Men Into Space: Season 1, Episode 3

Building a Space Station (21 Oct. 1959)

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McCauley supervises a team assembling a space station in orbit when tragedy strikes.

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Episode cast overview:
William Lundigan ...
Col. Edward McCauley
Don Dubbins ...
Lt. Bill Smith
Christopher Dark ...
Capt. Les Forsythe
Nancy Hadley ...
Paula Smith
Bartlett Robinson ...
Gen. Robert Hicks
Don Kennedy ...
Capt. Dan Michaels
Jack Mann ...
Maj. Hall
Michael Galloway ...
Worker #1
Walter Stocker ...
Chuck
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McCauley leads a four-man team into space to begin the assembly of a space station. However, one astronaut's sleeve is caught between segments, and McCauley must devise a means to rescue him before their oxygen runs out and they're force to abandon the lieutenant. Written by Gislef

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Working in space can be hazardous.
5 February 2008 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

McCauley and crew blast off to assemble the first two sections of a space station, already in orbit a thousand miles up. They connect the sections, but an astronaut's suit sleeve is caught in the join, trapping him in space. A remote controlled rescue ship with special equipment is launched. It malfunctions and has to be blown up before it collides with the station and ship. With oxygen running low and nothing to loose, McCauley rigs a clamp for the caught sleeve, hoping this makeshift seal will hold when he cuts his crew-mate free.

I'd call this the best episode so far. Exciting and high production values for the time. Done for real: In a scene before launch showing a rehearsal for the assembly, two station sections and two astronauts are shown dangling from a large crane.


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