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Men Into Space

All Episodes 1959 - 1960

  • Ended
  • CBS
  • 1959-09-30T02:00:00+02:00
  • 30 mins
  • 19 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Men Into Space is an American science-fiction television series broadcast from September 30, 1959 to September 7, 1960 by CBS which depicted future efforts by the United States Air Force to explore and develop outer space. The black-and-white filmed show starred William Lundigan as Col. Edward McCauley.

38 episodes

1x01 Moon Probe

  • Series Premiere

    1959-09-30T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

His family watching from mission control, Col. Edward McCauley who is commanding the first rocket into outer space must make a desperate gamble when the second stage of his rocket fails to jettison.

1x02 Moon Landing

  • 1959-10-07T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Senator Jim Sloane questions the need for and cost of a mission to the moon after McCauley's first effort to the moon fails and his second effort leaves a crewman seriously injured during takeoff.

1x03 Building a Space Station

  • 1959-10-21T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

McCauley races against time in order to save an astronaut who is trapped when assembling the prefabricated units of a space station. The astronaut is the son of a air force general and trapped when his sleeve catches between sections of the space station.

1x04 Water Tank Rescue

  • 1959-10-28T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

When an astronaut is stricken by a heart attack on the Moon, McCauley must find a way to get him back to Earth.

1x05 Lost Missile

  • 1959-11-04T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

When an experimental nuclear-powered missile goes out of control, its creator insists on accompanying McCauley into space to try and disarm it before it can strike the moon and wipe out a twelve-man expedition.

1x06 Moonquake

  • 1959-11-11T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Trailblazer I is on route to the Moon when one of the crew gets word his wife has been hurt in a car wreck. Although distracted, the crewman needs to focus all his skills and abilities to overcome a major accident.

1x07 Space Trap

  • 1959-11-18T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Returning from the Moon with valuable spore samples the crew of MR7 are rendered unconscious. Earth sends a rescue mission but a decision has to be made that could put everyone's life at risk.

1x08 Asteroid

  • 1959-11-25T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

An asteroid straying close to Earth becomes the subject of an experiment. It is decided to scout the asteroid with a view of turning it into a mobile space station. If not the rock must be destroyed.

1x09 Edge of Eternity

  • 1959-12-02T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Shortly after leaving the Moon a spacecraft is hit by an asteroid destroying their oxygen supply. The three man crew now become engaged in a life and death battle to extend their oxygen supply long enough to make it home.

1x10 Burnout

  • 1959-12-09T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Test continue on a new alloy for re-entry. On one test the ship acts erratically and although the crew is saved the ship is lost. A second mission is launched to try and understand what went wrong.

1x11 First Woman on the Moon

  • 1959-12-16T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It is decided to conduct an experiment to see if women could handle the rigors of spaceflight and living on the Moon. The plan is to send a woman to the Moon for 90 days. Initially she doesn't cope very well through a lack of training or projects to complete. Eventually she comes up with a novel set of activities to try and show her value to the mission

1x12 Christmas on the Moon

  • 1959-12-23T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

McCauley and two astronomers are on the Moon on Christmas day, and one of them is stricken with appendicitis.

1x13 Quarantine

  • 1959-12-30T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Two scientists who can't get along are assigned to the same space station, and McCauley has to keep the peace.

1x14 Tankers in Space

  • 1960-01-06T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

It is decided to attempt fuel transfers between space craft while flying in orbit. The requirement for precision control of two spacecraft is met by using a pair of specially trained twins. Safety is the primary concern, but ensuring this, they overlook one potential fatal flaw in the mission.

1x15 Sea of Stars

  • 1960-01-13T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Col. McCauley is training a young cadet who wants to be an astronaut, and pushes the young man almost to his limit. When an onboard accident knocks out McCauley, the nervous young cadet has to bring the craft back to Earth on his own.

1x16 A Handful of Hours

  • 1960-01-20T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Four men a stranded after their spacecraft crash lands on the Moon. Their only hope of survival is to walk to Moonbase. All goes well till they realize the oxygen tank they are carrying to resupply themselves has a faulty valve. There is a way around the problem, but the cost may be too high for the team to accept.

1x17 Earthbound

  • 1960-01-27T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

An eager, space-enthusiast technician installs a smaller Guidance Control System he designed into the rocket ship. There is now room in the equipment bay for him to stow away on the next flight. But during the 12G takeoff his improvised couch crushes the equipment rack, causing the ship to lose all power before reaching orbit. The uncontrollable ship will quickly re-enter and burn unless repairs can be completed.

1x18 Caves of the Moon

  • 1960-02-03T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A mission is sent to explore a cave system on the Moon in the hope of finding ice. Having a source of water available would enable the colonisation of the Moon.

1x19 Dateline: Moon

  • 1960-02-10T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A maverick journalist wins an opportunity to visit the Moon base. An opportunist he will look for anyway to manufacture a story, and his gambling habits put him at odds with the base commander.

1x20 Moon Cloud

  • 1960-02-17T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A scientist's wife warns McCauley that her husband Perry's's co-worker Hal Carter is jealous of his success. McCauley doesn't believe her, but when Perry's theory about radioactive gas on the moon prove correct, Hal plots to kill Perry.

1x21 Contraband

  • 1960-03-02T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

McCauley must take four scientists back to the moon to find a deposit of a valuable mineral that one of them stole, so that he can trick the thief into revealing himself.

