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...Read the full recap
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.