Men into Space

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Dec 09, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The development of a new metal alloy looks promising for use in the construction of future re-entry vehicles. However, when the alloy seemingly fails during a re-entry test, the pilot ejects and his decision comes under fire.

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    John Sutton

    John Sutton

    Vice Marshal Malcolm Terry

    Guest Star

    Lance Fuller

    Lance Fuller

    Cap. Bob Stark

    Guest Star

    Robert Clarke

    Robert Clarke

    Maj. Gibbie Gibson

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • During the first mission's liftoff, Gibson is on the left and Stark on the right. In all the subsequent shots, Gibson is on the right and Stark on the left.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Narrator: The story you are about to see hasn't happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story that will happen when Man develops newer and more highly complicated spaceships. This is the story of a test of a man and a machine. The dramatic moment to prove the ability to return to the earth from outer space.

      • McCauley: The first manned flight should be routine.
        Vice Marshal Terry: At 21,000 miles per hour and 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit--I believe you said, Professor--you would call this "routine," Colonel?
        McCauley: Well, after all the hundreds of tests have been completed, the first flight should be routine... relatively.

      • Nan: That's the occupational hazard of space. Happy marriages.
        Stark: Now, come on now, let's not rap it.
        Nan: I'm not rapping it. I'm trying to get in on it.

      • Emerson: It's a short flight.
        McCauley: There are no short flights in space.

      • Emerson: We've heard all the evidence. Do you think there is too much risk involved in a manned test flight?
        McCauley: Well, there's always risk flying in space. We learned to face that fact when we joined the Air Force. I think this particular test is a well-calculated risk.
        Emerson: That's a rather sanguine answer for a man who has to make the test, Colonel.
        McCauley: Well, I guess we approach space the same way good doctor approaches his patients. He expects to lose a few, but that doesn't keep him from trying to do his job.

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