Planet of the Apes Icarus Picture

The Icarus was a triangular NASA spaceship launched into space to explore Alpha Centauri in the year 1980. Unfortunately, the spaceship accidentally traveled through time to a post-nuclear holocaust future where talking apes had become Earth's rulers and man was relegated to a slave class.

The ship's crew included astronauts Alan Virdon (Ron Harper), Pete Burke (James Naughton) and Jones (who died when the spacecraft crash landed on Earth in the year AD 3085).


TRIVIA NOTE: The series was based on the novel "Planet of the Apes" written by Pierre Boulle. In the movie version of THE PLANET OF THE APES, the Icarus spacecraft crash landed in an inland sea (actually Lake Powell) in the year A.D. 3978.

In the original film, the Icarus sank but not before the surviving astronauts escaped to a raft and paddled to the main land.

Escape from the Icaurus - 1968 movie - THE PLANET OF THE APES

Although unnamed in the film, the spacecraft was dubbed "Icarus" by a fan named Larry Evans in 1972. That moniker is now the accepted non-canonical term for the downed spacecraft.

In the TV series, the spacecraft was vandalized by the futuristic apes and then destroyed by Alan Virdon, one of the surviving astronauts when he set the ship to self-destruct. The name of the TV series spacecraft was initially to be called Probe Six.

In the animated sequel RETURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES, the spacecraft was called Venture (a space capsule) . The crew of the Venture included Bill Hudson ((Richard Blackburn), Jeff Carter (Austin Stoker) and Judy Franklin (Claudette Nevins).


Bill Hudson:
This is astronaut Bill Hudson aboard the space craft Venture. Due to the advanced speed or our craft according to our Earth clock, we have traveled some 105 years, 8 months, 5 weeks, 4 days and 11 hour into our own future. Therefore, we conclude that Dr. Stanton's theory on Time thrust is correct. Man can propel himself into the future.

Jeff Carter:
What's going on? [ship malfunctions]

Judy Franklin:
Look at the Earth Clock. It's gone wild! [Console meter reads DANGER. Alarm sounds. Earth clock shows years passing by at incredible rate. Final display: 3810. The spacecraft plunges toward earth and crashes into an inland sea.]
-- opening narration from the first episode of Return to the Planet of the Apes

In Greek Mythology, Icarus, the son of Daedalus the inventor, used a pair of wings created by his father to sail into the sky. Unfortunately, Icarus did not heed his father's warning about flying too near the sun and plunged to his death when the heat melted the bond between wax and feathers.
Continue Reading: Sun