After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.Written by
KC Hunt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
There is no musical score for this film. Instead, each spacecraft has its own ambient soundtrack when it is shown in space. The Apollo shots feature a low hum; the XRV, a hollow ringing; the Nimbus Weather Satellite, a rapid series of beeps ascending in pitch; and the Russian Voshkhod, a constant pitch series of beeps. The only exceptions to this is are a very slight, muted bit of music played under the Apollo ambient soundtrack during Pruett's final EVA, and a single tone (with some ambient effects that could be called music) during the opening credits. See more »
The Apollo Service Module's main engine used Aerozine 50 and Nitrogen Tetroxide - the same as in the Ascent Stage of the Lunar Module. A major reason for the choice was that they are hypergolic, meaning that they ignite on contact, and therefore do not require any form of ignition system, making its operation much simpler and effectively making a failure impossible. throughout the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs, there was never a single failure of the Service Propulsion System or the Lunar Module Ascent Stage.. See more »
[after being asked by Stone what he saw when a psychologist held up a blank sheet of paper during his astronaut acceptance boards]
I saw a field covered with snow. And underneath was new oats. Then the snow melted and the field turned to green. But the psychologist said I was all wrong, it was just a blank sheet of paper.
He took you anyway?
Yeah, I guess they made a mistake.
No, no, they don't make mistakes.
That's right, I forgot. They don't make mistakes do they?
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The version titled "Space Travelers" is the one spoofed by Mystery Science Theater 3000. In this version, the scene where Celia Pruett learns of her husband's death is accompanied by a truly AWFUL electronic score (it sounds literally like random keys played on a toy synthesizer, something MST3K made note of). The original version has no music during this scene (and almost no other music; a muted, very low-key score can be heard when Pruett leaves the ship to "fix" it). See more »