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Men into Space: Building a Space Station

The first two sections of a circular space station are mated in orbit, but not without incident.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Wednesday October 14th, 1959

Director: Otto Lang

Guest Stars
Jack MannJack Mann
As Major Hall
Don DubbinsDon Dubbins
As Lt. Bill Smith
Christopher DarkChristopher Dark
As Capt Les Forsythe
Nancy HadleyNancy Hadley
As Paula Smith
Bartlett RobinsonBartlett Robinson
As General Robert Hicks
Don KennedyDon Kennedy
As Capt. Dan Michaels
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


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...

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Episode Quotes
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?

Episode Goofs
When McCauley goes back to Smith with the clamp, Captain Michaels is nowhere in sight and has already entered the spacecraft.

However, barely two minutes later, Michaels has crossed the intervening distance and shown up to help rescue the lieutenant.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorGlen Daniels
Production CoordinatorHarry R. Sherman
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorChuck Overhulser
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJohn F. Schreyer
WardrobeMichael Tierney
Makeup ArtistJohn Sylvester
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt  |  Jack Rabin  |  Irving Block
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