McCauley meets with one of his underlings, Lt. Jerry Rutledge. Jerry has the weight allowances worked out and notes it would have been faster on the computer. However, McCauley reminds him that being able to do it by hand may save his life one day. The colonel then asks where Lt. Art Frey is with the solution to the navigational problems. Jerry sheepishly admits that Art has been delayed because he had plans with his fiancée, Ann Hammond. Art comes in with the navigational solution and McCauley hands it back, saying there’s a two-second error. He reminds Art that there in space there is no margin for error and tells him to rework it overnight and have it for him in the morning when they depart for the space station. Once McCauley leaves, Art complains that McCauley insists on perfection, but Jerry figures that’s why he’s lived so long. Art tells his friend that he plans to ask Ann to marry him that night and they leave for tennis. ..Read the full recap
Narrator: The story you are about to see has not happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story that will happen when Man will have a space station orbiting miles above the earth. Its crews and scientists doing advanced research in astronomy, weather observation, biology, and medicine, for the benefit of Mankind. But there will be many unknown complications for the men who live and work aboard this orbiting satellite. This is the story of one such complication.
McCauley: In space we plan on disaster in order to avoid it.