Men Into Space: Season 1, Episode 7

Space Trap (18 Nov. 1959)

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Returning from the Moon with valuable spore samples the crew of MR7 are rendered unconscious. Earth sends a rescue mission but a decision has to be made that could put everyone's life at risk.

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William Lundigan ...
Col. Edward McCauley
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Dr. Charles Cooper (as Peter Hanson)
Robert Gist ...
Capt. Dan Freer
Russ Conway ...
Gen. Devon
Ron Foster ...
Lt. Neil Templeton (as Ronald Foster)
Dallas Mitchell ...
Lt. Pat Warren
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Lt. Rick Staab
Joe Haworth ...
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Scientist Charles Cooper gets a premonition of danger while on the Moon collecting spores that may prove the existence of life on the lunar surface. His premonition apparently comes true when Ground Control loses contact with Cooper's rocket and McCauley must take a rescue rocket up to determine what has happened. Written by Gislef

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Lt. Neil Templeton: Hope we hit terra firma on time, Captain. I got me a date with a redhead. My wife.
Capt. Dan Freer: At your service, Lieutenant. Far be it from me to louse up an Air Force man's schedule.
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Oxygen.
17 December 2012 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

A team on the moon collect samples of the spores they've discovered and blast off for Earth. But soon after booster separation the oxygen level drops and they loose consciousness. A rescue mission is launched from Earth, headed by Col. McCauley. They park alongside the silent ship and McCauley floats over to it. The airlock hatch doesn't open. An inspection of the hull reveals no damage. Pressing his helmet against the hull, he bangs with his fist and listens for a response. Nothing. McCauley returns to his ship.

Ground control instructs the rescue team to cut through the hull, which will vent any remaining oxygen, and retrieve the spore samples. But it occurs to McCauley that if the problem is a faulty carbon dioxide absorber rather than vented oxygen, the crew might still be alive. Ground control concurs. But time is short. The two ships will soon hit the atmosphere. McCauley brings an oxygen line over to the other ship and hooks it up. As oxygen flows McCauley knocks and listens again. Still nothing. He has no way of knowing that inside the stricken ship a crewman is reviving.

He lights his torch, but before he puts flame to metal, one last time, McCauley bangs on the hull. This time the crewman responds in kind. Then again. McCauley informs ground control, then instructs the groggy crewman how to manually open the frozen hatch. He finds the rest of the crew barely conscious but alive. McCauley pilots their ship home.

One of the best episodes, and one of the more prescient, with the rough similarity to the Apollo 13 adventure and their problem with carbon dioxide buildup.


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