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Steve Carell Is Launching a 'Space Force' Comedy Series on Netflix

It looks like we'll have a fictional Space Force before the real one gets off the ground.

Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, who previously teamed up on the U.S. version of the beloved sitcom "The Office," are making a "Space Force" comedy series for Netflix, the streaming giant announced Wednesday (Jan. 16). 

Carell will star in the show, which draws its inspiration from the new military branch that President Donald Trump wants to establish to help secure American dominance of the final frontier. [Presidential Visions for Space Exploration: From Ike to Trump]

"The goal of the new branch is 'to defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks' or something," states a teaser video for the show, which Netflix posted on Twitter Wednesday. "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."

Steve Carrell will star in a new Netflix comedy series "Space Force" based on President Donald Trump's push to establish a real military branch of the same name. (Image credit: Netflix)

President Trump began publicly musing about the possibility of a Space Force in March 2018, then called for its establishment three months later. But standing it up requires more than a presidential decree; only Congress can create a new military branch.

The latest thinking envisions the Space Force as an independent service within the Air Force, in much the same mold as the U.S. Marine Corps, which is a bona fide branch but is officially part of the Department of the Navy.  

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Mike Wall
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.