Astronaut Major Robert Gaines is the latest to orbit the Earth but something happens while there. Ground control loses all contact with him and although he returns safely, he apparently blacked out and has no recollection of what may have happened. Nor can he explain how the craft landed on land - completely undamaged - when it was meant to splash down in the ocean. When Gaines returns home he finds that little things are different: he's now a full colonel and has been for some time; his house now has a picket fence; he no longer seems to take sugar in his coffee; and even his wife senses he is different after she kisses him. It is soon apparent that Gaines has returned to an Earth in an alternate universe. Written by
In the parallel universe, no one has ever heard of John F. Kennedy. The identity of the President of the United States in that universe is not revealed. See more »
By the time the astronaut is seeing fire out his window. He would not be able to be communicating with ground control. As the spacecraft reenters the atmosphere and the outside of craft heats. Ionization occurs and radio traffic is impossible. By the time "fire" is seen through the window. Radio traffic would be impossible. See more »
Major Robert Gaines, a latter-day voyager just returned from an adventure. Submitted to you without any recommendation as to belief or disbelief. You can accept or reject; you pays your money and you takes your choice. But credulous or incredulous, don't bother to ask anyone for proof that it could happen. The obligation is a reverse challenge: prove that it couldn't. This happens to be... the Twilight Zone.
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Steve Forrest stars as Earth astronaut Major Robert Gaines, who is returning from an orbit of his capsule, but after landing, begins to suspect something is wrong when there are little but noticeable discrepancies in how he remembered things being, and in fact this is true, as somehow he has landed in a nearly identical Earth(even his family), and both he and this world's authorities become determined to get him back, and retrieve "their" Robert Gaines! Fine concept for this series is oddly flat and dull, though still interesting enough to remain passable. Later film "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun" with Roy Thinnes handled this premise better.
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