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A physicist and biologist don't get along on Earth, but each makes sure that they're assigned to the same two-week workshift on Space Station Astra. However, when one of them is endangered, the other one must put his life at risk to help his associate.
McCauley meets with General Sam Warren near the launch pad. Warren admits that he wouldn’t mind going up to the space station that he is in charge of, but admits that his job is to pick men who serve useful function. McCauley explains that he got the time schedule on the scientists and their projects, and notes that physicist Dr. Horton and biologist Dr. Randolph have both been assigned to the first fifteen-day period together. Warren explains that the committee believed that their projects deserved priority, but McCauley doesn’t believe it’s worth putting the two argumentative scientists in close quarters together. He suggests that they ask one of them to wait until the next fifteen-day period and Warren agrees as long as McCauley can convince one of the scientists to go along with his plan...Read the full recap
Narrator: The story you are about to see has not happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story, a story that will happen when Man has built a space station orbiting above the earth. A station that will be a research center in which dedicated people such as these will conduct experiments in many sciences for the benefit of mankind. This is the story of an experiment plunging out of control, endangering the lives of those aboard the space station.
McCauley: General Warren? General?
General Sam Warren: Excuse me, Ed. For a few minutes there I was the kid with his nose pressed against the plate-glass window of a store, looking at a hot rod in overdrive.
General Sam Warren: The committee felt that their projects deserved that priority ahead of the other scientists. I’m sure that the disagreements they’ve had in the past...
McCauley: Sam, I’m sorry to disagree with you. But when those two cool, detached scientific minds get within radar distance of each other, it makes the Hatfield-McCoy feud seem more friendly than Damon and Pythias.
McCauley: Doc, let me explain something to you. This station that you’re going to is a big wheel spinning around a thousand miles in space. Everything aboard is artificial. The water we drink, air we breathe, even gravity. Something we can’t fake is the ability of one man to get along with another.
Dr. Horton: I know that, Colonel.
McCauley: Aboard a space station we all tie our shoelaces in the morning so we don’t trip over each other all day long.
Dr. Randolph: Well, Colonel, uh, some bacteriological specimens that I was expecting from India have been delayed so, uh, I can use the extra days here.
McCauley: Do I thank you or do you thank me?
Dr. Randolph: I’m not sure, but, uh, do you mind if I don’t thank Dr. Horton?