Shortly after leaving the Moon a spacecraft is hit by an asteroid destroying their oxygen supply. The three man crew now become engaged in a life and death battle to extend their oxygen supply long enough to make it home.

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Mary McCauley
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McCauley, husband-to-be Lt. Johnny Baker, and veteran astronaut Major Harvey Sparkman are heading back from the Moon when their oxygen tank is holed by a meteor. With their oxygen levels dropping, the three men must improvise a series of measures to stay alive long enough to dock at Space Station Astra. Written by Gislef

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2 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Col. Edward McCauley: I suppose that's something the wife of every spaceman has to get used to, is being away so much. it must get awfully dull for you.
Mary McCauley: Oh, it's many things, but it's never dull.
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A ship looses oxygen. Time to draw straws.
12 February 2008 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

After two weeks studying minerals on the moon, the three-man crew blast off for the space station in Earth orbit. On their way, they're hit by a small meteor and suddenly loose oxygen. They don helmets and stop the leak, then McCauley rigs a line from the oxygen fuel tank. But it's soon empty. A scientist on the station instructs them to turn their ship so the fuel tank faces the sun. This will heat and vaporize the remaining liquid oxygen, allowing them to pump it into the cabin. They make the maneuver, but calculations show that, counting the oxygen in the suit tanks, they've bought only enough time for one man to make it back alive. McCauley breaks a couple of pencils in half and they draw straws. The winner, at McCauley's insistence, puts on his helmet, and the losers set about writing their last letters home. But sitting behind his two doomed crew-mates, watching as they weaken by the minute, is two much for the young crewman. He removes his helmet. McCauley relents. All or nothing. They put on their helmets and hope for the best.

This is the first appearance of the space station we saw construction started on in episode three, and the second episode based on a ships loss of oxygen.


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