"Her name is the Arrow One. She represents four and a half years of planning, preparation and training, and a thousand years of science and mathematics and the projected dreams and hopes of not only a nation but a world. She is the first manned aircraft into space. And this is the countdown, the last five seconds before man shot an arrow into the air."
The Arrow One disappears from the radar screen and crashes. Three of the eight astronauts survive. They believe they have crashed on an asteroid. They only have five gallons of water between them. Corey intends to kill Pierson and Donlin for their water. Before Pierson dies he climbs to the top of a mountain, looks over it, and draws a symbol in the sand. Corey pays no attention to the drawing and kills Donlin. He then climbs the mountain and sees what the symbols meant: telephone poles. They had been on Earth the whole time, in the Nevada Desert."Practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events. Practical joke wearing the trappings of nightmare, of terror, of desperation. Small human drama played out in a desert ninety-seven miles from Reno, Nevada, U.S.A., continent of North America, the Earth, and of course - the Twilight Zone."