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Curt Lockridge

Character

A United States space shuttle orbits the Earth. The shuttle TV camera starts to malfunction, and the astronauts on board cannot get it to work or follow any orders, so it is shut off. Back on Earth, two technicians are working on the shuttle after it has landed. One of them, Crew Chief Simmons, detaches the camera, about the size of a large shoebox, to take it to be repaired. He picks it up, a blue light flashes, and he suddenly disappears. The box falls to the ground, and the other technician calls for an emergency alert. The box is put in an isolation chamber. As the scientists are discussing what could possibly have happened to the technician, there is a bright flash in the isolation chamber, and suddenly Simmons is back again, but the box is gone. He asks to be let out, and gets quite angry about the situation, but the scientists do not know what to think.

Dr. Curt Lockridge goes in and tries to reason with the creature, saying that it will probably survive the explosion, but the people in the complex will not. When the timer reaches zero, Heilman appears again and runs out through the open door. Curt runs after him, catching up to him at a launch platform, and begs the creature to let the doctor and Simmons go; the creature says that they are not prisoners, but stay because of a thirst for knowledge. The creature asks Curt to come with them, join them in the adventure, but Curt cannot find the courage. Curt then asks why the creature came to earth; "Just curious", it replies, before changing into a glowing gaseous cloud and flying away into the night sky.

A United States space shuttle orbits the Earth. The shuttle TV camera starts to malfunction, and the astronauts on board cannot get it to work or follow any orders, so it is shut off. Back on Earth, two technicians are working on the shuttle after it has landed. One of them, Crew Chief Simmons, detaches the camera, about the size of a large shoebox, to take it to be repaired. He picks it up, a blue light flashes, and he suddenly disappears. The box falls to the ground, and the other technician calls for an emergency alert. The box is put in an isolation chamber. As the scientists are discussing what could possibly have happened to the technician, there is a bright flash in the isolation chamber, and suddenly Simmons is back again, but the box is gone. He asks to be let out, and gets quite angry about the situation, but the scientists do not know what to think.

Dr. Curt Lockridge goes in and tries to reason with the creature, saying that it will probably survive the explosion, but the people in the complex will not. When the timer reaches zero, Heilman appears again and runs out through the open door. Curt runs after him, catching up to him at a launch platform, and begs the creature to let the doctor and Simmons go; the creature says that they are not prisoners, but stay because of a thirst for knowledge. The creature asks Curt to come with them, join them in the adventure, but Curt cannot find the courage. Curt then asks why the creature came to earth; "Just curious", it replies, before changing into a glowing gaseous cloud and flying away into the night sky.

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