Phillip excels in his new role. His work is so impressive the Military selects him to be the ground control commander of the single most ambitious undertaking in human history — a mission to the star Alpha Centauri. Although the mission will take generations and only our descendents will know its true impact, everyone realizes it is very significant.
On the day of the launch Major Phillip Kiriakis stands beneath the gleaming Titan VI rocket and its small payload in the capsule several stories above. He contemplates the adventure ahead as he enters the ground control command center.
The countdown proceeds. Slowly the beast lifts off the launch pad. History's greatest mission has begun.
Months later, the capsule which was atop the Titan VI drifts through space toward a tiny point of light, Alpha Centauri. It is now completely out of earth-contact for the next millennium.
Inside, the young commander removes his space helmet. He checks to make sure all systems are nominal. He turns to his co-pilot who is not wearing a helmet. Their eyes meet.
"I love you so much, Belle," he says.
"And I love you, Shawn," she says, "And I promise, the minute we get back I am going to tell Phillip, and then we can finally be with each other."