Actor Barrie Ingham, one of the few actors to have played speaking parts in both the Doctor Who and Star Trek franchises, dies at the age of 82. Having appeared alongside William Hartnell in the 1965 Doctor Who story The Myth Makers, Mr. Ingham went on to play a more visible role as Alydon with Peter Cushing in the movie Dr. Who And The Daleks. He also appeared in the 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Up The Long Ladder as the leader of a throwback space colony.
BBC2 premieres the 15th episode of Russell T. Davies’ science fiction series Torchwood, a more adult-themed spinoff of Doctor Who.
Soundtrack specialty label Intrada releases the original recordings of Alex North’s lost music score for 2001: a space odyssey, conducted by North himself and recorded in 1968. (The previous release of the same music on another label is a re-recording.)
The 12th episode of the Star Trek prequel spinoff Enterprise premieres on UPN.
NASA releases a photo taken by the Cassini space probe as it passed by Jupiter and its complex system of satellites in December 2000, showing the first-ever view of the tiny moon Himalia, taken from a distance of 2.7 million miles. Non-spherical in shape, but estimated to be roughly 100 miles across its widest face, Himalia is believed to be an asteroid permanently captured into an inclined orbit of Jupiter. It was discovered in 1904 from Earth-based telescopes. The New Horizons space probe will also attempt to image Himalia in 2007. The sixth largest satellite of Jupiter, Himalia is the first of the planet’s outer satellites beyond the orbit of Callisto to be photographed by a passing spacecraft.
For the first time, images transmitted to Earth by NASA’s unmanned Voyager 2 space probe reveal visible cloud features in the atmosphere of Neptune, from a distance of 185,000,000 miles. This is a welcome relief to mission scientists who felt let down by a lamentable lack of any atmospheric detail in the clouds of Uranus, a planet visited by Voyager 2 in 1986. In the months ahead, even more detail will be revealed in Neptune’s upper atmosphere.
The week-long national syndication window opens for the 31st episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. W. Morgan Sheppard and Suzie Plakson guest star.
BBC1 premieres the 16th episode of Terry Nation’s science fiction series Blake’s 7. John Bennett and Scott Fredericks guest star; Brian Croucher takes over the role of Travis (though the obvious difference goes completely unnoticed by the other characters).
BBC1 premieres the fourth episode of Terry Nation’s science fiction series Blake’s 7. This is the first episode filmed; Jan Chappell joins the regular cast as Cally.
ABC premieres the made-for-TV movie The Questor Tapes, starring Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon and Majel Barrett. Created and co-written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, The Questor Tapes is a promising series pilot, though no series based on it is ordered. (Years later, many observers will notice that Roddenberry transfers Questor’s personality and even some of his backstory to a new Star Trek character named Data.)
The 282nd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Katy Manning makes her first appearance as the Doctor’s new companion, Jo Grant. Richard Franklin joins the cast as new UNIT regular Captain Mike Yates, and the Master makes his first appearance in the series, as played by Roger Delgado. Michael Wisher guest stars.
NASA and ESSA launch the ITOS satellite, also known as TIROS-M, a next-generation weather satellite intended to take over from the constellation of short-lived ESSA weather satellites. With a configuration that is, for the first time, significantly different from the TIROS/ESSA satellites, the TIROS-M design’s shakedown cruise is a short and bumpy one: after system failures force a shutdown of the satellite’s attitude control system, it is shut down in mid-1971.