Men Into Space: Season 1, Episode 8

Asteroid (25 Nov. 1959)

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An asteroid straying close to Earth becomes the subject of an experiment. It is decided to scout the asteroid with a view of turning it into a mobile space station. If not the rock must be destroyed.



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Episode cast overview:
William Lundigan ...
Col. Edward McCauley
Bill Williams ...
Dr. Stacy Croydon
Herbert Rudley ...
Dr. Waring
Joyce Meadows ...
Lynn Croydon
Walter Reed ...
Gen. Barker
Richard Crane ...
Maj. Emery
Lionel Ames ...
Capt. Draper
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McCauley takes a mission to Skyra, an asteroid that has taken up orbit around Earth. he must either determine if it's suitable to use for a space station, or destroy it. However, when a scientist is blinded and left behind, McCauley must return and stop the countdown before it's too late. Written by Gislef

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25 November 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Col. Edward McCauley: Lynn, how do you feel about Stacy making this flight?
Lynn Croydon: It's an experience he's dreamed about for a long time. I - I want what he wants.
Dr. Stacy Croydon: All I had to do was promise I wouldn't flirt with any female Martians we may run into.
Lynn Croydon: Or any other kind, mister.
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Mission to a near-earth asteroid.
10 February 2008 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

An asteroid has entered Earth orbit. McCauley and team launch to assess its suitability as a base. If it isn't suitable they will blow it up, as the orbit will eventually decay. The rock has no gravity but it's magnetic, allowing them to use their magnetic boots on the surface. They find it's not suitable as a base so they set charges. They are not aware that the scientist of the team is unconscious out their somewhere, and blind, having glimpsed the sun with his visor up. McCauley sets the timer for ten minutes (the silliest bit so far in this uncommonly realistic space series.) Then he winds up the guideline, fires up his jetpack and flies up to the ship. At the hatch, he's told the scientist has not returned (they'd assumed he was with McCauley.) Disobeying orders from Earth to leave at once, he heads back, hoping he can find the timer without the guideline, while the others search for the missing crewman.

Nifty effects in this episode are the ship, rockets blazing, cruising over the very craggy asteroid surface, and a few wire shots of jet powered astronauts leaping off the surface and flying like Superman.

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