The Hyde 1-2-5 spaceship carried five astronauts to the planet Mars as part of the Aries Project, created by the United States of America in the year 2035. The team of astronauts consisted of Sam Tyler, his dad Tom, Colonel Annie Norris, and Chris and Ray. During the trip to Mars, each of the astronauts were kept alive and well in special pods while they got to live alternate lives through a "neural-stim" program, a kind of virtual reality world. This allowed Sam Tyler to become a cop in 2008, but due to a meteor shower, the spaceship's program slightly malfunctioned and made Sam a cop in 1973. The Hyde 1-2-5 eventually arrives at Mars, with its astronauts ready to hunt for DNA.