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The Twilight Zone: And When the Sky Was Opened

Three astronauts return from man's first trip into space and begin disappearing one by one... and no one remembers that they ever existed.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 173-3611
Airdate: Friday December 11th, 1959

Director: Douglas Heyes
Story: Richard Matheson
Teleplay: Rod Serling



The X-20, an experimental space interceptor, disappeared off the radar screen for 24 hours before crash landing in the Mojave Desert. One of the crew, Major William Gart, is taken to the hospital for treatment of a broken leg. Colonel Forbes, one of the other two men, goes to see Gart, who wants to know what's going on in the outside world. Forbes, nervous, assures him that the ship is fine. Gart wonders if he's drunk and comments that he looks hungover. They share a pack of cigarettes and Forbes says that something has happened that he doesn't understand. He closes the door and then asks Gart when he left the hospital. Gart wonders what he's talking about and Forbes says that he left the hospital yesterday at 9:30. He asks who he left with, and Gart says that no one left with him. Forbes then shows him a newspaper, saying that two men crashed in the desert. The picture shows Forbes and Gart...

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