PICTORIAL / MOON TERRAIN: Several scenic views are seen of the Moon rocket bus heading to TMA-1 Excavation.
INT ROCKET BUS: Inside the rocket bus are Floyd, Halvorsen, Michaels, the pilot, and the co-pilot. All are in space suits minus the helmets.
MICHAELS: Well, anybody hungry?
FLOYD: What do we got?
MICHAELS: You name it.
FLOYD: What's that? Chicken?
MICHAELS: Something like that. . . tastes the same anyway.
They all laugh.
HALVORSEN: You got any ham?
MICHAELS: Ham, ham, ham . . .
HALVORSEN: That's it . . . good
FLOYD: Looks pretty good.
MICHAELS: Well they're getting better at it all the time.
HALVORSEN: You know that was an excellent speech you gave us, Heywood.
MICHAELS: It certainly was.
HALVORSEN: I'm sure it beefed up morale a hell of a lot.
FLOYD: You think so? . . . By the way, I wanted to say to the both of you, I think you have done a wonderful job. I appreciate the way you have handled this thing.
HALVORSEN: Well, the way we look at it, it's our job to do this thing the way you want it done. And we're only too happy to be able to oblige.
Michaels grabs some photos and hands them to Floyd.
MICHAELS: Have you seen these yet?
HALVORSEN: Yea, have a look at that.
MICHAELS: Here's what started the whole thing.
FLOYD: Well . . . .
The photographs are taken from a satellite of the Moon's surface and have numbered optical grid borders, like recent Mars photos.
HALVORSEN: When we first found it we thought it might be an up-crop of magnetic rock, but all the geological evidence was against it. Not even a big nickel-iron meteorite could produce a field as intense as this. So we decided to have a look.
MICHAELS: We thought it might be the upper part of some buried structure, so we excavated out of all sides, but unfortunately we didn't find anything else.
HALVORSEN: What's more, the evidence seems pretty conclusive that it hasn't been covered up by natural erosion or other courses. It seems to have been deliberately buried.
FLOYD: Deliberately buried?
Floyd laughs and shakes his head.
MICHAELS: Well, how about a little coffee?
HALVORSEN: Oh, great, good idea.
FLOYD: I don't suppose you have any idea what the damn thing is?
HALVORSEN: I wish the hell we knew. . . Nope, the only thing we're sure of, is it was buried 400 million years ago.
FLOYD: Well I must say, you guys have certainly come up with something.
Michaels pours coffee into Floyd's cup.
MICHAELS: Watch it now, it's hot.