Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack

Star Trek: The Motion PictureSony Records releases a 2-CD set featuring Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, now with a few additional tracks. The second disc is not part of the soundtrack, but instead provides the first-ever CD pressing of the 1976 spoken-word album Inside Star Trek, featuring recorded live appearances by Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, Isaac Asimov and others. This set is billed as the “20th anniversary edition” of the soundtrack.

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Missing Doctor Who episode recovered

Doctor WhoPart one of the classic William Hartnell-era Doctor Who four-parter The Crusade is recovered by the BBC, thanks to a fan who obtained it cheaply from a film collectors’ sale. The film is handed over to BBC’s unofficial Doctor Who Restoration Team. There’s initially no word on any possible video release of this segment of The Crusade, since parts two and four are still missing.

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Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade cancelled

CrusadeWord leaks onto the internet that TNT, the network that salvaged Babylon 5 from syndication, has decided to cut its losses on the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade and cancel the show before even a single episode has aired. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski confirms that production has halted as Warner Bros.’ television executives are shopping the show around to new venues, with a strong hint that the Sci-Fi Channel could be a likely new home for the show. TNT will air the 13 produced episodes later in 1999.

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Galileo and the atmosphere of Callisto

CallistoNASA reveals recent findings from the unmanned Galileo orbiter touring Jupiter and its moons, including the discovery of a tenuous atmosphere surrounding the outermost large moon of Jupiter, Callisto. The thin layer of carbon dioxide surrounding Callisto completes the set: Galileo has detected an atmosphere of one kind or another around each of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, some of which are large enough to be planets. As for how the atmosphere is sustained in the extremely hostile environment around Jupiter, scientists speculate that the CO2 could be emitted from beneath Callisto’s own crust.

Babylon 5 episodic soundtracks, wave 4

Babylon 5Christopher Franke’s fourth and final wave of “episodic” soundtracks from the series Babylon 5 is released by Sonic Images Records. Individual CDs with the complete scores from the episodes Falling Toward Apotheosis, Darkness Ascending, Objects At Rest and the series finale Sleeping In Light are released. The score from the episode And The Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place also becomes available, but only through Babylon 5 Magazine; a general release follows in 2001.

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