Growing up with real life countdowns at Canaveral and the elaborate executions that got any of the Supermarination ships into the air, sci-fi take off sequences are hardwired into my head. Though it always bothered me that if Zero-X needed those lifting bodies at the start of a mission, why didn’t it require them for the home trip. OK, Mars has a lower gravitational pull. How do explain Thunderbird 2?

And the only thing more exciting than watching the Jupiter 2 take off is watching it crash.

So I have a question. What is the best launch sequence on television, or in the movies? Who has the best take-off on the screen? (Barbarella gags will be accepted).

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