Aug 30 – Sep 5, 2010 / Vol 29, No 35

IAA, JAXA Symposium Asks Space Sector: ‘What Can We Do for Our Mother Earth?’

The International Academy of Astronautics, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global and the Government of Aichi prefecture, Japan are hosting a symposium on Global Climate Change on August 30-31 in Nagoya City, Japan. With global temperatures currently rising at a rate of .16°C / decade, climate change is quickly becoming one of the most urgent issues for humanity’s sustainable future. Space systems have played an important role in climate studies by collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. Advanced space technologies, such as alternative energy development and space resource utilization, could also provide solutions to help curb the potentially devastating effects of climate change. Topics for the symposium include Earth observation from space, space-ground system integration, application of space technology, alternative energy / resources from space and environment conscious space development.  The symposium kicks off the IAA 50th anniversary celebration. A parallel workshop to provide focused input to the IAA climate change / green systems study group report is set for Aug 31. The workshop is in preparation for the planned ‘Heads of Space Agencies Summit’ in Washington DC on Nov 17. (Credit: IAA, JAXA, NASA)

International Focus to Advance Venus Exploration

The mysteries of Venus will be discussed at the 2010 Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) International Workshop on August 30-September 2 in Madison WI. With the theme, ‘Venus, Our Closest Earth-like Planet: From Surface to Thermosphere – How does it Work?’ the conference will feature over 75 comprehensive presentations from international researchers and scientists who will attempt to answer this question. Despite nearly 5 decades of data gathered by various spacecrafts such as Mariner 5 & 10, Venera, Pioneer Venus, VeGa 1 & 2, Galileo and MESSENGER, questions still linger in regards to the dynamics, chemistry, climatology and evolution of the Venus atmosphere and implications for Earth’s own climate evolution. The Workshop will synthesize scientific data between various international missions with presentations given by JAXA scientists Takeshi Imamura (TR) and Masato Nakamura on the Japanese Venus Orbiter ‘Akatsuki’ (TC) launched earlier this year in May. Paris Observatory scientist Thomas Widemann (BR) will be on hand to discuss Venus science from Earth-based observations. The Workshop will be followed by the 8th VEXAG meeting on Sep 2 which will summarize Venus missions Akatsuki, Venus-Express (BL), the Venus In-Situ Explorer Project (C) and several student-based projects. (Credit: VEXAG, JAXA, Paris Observatory, ESA, NASA)


= All times for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time;’ Greenwich, England).


Weekly Planet Watch – Morning Planets: Jupiter (S) / Evening Planets: Venus (WSW), Mars (WSW), Saturn (WSW), Jupiter (ESE).


MONDAY

Aug 30 — International Space Station, LEO: All systems aboard the station continue to function well following spacewalks as E-24 crew members continue with maintenance and science activities.

Aug 30 — NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Orbit: LRO operating nominally in low polar orbit (50km) and continues to return global data of lunar surface.

Aug 30 — Mars, Red Planet: Upcoming 2011 Mars missions include NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Russia Phobos-Grunt mission and China Yinghuo orbiter.

NET Aug 30 — Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Launch Long March 3B / Chinasat 6A, Xichang, China: Chinese Long March 3B Rocket to launch Chinasat 6A communications satellite.

Aug 30-31 — International Academy of Astronautics, JAXA, et al, Nagoya, Japan:IAA 50th Anniversary Celebration Symposium on Climate Change / Green Systems: What Can We Do For Our Mother Earth?

Aug 30-Sep 2 — Venus Exploration Assessment Group (VEXAG), Madison WI:2010 VEXAG International Workshop: Venus – Our Closest Earth-like Planet – From Surface to Thermosphere, How Does it Work?

Aug 30-Sep 2 — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Anaheim CA:28th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC-2010) / AIAA Space 2010 Conference and Exposition.’

Aug 30-Sep 4 — University of Hamburg, Gilching, Germany:18th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC).’

Aug 30 — Asteroid 4055 Magellan: Closest Approach to Earth (0.560 AU).


Continued from . . .

Aug 23Student Association for Space Exploration, Barcelona, Spain:Space Camp Barcelona,’ for students 8-12 who are interested science, technology and space; through Sep 3.


TUESDAY

Aug 31 — Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base CA: Media Day for reporters to learn about NASA Global Hawk hurricane mission / study.

Aug 31 — NASA, Alliant Techsystems, Promontory UT: Horizontal ground test firing of Ares 5 segment solid rocket motor Development Motor-2 (DM-2).

Aug 31-Sep 2 — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Anaheim CA:Education Alley / Space 2010 Conference and Exposition: Space – Imagine, Innovate, Collaborate.’

Aug 31Venus: 1.0° SSW of Spica; 16:00.

Aug 31Moon: .80° S of Pleiades; 14:00.

Aug 31 — Asteroid 1999 CG9: Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU).

Aug 31 — Asteroid 1566 Icarus: Closest Approach to Earth (0.602 AU).


WEDNESDAY

Sep 1 Deep Space: Scientists continue to observe newly discovered Solar System 127-light years from Earth containing 5 new Exoplanets approximately 12-25 times Earth’s Mass and a 6th planet with 64 times Earth’s mass.

Sep 1 — The SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: ‘Free Electron Laser Communication with Exoplanets and Other Space Applications,’ Bill Colson.

Sep 1, 3 — SHIFTboston, Boston MA / Online: Sep 1 Application deadline for Moon Capital Competition to design a 2nd generation living and working Moon habitat; Sep 3 submission deadline due online.

Sep 1-3 — The National Academies Space Studies Board, Washington DC: ‘A Decadal Strategy For Solar and Space Physics.’

Sep 1Moon: At Last Quarter; 07:22.

Sep 1 — Alpha Aurigid Meteors: The Alpha Aurigid meteor shower is caused by dust & debris from Comet Kiess and radiates from constellation Auriga.

Sep 1 — Comet 10P / Tempel 2: Closest Approach to Earth (0.651 AU).


THURSDAY

Sep 2 — RSA, Launch Proton / Glonass, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russian government Proton rocket set to launch spacecraft for Glonass satellite navigation constellation.

Sep 2 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG), Madison WI:8th Meeting of the VEXAG.’

Sep 2 — WM Keck Observatory, Kamuela HI:Galaxies and the Reionization of the Universe,’ Alice Shapley.

Sep 2-3 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands:5th Space Agency – MOD Round Table Workshop on GaN Component Technologies.’

Sep 2-3 — Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth, United Kingdom:70th Open Puzzle in Galaxy Formation and Evolution.’

Sep 2 — Cassini OTM-261, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #261 today.

Sep 2 — Asteroid 2008 EL68: Near-Earth Flyby (0.030 AU).


FRIDAY

Sep 3-4 — Dark Skies Advisory Group, Kaposvar, Hungary:10th European Symposium for Protection of Night Sky.’


SATURDAY

Sep 4Moon: 7.8° SSW of Pollux; 12:00.


SUNDAY

Sep 5-7 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands:3rd International Workshop on Analogue and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications.’

Sep 5Mars: 2.1° NNE of Spica; 12:00.

Sep 5Moon: 3.7° SSW of Beehive Cluster; 12:00.

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