Men into Space

Moon Probe

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/30/59
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  • Episode Description
  • As his family watches from Mission Control, Col. Edward McCauley commands the first rocket into outer space and must take a desperate gamble when the second stage of his rocket fails to jettison.

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Lundigan

    Col. Edward McCauley

  • Angie Dickinson

    Mary McCauley

  • Paul Burke

    Major Billy Williams

  • Paul Richards (I)

    Air Force Liaison Officer

  • H.M. Wynant

    Major Joe Hale

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Reporter #3: Mrs. McCauley, may I ask you one question?
      Mary: But I'll answer it. As long as I've known my husband, he's been reaching for the sky. And I like to think that this flight means going just a little higher.

    • Reporter #3: Will you attempt a landing on the Moon?
      McCauley: No, no we don't have the know-how. Yet.
      Reporter #3: Colonel, are you scared?
      McCauley: No comment.
      Reporter #3: Well, then, why...?
      McCauley: There's a mountain somebody has to climb it. Mountains on the Moon just happen to be a few thousand miles higher. Let's call it a way of life.
      Reporter #3: Going to the Moon, a way of life?
      McCauley: Let's say science is a way of life.

    • Ground Controller: Control to XMP. You are drifting at 25,600 miles an hour. Seven degrees off planned trajectory.
      Reporter #3: What does he mean, "drifting"?
      Air Force Liaison Officer: You know what infinity means? Well, that's exactly what he means. They can't stop themselves.

    • Narrator: Destination, infinity. Was that to be the fate of the XMP-13? Speed 25,600 miles per hour. No power. No way to alter its course. Magnetic shoes will counteract weightlessness, but what repairs will counteract the malfunction?

    • Narrator: McCauley--a man lost in space. Helpless. Repeating his name, getting no answers. Not even knowing if he's being heard. What goes on in the mind of such a man? How long will it be? Is it a matter of hours, miles, or is it an eternity?

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    Notes (1)

    • Listed onscreen: We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation, technical assistance, research and facilities furnished by Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Air Research and Development Command, Office of the Surgeon General, School of Aviation Medicine. Space suits worn in outer space sequences provided by the United States Navy.

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