Fireball XL5 was a marionette T.V. show in the 1960s. It centered on a group of heroes from the World Space Patrol protecting the solar system from alien invasion. It sounds corny now but back then I thought this was really cool and I wanted to join up.
I had a plastic Fireball XL5 toy ship that you could shoot up in the air and, if you folded up the parachute just right, it would float down safely although I had more fun with it acting out adventures in our living room, especially after the parachute became hopelessly tangled. It was still my favorite toy when I was ten. I actually found a site that had a picture of it.
The show also had a jazzy theme song that you can listen to here:
Surprisingly a DVD set of this old show can still be purchased. The link below also has a good summary of the series.