Before leaving on a decades long mission, astronaut Douglas Stansfield meets a woman and falls in love.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Commander Douglas Stansfield
Sandra Horn
General Walters
Dr. Bixler
William Swan ...
Don Spruance ...
(as Donald Spruance)


Commander Douglas Stansfield is selected to be the first astronaut to go on a deep space mission. He will be away for 40 years but for much of that, he will be in stasis and on his return he will hardly have aged. Stansfield is a seemingly ideal candidate as he is single and has no close family. Prior to his departure however, he meets the beautiful Sandra Horn and they fall very much in love. Forty years later, Stansfield returns but it seems he and Sandra had their own way of dealing with the 40 years since they last saw each other. Written by garykmcd

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10 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Commander Douglas Stansfield was born in 1956 and became an astronaut in 1976. See more »


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Narrator: [Opening Narration] It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears. Case in point: the scene you're watching. This is not a hospital, not a morgue, not a mausoleum, not an undertaker's parlor of the future. What it is is the belly of a spaceship. It is en route to another planetary system an incredible distance from the Earth. This is the crux of our story, a flight into space. It is also the story of the things that might happen to human beings...
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Long Morrow (2006) See more »

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Referred to in new episode of "Gilmore Girls", season opener
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing and enjoying this episode, and was touched again by its poignancy after the season opener of "Gilmore Girls," on ABC Family Network.

Rory Gilmore, played by Alexis Bledel, receives an odd gift from her boyfriend Logan Huntzberger, played by Matt Czuchry, as he leaves for England for a year. In a box usually used for long-stemmed roses, Rory receives a model of a rocket ship, instead of flowers.

She spends the rest of episode trying to figure out its meaning, and finally realizes its from this episode of the Twilight Zone, "The Long Morrow."

"Gilmore Girls" is one of those incredibly well-written shows that not enough people who enjoy good writing end up seeing, unfortunately. For it to reference such a wonderful story from an anthology of wonderful stories says a lot about it to me.

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