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= All times for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time;’ Greenwich, England)

2018

NET Mar 5 — Rocket Lab, Launch Electron / VCLS ELaNa, Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand: First full commercial launch of Electron rocket with various CubeSats for NASA Venture Class Launch Service (VCLS) Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIX mission.

Mar 5-9 — ESO, Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Diversis Mundi – The Solar System in an Exoplanetary Context.

Mar 6 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft begins 4th year at Ceres today; launched Sep 2007 and arrived March 2015 after orbiting Vesta in 2011.

Mar 6 — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / O3b F4, Sinnamary, French Guiana: Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS18, to launch fourth set of four satellites for O3b Networks.

Mar 6-8 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Satellite Communications Systems – Advanced; instructor Bruce Elbert, founder of Application Technology Strategy LLC.

Mar 7 Humanity Star, LEO: Potential optimal viewing for Rocket Lab Humanity Star tonight from Hawai`i.

Mar 7 — Kepler, Heliocentric Orbit: Craft searching for exoplanets begins 10th year in space today; operating in K2 extension mission after two reaction wheels failed altering original mission goals; launched 2009.

Mar 8 — Secure World Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Denver CO: International Women’s Day – Women in Space; featuring Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and SWF President Cynda Collins Arsenault.

Mar 9 — Space Generation Advisory Council, Bucharest, Romania: 3rd European Space Generation Workshop.

Mar 10 — Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft begins 13th year in Mars orbit today, continues to study seasonal changes on planet circling at 300-km near-polar orbit; launched Aug 12, 2005, entered orbit Mar 10, 2006.

Mar 10 — Daylight Saving Time (USA): Set clock ahead 1 hour; does not include Hawai’i, American Samoa or Arizona (except the Navajo Reservation).

Mar 11 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA: MIT New Space Age Conference: The Emerging Space Economy Forum; MIT Samberg Conference Center.

Mar 11 — International Planetarium Society Inc., Multiple Locations: International Day of Planetaria; promote knowledge of planetaria to the public.

Mar 11-15 — Alliance for Space Development, National Space Society, Space Frontier Foundation, Washington DC: March Storm 2018.

Mar 11-16 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Galaxy Interactions and Mergers Across Cosmic Time.

Mar 12-14 — American Astronautical Society, Washington DC: American Astronautical Society Congressional Visits Day 2018.

Mar 13-15 — American Astronautical Society, Greenbelt MD: 56th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium – Exploration, Science, and Technology: Partnerships for the Next Decade.

Mar 14 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: ESA and Roscosmos spacecraft reaches 2 full years in space today, launched Mar 2016, entered Mars orbit Oct 2016; craft collecting data on atmosphere, deployed Schiaparelli demonstration lander 19 Oct 2016 (unsuccessful).

Mar 15 — CNSA, Launch Long March 3B / Apstar 6C, Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan, China: Long March 3B rocket to launch Apstar 6C communications satellitefor services over Asia-Pacific region.

Mar 15 — Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Office of the Mayor, Kona HI: Focus Luncheon with the Mayor and County Leadership; Hawaii Mayor Harry Kim meets with local community, in conjunction with Business Expo.

Mar 15 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Anna Fisher, adult US$69.95, child $35.95.

Mar 16 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Superbird 8/DSN 1 & Hylas 4, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA242, to launch Superbird 8/DSN 1 and Hylas 4 communications satellites.

Mar 16 — National Space Club and Foundation, Washington DC: 61st Annual Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner; at Hilton Washington.

Mar 16 — Gemini Observatory, Seminary Council School, La Serena, Chile: AstroDay Chile 2018; featuring workshops, talks and star viewing, 14:00-22:00.

Mar 16 — Sense about Science, Marie Curie Alumni Association, Free University of Berlin, Elsevier, Brussels, Belgium: Standing up for Science Workshop EU.

