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2016

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio

Doctor WhoThe 829th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 (the 130th episode since the series’ revival). This Christmas-themed episode closes the ninth season, and reintroduces Nardole (Matt Lucas) as a new regular companion for the Doctor in a story that pastiches American superhero comics (and their media spinoffs). Justin Chatwin and Charity Wakefield guest star.

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Vera Rubin, astronomer, dies

Vera RubinPioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, whose research led to the discovery of dark matter, dies at the age of 88. In the 1960s and ’70s, Rubin found that the rate of galaxies’ rotation could not be accounted for unless galaxies contained, on average, ten times more mass than could be distributed among the visible stars in that galaxy. This research led her to propose the theory of dark matter in the 1970s, though she tried for many years to find – or at least rule out – any other possible explanations to the galaxy rotation problem.

Carrie Fisher, actress, dies

Carrie FisherActress and author Carrie Fisher, universally known as Princess Leia from the original Star Wars trilogy, dies four days after suffering from a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Alongside a storied career that included movies such as The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and a revival of Leia in 2015’s The Force Awakens, Fisher embarked on a writing career that included the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From The Edge (later adapted into a movie in its own right), which fictionalized elements of her Hollywood upbringing, and autobiographies that exposed her lifelong battles with mental illness. She died at the age of 60.

2017

Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts Of Geonosis

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 46th and 47th episodes of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Forest Whitaker (Platoon, The Last King Of Scotland) guest stars, reprising his character from the recent film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Wars Rebels: Warhead

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 48th episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards, Sherlock) guest stars.

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Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 astronaut, dies

Gene CernanApollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan, the last human to leave the surface of the moon in the 20th century, dies at the age of 82. One of the members of NASA’s second astronaut class, recruited in 1963 to take part in the Gemini program, Cernan first flew into space aboard Gemini 9 in 1966, a mission in which he became the second American spacewalker, though his assigned tasks outside the Gemini spacecraft proved to be dangerously exhausting. His second flight, as the lunar module pilot for Apollo 10, saw him flying a lunar lander to within miles of the moon’s surface in May 1969, a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Apollo 11 mission. He commanded the final Apollo moon landing mission, Apollo 17, in December 1972, where he earned the title of “last man on the moon” by being the last astronaut to leave the lunar surface to re-enter the Apollo 17 lander. He later wrote an autobiography about his spaceflight experiences, and was frequently outspoken about his disappointment that no one walked on the moon again in his lifetime.

Miguel Ferrer, actor, dies

Miguel FerrerVeteran character actor Miguel Ferrer, a steady presence on TV and the big screen for over 30 years, dies of cancer at the age of 61. Fondly remembered for his villain role in the original Robocop, a recurring role on Twin Peaks, and a brief cameo as the first officer of the hapless U.S.S. Excelsior in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Ferrer was co-starring in the popular series NCIS: Los Angeles at the time of his death.

Star Wars Rebels: Trials Of The Darksaber

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 49th episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels.

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Masaya Nakamura, Namco founder, dies

Masaya NakamuraMasaya Nakamura, the founder of pioneering Japanese video game maker Namco, dies at the age of 91. Founded in 1955 as Nakamura Manufacturing Co., Namco was an early proponent of video game development in Japan, though it saw its earliest successes as the Japanese distributor of Atari arcade games imported from the U.S. After moderately successful early coin-ops such as Gee Bee, Namco quickly established itself as a global powerhouse with the release of such perennial classics as Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Dig Dug, Pole Position, and Xevious, among many others. Namco’s growth in the 1980s was so explosive that it absorbed Japanese film studio Nikkatsu in 1993 (several of whose titles Nakamura oversaw as executive producer), and later merged with Bandai in 2005.

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Arrow: Who Are You?

ArrowThe 102nd episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Lexa Doig (Andromeda) guest stars.

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John Hurt, actor, dies

John Hurt is the DoctorBritish actor Sir John Hurt, renowned for memorable roles in everything from I, Claudius to Alien to The Elephant Man to 1984 to Doctor Who, dies at the age of 77 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer (during which he kept actively working). Known to genre fans for the role of unlucky astronaut Kane in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), though before this he had lent his voice to animated adaptations of Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down. He spoofed his Alien character for Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs in 1987. Other genre fare included the movie adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact in 1997, V For Vendetta, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, the final two Harry Potter movies, and voiced the dragon in the BBC’s TV series Merlin. In 2013, he joined the pantheon of incarnations of the Doctor for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, playing a previously unseen incarnation of the Time Lord, a role he reprised for Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who audio plays.

Arrow: Second Chances

ArrowThe 103rd episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Lexa Doig (Andromeda) guest stars.

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The Expanse: Safe and Doors & Corners

The ExpanseThe 11th and 12th episodes of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint, The Killing) guest stars in the second season premiere.

