ISS Expedition 53 Continues Legacy of Human Achievement in LEO
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (SW), Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (S); Morning Planets: Mars (ESE), Jupiter (ESE).
Europe Exploring Extreme Habitable Worlds and Deep Space Gateway with Symposium and Workshop at ESTEC
| Dec 4-7 — International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Group of Astrodynamics for the Use of Space Systems (GAUSS), Rome, Italy: 4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop.
Dec 4-7 — JAXA, Astromaterials Science Research Group, Extraterrestrial Sample Curation Center, Tokyo, Japan: Hayabusa 2017; in conjunction with 40th Symposium on Antarctic Meteorites / Polar Science.
Dec 4-8 — ESA, European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 51st ESLAB Symposium: Extreme Habitable Worlds; focusing on extreme habitability on Earth, Solar System and throughout the Universe.
Dec 4 — Moon: 4.5° S of M35 cluster, 15:00.
Dec 4 — Amor Asteroid 2017 VR14: Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU).
Oct 21 – Dec 4 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 3 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.
NET Dec – Feb 2018 — CNSA, Tiangong-1 Earth Atmosphere Reentry, LEO: China 1st Space Lab to disintegrate during Earth atmosphere reentry; predicted to reenter between 43°N and 43°S latitudes during this time frame.
Dec 2-4 — University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC), University of Rome, International Academy of Astronautics, Canon Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric, Rome, Italy: 5th UNISEC-Global Meeting.
Dec 2-7 — International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Japan Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: 12th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-122).
Dec 3-8 — North-West University – Potchefstroom, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics.
Dec 5 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Colloquium: Alteration History of Mars and Implications for Water Reservoirs; John Mustard, Professor at Brown University.
Dec 5-6 — ESA, European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Workshop: Research Opportunities on the Deep Space Gateway.
Dec 5-7 — SpaceCom, Houston TX: Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom Expo 2017); with more than 250 NASA executives, at George R. Brown Convention Center.
Dec 5-8 — Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), St. Louis MO: 129th Annual Meeting ASP: Beyond the Eclipse: Engaging Diverse and Underserved Communities in Astronomy and STEM.
Dec 5 — Moon: 1.1° N of asteroid 8 Flora, 16:00; 12.3° S of Castor, 21:00.
Dec 5 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 WS13: Near-Earth Flyby (0.024 AU).
Dec 6 — Secure World Foundation,Colorado Space Business Roundtable, Colorado Space Coalition, Denver CO: 2017 Colorado Space Round-up; an industry update and networking event for Colorado space community.
Dec 6-7 — Canadian Space Agency, Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada: Dream Chaser for Canada; firms and researchers will be able to propose technologies and science to Sierra Nevada Corp, potentially leading to Canada researchers performing experiments and demonstrations in LEO.
Dec 6-8 — University of Warsaw, University of Cambridge, Warsaw, Poland: 8th OPTICON Gaia Science Alerts workshop.
Dec 6 — Puppid Meteor Shower Peak: Appearing to radiate from constellations Puppis, Vela and Carina, up to 10 meteors per hour expected (some very bright) seen from southern hemisphere; followed closely by Monocerotid meteors which offer ~2 per hour at most.
Dec 6 — Moon: 8.7° S of Pollux, 01:00; 2.1° S of Beehive Cluster, 23:00.
Dec 6 — Mercury: 1.2° SSW of Saturn, 16:00.
Dec 6 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 WF28: Near-Earth Flyby (0.045 AU).
Dec 6 — Amor Asteroid 2017 WA13: Near-Earth Flyby (0.076 AU).
Dec 7 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes begins 3rd year at Venus today.
Dec 7 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Jupiter’s Deep Flows Revealed by Juno; by Yohai Kaspi from Weizmann Institute of Science, 16:00.
Dec 7 — Library of Congress – Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Holiday Lights Show Culture from Space; Miguel Roman, 11:30.
Dec 7 — Stanford University, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford CA: Space Communications Infrastructure and the Sharing Economy; featuring Naomi Kurahara, Co-Founder and CEO of Infostellar.
Dec 7 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 WP1: Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU).
Dec 8 — Rocket Lab, Launch Electron ‘Still Testing’, Launch Complex Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand: Rocket Lab to launch Electron rocket on second test flight, planned to deploy 1 satellite for Planet, 2 satellites for Spire; 10-day launch window opens today.
Dec 8 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 13, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 15th Dragon spacecraft on 13th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS from Launch Complex 40; scheduled to arrive 2 days later.
Dec 8 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Dynamic Coupling in the Terrestrial Atmosphere; Meeting: The link Between AGN and Galaxy Formation.
Dec 8 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Brown Dwarfs: Too Small a Star, Too Massive a Planet; Kaew Tinyanont, 19:00.
Dec 8 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Ken Cameron, adult US$69.95.
Dec 8 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Space educator and consultant Bruce Cordell.
Dec 8 — Moon: 0.70° NNE of Regulus, 13:00.
Dec 9 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft to perform trajectory maneuver today for 1 Jan 2019 encounter.
Dec 9 — Tucson L5 Space Society – NSS Chapter, Tucson AZ: Tucson L5 Space Society monthly meeting.
Dec 9 — Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea HI (2,800 meters): Star Gazing program, 18:00-22:00, weather permitting, free.
Dec 9 — Venus: 5.0° N of Antares, 01:00; at last quarter, 21:52.
Dec 9 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 WV12: Near-Earth Flyby (0.009 AU).
Dec 10 — ISS, Dragon CRS-13 Rendezvous and Capture, LEO: Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei set to facilitate capture of Dragon cargo ship using Canadarm2, live coverage available.
Dec 10 — XMM-Newton, Very Eccentric Elliptical LEO: ESA craft studying X-ray emissions, star-forming regions, galaxy clusters, environment of supermassive black holes, mapping dark matter, begins 19th year in space today, launched 1999.
Dec 10-16 — National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ), Punta Mita, Mexico: Meeting: VII Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation – Cosmology on the Beach.
Dec 10 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 WX: Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU).