This episode, in conjunction with several episodes this season, won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
C.J.: Everyone's stupid in an election year, Charlie.
Charlie: No, everyone gets treated stupid in an election year, C.J.
Mallory: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
Sam: Because it's next. For we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill, and we saw fire. And we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and we took to the sky. The history of man is hung on the timeline of exploration, and this is what's next.
This episode centers around the Galileo 5 Mars mission. In the real world, there was only one Galileo mission to Mars, not five.