Agent Carter: Bridge And Tunnel

Agent CarterThe second episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Agent Carter, starring Hayley Attwell as Agent Peggy Carter (a character she established in 2011’s Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger), is broadcast on ABC. James Frain (Tron Legacy, Star Trek: Discovery) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) guest star in an episode directed by Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame).

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AKATSUKI’s second shot at Venus

Akatsuki at VenusJAXA, the Japanese space agency, announces its plans to put the unmanned AKATSUKI space probe into orbit around Venus. Originally launched in 2010, AKATSUKI failed to orbit the planet in December of that year due to a critical engine malfunction and instead fell into an orbit around the sun, but mission planners have devised a strategy to use its attitude control engines to slow it enough to be captured around Venus when it intersects the planet’s orbit again. AKATSUKI, more formally known as the Venus Climate Orbiter, is intended to study the atmosphere and weather of Venus, a mission it will begin in December if it can successfully enter orbit.

Barrie Ingham, actor, dies

Barrie Ingham with Dorn, Stewart, RoddenberryActor Barrie Ingham, one of the few actors to have played speaking parts in both the Doctor Who and Star Trek franchises, dies at the age of 82. Having appeared alongside William Hartnell in the 1965 Doctor Who story The Myth Makers, Mr. Ingham went on to play a more visible role as Alydon with Peter Cushing in the movie Dr. Who And The Daleks. He also appeared in the 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Up The Long Ladder as the leader of a throwback space colony.

Dawn: first in a Ceres

CeresThe unmanned NASA spacecraft Dawn transmits a series of pictures of Ceres, the minor planet which is the largest known object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, back to Earth, representing the best view yet of an object which had been seen as little more than a point of light since its discovery in 1801. From a distance of only 147,000 miles, Dawn is able to see more detail on Ceres than the best Hubble Space Telescope images of the same body. Dawn will arrive at Ceres and use its ion propulsion system to enter its orbit in March 2015.

Ladyhawke soundtrack remastered

Ladyhawke soundtrackLa-La Land Record releases a remastered, expanded 2-CD edition of the soundtrack from Richard Donner’s 1984 film Ladyhawke, scored by Alan Parsons Project orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, and featuring most of Powell’s Project bandmates, including production by Parsons himself. Clocking in at over two hours, this edition of the soundtrack features more of the orchestral and choral pieces from the score than the prior CD release.

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Leonard Nimoy, actor and director, dies

Leonard NimoyActor Leonard Nimoy, known for nearly half a century as the face and voice of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, dies at the age of 83, several days after news reports that he has been rushed to a hospital with severe chest pains. A busy actor and director on stage and screen for most of his career, Nimoy became forever associated with Star Trek, and in turn became the “face” of the unlikely hit show (despite the fact that he wasn’t the show’s nominal star). Nimoy was the only cast member to carry over from the 1964 pilot, The Cage, into the rest of Star Trek in the same role. He directed several movies, including the hit comedy Three Men And A Baby, Star Trek III and Star Trek IV, but turned down an invitation to direct Star Trek: Generations in 1994. At one point, he was attached as director to a 1990s TV movie revival of Doctor Who, though he had to pass on that project as well. Mr. Nimoy had revealed, months before his death, that he was suffering from COPD.

Dawn arrives at Ceres

CeresThe unmanned NASA/JPL space probe Dawn arrives at its second and final destination, the dwarf planet Ceres, a body which dominates the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Beginning to bring itself into a closer mapping orbit around Ceres, Dawn has already spotted unusually bright surface features, drawing early speculation from scientists that the highly reflective points on Ceres may be indicative of ice formations or cryovolcanism. Though its main engine is powered by charged ions, Dawn is scheduled to remain at Ceres for as long as its chemical propellant supply holds, powering smaller traditional rockets needed for attitude control.