Women on the Moon & USA 21st Century Leadership
Aug 22 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 48 planning to stow EVA gear and equipment from recent spacewalk to install IDA-2, review procedures for next EVA set for Sep 1; transferring cargo from Progress MS-02 & MS-03, preparing Dragon CRS-9 for unberthing and release next Monday; Williams, Ovchinin, Skripochka performing exercises and readying for return to Earth in 2 weeks.
Aug 22 — Curiosity, Murray Formation, Mount Sharp, Mars Surface: Rover received NASA approval to operate through October 2018, continues rock drilling analyses to map minerals & aid in understanding of planet evolution, 13th drill site selection upcoming, has driven more than 13.68 km.
Aug 22 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Craft built by 16 European Countries & USA in excellent health & orbiting Saturn with a period of 16 days, will start revolution 241 of Saturn this week, perform 8 more flybys of Titan & 2 more of Enceladus before end of 2016, scheduled to deorbit Sep 15, 2017.
Aug 22 — Earth2Orbit (E2O), Bengaluru, India: NewSpace company providing launch procurement services for PSLV launches via Antrix Corporation, offering remote sensing data products using Earth observation imagery from ISRO satellites; offices located in Osaka, San Francisco & Vienna; Founder Amaresh Kollipara, CEO Susmita Mohanty.
Aug 22 — Deep Space Industries, Moffett Field CA: Co-founder Rick Tumlinson detailing plans to develop 30-cm Prospector-X prototype craft for launch to LEO in 2017 with support from Luxembourg Government, and 50-kg Prospector-1 launching 2020 to asteroid for mapping.
Aug 22 — Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport, Prestwick, United Kingdom: Spaceport in UK under development, MoU with XCOR & Orbital Access Limited establishes intent for crewed flights from this location; UK Space Agency is developing National Propulsion Test Facility in Buckinghamshire for £4.12M.
Aug 22 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Chrishma Singh-Derewa of JPL.
Aug 22-23 — World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Paris, France: 18th International Conference on Satellite and Space Communications (ICSSC 2016).
Aug 22-26 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, JPL, UCLA, Pasadena CA: Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics.
Aug 22 — Moon: 2.9° SSE of Uranus, 01:00.
Jul 12 – Sep 1 — International Space University, Technion Institute, Israel Space Agency, Haifa, Israel: ISU 29th Space Studies Program (SSP 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.
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August Astro Month 2016
| 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 23 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Characterizing the Coldest Exoplanets; Andrew Skemer of UC Santa Cruz, 12:00.
Aug 23 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: LPL Colloquium: Living with a Comet: Rosetta at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; Dennis Dennis Bodewits, Assistant Research Scientist at University of Maryland, 15:45-16:45.
Aug 23-25 — NASA, Raleigh NC: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) 2016 Symposium; discussing technology breakthroughs for exploring beyond low-Earth orbit.
Aug 23 – Sep 1 — European Astrobiology Campus (EAC), COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life in the Universe”, University of the Azores, Stockholm University, Azores, Portugal: Course: Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life.
Aug 24 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams to set record for most cumulative time spent in Space by American Astronaut, today marks 520 days.
Aug 24 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Intelsat 33e & Intelsat 36, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA232, to launch Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites.
Aug 24-25 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville VA: ALMA Future Science Development Program Workshop.
Aug 24-27 — National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Arlington VA: 4th biennial Aerospace Systems Conference of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Aug 24 — Moon: 9.2° S of Pleiades, 14:00; At last quarter, 17:42.
Aug 24 — Mars: 1.8° N of Antares, 05:00; 4.4° S of Saturn, 06:00.
Aug 25 — Spitzer Space Telescope, LEO: In warm mission phase, spacecraft enters 14 years in space today, launched 2003.
Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 5th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.
Aug 25 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves; Ira Thorpe, 11:30.
Aug 25 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Online / Columbia MD: Abstracts Due: 2016 Annual Meeting of the LEAG; held Nov 1-3 at USRA Headquarters.
Aug 25-26 — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Center for Marine Robotics, Woods Hole MA: 2nd Annual Ocean Worlds Meeting; covering comparative oceanography of conditions on Earth, Europa, Enceladus, Titan and potential of extant life, independent origin of life in Solar System beyond Earth.
Aug 25 — Moon: 0.22° NNE of Aldebaran, 07:00.
Aug 25 — Apollo Asteroid 2005 QQ87: Near-Earth flyby (0.085 AU).
Aug 26 — American Astronautical Society Rocky Mountain Section, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Broomfield CO: Abstracts Due: 40th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference; to be held Feb 2-8, 2017.
Aug 26 — Geological Society of America, Boulder CO: Applications Due for 2016 Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award; US$2,500 award for undergraduate or graduate students for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on other solid bodies in Solar System.
Aug 26-28 — Calgary Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Starland, Alberta, Canada: 30th Annual Alberta Star Party; at Starland Recreational Area.
Aug 26 — Moon: 5.9° S of M35, 21:00.
Aug 27 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: JunoCam to capture its first high-resolution image of Jupiter today during close flyby at 4,200 km.
Aug 27 – Sep 4 — IGC Foundation, UNESCO, Exxaro, et al, Cape Town, South Africa: 35th International Geological Congress; at Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Aug 27 — Venus: 0.07° NNE of Jupiter, 12:00; with Mercury & Jupiter within circle of diameter 5.07° and 23° E of Sun, 18:00.
Aug 27 — Amor Asteroid 2016 OM1: Near-Earth flyby (0.088 AU).
Aug 28 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 2 / Insat 3DR, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on GSLV-F05 mission in Mk.2 configuration with indigenously-built cryogenic 3rd stage, to launch Insat 3DR geostationary weather satellite.
Aug 28 — ESA, Online / ESA Member States: Last Day to sign up for: Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe; 2,200 citizens from 22 European countries to participate in consultation on priorities in European space programs on Sep 10.
Aug 28-30 — Singularity University, San Francisco CA: SU Global Summit; presenting innovative technologies to sustain and improve quality of life for all of humanity.
Aug 28 – Sep 1 — SPIE, San Diego CA: CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing.
Aug 28 – Sep 18 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Approaching the Stellar Astrophysical Limits of Exoplanet Detection – Getting to 10 cm/s.
Aug 28 — Moon: 14.3° S of Castor, 07:00; 10.7° S of Pollux, 12:00.
Aug 28 — Mercury: 5.0° SSW of Venus, 10:00.
Aug 28 — Comet 43P Wolf-Harrington: 0.29° NNE of Moon, 16:00.