Mulder and Scully travel to Houston after a NASA employee, Michelle Generoo, shows them evidence that a space shuttle may have been sabotaged. They had recently had to abort a launch just seconds before lift-off and another launch is now scheduled. The man in charge of the program is a legendary Gemini astronaut, Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt. He claims there's nothing to the scrubbed launch that they weren't aware of and the talk of sabotage is nonsense. The second launch goes off without any problems but ground control is soon encountering difficulties communicating with the craft. It's all related to something that happened to Belt during his last Gemini flight and it's now affecting his judgment. Written by
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Col. Belt was the mission command of Gemini 8 which nearly ended in disaster and had to make an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean. This mirrors the real Gemini 8 commanded by Neil Armstrong. After docking with the Agena the coupled vehicles began spinning. Armstrong was forced to use the retro rockets to stop the spin which resulted in the mission being aborted. See more
Throughout the episode NASA addresses the shuttle crew as "OTC" while in reality OTC stands for Orbiter Test Conductors. The OTC is the individual in charge of the engineers monitoring the hardware and software on board the orbiter itself. Other test conductors are responsible for the external tank and solid rocket boosters, the payloads, support operations, landing operations, safety, communications and other functions. See more
Look. There are about 17,000 things that can wrong with the shuttle, and about 17,000 people to make sure they don't.
References The Exorcist
Written by Mark Snow
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