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2014: Escape Pod: April 19th —
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2012: Discovery retired — Having completed its last mission, Space Shuttle Discovery is retired, stripped of working engine parts and other items, and donated to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum by NASA. The workhorse of the shuttle fleet, Discovery flew in space 39 times starting in 1984, visiting both Mir and the International Space Station, and racking up a cumulative total of an entire year in orbit. Discovery takes the place of the test orbiter, Enterprise, which has been on display at the Smithsonian since the 1980s.
2011: Elisabeth Sladen, Doctor Who actress, dies — Actress Elisabeth Sladen, possibly the performer who has maintained the longest on-screen association with a Doctor Who character in the history of the franchise, dies at the age of 65. In 1973, the producers of Doctor Who had hired another actress to play the part of new companion Sarah Jane Smith, only to meet with strenuous objections from series lead Jon Pertwee. Elisabeth Sladen was then cast in the part, continuing to play Sarah Jane through 1976, one of the longest-running companions in the original series. Numerous times she had been approached to reprise her role, only agreeing to do so in 1981 in her own spinoff, K-9 & Company, which never made it past the pilot stage. After reprising the role of Sarah Jane for Big Finish's audio spinoff series centered around the character, she was asked to play the part again - on television - alongside David Tennant, sparking new interest in the character and ultimately leading to her own spinoff series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Filming of the fifth season of that series had been put on hold while she was admitted to the hospital.
2008: Doctor Who: Planet Of The Ood — The 743rd episode of Doctor Who (the 45th since the series' revival) airs on BBC1. Tim McInnery (Blackadder) guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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2002: Jeremiah: Firewall — Pay cable channel Showtime premieres the seventh episode of J. Michael Straczynski's post-apocalyptic series Jeremiah. More about Jeremiah in the LogBook
2001: STS-100: fully armed & operational station — Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off on the 104th shuttle flight, a 12-day mission to resupply and continue construction of the International Space Station. The primary addition to the station is the Canadian-built remote manipulator arm, derived from the design that has been flown throughout the Space Shuttle program, to be affixed to the station itself. Aboard Endeavour for her 16th flight are Commander Kent Rominger, Pilot Jeff Ashby, and mission specialists Chris Hadfield, Scott Parazynski, John Phillips, Umberto Guidoni and Yuri Lonchakov.
2000: Voyager; Live Fast And Prosper — UPN airs the 140th episode of Star Trek: Voyager. More about Star Trek: Voyager in the LogBook
1999: Star Trek: DS9: Strange Bedfellows — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 167th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This episode continues a tightly-serialized eight-episode run-up to the series finale. Louise Fletcher guest stars. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook
1998: From The Earth To The Moon: Night 3 — Pay cable channel HBO's heavily-promoted docudrama miniseries From The Earth To The Moon, continues, executive produced by actor Tom Hanks (Apollo 13) through Ron Howard's Imagine Films. The series chronicles NASA's quest to reach the moon, and two episodes debut each Sunday of the show's run. The third night premieres the episodes Spider (chronicling the evolution of the lunar module and the flights of Apollo 9 and 10) and Mare Tranquilitatis (Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing). Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) stars as Buzz Aldrin, with Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, Scandal) as Neil Armstrong and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as Mike Collins. More about From The Earth To The Moon in the LogBook
1996: Space: Above And Beyond: Stardust — Fox premieres the 20th episode of the military science fiction series Space: Above And Beyond. More about Space: Above And Beyond in the LogBook
1995: Sliders: Summer Of Love — Fox airs the fifth episode of Sliders, Tracy Torme's alternate-universe science fiction series. More about Sliders in the LogBook
1993: Star Trek: DS9: Battle Lines — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 12th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook
1982: Salyut 7 — The Soviet Union launches the last of the Salyut space stations, Salyut 7, into Earth orbit. Reflecting an ongoing significant rethink on space station construction, Salyut 7 is intended from the outset to be docked with additional modules to expand its habitable and working space. It also sets a new endurance record of its own, remaining in orbit for nearly a decade.
1975: Doctor Who: Revenge Of The Cybermen Pt. 1 — The 398th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. This story marks the Cybermen's first story since the Troughton era, and closes out both the series' 12th season and the "Nerva" plotline. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
1971: Salyut 1: the first space station — Salyut 1, the first orbiting space station in history is launched, unmanned, by the Soviet Union. With Salyut 1, the Soviet space program intends to vault ahead of the United States in a new space discipline (namely long stays in space and the study of human endurance in a zero-G environment), having lost the moon race. The first Salyut station will orbit Earth for less than a year.
1969: Doctor Who: The War Games, Part 1 — The 244th episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. Jane Sherwin, David Savile and Philip Madoc guest star. This is Patrick Troughton's final story as the incumbent Doctor, the final Doctor Who story of the 1960s, and the final story made in black & white. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
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