"Our Sun is dying.
Mankind faces extinction. Seven years ago the Icarus project
sent a mission to restart the Sun, but that mission was lost
before it reached the star. Sixteen months ago I, Robert Capa,
and a crew of seven, left Earth frozen in a solar winter. Our
Payload: a stellar bomb with a mass equivalent to Manhattan
island. Our purpose: to create a star within a star. Eight
astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. My bomb. Welcome to
mom and dad... Uhh... I hope you're proud of your son, saving
mankind and so on.......
the time you get this message, I'll be in the dead zone. It came
a little sooner than we thought, but this means that you won't
be able to send a message back. So I just wanted to let you know
that I don't need the message, because I know everything you
want to say........
remember, it takes eight minutes for light to travel from Sun to
Earth, which mean you'll know we succeeded about eight minutes
after we deliver the Payload. All you have to do is look out for
a little extra brightness in the sky. So if you wake up one
morning, and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we
made it. OK, I'm signing out, and I'll see you in a couple of
the problem right there. Between the boosters and the gravity of
the Sun, the velocity of the Payload will become so great space
and time will become smeared together, everything will distort,
everything will be unquantifiable."
not a decision, it's a guess. It's like flipping a coin and
asking me to decide about whether it'll be heads or tails."
mined all of Earth's fissile materials for this bomb. There's
not going to be another Payload. The one we carry is our last
chance... our last, best hope. Searle's argument is sound: two
last hopes are better than one."
the stellar bomb is triggered, very little will happen at first.
Then a spark will pop into existence, and it will hang for an
instant hovering in space. And then, it will split into two, and
those will split again, and again, and again. Detonation beyond
all imagining. The Big Bang on a small scale. A new star born
out of a dying one. I think it will be beautiful."
so doped up he could hardly walk or feed himself. He sleeps for
twenty three hours a day, and he blames himself for everything
that's gone wrong. Why would he do it?"
are you asking? That we weigh the life of one again the future
of mankind? Kill him."
know we're dying. As long as we can live long enough to deliver
the Payload, we're OK with that."
"We have an excess
of manliness breaking out in the Comms Center."
dream? Let me guess... the surface of the Sun? Only dream I ever
have. Every time I shut my eyes it's always the same."
done this a thousand times in Earth Orbit training, you're going
to be fine."
different... Being afraid that you won't make it back home, and
then... knowing that you won't."
going to die out here, like the other crew. I know it. So do
We're leaving now. We're going to complete the mission. We're
all thinking of you, Searle. Searle? We're going to go now. We
know the argument, I know the logic. You're saying you need my
vote. I'm saying you can't have it."
make it easy for him. Somehow, find a kindness."
"Capa, take it easy,
you're going through your O2 pretty fast. That's it... slow down
the breathing, relaxed movement."
you motherfucker! Let me in!!"
he made a mistake. Harvey said there's not enough oxygen to get
us to the Payload delivery point, but there is. There just isn't
enough to get all of us there. No [I'm not suggesting we
let Trey kill himself]. And in any case, Trey wouldn't be
enough. We need to lose two more."
isn't just about the possibility of whether he sabotaged the
airlock hardware. There's something else, too. When Searle and
Harvey died, we lost two breathers. If Trey dies, we'll have the
oxygen to make it to the delivery point."
low. We need to limit our exertions."
"What're we going to
it stands now, we do not have enough oxygen reserves to get us
to our Payload delivery point, let alone to survive the return
journey. We now have no choice but to rendezvous with Icarus I.
If we're going to complete the mission, the Icarus I is our only
not a low priority!"
am the Captain! The mission needs a Captain to hold it
"You have to come
down on one side or the other. I need a decision."
fact is we are still alive. A hole hasn't burned in the side of
the ship, we don't have a ten thousand degree climate, so what's
the actual damage?"
should see it up here, guys. It's pretty impressive."
take a while but... Yeah, we can do it."
leave upright panels. The ship will burn out because all shields
are not repaired."
priority is to protect the Payload. Get the fire out. Icarus,
take control of the ship."
go back, I'll finish this."
panel closing, the ship is secure."
