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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Although the series made use of a good amount of inexpensive stock footage from NASA, the construction of the command center set was subject to cost overruns, leading the episode to become the most expensive of the first season. See more
(at around 22 mins) Launch pad personnel in orange suits are seen at the base of the main Shuttle engines less than two minutes before launch. In reality, all close-out crew depart the launch pad three hours prior to launch. 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.
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