Soyuz 24

Salyut 5The 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.

Fairchild Channel F

Fairchild Channel FFairchild rebrands its pioneering Video Entertainment System console as the much more memorable Fairchild Channel F. This is the name by which the console will be most commonly known in the future, and a name which it retains even after Fairchild sells its inventory and interest in Channel F to electronic toolmaker Zircon in 1979. Many later historical accounts associate the Channel F rebranding with competition and market confusion from Atari’s Video Computer System, but in fact the VCS won’t debut until much later in the year.

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Enterprise hails a taxi

EnterpriseSpace Shuttle Enterprise, mated to the heavily-modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) for the first time, undergoes three “taxi tests” to enusre the structural stability of the two-vehicle combination on the runway before they ever take off. This is the first phase of a series of tests that will culminate, later in 1977, in a series of brief unpowered flights and landing tests using the Enterprise, verifying the shuttle’s gliding aerodynamics.

Wonder Woman In Hollywood

Wonder WomanThe 13th episode of Wonder Woman airs on ABC, starring Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner. This episode, guest starring Debra Winger, Robert Hays and Barry Van Dyke, closes the first season, and ends the show’s run on ABC. (The series will move to CBS for its second season, as well as reformatting the show into a present day setting, so this is also the end of the show’s World War II setting, which was faithful to the original comics.)

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Enterprise test drive

EnterpriseMated to its Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Space Shuttle Enterprise goes airborne for the first time in the first of a series of “captive-inert” test flights. During these flights, there is no crew aboard Enterprise, nor are any of the test shuttle’s systems powered up; the flights are intended to make sure that the combination of the 747 and the Enterprise is capable of being flown safely. Further “captive-inert” flights are carried out over a ten-day period.

Man From Atlantis

Man From AtlantisThe science fiction TV movie-of-the-week Man From Atlantis airs on NBC, starring Patrick Duffy and Belinda J. Montgomery. Created by Mayo Simon and classic Star Trek veteran Herbert F. Solow, Man From Atlantis centers around a mysterious man from the ocean (Duffy) discovered by humans, who find he is willing to live among them and coexist for peaceful purposes. Three more TV movies will follow, each successful enough for NBC to greenlight a weekly series in the 1977-78 season.

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