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Men into Space: Caves of the Moon

A scientist driven by a secret personal tragedy attempts to validate his theory of ice on the moon. However, his obsession soon puts McCauley and his crew at risk.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x18
Airdate: Wednesday February 03rd, 1960

Director: Lee Sholem
Writer: Meyer Dolinsky


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Guest Stars
John Howard (2)John Howard (2)
As Dr. Rowland Kennedy
Paul ComiPaul Comi
As Major John Arnold
Donald MayDonald May
As Capt. Doug Bowers
Lillian HamiltonLillian Hamilton
As Mrs. Bennett
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley

Recap

McCauley is placed in charge of an exploration of the caves on the moon to find ice so that man can have water on the moon. Dr. Rowland Kennedy is the scientist who spearheaded the project and has sought permission to travel to the moon and join the expedition. The crew assembles for the final briefing and Rowland jokingly asks if his 13-year-old son Paul in the Sea Scouts can join the Air Force. McCauley assures him he’ll see what he can do and Rowland returns to explaining his theory that water was trapped in the subzero temperatures of the cave when the moon was former. Major Arnold points out that with the lunar cycle of two weeks of day and two weeks of night, they’ll have to be through the caves in 14 days before the temperature drops to 250 degrees below zero. McCauley shows them a solar generator that they’ll use for power, and Rowland explains that they’ll set up an igloo in the mouth of the cave. Arnold and the other crewman, Captain Doug Bowers, have no further questions...

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: The story you are about to see hasn’t happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story that will happen one day after Man has made many probes and landings on the moon and then seeks to establish a permanent base there. But he must first find the key to his existence: a source of water. The story you are about to see is a story of people—people whose mission is to search for primitive ice in the caves of the moon.

Dr. Rowland Kennedy: I remember as a kid looking up at the face of the Man in the Moon. If anybody had told me that his nose was called the Lunar Apennines, I might never have taken up science.

Mrs. Bennett: My, you certainly took your time getting home. Really…
Dr. Rowland Kennedy: All right, Mrs. Bennett, I know keeping house for a scientist is a thankless job.
Mrs. Bennett: Yes, doctor. Your dinner...
Dr. Rowland Kennedy: Has been in the oven for hours. It probably has the flavor and consistency of prairie grass.
Mrs. Bennett: I must say, you’re pretty frisky.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Production CoordinatorHarry R. Sherman
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorRay Alba
Special EffectsThol Simonson
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeJack Muhs
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGeorge Gray (2)
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt  |  Jack Rabin  |  Irving Block
 
Warning: Men into Space season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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