1x22 Dark of the Sun

  • 1960-03-09T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Tensions mount as final crew selections go forward for a special observation flight of the sun. At the core of the conflict is the potential for one of the crew to be a woman. The other candidates fail to treat her as a highly trained crew person and only see her as a vulnerable woman. Ultimately she uses her gender to solve the problem.

1x23 Verdict in Orbit

  • 1960-03-16T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Col. McCauley, while serving on the space station gets word his son has been seriously injured in a hit and run accident near the rocket base. Tension mounts as word comes through the driver of the car has been identified, and appears to be on duty on board the space station. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide on the station, how will this terrible emotional conundrum be resolved.

1x24 Is There Another Civilization?

  • 1960-03-23T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

While on a routine flight one of the rockets is hit by a meteor fragment. On Earth they run tests to discover the meteor is not only made of metal, but appears to have been artificially created. A second flight is launched immediately to retrieve more samples. What they discover may solve one of the greatest mysteries known to man.

1x25 Shadows on the Moon

  • 1960-03-30T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A Moon survey mission finds a curiously-shaped rock formation. A month later, members of the return mission encounter other mysterious events and suspect that they are not alone.

1x26 Flash in the Sky

  • 1960-04-06T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A ship tasked with retrieving a malfunctioning Venus probe runs into issues when the scientist in charge, a friend of McCauley's insists on going despite previously disobeying McCauley's orders.

1x27 Lunar Secret

  • 1960-04-13T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A series of photographs taken by an expedition on the Moon shows some sort of artificial object moving up on a ridge. Two men are sent to investigate; what they find amazes them. Then an accident leaves them in deadly danger.

1x28 Voice of Infinity

  • 1960-04-20T07:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Space station Astra is chosen for a medical experiment to measure men's reactions to stress and fatigue. The medical director is convinced he can quantify a person's reactions to strain and so prevent accidents. Then a life-threatening problem on the space station requires men to perform well beyond their limits. An inner "voice of infinity" is what they heard, enabling them to save the situation.

1x29 From Another World

  • 1960-04-27T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Colonel McCauley returns from Asteroid 78-1. The mission was cut short by the failure of his suit oxygen supply. He is insistent that just before he passed out he saw fossil evidence of life on the asteroid. Unconnected with this, Air Force medical staff have recommended his prolonged series of missions requires a 60-day 'grounding' to recover from stress. Will McCauley be able to lead the return mission to the asteroid if its unpredictable orbit permits another rendezvous?

1x30 Emergency Mission

  • 1960-05-04T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A misfire of the MR28 sees the craft miss the Moon and head for deep space. The only chance of rescue is a new MX experimental rocket. In theory, the new ship should have the range. In practice, no one really knows.

1x31 Beyond the Stars

  • 1960-05-11T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A 3-man team visit the Lunar Observatory, isolated from all Earth signals on the Moon's far side, for routine Radio Telescope work. They pass the time during a long sky-mapping session by taping 'A glimpse of lunar life' sound-broadcast. An power fault interrupts and requires a Moon walk to the Radio Telescope. One man is badly injured while returning. Unconscious for days, he responds to the tape-recording and deliriously asks to hear the 'sound from the stars'. His colleagues comply and make an interesting discovery.

1x32 Mission to Mars

  • 1960-05-25T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

On the Moon the US and Soviets are in an informal race to be the first to Mars. Both sides play down the need to rush with concerns about safety. Ultimately both missions launch within minutes of each other, but a terrible accident completely changes the game and the ultimate fate of both crews.

1x33 Moon Trap

  • 1960-06-01T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Ship MR34 loses Auto-Control during landing and crashes 200 miles from Moon Base. Two of the crew survive and make for a nearby fuel-cache. Can they use the liquid oxygen there to improvise a survival igloo?

1x34 Flare Up

  • 1960-08-17T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A Soviet Major is the sole survivor of a crash landing near a US advance moon station. Determined to appear blameless, he reports Americans sabotaged the landing and then takes drastic action to destroy all evidence.

1x35 Into the Sun

  • 1960-08-24T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

A new project involves launching capsules of atomic waste into orbit and then assembling them with an atomic rocket motor. The unit is then accelerated for disposal into the Sun. The civilian Project Engineer, who will attach the a-rocket in space, is a former astronaut who resigned after a re-entry accident. He now lacks confidence in himself and is convinced that no-one else trusts him.

1x36 The Sun Never Sets

  • 1960-08-31T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

McCauley visits England and advises the British space program. He objects to the design of a second stage rocket. The British launch the spacecraft anyway and the second stage malfunctions hurling the craft into a tumbling orbit around the earth. With the help of a new British astronaut, McCauley pursues the crippled ship and succeeds in rescuing the crew.

1x37 Mystery Satellite

  • 1960-09-07T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The crew of MR37 encounter a strange object that they first believe is a meteor till it starts changing direction to match their ship. Whatever the object was it is confirmed it could not have come from Earth. When MR30 also encounters the object, a desperate chase begins to try and identify it.

1x38 Flight to the Red Planet

  • 1960-09-14T06:00:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The first mission to Mars is nearing the red planet when a series of accidents and break downs put the mission in doubt. The crew must balance the need for caution and safety against the massive amount of scientific data that could be gained on such an expedition.