ISS Expedition 48 Prep for EVA, Dragon CRS-9 Departure, Satellite Deployments
Aug 15 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 48 reviewing EVA procedures and emergency guidelines, working with fluid pressure tests for head and eyes, examining effects of microgravity on human heart at cellular & molecular levels, using OsteoOmics experiment to determine if Earth-based magnetic levitation can properly simulate microgravity conditions, setting up satellites inside Destiny lab for SPHERES Zero Robotics competition.
Aug 15 — ASTRO-H (Hitomi), Defunct / Disintegrating in Earth Atmosphere: Data from recently lost JAXA craft with 4 instruments & 6 sensors intended to study extremely energetic processes in Universe reveals surprisingly quiet environment in active center of Perseus cluster (240M LY away); JAXA may build replacement craft for 2020 launch.
Aug 15 — Korea, South and North: Both states actively planning to reach Moon; S Korea to launch Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Moon Orbiter in 2018, Lander & Rover 2020 and complete indigenous third-stage rocket by March 2021; N Korea announces it wants to launch advanced satellites into orbit by 2020 & reach Moon within 10 years.
Aug 15 — Ad Astra Rocket Company, Webster TX: NewSpace company aiming for 1-hour plasma firing test of VASIMR prototype VX-200SS in late October, even longer pulses in 2017 and 100-hour continuous firing at 100 kilowatts in 2018; 150-square meter vacuum chamber reconfigured to handle 3M degree plasma exhaust; President / CEO Astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz.
Aug 15 — Bigelow Aerospace LLC, Las Vegas NV: Receiving funding to develop ground prototypes & concepts for deep space habitats within 24 months for NASA; 16-cubic meter BEAM habitat at ISS being monitored for 2 years for solar radiation, space debris, extreme temperature fluctuations.
Aug 15 — Open Space Society, Huntsville AL: Non-profit research & education organization working to advance commercial Space exploration, aiming for Earth Orbital missions and potential Lunar Missions providing high bandwidth communications to Earth; Founder Fred Bourgeois.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (WSW), Venus (WSW), Mars (SW), Jupiter (W), Saturn (S); Morning Planets: Uranus (E), Neptune (SE).
2016 ISEC Refining 21st Century Space Elevator Concepts
| Aug 15 — Canadian Space Agency, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada: Last Day to Apply: 4th Astronaut recruitment campaign for CSA; will announce selected candidates in Summer 2017.
Aug 15 — Reproduction IO, NASA, Online / Melbourne, Australia: Apollo 11 Flight Plan Re-Issue Kickstarter Campaign Ends Today; reproducing Apollo 11 Final Flight Manual with minute-by-minute flight plan activities.
Aug 15 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Peter Antoinette of Nanocomp Technologies about carbon nanotubes.
Aug 15-16 — Chandra X-ray Center (CXC), Cambridge MA: Chandra Cal/CIAO Workshop.
Aug 15-19 — Tohoku University, Center for Planetary Science, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Intelligent Cosmos Scientific Foundation, et al, Sendai, Japan: 9th Cosmic Dust conference.
Aug 15 — Mercury: At aphelion (distance 69,817,326 km from Sun), 06:00.
Aug 15 — Amor Asteroid 2016 PO: Near-Earth flyby (0.065 AU).
Jul 12 – Sep 1 — International Space University, Technion Institute, Israel Space Agency, Haifa, Israel: ISU 29th Space Studies Program (SSP 2016).
Aug 1-19 — The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Kigali, Rwanda: African School for Fundamental Physics and Applications 2016 (ASP 2016).
Aug 7 – Sep 30 — Airbus, Perlan Project, Teachers in Space, El Calafate, Argentina: Teachers in Space Ground Crew Education Program; team members will fly experiments at 27,500-meter altitudes in air as thin as Mars atmosphere, verify operations and retrieve data for posting to internet.
Aug 8 – Sep 2 — Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita, Stockholm: Program: Black Holes and Emergent Spacetime.
