Cosmonautics Day and Yuri’s Night 2016 Celebrate Future of Space Exploration
April 11 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 47 six-member crew with Timothy Kopra as Commander unloading 2,500 kg of cargo from Progress MS-02, practicing emergency drill simulations, planning to facilitate Bigelow BEAM attachment to ISS with Canadarm2 this Saturday, set up Rodent Research experiment & transfer 3,130 kg of cargo from Dragon CRS-8.
April 11 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Craft operating nominally and in good health, traveling at 23.6 km/sec is 659 million km from Earth and less than 3 months from reaching Jupiter with one-way radio signal of 38 minutes.
April 11 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: NASA craft more than 3,735 days in space, heading toward Kuiper Belt and continuing to rely data from Pluto system flyby to Earth for at least 3 more months, expected to encounter selected KBO in 2019.
April 11 — Blue Origin LLC, Kent WA: NewSpace company evaluating data from third successful landing of suborbital rocket utilizing BE-3 engine and launch of capsule to 103 km, planning for crewed test flights of New Shepard next year, is four years into development of BE-4 – expected to be begin testing soon & be flight qualified 2017.
April 11 — Celestis Inc., Houston TX: Planning for memorial suborbital / return flight in June (US$1,295), flight to Earth Orbit in Q4 from Cape Canaveral ($4,995), 4 flights in 2017 including one delivery to Moon surface via Astrobotic lander ($12,500), co-founded & led by Charles Chafer.
April 11 — Spaceport America, Las Cruces NM: Working with MARS Scientific to offer reduced cost for first time suborbital launch of flight campaign and reduced cost for telescopic imaging / tracking; EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies signs 5-year contract to develop & test Suborbital Active Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) vehicle on site.
Apr 11-14 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 32nd Space Symposium; at the Broadmoor Hotel.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (WNW), Mars (S), Saturn (SW), Jupiter (SE).
15th ASCE Earth and Space 2016 Gathers Engineers for Extreme Environments
| Apr 11-15 — American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Aerospace Division, Orlando FL: ASCE Earth & Space Conference 2016; 15th Biennial ASCE International Conference on Engineering: Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments; at Rosen Centre Hotel.
Apr 11-15 — Institute of Astronomy of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Cozumel, Mexico: Conference: The Interplay Between Local and Global Processes in Galaxies.
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 FV13: Near-Earth flyby (0.005 AU).
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GU: Near-Earth flyby (0.007 AU).
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 363599 (2004 FG11): Near-Earth flyby (0.050 AU).
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GF134: Near-Earth flyby (0.061 AU).
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2009 BC11: Near-Earth flyby (0.081 AU).
Apr 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GW: Near-Earth flyby (0.097 AU).
Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2016; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.
Apr 12 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Jacobs Engineering, A&M University, Houston TX: 35th Observation of STS-1 and STS-2; celebrating the first two NASA Shuttle missions and Astronauts John Young, Robert Crippen, Richard Truly, Joe Engle; dinner with 3 out of 4 Astronauts & optional tour of JSC.
Apr 12 — Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, NASA, Online / Moffett Field CA: Abstracts Due: 3rd Exploration Science Forum (ESF 2016); to be held in person July 20-22.
Apr 12-13 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: European Space Technology Harmonisation (THAG) Meeting.
Apr 12-15 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Conference: Water in the Universe – From Clouds to Oceans; at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
Apr 12 — Moon: 6.0° S of M35, 02:00.
Apr 12 — Comet 9P Tempel 1: Nearest to Earth (distance 0.981 AU), 13:00.
Apr 13-14 — University of Portsmouth, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: Electronic Materials and Processes for Spacecraft; to present results of studies, promote new materials & develop an awareness of materials and manufacturing processes for Spacecraft Applications.
Apr 13 — Moon: 14.6° S of Castor, 12:00; 11.1° S of Pollux, 17:00; at first quarter, 17:59.
Apr 13 — Aten Asteroid 2005 GR33: Near-Earth flyby (0.020 AU).
Apr 13 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GC134: Near-Earth flyby (0.023 AU).
Apr 13 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 FL12: Near-Earth flyby (0.024 AU).
Apr 13 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 EK27: Near-Earth flyby (0.057 AU).
Apr 14-15 — ESA, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands: ESA Space Technology Workshop.
Apr 14 — Moon: 4.9° S of Beehive Cluster, 19:00.
Apr 14 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 FL13: Near-Earth flyby (0.025 AU).
Apr 15 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: Volatile Reservoirs in the Outer Solar System; Silvia Protopapa from University of Maryland, 15:30.
Apr 15 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Astronomy From the Bottom of the Earth – Telescopes at the South Pole; Abby Crites, 20:00.
Apr 15-17 — Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington DC: USA Science and Engineering Festival; at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, featuring more than 1,000 corporations & organizations, more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits & stage shows.
Apr 15 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 FL13 : Near-Earth flyby (0.025 AU).
Apr 15 — Amor Asteroid 2016 GE134 : Near-Earth flyby (0.043 AU).
Apr 16 — ISS, LEO: Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to be installed on ISS, Canadarm2 will attach BEAM to Tranquility module aft berthing location; will be tested for 2 years; live coverage begins 09:30 UT.
Apr 16 — Oregon L5 Society – NSS Chapter, Vancouver WA: Oregon L5 Society monthly meeting; at Pearson Air Museum, 14:00.
Apr 16 — Moon: 2.4° SSW of Regulus, 14:00.
Apr 16 — Apollo Asteroid 2008 HU4: Near-Earth flyby (0.013 AU).
Apr 16 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GM2: Near-Earth flyby (0.032 AU).
Apr 17-22 — European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016.
Apr 17 — Moon: 2.1° SSW of Jupiter, 17:00.
Apr 17 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 FY12: Near-Earth flyby (0.015 AU).