The X-files

1X08 Space

Mulder and Scully travel to Houston, Texas after being contacted by NASA Scientist Michelle Generoo when evidence emerges that the space shuttle program is being sabotaged. Michelle shows them an X-ray of the shuttle's Auxiliary Power Unit, that appears to have been tampered with, although how the value could have been damaged is a mystery. The X-ray itself was sent to her anonymously. Mulder fulfils his boyhood fantasy when the two agents meet with the Space Shuttle Program Director, former astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Aurelius Belt. He assures them that no one is trying to undermined the Space Shuttle Program, that no one could with the tight security and sophisticated technology NASA employs. However when the next shuttle mission encounters a technical problem while in orbit Michelle, who's husband is one of the astronauts on the shuttle, again calls on Mulder and Scully for help. The technical problem is over come thanks to some quick thinking by Lt Col Belt, but it appears that he may hold the key to the case. He is haunted by an alien image of something he saw in space 20 years earlier. Something that cohabits his body and may be responsible for the sabotage. When it is discovered that the X-ray that Michelle was sent was ordered by Lt Col Belt, Scully concludes that Belt is responsible. But as the lives of the space shuttle crew hang in the balance, Belt has to struggle with the force inside him.

Noteworthy Quote

Mulder: "You know Scully, we send those men up in to space to unlock the doors of the universe, and we don't even know whats behind them."

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: William Graham

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
Ed Lauter Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Aurelius Belt
Susanna Thompson Michelle Generoo
Tom Macbeath Scientist
Terry David Mulligan Mission Controller
Tyronne L'hirondelle Databank Scientist
Norma Wick Reporter
Alf Humphreys 2nd Controller
David Cameron Young Scientist
French Tickner Preacher
Paul Desroches Paramedic

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