Aug 14-18 — URSI, Aalto University, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Espoo, Finland: 2016 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission B International Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory (EMTS 2016).
Aug 16-17 — Space Foundation, San Francisco CA: Space Technology & Investment Forum; at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square.
Aug 16-17 — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder CO: Space Weather: Operations to Research (O2R) Workshop.
Aug 16-18 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Meeting: Review of NASA’s Planetary Science Division’s Restructured Research and Analysis Program.
Aug 16-19 — Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, Bamberg, Germany: Meeting: Stars on the Run – Run-away and Hyper-velocity Stars.
Aug 16 — Mercury: At greatest elongation east, 27.4° from Sun, 11:00.
Aug 16 — Amor Asteroid 2016 PG: Near-Earth flyby (0.094 AU).
Aug 17 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia: Colloquium: Fast Radio Bursts, Video Game Cards, and the Largest Telescope in the Southern Hemisphere; Chris Flynn of Swinburne University.
Aug 17-19 — Planetary Crater Consortium, Providence RI: 7th Planetary Crater Consortium meeting, at Planetary Geosciences Group in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University.
Aug 17-19 — Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC), NASA, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge MA: Conference: Chandra Science for the Next Decade.
Aug 17-20 — Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita, Stockholm: Inward Bound – Conference on Black Holes and Emergent Spacetime.
Aug 17 — Kappa Cygnids Meteor Shower Peak: Shower appears to line up in sky by Cygnus and star Kappa Cygni, typically produces slow (25 km/sec) mostly faint meteors 3-5 per hour with a few very bright.
Aug 17 — Moon: Penumbral eclipse 23:24-00:01 Aug 18; Full (Sturgeon / Fruit Moon), 23:27.
Aug 18 — Finance Information Group LLC, San Francisco CA: Interdisciplinary SatelliteFinance Conference – Summer 2016 on financial and business issues related to global satellite industry, including opportunities for investment; held in conjunction with Space Technology & Investment Forum.
Aug 18 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 NA1: Near-Earth flyby (0.072 AU).
Aug 19 — ISS, U.S. EVA 36, LEO: Expedition 48 members Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins to perform spacewalk to install International Docking Adapter- 2 (IDA-2) installation, live coverage available, 12:05 UT.
Aug 19 — Cassini OTM-459, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #459 today.
Aug 19 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 4 / AFSPC 6, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Delta 4 rocket to launch U.S. Air Force AFSPC 6 mission for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program.
Aug 19-21 — International Space Elevator Consortium, Seattle WA: 2016 International Space Elevator Conference: Apex Anchor, Geo Node, and Communication Architecture; at Museum of Flight.
Aug 19 — Moon: 1.0° NNE of Neptune, 11:00.
Aug 19 — Mercury: 3.8° SW of Jupiter, 11:00.
Aug 19 — Comet 43P Wolf-Harrington: At perihelion (1.3579 AU from Sun), 06:00.
Aug 19 — Asteroid 2 Pallas: At opposition, 20:00.
Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Heliosheath: NASA spacecraft enters 40th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to enter Interstellar space this year & send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.
Aug 20 — Milwaukee Lunar Reclamation Society, Bayfield WI: Milwaukee Space Exploration Meetup; for anyone interested in space exploration, Moon, Mars, Asteroids, other planets.
Aug 20-30 — Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation, National Antarctic Research Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 34th Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Biennial Meetings/SCAR Open Science Conference: Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics.
Aug 20 — Amor Asteroid 2014 RW22: Near-Earth flyby (0.056 AU).
Aug 21-25 — Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science, URSI, Seoul, South Korea: 2016 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference.
Aug 21-26 — University of Exter, Exter, United Kingdom: Conference: Star Formation 2016.
Aug 21-28 — University of Belgrade, European Commission COST QSPACE action, Belgrade, Serbia: School: Quantum Structure of Spacetime and Gravity.
Aug 21 – Sep 8 — Iran School of Astronomy at Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran: 38th International School for Young Astronomers (ISYAs).
Aug 21 — Moon: At perigee (distance 366,651 km), 15:21.