1st ExoMars Mission Making Rapid Progress Toward Red Planet
Aug 8 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams marks 504th day in space over 4 missions, set to surpass NASA record of 520 days (Scott Kelly) on Aug 24; 224 individuals from 18 countries have visited the Station.
Aug 8 — Chang’e-3 Lander, Guang Han Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: China craft with on-board astronomical instrument LUT in hibernation preparing for activities of Lunar Day 34 starting Aug 14, is only spacecraft operating on Moon; Yutu Rover “Jade Rabbit” now officially out-of-service.
Aug 8 — Akatsuki, Highly Elliptical Venus Orbit: Revitalized Japan JAXA spacecraft data generating new findings, including 3D Atmospheric Observations showing decrease in elevation of cloud structure poleward of ~50°N&S latitude.
Aug 8 — Moon Express, Moffett Field CA / Cape Canaveral FL: NewSpace company MX-1E mission gains first ever FAA approval, in accordance with Outer Space Treaty, for commercial mission to Moon surface (scheduled for 2017).
Aug 8 — Vector Space, Tucson AZ: Micro-satellite space launch company preparing for large-scale test flights in 2017, orbital launch (capacity: 50kg to LEO) in 2018, after recent successful first sub-orbital launch of its P-20 rocket with customer payload from Finnish-based Iceye.
Aug 8 — Incredible Adventures, Sarasota FL: Offering Soyuz Rocket Launch Tours to Kazakhstan for September 23 and November 15 ISS crew launches, also cooperates with RSA to offer hands-on cosmonaut training.
Aug 8 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Author Rowland White from United Kingdom.
Aug 8-12 — American Astronomical Society, Hanover NH: The Hidden Monsters: Obscured AGN and Connections to Galaxy Evolution in the Era of NuSTAR and WISE, coordinated by Ryan Hickox at Dartmouth College.
Aug 8-12 — Heidelberg University Center for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany: Conference: Star Clusters – From Infancy to Teenagehood; at Max Planck House Conference Center.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (WNW), Venus (WNW), Mars (SW), Jupiter (W), Saturn (S); Morning Planets: Uranus (S), Neptune (S).
Star Trek, To Boldly Go (and Stay): Celebrating 50 Years Of Exploration Inspiration
| Aug 8-12 — Institute of Astronomy and Liaison of Scientific Investigation at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexican Society of Physics, Mexico City, Mexico: Cloudy: Emission Lines In Astrophysics, from Gaseous Nebulae To Quasars, a symposium to honor Gary Ferland.
Aug 8 – Sep 2 — Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita, Stockholm: Program: Black Holes and Emergent Spacetime.
Aug 8 — Moon: 5.5° NNE of Spica, 06:00.
Aug 8 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 CL264: Near-Earth flyby (0.058 AU).
Aug 9 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Frontiers in Artifact SETI – Waste Heat, Alien Megastructures & Tabbys Star; Jason Wright of Penn State University, 12:00.
Aug 9-13 — Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Texas A&M University, NSF, Carnegie Institution for Science, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile: Conference: Supernovae Through the Ages – Understanding the Past to Prepare for the Future.
Aug 9 — Moon: At apogee (distance 403,793 km), 14:00.
Aug 9 — Mars: At heliocentric conjunction with Pluto, 06:00.
Aug 10 — Australia National Telescope Facility, Sydney, Australia: Lecture: JPL Visitors – Juno and Dawn Missions; Larry James, Scott Bolton, Rick Nybakken, Tim Weise.
Aug 10 — Moon: At first quarter, 08:21.
Aug 11 — ExoMars 2016, Deep Space Trajectory Maneuver, Mars Trajectory: ESA spacecraft to perform Maneuver today, expected to enter Mars orbit Oct 16 and release Schiaparelli lander for Oct 19 landing.
Aug 11, 12 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: The Rosetta Mission: Comet C-G up Close; Bonnie Buratti, Arthur Chmielewski, Rosetta Project Managers at JPL.
Aug 11-12 — Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG), NASA, Flagstaff AZ: OPAG Meeting; new Steering Committee members being sought.
Aug 11 — Moon: 8.0° N of Mars, 15:00.
Aug 12 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: You Can’t Spell Exoplanets without Ex(ecutions); Jessie Christiansen, 20:00.
Aug 12-14 — Louisville Space Society, Starfleet / International Star Trek Fan Association Inc., Louisville KY: Starfleet 2016 International Conference; celebrating 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
Aug 12 — Perseid Meteor Shower Peak: Appearing to radiate from constellation Perseus, shower can produce up to 100 meteors per hour, which are fast, bright and frequently leave persistent trains.
Aug 12 — Moon: 3.6° N of Saturn, 03:00; 9.8° N of Antares, 03:00.
Aug 12 — Amor Asteroid 2016 OX: Near-Earth flyby (0.077 AU).
Aug 13 — Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Space Age Publishing Company, Hutchinson KS: Galaxy Forum Kansas – Hutchinson; featuring Dr. Penny Warren of Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. on the Kepler spacecraft; at Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Aug 13 — Tucson L5 Space Society – NSS Chapter, Tucson AZ: Tucson L5 Space Society monthly meeting.
Aug 14 — Cassini OTM-458, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #458 today.
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 14-19 — University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 2016 Dunlap Institute Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation Summer School.
Aug 14 — Moon: 3.1° N of Pluto, 15:00.