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Richard Hatch, actor, dies

Richard HatchActor Richard Hatch, who starred in the 1970s series Battlestar Galactica as Captain Apollo and then took on the new role of Tom Zarek in the show’s longer-running early 2000s re-imagining, dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71. Both before and after his starring turn as Apollo, Hatch was a mainstay of 1970s and ’80s TV, with guest appearances in The Love Boat, CHiPS, Fantasy Island, MacGyver, T.J. Hooker and Baywatch. In 1999 he unsuccessfully pitched a Galactica revival to Universal Studios, based loosely on a line of post-TV-series novels he co-authored earlier in the ’90s. He also played a key role in the Star Trek fan film Prelude To Axanar, and was set to reprise his role in a feature-length fan project continuing its story.

Arrow: Bratva

ArrowThe 104th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Lexa Doig (Andromeda) guest stars.

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The Expanse: Static

The ExpanseThe 13th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) and Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint, The Killing) guest star.

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Dream Chaser Hubble repair mission proposed

Dream ChaserThough it has yet to actually go to space, the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser spacecraft is floated as a possible savior for the Hubble Space Telescope, with a very preliminary mission proposal for a repair mission to the telescope which has now been operational in orbit for over a quarter of a century. The possible mission is brought forth as an example of increasing high-profile cooperation between NASA and private space companies. The Dream Chaser’s earliest orbit test flights are not expected to take place prior to 2019; if the mission takes place in 2020 at the earliest, Hubble will by then be 30 years old.

Arrow: Spectre Of The Gun

ArrowThe 105th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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The Expanse: Godspeed

The ExpanseThe 14th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) guest stars.

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Star Wars Rebels: Legacy Of Mandalore

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 50th episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Sharmila Devar (Scandal) guest stars.

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Arrow: The Sin-Eater

ArrowThe 106th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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The seven worlds of TRAPPIST-1

Trappist-1NASA announces the discovery, via the Spitzer Space Telescope, of a system of seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, only 40 light years from Earth’s solar system. Though water may exist in some state on all seven of the planets, three of them are thought to be orbiting within the “Goldilocks zone” in which liquid water would be abundant, making life possible on the surfaces of those planets.

The Expanse: Home

The ExpanseThe 15th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) guest stars.

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Star Wars Rebels: Through Imperial Eyes

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 51st episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards, Sherlock) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Steven Universe, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex) guest star.

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Bill Paxton, actor, dies

Bill PaxtonActor Bill Paxton, who played both starring and supporting roles in movies such as Aliens, The Terminator, Predator 2, Weird Science, Apollo 13, Twister, and Tombstone, dies at the age of 61. Paxton worked behind the scenes in the early years of his career, alternating between working for legendary B-movie director Roger Corman, and playing small roles on screen. He directed the film clip for the Barnes & Barnes song “Fish Heads” (which was co-written and performed by Bill Mumy). Paxton died from complications that arose during heart surgery.

SpaceX shoots for the moon

SpaceX DragonPrivate aerospace company SpaceX announces that a crew of two – not publicly identified by the company – have booked a private circumlunar flight scheduled to take place in 2018 aboard a SpaceX Dragon v2 capsule. The flight will utilize a free-return trajectory to the moon, around its dark side, and back to Earth, without orbiting or landing. At the time of the announcement, Dragon v2 has yet to fly into space, either with or without a crew, and the booster that would be required for this flight, the Falcon Heavy, has yet to be test-flown, either with or without a crew.

Arrow: Fighting Fire With Fire

ArrowThe 107th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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The Expanse: Paradigm Shift

The ExpanseThe 16th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) and Sam Huntington (Being Human) guest star.

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Star Wars Rebels: Secret Cargo

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 52nd episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards, Sherlock) and Genevieve O’Reilly (reprising her role of Mon Mothma from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) guest star.

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Europa Clipper

Europa ClipperAfter a long process of gaining sufficient approval to be budgeted for a design phase, NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft gets a name and a preliminary shape, but no completion date or launch window any more specific than “the 2020s”, likely putting it at Jupiter’s intriguing moon Europa in the early 2030s after a series of gravity assists. Europa Clipper is intended to closely survey Europa from orbit, attempting to focus on its icy surface and the saltwater ocean believed to be hidden beneath that surface.

The Expanse: The Seventh Man

The ExpanseThe 17th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) and Peter Outerbridge (ReGenesis, Happy Town) guest star.

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Star Wars Rebels: Double Agent Droid

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 53rd episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Josh Gad (Jobs, Frozen, Pixels) guest stars.

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Arrow: Checkmate

ArrowThe 108th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Lexa Doig (Andromeda) guest stars.

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The Expanse: Pyre

The ExpanseThe 18th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Chad L. Coleman (The Orville) and Terry Chen (Continuum) guest star.

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Star Wars Rebels: Twin Suns

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 54th episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Sam Witwer (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars.

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Arrow: Kapiushon

ArrowThe 109th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Masters Of The Universe, Universal Soldier) guest stars.

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The Expanse: The Weeping Somnambulist

The ExpanseThe 19th episode of the science fiction series The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham), is broadcast on cable channel Syfy. Terry Chen (Continuum) guest stars.

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Star Wars Rebels: Zero Hour

Star Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD airs the 55th and 56th episodes of the series Star Wars: Rebels. Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards, Sherlock), Genevieve O’Reilly (Rogue One) and Clancy Brown (Highlander, Earth 2) guest star in the two-part third season finale.

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Arrow: Disbanded

ArrowThe 110th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW.

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