Mar 17-18 — Brown University, Vernadksy Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, The Woodlands TX: Microsymposium 59: The Chinese Lunar and Deep Space Program; speakers from NAOC, CAS, IKI, Macau University, MIT, JACA, IKI, Kyung Hee University of Korea, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Germany.

Mar 18 — NASA Planetary Science Division, Glenn Research Center, Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, Woodlands TX: Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Mission Concepts; at Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Mar 19-23 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, NASA, Johnson Space Center, Woodlands TX: 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference; bringing together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary and lunar science.

Mar 19-23 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Falda Del Carmen, Argentina: United Nations/Argentina Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

Mar 20 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 41-50, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch 10 satellites for Iridium next mobile communications fleet.

Mar 21 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-08 / ISS 54S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 55/56 to ISS, Ricky Arnold and Andrew Feustel of NASA, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos.

Mar 21-23 — University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom: UK Exoplanet Community Meeting 2018.

Mar 23 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: The Truth About Black Holes; by Leo Stein, 20:00.

Mar 24 —British Interplanetary Society West Midlands Branch, Droitwich, United Kingdom: West Midlands Branch Talks featuring Rod Woodcock “Visits to the Cape between 1971 & 1981” and Terry Ransome “To Mars via Kazakhstan Beagle 2”.

Mar 24 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Anna Fisher, adult US$69.95, child $35.95.

Mar 21-23 — University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom: UK Exoplanet Community Meeting 2018.

Mar 24-28 — Astronomical Society of Japan, SOKENDAI Graduate University for Advanced Studies, TENKYO Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy, JAPOS Japanese Public Observatory Society,  Fukuoka, Japan: Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP 2018).

NET Mar 25 – Apr 17 — 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.

Mar 26-27 — International Academy of Astronautics, Paris, France: IAA 2018 Spring Meetings.

Mar 26-29 — University of Coimbra (CITEUC), European Commission – Portugal 2020, Coimbra, Portugal: Workshop: The Transneptunian Solar System.

Mar 26-29 — SME, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Boeing, University of Southern California, Florida Institute of Technology, Long Beach CA: AeroDef 2018.

Mar 26-30 — Nagoya University, Career Development Project for Researchers of Allied University, Nagoya, Japan: Conference: Circumplanetary Disks and Satellite Formation.

Mar 27 — Hawaii Supreme Court, Honolulu HI: Thirty Meter Telescope building permit appeal brief answers by UH Hilo and Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources due today; to be followed by another appellant response within 14 days in lengthy contested case.

Mar 27-28 — Applied Technology Institute, Littleton CO: ATI Course: Vibration Testing of Small Satellites; instructor Tom Sarafin.

Mar 27-29 — International Astronautical Federation, International Academy of Astronautics, International Institute of Space Law, Paris, France: IAF Spring Meetings 2018; at the CAP Convention Center.

Mar 27-29 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Mar 28-29 — International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Meudon, France: URSI France 2018 Workshop.

Mar 28-29 — CNES, Airbus, Boeing, ESA, ASTECH Paris Region, PROXIMUM Group, et al, Paris, France: Paris Space Week; at Paris-Orly Airport.

Mar 29 — International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France: IAC 2018 Bremen International Programme Committee meeting and abstract selection.

Mar 29 — Moon Village Association (MVA), Paris, France: MVA Association Advisory Committee meetings to occur.

NET Mar 30 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Bangabandhu 1, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

NET Apr — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft next data release expected this month, on mission to map 1 Billions Stars.

NET Apr — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 2 / Chandrayaan-2, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India 2nd Moon mission to launch orbiter, lander & rover weighing 3,290 kg; expected to arrive at Moon within 2 months; will attempt to land at 70° latitude ~600 km from lunar South Pole between craters Manzinus C and Simpelius N; plans for Chandrayaan 3 and 4 are underway.

NET Apr — ISRO, Launch PSLV CA / Cartosat 3, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch sixth satellite of ISRO Cartosat series, the current generation of Indian remote sensing satellites.

