STS-72

Space ShuttleSpace Shuttle Endeavour lifts off on the 74th flight of the shuttle program. Over nine days, Endeavour’s crew retrieves a Japanese satellite for return to Earth while deploying a NASA experiment which flies as far as 45 miles away from the shuttle for two days before it, too, is retrieved. More spacewalk techniques and technologies are tried out for future space station construction. Aboard Endeavour for her tenth flight are Commander Brian Duffy, Pilot Brent Jett, and mission specialists Leroy Chiao, Daniel Barry, Winston Scott and Koichi Wakata.

TekWar: The Gate

TekWarThe 15th episode of the sci-fi crime series TekWar, based on William Shatner’s novel series, airs as part of the Universal Action Pack syndication package. Greg Evigan, William Shatner, and Maria del Mar star. (The series has already been cancelled at this point; Universal is burning off the remaining episodes into off-season time slots.)

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TekWar: Skin Deep

TekWarThe 16th episode of the sci-fi crime series TekWar, based on William Shatner’s novel series, airs as part of the Universal Action Pack syndication package. Greg Evigan, William Shatner, and Maria del Mar star. (The series has already been cancelled at this point; Universal is burning off the remaining episodes into off-season time slots.)

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TekWar: Redemption

TekWarThe 17th episode of the sci-fi crime series TekWar, based on William Shatner’s novel series, airs as part of the Universal Action Pack syndication package. Greg Evigan, William Shatner, and Maria del Mar star. (The series has already been cancelled at this point; Universal is burning off the remaining episodes into off-season time slots.)

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NEAR launched

NEARThe NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) unmanned spacecraft, built and flown for NASA by John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab, lifts off from Cape Canaveral on a mission to orbit and study asteroid 433 Eros, a target it won’t reach until 1998 at the earliest; it will fly by another asteroid in 1997. Other trajectories under consideration during mission planning included a combination of several asteroids and comets, before the limitations of NEAR’s chemical propulsion system forced those plans to be scaled back. (A more ambitious multi-asteroid mission, Dawn, will be launched in the 21st century.) NEAR will become the first human-made spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

TekWar: Betrayal

TekWarThe 18th episode of the sci-fi crime series TekWar, based on William Shatner’s novel series, airs as part of the Universal Action Pack syndication package. One of Shatner’s daughter, Melanie Shatner (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), guest stars in a script written by her sister, Lisabeth Shatner, who had also written an episode of Shatner’s 1980s cop show T.J. Hooker. This is the final episode of TekWar to be produced and aired.

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