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Two scientists come aboard Space Station Astra to test equipment that allows them to determine when a crewman has reached the breaking point and must be relieved of duty. However, when a malfunction causes the station to rotate out of control, McCauley must go beyond his breaking point to save the lives of his men.
Aboard Space Station Astra, Major Steve Hawkes and Captain Reeve arrive. McCauley greets them and introduces them to his EO, Major Canell. McCauley is happy to hear that they're bringing safety equipment that should keep men from harm, and Hawkes assures him that if machines can be protected, so can humans...Read the full recap
Narrator: The age of the conquest of space will be an age of men and machines probing far beyond our earth. And just as some machines will probe deeply into space, others will probe the men who will travel in space. Yet put to the ultimate test, no amount of machinery will ever be able to determine the measure of a man's inner strength. For within each of us, there is a voice of infinity.
Major Steve Hawkes: Nevertheless, I say you should wear the transducers. And if my instruments indicate you've reached a critical physiological or psychological level, you'll be asked to stop work.
Dr. Thomas Ward: Scientific research, if it's to mean anything, requires freedom, imagination, even inspiration. Qualities that are often born from the same physical and mental tensions that you fear. Now mistakes, or accidents if you prefer, have a way of turning out profitably.
McCauley: Major, I'm sure that your work up here is of extreme importance as long as it remains within the proper perspective. We can't underestimate the human mechanism. I've seen men whom you would consider in the critical zone call on some inner strength to see them through, something that your equipment can't measure.
Major Steve Hawkes: Such times are too rare to worry about.
McCauley: It's been said that within every man there's, uh, a voice of infinity.
Major Steve Hawkes: Perhaps, sir. But with my instruments, I know almost as much about a man as his Creator.