Alexander J. Dressler is named USRA President. USRA Headquarters moves to Houston, Texas.
Viking 1 lands on Mars.
The Luna 24 sample return mission to the Moon returns with 170 grams of lunar material.
NASA publicly unveils the space shuttle Enterprise at a ceremony in Palmdale, California.
The first inter-team meeting of the Basaltic Volcanism Study Project is held at LSI.
The Conference on Comparisons of Mercury and the Moon is hosted and sponsored by LSI. The meeting is the Institute's first conference in the area of comparative planetology.