70's TV REPORTER: I'm here in Pasadena with the NASA mission control team as they celebrate scientific history. The first close-up photographic transmissions of Mars from the Viking Observer Spacecraft. Photos that have created something of a stir by revealing surprising geologic information: the presence of large amounts of water locked in Mars' polar icecaps. Water that some speculate could have possibly sustained life on the planet. Even more controversial is one image of a land formation: a formation that looks like a sculpted human face. However NASA officials are denying it as an indication of an alien civilization.
70's BELT: No, it's nothing more than a trick of light and shadows, a geologic anomaly. I'm afraid the only sculptors at work are the solar winds that blow across the surface of Mars at 300 miles an hour ten months a year.
SCULLY: Why would somebody want to sabotage the Space Shuttle?
MULDER: Well, if you were a terrorist, there probably isn't a more potent symbol of American progress and prosperity. And if you're an opponent of big science, NASA itself represents a vast money trench that exists outside the crucible and debate of the democratic process. And, of course, there are those futurists who believe the Space Shuttle is a rusty old bucket that should be mothballed. A dinosaur spacecraft built in the 70's by scientists setting their sights on space in an ever declining scale.
SCULLY: And we thought we could rest easy with the fall of the Soviet Union.
MULDER: Not to mention certain fringe elements who accuse our government itself of space sabotage. The failure of the Hubble Telescope and the Mars Observer are directly connected to a conspiracy to deny us evidence.
SCULLY: Evidence of what?
MULDER: Alien civilizations.
SCULLY: Oh, of course.
TECHMECH GUY: Every shuttle has flown with that same APU valve. We haven't had a problem. To do an analysis and redesign would delay the program for months, not to mention the cost.
SCULLY: Is it conceivable that in order to avoid these delays, the program is being pushed ahead without proper safety precaution?
TECHMECH GUY: Look, there are about 17000 things that can go wrong with the shuttle, and about 17000 people who make sure they don't.
SCULLY: What do you think?
MULDER: I can't believe how much faith we put in machines.
MULDER: I have to admit, that fulfilled one of my boyhood fantasies.
SCULLY: Yeah, it ranks right up there with getting a pony and learning how to braid my own hair.
BELT: You know what it means to be an astronaut, sir? You risk your life every time you get into your spacecraft for nothing more than the good progress of mankind.
MULDER: You've got no argument from me, sir. You're true American heroes.
BELT: Heroes? We used to make headlines when we did our job right. Now they bury them in the back of the paper. Name me two astronauts on the last shuttle mission. You make the front page today only if you screw up. They only know your name if you're the unlucky SOB sitting on 500 tons of dynamite. That's what they're really waiting for.
SCULLY: Why does she need Belt?
MULDER: She doesn't know how serious the leak is.
SCULLY: It's an oxygen leak. Even I can figure out what happens when you run out of oxygen.
MULDER: Hey, Scully, we send those men up into space to unlock the doors of the universe, and we don't even know what's behind them.