ISU SpaceUp at Central Campus in Strasbourg
Apr 6 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 43 Samantha Cristoforetti & Terry Virts practicing with Canadarm-2 for upcoming Dragon CRS 6 grapple, Kelly & Kornienko will return to Earth Mar 2016 with Expedition 46 after 342 days in space, 2 Soyuz craft & 2 Progress resupply vehicles currently attached to ISS.
Apr 6 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: Funding for NASA Moon mission, with 7 functioning instruments & 21 data set releases, still undetermined for FY16.
Apr 6 — MESSENGER OCM-15, Mercury Orbit: Spacecraft to perform Orbital Correction Maneuver #15 today; expected to impact surface this month / end mission; launched Aug 2004.
Apr 6 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Of Saturn’s 62 moons, craft will have 2 close encounters with Titan, 2 with Dione, 3 with Enceladus, 1 with Epimetheus, 1 with Prometheus, 1 with Aegeon this year; will remain in nearly equatorial orbit for rest of 2015.
Apr 6 — Ad Astra Rocket Company, Webster TX: NewSpace company with Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) contract, US$10M over 3 years, will continue to develop VASIMR engine & perform 100-hour continuous test of VX-200-SS prototype.
Apr 6 — AstroScale, Singapore: Working on space debris removal satellite system “Mothership & Boy” to be launched 2017 with US$7.48M funds raised, and Lunar Dream Capsule Project to travel to Moon surface aboard Astrobotic Griffin Lander.
Apr 6 — RSA, Launch Proton / Express AM8, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russian Proton rocket to launch Express AM8 satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Co.
Apr 6 – May 8 — Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China: Workshop: The Next Detectors for Gravitational Wave Astronomy.
Apr 6 — Uranus: At conjunction with Sun, 04:00.
Apr 6 — Asteroid 2015 FN33: Near-Earth flyby (0.025 AU).
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (W), Mars (W), Jupiter (S); Morning Planets: Saturn (S).
Kansas Ad Astra State Hosts Science and Space Events
Oct 16, 2014 – Jun 11 — NASA, University of Hawai`i, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 3.
Mar 1 – Jan 1, 2016 — Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Multiple Locations: Cycle 3 of science flights to observe universe consists of science flights grouped into multi-week observing campaigns totaling about 450 research flight hours.
Apr 7 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Chris Carberry of Explore Mars.
Apr 7-8 — Secure World Foundation, Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE), San José, Costa Rica: Regional Workshop on the Long-Term Sustainability of Space Activities.
Apr 7-8 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group, NASA, Hampton VA: Workshop: Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument Definition.
Apr 8 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 43 In-flight event with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and ESA; 09:20 EDT, live coverage available
Apr 8 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Goddard Scientific Colloquium: Measuring the Universe; presented by Charles Lawrence.
Apr 8 — Foothill College, Los Altos Hills CA: Lecture: Encountering the First Dwarf Planet: The Dawn Mission to Ceres; presented by Marc Rayman, mission director for NASA Dawn spacecraft.
Apr 8 — Moon: 2.1° N of Saturn, 03:00; 9.1° N of Antares, 13:00.
Apr 8 — Mercury: 0.46° SSE of Uranus, 03:00.
Apr 9 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group, NASA, Hampton VA: VEXAG Meeting #12; at the National Institute of Aerospace.
Apr 9 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: LPI Speaker Series: The Europa Report: A Report; presented by Dr. Britney Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Apr 9-11 — Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS), Junction City KS: 2015 KATS Kamp; at Rock Springs.
Apr 8 — Mercury: At superior conjunction with Sun, 18:00
Apr 10 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: RAS Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in Wavelengths from the Visible to the Microwave – Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and Asteroids.
Apr 10-12 — NASA, Global: International Space Apps Challenge; events across all 7 continents and in space; participants develop mobile applications, software, hardware that could contribute to space exploration missions, help improve life on Earth.
Apr 11-12 — International Space University, SpaceUp, Strasbourg, France: SpaceUpISU; at ISU central campus.
Apr 11 — Moon: 3.3° N of Pluto, 08:00; at last quarter, 17:44.
Apr 11 — Venus: 2.6° SSW of Pleiades, 12:00.
Apr 11 — Asteroid 2015 FL: Near-Earth flyby (0.051 AU).
Apr 12 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Spacecraft to begin Pluto closest encounter operations today (closest approach Jul 14).
Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2015; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.
Apr 12 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: Space Foundation Yuri’s Night; prior to 31st Space Symposium.
Apr 12-17 — European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015.
Apr 12 — Asteroid 2005 KA: Near-Earth flyby (0.033 AU).
Apr 12 — Asteroid 2015 FQ: Near-Earth flyby (0.072 AU).
Apr 12 — Asteroid 2015 EL7: Near-Earth flyby (0.086 AU).