"You're the Psych
Officer on this ship and I'm clearly a lot saner than you
fifty five million miles from Earth, I'd say we're already on
the time. In sixteen months you can get used to anything, you
just... lose track. I know I fucked up. From now on, I'm not
going to lose track again."
I have to spell it out for you? We have a Payload to deliver to
the heart of our nearest star. We're delivering that Payload
because that star is dying. And if it dies, we die. Everything
dies! So that is out mission. There is nothing, literally
NOTHING more important than completing our mission. End of
I volunteer... I volunteer Capa."
kill yourself, man. We got this, OK?"
out of seven, that's a lot of short straws."
afraid of the dark? We should split up. [Harvey: "I don't
think that's such a good idea."] Yeah, you're probably
right. We might get picked off one at a time by aliens."
know what caused the distress signal. There's a coolant failure
of some kind, and the bottom line is it doesn't matter that Capa
has his Payload. Without the mainframe we can't fly. It's been
sabotaged. We should never have gone off the mission."
airlock's destroyed, there's only one suit, Capa's taking
a Comms Officer on a ship that has no means of
going to be cold, but we'll make it! Anybody have any better
ideas? .....Copy that!"
you, Capa! What are you trying to remind us of, our lost
humanity? I'll do it.
I'm not passing any bucks."
took responsibility. All these deaths... Kaneda, Searle, Harvey,
Trey... None of them would've happened if you hadn't diverted
the mission. I don't want you to say shit. I just want you to
know... that this [blood]... belongs here [on your hands]."
it, Capa. Do it..."
It's like taking a shower in light. You lose yourself in
"The point about
darkness is... you float in it. You and the darkness are
distinct from each other because darkness is an absence of
something, it's a vacuum. But total light... envelops you. It
becomes you. It's very strange... I recommend it!"
"Even if we knew
that some of all of that crew are still alive, their lives are
entirely expendable when seen in the context of our mission. As
are our own lives."
"We have a Payload
to deliver. A Payload - singular. Now, everything about
the delivery and effectiveness of that Payload is entirely
theoretical. Simply put, we don't know if it's going to work.
But what we do know is this: if we had two bombs we'd have two
"We're not a
democracy. We're a collection of astronauts and scientists, so
we're going to make the most informed decision available to
"Kaneda... What do
you see?... What can you see??"
"They had an
epiphany. They saw the light. I suspect the Observation filter
is fully open. If we weren't behind the screen of Icarus II,
we'd join them. Ashes to ashes, stardust to stardust."
"Hey, Capa... We're
"I'd need to take a
look at all of this pretty carefully, very carefully. But
if I had to make a guess right now, I'd say we could adjust our
trajectory. We could fly straight to them."
order to change the route, I had to manually override Icarus. So
I made all the calculations myself, and I double and triple
checked them, they all worked out. So I set the new coordinates
and put us on our way. The trajectory is good, but it changes
our angle of approach to the sun by 1.1 degrees."
fucked up. My head was full of velocities and fuel calculations
a-and a million different... I FUCKED UP, ALRIGHT?! People do
shit... get stressed, and... fuck up! I FUCKED UP!!"
"I am Pinbacker,
Commander of the Icarus I. We have abandoned our mission. Our
star is dying! All our science, all our hopes, our dreams are
foolish in the face of this! We are dust, nothing more, and to
this dust we will return. When he chooses for us to die, it is
not our place to challenge God!"
you an angel? Has the time come? I've been waiting so
the end of time, a moment will come when just one man remains,
then the moment will pass. Man will be gone. There will be
nothing to show that we were ever here but stardust."
last man, alone with God. Am I that man?"
seven years I spoke with God. He told me to take us all to