ARIES-IB IN SPACE: The Aries-IB has become the standard Space-Station-to-Lunar surface vehicle. It is powered by low-thrust plasma jets which would continue the mild acceleration for fifteen minutes. Then the ship would break the bonds of gravity and be a free and independent planet, circling the Sun in an orbit of its own.
ARIES PASSENGER AREA: A stewardess enters from the elevator into the passenger area carrying two trays of food.
Floyd is asleep, stretched out in the chair, covered with blankets.
A stewardess sits at the other side of the cabin, watching a Karate exhibition on television. The first stewardess offers her a tray of food.
The food tray designates the various processed foods available along with instructions.
ARIES-IB IN SPACE: A distant view.
ARIES GALLEY AREA: The stewardess goes to the kitchen and grabs another tray of food, she then walks up the galley wall and enters the pilot's compartment.
ARIES-IB COCKPIT: The stewardess enters and offers the food to the pilot and co-pilot.
ARIES-IB IN SPACE: A closer view.
ARIES-IB PASSENGER AREA: Floyd is finishing breakfast. The pilot enters.
Floyd goes to the Aries-IB washroom and looks at the very long list of complicated instructions.
PICTORIAL: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
ARIES-IB PASSENGER AREA: The Aries-IB descends.
We see an aero view of the base.
The crew and docking control people on the Moon go through their docking routine.
The laws of Earthly aesthetics did not apply here.
This world had been shaped and molded by other than terrestrial forces.
Forces operating over aeons of time unknown to the young.
A verdant Earth, with its fleeting Ice-Ages.
Its swiftly rising and falling seas.
Its mountain ranges dissolving like mists before the dawn.
Here was age inconceivable - but not death.
For the Moon had never lived until now.
The Base at Clavius was the first American Lunar Settlement that could, in an emergency, be entirely self-supporting.
Water and all the necessities of life for its eleven hundred men, women and children were produced from the Lunar rocks, after the rocks had been crushed, heated and chemically processed.
INSIDE GREAT AIRLOCK ENTRANCE: The ground bus pulls in, giant doors close behind it. One of the attractions of life on the Moon was undoubtedly the low gravity which produced a sense of general well-being.
The personnel of the Base and their children were the forerunners of new nations, new cultures that would ultimately spread out across the solar system. They no longer thought of Earth as home. The time was fast approaching when Earth, like all mothers, must say farewell to her children.