The powers that be at NASA, distraught over low television ratings for their space launches, decide to improve them by putting a private citizen on their next space shuttle. After receiving an angry phone call from Homer, they decide he is their man.
Did You Know?
There was some controversy amongst the show's writing staff during production as some felt that having Homer go into space was too large an idea. Matt Groening
felt that the idea was so big that it gave the writers "nowhere to go". Several silly gags were therefore toned down to make the episode feel more realistic, including an idea that everyone at NASA was as stupid as Homer. The writers focused more upon the relationship between Homer and his family and Homer's attempts to be a hero. See more
Homer and the astronauts went up in a Space Shuttle but they crash landed into the Capitol Building in a M2-F2 "flying body" aircraft which was featured in the opening sequence of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man
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Don't you think there is an inherent danger in sending unqualified, under trained civilians into space?
The only danger is if they send us to that terrible Planet of the Apes. Wait a minute... statue of liberty... that was our planet. You maniacs, you blew it up. Damn you! Damn you all to hell!
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Composed by Richard Strauss See more