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"In less than an hour we'll finish our six months out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep our time, that is. According to Dr. Hasslein's theory of time in a vehicle traveling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it...while we've aged hardly at all."
Taylor [src]

On January 14, 1972, ANSA astronauts Taylor, Dodge, Landon and Stewart were launched from Cape Kennedy. During the course of their flight, the craft travelled at nearly the speed of light, causing the Earth to age drastically by comparison to the crew and bearing out Dr. Otto Hasslein's hypothesis.

Astronauts Brent and Maddox were launched along the same flight path as the previous vessel and like Taylor's craft before them, they slipped through a Hasslein Curve - a quantum bend in space - and travelled through time, losing contact with home.

Taylor's ship was later repaired by the chimpanzee Dr. Milo, and with Dr. Zira and Dr. Cornelius he was taken in reverse along the same path to almost the point of origin of the original astronauts. This flight coincided with the destruction of Earth by the Alpha-Omega Bomb, which may have had some influence on the scientific phenomenon.