It is decided to conduct an experiment to see if women could handle the rigors of spaceflight and living on the Moon. The plan is to send a woman to the Moon for 90 days. Initially she ... See full summary »
It is decided to conduct an experiment to see if women could handle the rigors of spaceflight and living on the Moon. The plan is to send a woman to the Moon for 90 days. Initially she doesn't cope very well through a lack of training or projects to complete. Eventually she comes up with a novel set of activities to try and show her value to the mission Written by
Norgath and Renza both refer to the experiment as 667/8. However, when the rocket arrives on the moon, the narrator refers to it at 677/8. See more »
Maj. Gen. Norgath:
The rest of these pages are theoretical ways of selecting a subject. Here's the part I like. "But there is no way to forecast how a woman will react. If we test one, there is no reason to presuppose that her behavior pattern will be a guide for others. It is our observation on Earth that they-women-are merely a law unto themselves. And there is nothing to suggest that they'll be any different on the Moon."
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To find out if women are suitable for life in space, with future colonization in mind, an astronaut's wife is invited to join her husband on a three month mission to the moon base. Off they go to the moon. She does the cooking (in an atomic oven) and housekeeping, while the men are out working. But she gets tired of being cooped up alone all day with little to do, and takes to suiting up and stepping out of the cramped igloo to frolic in the low lunar gravity. One day she is found gone and doesn't answer her radio. Col. McCauley orders everyone into the search. She is found napping on a rock, and had neglected to turn on her radio.
Hubby is miffed. She shouldn't be out without telling someone, and no one is allowed out alone at all. The couple argue. He wants her sent back to Earth. She wants to stay. Then he decides she's staying, and now she wants to leave. "Women," says a crewman. And he and McCauley roll their eyes. McCauley finally settles the argument. She can stay on the moon. And he orders the husband--against his wishes, he has real work to do--to accompany his wife on her jaunts.
On their first outing together he kicks a big rock in their path, sending it flying in a high, lazy arc. They both laugh. Then, holding hands, they leap together. Up they go. When they return to the base, she cooks a spectacular dinner for the crew, complete with fancy table settings and candles. (McCauley keeps their secret. He allowed her to bring ten pounds of personal stuff.) The experiment is judged a success. Moon colonization will be possible.
A decidedly sexist episode, but not unusually so for the time. And it's done with a lite tone. In a series that is usually serious and down to business, it's nice to see characters taking advantage of the unique possibilities for fun on the moon. Written by James Clavell, who also wrote the second episode, "Moon Landing."
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