In Ain't NASA-Sarily So, the Ghostbusters are sent to outer space to the space platform Galileo in order to bust a particularly scary creature, while Peter is overjoyed about working under a government contract.[2]


Ivan Kirov



Dostoyevsky Sato

Yeoman Whitney

The Creature

Egon Spengler

Peter Venkman

Ray Stantz

Winston Zeddemore



Proton Pack

Particle Thrower


Tobin's Spirit Guide

P.K.E. Meter


Experimental Space Platform Galileo


Cape Canaveral


In space, Experimental Space Platform has completed its first full day of a mission to set a new space endurance record. Captain Kirov began to record his Captain's log when an alert is triggered. Lieutenant Sato confirmed the platform was hit. Lieutenant Irahqua announced interference on all frequencies. Power is being lost. Lieutenant Commander McTavish ran off to check the power then Yeoman Whitney told Kirov she saw a ghost. McTavish returned and also reported a ghost. With frequencies cleared up, Kirov patched into a satellite and called the Ghostbusters for assistance in ridding them of the ghost. Ecto-1 departed from the Firehouse and the Ghostbusters were launched aboard a space shuttle.

Peter is happy at the notion of getting a government contract but Ray is concerned about using the equipment in zero gravity. The Ghostbusters boarded the platform and met the crew. After having heard descriptions of the ghost, Ray couldn't find an entry in a computerized Tobin's Spirit Guide. Egon then picked up a reading on the P.K.E. Meter. McTavish escorted them to engineering. The ghost tapped into the solar energy converter. Egon observed its readings and interestingly had the same ectoplasmic make up of a Class 4 Free Floating Spirit. They fired on it but it only feed on the Proton Streams.

Things only became worse when the ghost tapped into the gravity unit. The ghost chased McTavish and the Ghostbusters down the hall then grabbed Winston. Winston slipped out of the pack. After he strapped on the spare pack, the Ghostbusters returned to the bust. Winston tried to communicate with it but it wasn't interested in him. A plan is drawn up to shut off the flow to the converter. The Ghostbusters then lured the ghost to the center of the platform with their equipment. Several traps are used to completely capture the entity. Captain Kirov is surprised they succeeded but tells Houston to subtract transportation expenses from the check. After learning about the mission, it seemed more likely to the Ghostbusters that the crew oddly resembled that of another spacecraft on a five-year mission!


Peter: Don't sweat it. No company with a government contract ever knows what it's doing.
Peter: Request permission to bust some ghosts, sir.
Peter: Hey, neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night, nor even depth of space, can keep us from our expensive rounds.
Peter: Have you considered calling Oozebusters?
Winston: What if the stuff doesn't work?

Peter: If it doesn't work you just charge more and do it again.

Winston: Pardon me captain, but have we met before?

Peter: Don't be ridiculous, Winston. These people are astronauts, space explorers. They've been out exploring strange new worlds. Seeking out new life and new civilizations.


  • The episode was recorded on October 22, 1986 and September 28, 1987.[3]
  • Clyde Kusatsu had to cancel his ADR session on August 18, 1987 and reschedule for September 28.[4]
  • The space platform is named "Galileo," a reference to the shuttlecraft Galileo from Star Trek.
  • The character "Yeoman Whitney" is a reference to actress Grace Lee Whitney who played "Yeoman Janice Rand" in "Star Trek The Original Series."
    • Yeoman was a Starfleet title for officer that served as a personal assistant.
  • One of the crew members is named "Sato." Coincidentally, there would be a character named "Ensign Hoshi Sato" on "Star Trek Enterprise" 14 years later.
  • The creature is drawn similar to the alien in the Dark Horse Comics adaptation of "John Carpenter's The Thing (from Another World)."
  • This episode is one of the few that doesn't have Slimer or Janine in it. However, in the script on the boxset she was to answer Kirov's call.[5]
  • Peter invokes a take on the United States Postal Service's unofficial motto.[6]
  • Peter refers to Wonder Bread, a type of white bread from North America.
  • Egon is implicitly likened to Mr. Spock from Star Trek.
  • When Ray is used as bait, he notes he wished he took swimming lessons instead of clarinet.[7]
  • The clarinet lessons helps further answer why only Ray was possessed by the magic music of Malachi in "Play Them Ragtime Boos" in addition to his noted "open mindedness."
  • Peter tells Kirov to phone Houston and have their check cut.
  • This episode is not to be confused with the later episode "Spacebusters," another space-themed episode.
  • On page 16 of Ghostbusters International #10, the arcade in the middle is the one based on "Ain't NASA-Sarily So" with the Creature and Experimental Space Platform Galileo on the marquee.
    • The screen is set to the scene when Captain Kirov states his crew is in good spirits as he records his captain's log at the beginning of the episode.

Animation Errors

  • It is suggested that they had no gravity, yet they kicked their traps down in the bottom of the platform.
  • It was never explained why later in the episode they were able to use the blasters on the creature after it was shown to absorb the beams earlier.


  1. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Ain't NASA-Sarily So" (1986).
  2. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 8. CPT Holdings, Inc.
  3. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Ain't NASA-Sarily So" (1986).
  4. Marsha Goodman (1986). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Ain't NASA-Sarily So" (1986).
  5. Miller, Craig & Nelson, Mark (August 13, 1986). "Ain't NASA-Sarily So", p. 5. Time Life Entertainment.
  6. Peter Venkman (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "Ain't NASA-Sarily So" (1986) (DVD ts. 04:43-04:45). Time Life Entertainment.
  7. Eatock, James & Mangels, Andy (2008). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection booklet, p. 8. CPT Holdings, Inc.


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