When the Air Force prepares to build the first space station in orbit, General Robert Hicks is put in charge of the program. He puts Colonel McCauley in charge of training the men who will complete the mission to assemble the sections of the space station. The men who will be traveling into orbit are captains Dan Michaels and Les Forsythe, and lieutenants Bill Smith, Phelps, Ferguson, Simpson, and Wheelwright. McCauley informs the seven men that they will be working, eating, and sleeping together until they choose the four men who will go on the mission...Read the full recap
McCauley: Hey, wait a minute. You got a tear in your suit, captain. That only happens once up there. Even a pinhole and you’re dead. Like that!
Lt. Bill Smith: Just look at that, will you?
McCauley: You can almost reach out and grab a handful of stars. Feeling’s always the same.
Lt. Bill Smith: Look, we only got a couple of hours of oxygen left. I’ll never make it out of here. Just tell me how it will hit me.
McCauley: Stop talking like a fool.
Lt. Bill Smith: I want to know.
McCauley: Okay, if it’ll make you feel any better. When it happens, it’ll be over so fast you’ll never know it.
Lt. Bill Smith: Listen to me. When the time’s up, you’re all clearing out, you got that? If you don’t, so help me, I’ll yank this sleeve.
McCauley: Lt. Smith, I am in charge of this mission, you’ll do as you’re told. Besides, why don’t you shut up and save your air?