On the Moon at the lunar station, Captain Jim Nicholls gives a report to Major Ingram and then reviews the work schedule. He discovers that he's been assigned to work on what he considers redundant power systems for the fuel pumps on the Mars exploratory ship. Major Ralph Devers informs him that McCauley believes it's important, but Nicholls complains that if there are any delays the Russians will leave for Mars first. McCauley comes in and overhears him, and says that he's fine with beating the Russians as long as they don't put themselves at risk. The colonel tells him to start work on the fuel pumps on his next shift after he finishes with the recycling pumps...Read the full recap
Narrator: For centuries the histories of earthbound men have been filled with conflicts. When in the not-to-distant future, the descendents of these men leave Earth and begin to conquer space, will they carry these age-old hostilities with them? Or will this great scientific step at last teach Man to stand shoulder-to-should, united when confronting with... the unknown.
Major Ralph Devers: Now, Mac, let's get down to something serious.
McCauley: Such as?
Major Ralph Devers: Clothes. I haven't a thing to wear to the Russian dinner tonight.
McCauley: Oh, oh. Well, I think your spacesuit will be adequate for street wear, and your coveralls passable for inside. And, uh, you may be excused, too.
McCauley: Yeah, but do you realize if I hadn't been so particular, we'd be three days out on our trip to Mars right now? Three days ahead of the Russians.
Major Ralph Devers: The responsibility of command is producing some last-minute doubts, I'd say.
Col. Tolchek: The many modifications and last-minute changes, I take it they all worked well?
McCauley: As far as we know.
Col. Tolchek: We felt the need for haste.
McCauley: Um-hmm. So did we.
Col. Tolchek: We made no modifications. I am happy you did.