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Men into Space: Water Tank Rescue

Col. McCauley's team suffers a casualty while setting up the beginnings of a moon base, and are told that he cannot survive the acceleration of takeoff.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Wednesday October 28th, 1959

Director: Otto Lang
Writer: Ib Melchior

Guest Stars
Paul LangtonPaul Langton
As Major Warnecke
Jon ShepoddJon Shepodd
As Lt. Rick Gordon
Joan TaylorJoan Taylor
As Carol Gordon
Gar MooreGar Moore
As Capt Hal Roberts
Stephen TalbotStephen Talbot
As Tommy Gordon
Peter Walker (1)Peter Walker (1)
As Lt. Frank Werner
Barry BrooksBarry Brooks
As Ground Control Captain
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


Professor George Grayson, head of Project Moonbase, meets with the team that will be flying to the moon to set up. Colonel McCauley is in charge and is commanding Lt. Rick Gordon. Capt. Hal Roberts, and Lt. Frank Werner. Their mission is to bring down the cargo from three robot satellites...

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Narrator: The story you are about to see has not happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story, that will happen when men will colonize the moon and discover how to live there. But before they accomplish this, they must have materials and supplies to sustain themselves in the moon’s hostile environment. In an undertaking such as this, it is inevitable that lives will be risked and new dangers faced. This is the story of a group of men who tried to conquer death on the moon.

Prof. George Grayson: McCauley must take off from the moon in 73 minutes. He has no choice, no time.
Major Warnecke: And Lt. Gordon?
Prof. George Grayson: If he’s left behind up there, he obviously won’t last long. And if they blast off with him, they’ll kill him. Gordon has a choice, but it’s only how he wants to die.

Narrator: On Earth, a man with a heart attack rushed to the nearest hospital may have the odds in his favor. But when that hospital is 240,000 miles away, the odds are desperately against him.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Make-upJohn Holden
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Production CoordinatorHarry R. Sherman
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorMorton Tubor
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeMichael Tierney
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsJack Rabin  |  Louis Dewitt  |  Irving Block
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