By heroic effort, the Titan IIIC and XRV lifting body reach the pad, fueled and prepped in time with no serious third party casualties, only to have NASA Chief Keith forced to scrub the launch at t-minus 60 seconds when hurricane winds exceed 48 mph. The doomed Apollo crew is informed so they may prepare themselves, when the eye of the storm allows a second chance for Rescue to be launched piloted by Cmdr Dougherty (David Jansen) but now there is insufficient oxygen to allow the Apollo crew to last even the final 50 minutes until being rescued. Pruett (Richard Crenna) sacrifices himself (by exiting the module) so that the oxygen supply doesn't run out too quickly. Buzz (Gene Hackman) and Clayton (James Franciscus) are rescued by Dougherty and a Soviet cosmonaut working as a surprise team.
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