Series Episodes:
Season 1
Trapped In The SkyPit of PerilThe Perils Of PenelopeTerror In New York CityEdge Of ImpactDay Of Disaster30 Minutes After NoonDesperate IntruderEnd Of The RoadThe UninvitedSun ProbeOperation Crash-DiveThe Mighty AtomCity of FireThe ImpostorsThe Man From MI.5Cry WolfDanger at Ocean DeepMove - And You're DeadThe Duchess AssignmentBrink Of DisasterAttack of the Alligators!Martian InvasionThe Cham-ChamSecurity Hazard
Season 2
Atlantic InfernoPath of DestructionAlias Mr. HackenbackerLord Parker's 'OlidayRicochetGive Or Take A Million

Thunderbirds Are GoThunderbird 6

Audio Adventures:
Introducing ThunderbirdsF.A.B.The Stately Homes Robberies

Young CorgiThe Vault

Tracy IslandCreighton-Ward Mansion

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