1980s (FASA)

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FASA Timeline
(FASA Roleplaying Game)

Reference Stardate -1/8001 through -1/8912


  • RSD -1/80: Space Shuttle flights begin as available payload space is booked full. Early missions will demonstrate the many uses of zero-gravity. The Space Shuttle program will remain in operation for twelve years.[1]


  • RSD -1/82: Galileo departs from Earth orbit for Jupiter. It will descend into the Jovian atmosphere behind a heat shield, radioing back data until the increasing pressure crushes the hull, about 30 minutes after entry.[1]
  • RSD -1/82: The Lunar Polar Orbiter transmits data containing surface chemistry and heat flow on the moon.[1]
  • Element 109 is discovered in India on Earth.[2]


  • RSD -1/83: The Space Telescope is orbited. This 2.4m aperture optical telescope, working above atmospheric turbulence, will revolutionize man's view of the universe.[1]
  • RSD -1/83: The Venus Atmospheric Balloon enters the Venusian atmosphere, sending back data from its gondola of scientific instruments. It circles the planet on the stratospheric winds for several days.[1]
  • Element 110 is discovered in India on Earth.[2]


  • RSD -1/1609.08 (8 September):[3] The Orion Registry, 73rd Edition, reports the stabilization of Orion contraction. Only 12.7 billion Orions survive on 64 worlds, most of them less than 20 parsecs from Rigel. Colonies beyond this limit, no longer in contact with Botchok, are not included.[4]


  • RSD -1/85: A probe flies past Comet Halley with a battery of instruments that measure its tenuous tail, and continues on to encounter Comet Tempel 2 in 1988.[1]


  • RSD -1/86: The Multiple Asteroid Rendezvous Mission will view these bodies up close in space with an eye on the future mining of these interplanetary travelers.[1]


  • RSD -1/8601: The Romulan Star Empire begins to expand spinward.[5]
  • RSD -1/8601.28 (28 January): The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after launch, killing all seven crew members aboard. This is the worst tragedy to date in Earth's fledgling space program.[6]


  • RSD -1/8602: Humans launch their first permanent, orbital space station.[6]



  • RSD -1/8703: The Andorians test their first prototype interstellar spacecraft.[6]


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