New Global Wave of Small and Low-Cost Launchers Broaden Space Access Opportunities
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| Aug 14 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 12, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Falcon 9 rocket to launch 14th Dragon spacecraft on 12th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS. Aug 14-17 — Moonchild Theatre Company, London, United Kingdom: Pluto, The Play; written by Callum O’Brien, 19:00, £10.
Aug 14-18 — National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Japan: 10th Meeting on Cosmic Dust.
Aug 14-18 — Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia: Conference: Bursting Universe by Robots Eyes.
Aug 14-19 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon, Vietnam: 5th Vietnam School of Astrophysics Physics (VSOA): Galaxies.
Aug 14 — Moon: At last quarter, 15:16.
Jun 15 – Aug 15 — International Space Elevator Consortium, Online: ISEC 2017 Summer Internship Program.
Jun 26 – Aug 25 — International Space University, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland: ISU 30th Space Studies Program (SSP 2017).
Aug 5 – Sep 18 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 2 – Human Exploration Research Analog; 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.
Aug 13-16 — Hong Kong Polytechnic University, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Hong Kong: 2017 International Symposium on Planetary Remote Sensing and Mapping.
NET Aug 15 — Rocket Lab, Launch Electron Rocket Flight 2 “Still Testing”, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand: Second orbital test flight of Rocket Lab Electron dubbed “Still Testing” from new site at Mahia Peninsula, carrying several commercial CubeSats; possibly not until October.
Aug 15 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Venus—the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet; by Lori Glaze, NASA.
Aug 15-17 — Caltech, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Lockheed Martin Corp., Pasadena CA: Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference (LCPM-12); opportunity for scientists, technologists, engineers, project and agency managers to exchange information to enhance viability and science return of low-cost robotic missions.
Aug 15-18 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: The First Billion Years Initiative – Accretion: Building New Worlds Conference.
Aug 15 — Moon: 9.3° SSE of Pleiades, 05:00; 0.39° NNW of Aldebaran, 21:00.
Aug 15 — Apollo Asteroid 414990 (2011 EM51): Near-Earth Flyby (0.078 AU).
Aug 16 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Proton / Blagovest No. 11L, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage to launch Blagovest No. 11L communications satellite.
Aug 16 — SETI Institute, Menlo Park CA: SETI Talks featuring Research Experience for Undergraduate Class of 2017; at SRI International Conference Center, 19:00.
Aug 16-19 — The Astronomical League, Casper WY: Astronomical Convention – Astrocon 2017; lectures, presentations and workshops scheduled mornings and afternoons each day, with astronomy related tours of nearby facilities, and a vendor area.
Aug 16 — Moon: 0.11° E of asteroid 8 Flora, 10:00.
Aug 16 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 HV3: Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU).
Aug 17 — ISS, Russia EVA #43, LEO: Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy to perform 6.5-hour spacewalk starting 10:45 EDT for science tasks, external maintenance and to deploy tiny satellites during orbital excursion, live coverage available.
Aug 17 — ISS, SpaceX Dragon CRS 12 Rendezvous and Grapple, LEO: SpaceX 14th Dragon spacecraft on 12th operational cargo delivery to arrive at ISS 07:00 EDT, docking to Harmony Module 08:30; live coverage available.
Aug 17-26 — Orthodox Academy of Creta (OAC), Kolymbari, Crete, Greece: 6th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2017).
Aug 17 — Moon: 5.1° S of M35 cluster, 10:00.
Aug 17 — Apollo Asteroid 2002 CY58: Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU).
Aug 17 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 CD137: Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU).
Aug 18 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / TDRS M, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-074, to launch TDRS M communications and data relay satellite for NASA; Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with ISS & other satellites.
Aug 18 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Conference.
Aug 18 — `Imiloa Astronomy Center, University of Hawai`i – Hilo, Hilo HI: Mauna Kea Skies Talk; astronomers from Mauna Kea observatories speak about recent discoveries; this session features PISCES; 19:00 HST, US$8-10.
Aug 18 — Moon: A perigee (distance 366,129 km), 03:16; 13.0° S of Castor, 18:00; 2.2° S of Venus, 18:00; 9.4° S of Pollux, 22:00.
Aug 18 — Venus: 10.7° S of Castor, 04:00.
Aug 18 — Apollo Asteroid 2012 BD14: Near-Earth Flyby (0.067 AU).
Aug 19 — Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Space Age Publishing Company, Hutchinson KS: Galaxy Forum Kansas 2017: Cassini and the “Great American Eclipse” and Mars Curiosty; at Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Aug 19-26 — Union of Radio Science, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 32nd URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.
Aug 19-26 — Merritt Astronomical Society, Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada: Merritt Summer Star Quest 2017.
Aug 19 — Moon: 2.8° S of Beehive Cluster, 21:00.
Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 41st year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.
Aug 20-24 — Boise State University, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Mississippi State University, et al, Boise ID: Conference: Exoclipse 2017 – Exploring New Worlds In the Shade.
Aug 20-24 — American Astronomical Society, Washington DC: Conference: Molecules in Space – Linking the Interstellar Medium to (Exo)planets.
Aug 20-24 — American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stevenson WA: 2017 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.
Aug 20 — Venus: 7.2° S of Pollux, 03:00.