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Men into Space: Asteroid

Skyra, a three-mile asteroid, has unexpectedly settled into Earth orbit at 3,000 miles altitude, and McCauley leads a mission to investigate the possibility of turning it into a space station.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Wednesday November 25th, 1959

Director: Lee Sholem
Writer: Ted Sherdeman


Guest Stars
Bill Williams (1)Bill Williams (1)
As Dr. Stacy Croydon
Recurring
Herbert RudleyHerbert Rudley
As Dr. Waring
Recurring
Joyce MeadowsJoyce Meadows
As Lynn Croydon
Recurring
Walter ReedWalter Reed
As Gen. Barker
Recurring
Richard CraneRichard Crane
As Maj. Emery
Recurring
Lionel AmesLionel Ames
As Capt. Draper
Recurring
Richard BullRichard Bull
As Radio Operator
Recurring
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley

Recap

On Earth, McCauley and General Barker meet with Dr. Stacy Croydon and Dr. Waring to discuss the asteroid Skyra, which has entered Earth’s gravitational pull and assumed orbit. Waring believes it’s a remnant of the planet between Mars and Jupiter, while Croydon dismisses them as cosmic junk. Barker wants to know if they should do something about it and Waring admits that it will eventually decay and become a meteorite. However, Barker wants to explore the possibility of establishing a space station on it, saving considerable money. He tells McCauley that they will begin with unmanned reconnaissance probes...

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: The story you're about to see isn't true. It hasn't happened... yet. These are scenes from that story that may happen soon. Scientists for years have attempted to study fragments called "asteroids." One of these asteroids has recently come closer to Earth than ever previously observed. You are about to see the story of a group of men who plan to actually land a spaceship on one of these asteroids.

McCauley: Lynn, how do you feel about Stacy making this flight?
Lynn Croydon: It's an experience he's dreamed about for a long time. I--I want what he wants.
Dr. Stacy Croydon: All I had to do was promise I wouldn't flirt with any female Martians we may run into.
Lynn Croydon: Or any other kind, mister.



Episode Goofs
When McCauley looks out the forward viewport, they are heading toward the asteroid but it is still some distance away.



When Croyden looks out the side viewport a second later, they are passing the asteroid.



When the camera cuts to an outside view, the rocket is approaching it but at an oblique angle that doesn't match either previous shot.




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
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorSidney Sutherland
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeMichael Tierney
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGeorge Gray (2)
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsJack Rabin  |  Louis Dewitt  |  Irving Block
 
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