STS-54Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off on the 53rd shuttle flight, a six-day mission to launch the fifth TDRS (Tracking & Data Relay Satellite) and perform assorted experiments. A five-hour spacewalk is conducted in the cargo bay to practice spacewalking techniques for future missions. Aboard Endeavour for her third flight are Commander John Casper, Pilot Donald McMonagle, and mission specialists Mario Runco, Gregory Harbaugh and Susan Helms.

Time Trax

Time TraxThe national syndication window opens for the two-hour premiere of Time Trax, co-created by Star Trek movie producer Harve Bennett, and starring Dale Midkiff. Mia Sara, Henry Darrow, and Peter Donat also star. The series, filmed entirely in Australia, is one of the premiere offerings of the Warner Bros./Chris-Craft Television joint venture PTEN (Prime Time Entertainment Network), an attempt to create an ad-hoc “fifth network” out of independent and Fox stations.

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NASA posthumously honors Star Trek creator

Gene RoddenberryAt a ceremony at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, NASA presents Majel Barrett Roddenberry with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal honoring her late husband, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who died in 1991. Roddenberry is lauded by NASA administrator Dan Goldin for “presenting the exploration of space as an exciting frontier” in both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Soyuz TM-16: getting Mir ready for company

Soyuz TM-16Cosmonauts Gennadi Manakov and Alexander Poleshchuk lift off aboard Soyuz TM-16, on a course for Russian space station Mir. In preparation for the upcoming joint international missions that will see American space shuttles docking with Mir, Soyuz TM-16 carries a new type of docking mechanism designed to test the docking port that will be used by visiting shuttles. Manakov and Poleshchuk remain aboard Mir for 179 days, returning to Earth in July 1993 with French spationaut Jean-Pierre Haigneré.

Crowded House: Together Alone

Crowded HouseCrowded House releases Together Alone, the final studio album featuring its original lineup (though no one is aware of this at the time), in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Produced by Neil Finn and Youth (a departure from the group’s “producer in residence” Mitchell Froom, who oversaw the first three albums), the album has a unique sound in the band’s catalogue. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mark Hart formally joins the group’s studio lineup, having toured with them since 1989. In America, the album is ensnared by a change of label management and remains unissued for almost a full year as a result.

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Highlander: For Tomorrow We Die

HighlanderThe week-long national syndication window opens for the 15th episode of the fantasy series Highlander, starring Adrian Paul (War Of The Worlds), Alexandra Vandernoort, and Stan Kirsch, and based on the mythology created in the 1986 movie of the same name. Roland Gift (lead singer of Fine Young Cannibals) guest stars.

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Young Indiana Jones And The Mystery Of The Blues

Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesThe 11th episode of George Lucas’ historical adventure series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles airs on ABC, starring Sean Patrick Flanery. Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) and Keith David (Gargoyles) guest star. This is the only episode of the television series in which Harrison Ford appears to reprise the role of Indiana Jones.

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Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9

Shoemaker-Levy 9Astronomers on Earth discover a comet like none seen before: having flown close to Jupiter in July 1992, the comet has broken into multiple pieces in a configuration that its discoverers call “a string of pearls.” Calculations of the orbit of the newly detected comet, named Shoemaker-Levy 9 after the team that discovered it, reveal something stunning: the orbit of the fragments will bring them back to Jupiter in just over a year, at which point they are expected to collide with the planet rather than pass it by or go into orbit. Not only does this give Earth-based astronomers time to coordinate observations, but NASA has an ace in the hole: the entire event will be witnessed by the unmanned Galileo probe as it makes its final approach to the giant planet.