Tales Of Tomorrow: Test Flight

Tales Of TomorrowThe tenth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Lee J. Cobb and Harry Townes.

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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Turn Back The Clock

Voyage To The Bottom Of The SeaThe seventh episode of Irwin Allen’s adventure series Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea airs on ABC, starring Richard Basehart and David Hedison. Yvonne Craig (Batman) and Les Tremayne (Shazam!) guest star in an episode that reuses portions of the 1960 film The Lost World, which also featured Hedison, as a cost-cutting measure.

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Soyuz 3

Soyuz 3The Soviet Union resumes its manned space program with the launch of cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy aboard the redesigned Soyuz 3 vehicle. The unmanned Soyuz 2 is launched the day before to serve as a docking target for Soyuz 3, but while the two vehicles pass close to each other, no docking is achieved. Beregovoy successfully returns to Earth – the first Soyuz cosmonaut to do so – after four days in orbit.

Enterprise Approach & Landing Test 5

EnterpriseAstronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton bring Space Shuttle Enterprise back to the ground safely for its fifth free-flight landing test, the second to land with the shuttle’s engines exposed and the first to land on an actual paved runway at Edwards Air Force Base. The crew successfully compensates for a “bouncing” problem experienced on previous shuttle test landings, proving that Enterprise’s sister ships should be able to land safely after returning from orbit. Following this test, Enterprise is slated to undergo a major refit to finish it out into a spaceworthy orbiter, but NASA ultimately decides the process is too expensive. This is the final free-flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Cosmos: Blues For A Red Planet

The fifth episode of Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking science documentary series Cosmos premieres on PBS. A popular history of science and scientific theory vs. tradition and superstition, segueing into Sagan’s field of expertise (astrophysics), Cosmos is a major milestone in American documentary filmmaking and the popularization of science and the scientific method (and makes an instant celebrity out of Sagan).

Doctor Who: Remembrance Of The Daleks 4

Doctor WhoThe 673rd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Michael Sheard, Simon Williams and Terry Molloy guest star in the opening story of the 25th season. The Daleks make their first appearance since 1985, and this is the final original series story to feature them. This episode also marks a major shift away from the comedy-oriented stories of the 1986 and 1987 seasons.

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Paramount announces network, new Trek

UPNParamount formally announces its plans to start the fifth American television network, currently named simply The Paramount Network; at the time of the announcement, only one series – Star Trek: Voyager – is promoted to the press, though the show is still in the earliest stages of development. After an agreement is made to turn the new network into a joint venture with Chris-Craft subsidiary United Television (whose stations will become part of the new network), the network is eventually renamed the United Paramount Network, or UPN. It will be Paramount’s third attempt at launching its own network, after the short-lived late ’40s/early ’50s Paramount Network and an aborted attempt to launch the Paramount Television Service (whose schedule was also to be anchored by a new Star Trek series) in the late ’70s.

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Welcome To Paradox: Options

Welcome To ParadoxThe 11th episode of the Sci-Fi Channel original series Welcome To Paradox airs, a loosely-connected anthology of science fiction stories set in Betaville, a utopian future city whose incredible technology has frequently unintended side-effects. Robert Moloney (K-9) stars in a story co-written by SF novelist Donald Varley.

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Dark Angel: Radar Love

Dark AngelThe 25th episode of James Cameron & Charles H. Eglee’s cyberpunk series Dark Angel, starring Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly, airs on Fox. Tyler Labine (Invasion) guest stars.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Episode 18

Hitchhiker's Guide To The GalaxyThe 18th episode of the radio science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is broadcast on BBC Radio, concluding Dirk Maggs’ adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novel Life, The Universe, And Everything with most of the original radio cast. A radio version of the fourth novel, So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, will follow in 2005.

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