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
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Commander Douglas Stansfield, one of the forgotten pioneers of the space age. He's been pushed aside by the flow of progress and the passage of years - and the ferocious travesty of fate. Tonight's tale of the ionosphere and irony, delivered from - the Twilight Zone.
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Robert Lansing stars as Commander Douglas Stansfield, who has been selected to go on a solo deep space mission that will last about 40 years. He will be in suspended animation most of the time, but the authorities believe it best that a single man with no ties is the best candidate. As fate would have it, Stansfield falls deeply in love with a woman named Sandra Horn(played by Mariette Hartley). This complicates his mission emotionally, but both think they have found a solution to the age differential problem, but sadly they didn't check with each other first... Two fine performances by the leads highlight this most tragic and ironic star-crossed love story, even if it feels contrived.
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