2015: Escape Pod: February 7th —
2013: ISS in standard orbit, Captain… — Canadian-born International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, following up on a brief communication via Twitter that caught the attention of Star Trek fans and space exploration afficionados alike, conducts a live video chat from orbit with Star Trek star William Shatner (speaking from Earth). The two discuss the risks of space exploration and the technological leaps forward (including means of communication that were strictly science fiction in Star Trek's heyday), though Shatner can't convince Hadfield to confirm rumors that the astronaut has volunteered to head up a mission to Mars.
2008: STS-122 — Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the 121st shuttle flight, a 13-day mission to deliver another laboratory module to the International Space Station. The European Space Agency's Columbus lab module is ESA's contribution to the station, and is attached to the recently-installed Harmony node over the course of three spacewalks. Aboard Atlantis for her 29th flight are Commander Steve Frick, Pilot Alan Poindexter, and mission specialists Stanley Love, Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim and Hans Schlegel. ISS Expedition 17 crewmember Leopold Eyharts travels to the station aboard Atlantis, while ISS Expedition 16 crewmember Daniel Tani returns to Earth on the shuttle in his place.
2005: Star Trek: Enterprise cancelled — Citing declining ratings, UPN and Paramount announce that Star Trek: Enterprise's current season - its fourth - will be its last. The last episode will be shot in March. At 97 episodes (the network’s press release says 98, as Paramount typically counts the two-hour series premiere in 2001 as two shows), Enterprise is the shortest Star Trek spinoff since the original Star Trek was cancelled after three seasons in the 1960s. David Stapf, President of Paramount Network Television, says in a statement, "All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future," though the cancellation marks the first time since 1987 that there is been no new Star Trek in production for TV; at least one spinoff has been in production continuously for 18 years, resulting in 619 episodes (seven of them two-hour TV movies) and four spinoff-based feature films. Another movie, the eleventh in the franchise’s history, is reportedly moved to the back burner by Paramount. More on Star Trek: Enterprise in the LogBook
2001: STS-98: fulfilling Destiny — Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the 102nd shuttle flight, a mission to install the American-made Destiny laboratory module on the International Space Station. Once attached to its connection point on the Unity module, Destiny is powered up and pressurized, adding more space for scientific experiments to the station. Aboard Atlantis for her 22nd flight are Commander Kenneth Cockrell, Pilot Mark Polansky, and mission specialists Robert Curbeam, Thomas Jones and Marsha Ivins.
1997: Red Dwarf: Duct Soup — The 40th episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2. More about Red Dwarf in the LogBook
1994: Star Trek: TNG: Lower Decks — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 166th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. More about Star Trek: The Next Generation in the LogBook
1994: Star Trek: DS9: Paradise — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 34th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Julia Nickson (Babylon 5) guest stars. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook
1991: Salyut 7’s plunge to Earth — The last of the Salyut space stations from the heyday of the Soviet space program, Salyut 7 tumbles into the Earth's atmosphere, its supply of fuel exhausted. (No cosmonauts have occupied Salyut 7 since 1986.) With the large Kosmos 1686 expansion still docked, most of Salyut 7 disintegrates in the atmosphere, though some debris is scattered over Argentina. Salyut 7 lasted nearly nine years in orbit.
1984: Manned Maneuvering Unit — Astronaut Bruce McCandless becomes the first untethered human spacewalker when he leaves the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Challenger aboard a Manned Maneuvering Unit, a jetpack-like device allowing him to maneuver freely with no hoses or cables connecting him to the shuttle. In development since the Gemini era, and tested briefly aboard Skylab in prototype form, the MMU will see use on only three missions before NASA puts it in mothballs.
1981: Doctor Who: Keeper Of Traken, Part 2 — The 547th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. This is the beginning of a trilogy of stories themed around the Doctor's regeneration and the reintroduction of the Master. Sarah Sutton makes her debut as Nyssa. Anthony Ainley guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1980: Buck Rogers: Olympiad — NBC airs the 17th episode of Buck Rogers In The 25th Century. Timed to coincide with the 1980 Winter Olympics, the episode guest stars former Olympic athletes Thomas Henderson and Carlos Palomino. More about Buck Rogers In The 25th Century in the LogBook
1977: Children Of The Stones: Charmed Circle — UK regional broadcaster HTV premieres the fifth episode of children's paranormal series Children Of The Stones, starring Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7) and Freddie Jones (Dune). The series is filmed on location near the real stone circle at Avebury. More about Children Of The Stones in the LogBook
1977: Soyuz 24 — The Soviet Union launches the Soyuz 24 mission to the Salyut 5 military space station. Cosmonauts Viktor Gorbatko and Yuri Glazkov carry special breathing gear to protect them from toxic fumes reported to have been the cause of the hasty exit of the crew of Soyuz 21 in 1976. They vent the entire atmosphere of Salyut 5 into space and replenish it, taking up residence for 18 days, during which they perform their own science and Earth surveillance experiments. They leave the station habitable for a visit by another crew, but Salyut 5's fuel will be exhausted before that mission can take place.
1976: Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Doom, Part 2 — The 423rd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Tony Beckley and John Challis guest star. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
1974: The Enterprise’s new home? — An agreement is struck between Paramount Pictures' television division and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (currently the Smithsonian Air Museum, which is planning the grand opening of its space-related exhibits for the bicentennial year of 1976) concerning the 18-foot, 275-pound filming model of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Since Paramount foresees no use for the gigantic "miniature", the studio agrees to donate the model to the Smithsonian as an exhibit - provided the Smithsonian foots the $500 bill for shipping. The model was originally built by Howard Anderson Co. in 1964 for the first Star Trek pilot, The Cage, at a cost running into tens of thousands of dollars. The Smithsonian plans to restore and display the model in its Space and Life exhibit, though years later the Enterprise will be "demoted" to a display near the museum's gift shop. More about Star Trek in the LogBook
1970: Doctor Who and the Silurians, Part 2 — The 259th episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC. Fulton MacKay, Paul Darrow (Blake's 7) and Peter Miles guest star. This is the first story to feature the Silurians. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
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