Apr 1 — Juno, Perijove 12 / 11th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 12, its 12th close flyby of Jupiter and 11th science flyby with instruments turned on.

Apr 2 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 14, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 16th Dragon spacecraft on 14th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Apr 2-6 — UCLA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Los Angeles CA: Conference: Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes.

Apr 3-5 — Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (OPAG), NASA, Washington DC: MEPAG Meeting.

Apr 4 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Proton / Blagovest No. 12L, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage to launch Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite.

Apr 5-7 — Secure World Foundation, University of Pennsylvania Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, Philadelphia PA: The Weaponization of Outer Space: Ethical and Legal Boundaries.

Apr 6 Eurockot, Launch Rockot / Sentinel 3B, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Eurockot Rockot vehicle to launch Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite for ESA and European Commission.

Apr 6-8 — AIAA, Merced CA: Region VI Student Conference; venue for students, faculty and industry professionals to interact and discuss current aerospace topics.

Apr 7 — AIAA San Fernando Pacific Chapter, Online / CA and HI: “Voyager 3 Mission” Essay due for High Student Scholarship Contest.

Apr 8-13 — European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria: EGU General Assembly 2018.

Apr 9-12 — American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Aerospace Division, Cleveland OH: Earth and Space 2018: 16th Biennial ASCE International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments; short course and conference.

Apr 9-13 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules Symposium.

Apr 9-20 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 57th UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) Legal Subcommittee.

Apr 10-12 — Applied Technology Institute, Littleton CO: ATI Course: Space Mission Structures; instructor Tom Sarafin, President and Chief Engineer of Instar Engineering and Consulting.

Apr 12 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / AFSPC 11, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-079, to launch AFSPC 11 mission for U.S. Air Force.

Apr 12 — 57th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 37th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: As NASA works on next gen Space Launch System to send Humans to Moon, Mars and Beyond, commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2018; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 12-14 — New Mexico Space Grant Consortium / New Mexico State University, NASA White Sands Test Facility, Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic, Las Cruces Public Schools, Las Cruces NM: Las Cruces Space Festival.

Apr 12-14 — Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville AL: 2018 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge; at U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Apr 14 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 51-55 & GRACE Follow-On, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch 5 satellites for Iridium next mobile communications fleet and 2 Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On satellites for NASA and German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Apr 14 — March for Science Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA: March for Science 2018: Rally and Science Expo.

Apr 14 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Anna Fisher, adult US$69.95, child $35.95.

Apr 16 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch of TESS to perform all-sky survey to discover transiting exoplanets in habitable zones around nearest and brightest stars in sky via SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Apr 18-20 — University of Luxembourg, Ministry of the Economy,  Luxembourg National Research Fund, Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology, Europlanet, Luxembourg: Asteroid Science Intersections with In-Space Mine Engineering (ASIME).

Apr 16-19 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 34th Space Symposium: 2018 Premier Global Space Conference; space leaders to discuss critical issues affecting all space sectors; at Broadmoor Hotel.

Apr 18-20 — University of Aizu, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Fukushima, Japan: New Views of the Moon 2 — Asia.

Apr 20 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: The Celestial Movers and Shakers: How Gas Giants Shape Planetary Systems; by Marta Bryan, 20:00.

Apr 21 — The Astronomical League, Global: Spring Astronomy Day 2018; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

Apr 21 — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, NASA, Titusville FL: 2018 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Ceremony and Gala; Thomas Jones and Scott Altman to be inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Apr 22 — Earth Day Network, Worldwide: Earth Day 2018; to broaden, diversify & activate the environmental movement worldwide; originally proposed to occur March 21 (first day of Spring) by creator John McConnell.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 29th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

Apr 24 — People’s Republic of China, Nationwide: National Day of Space Flight 2018; commemorating the launch of China’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1 on April 24, 1970.

Apr 24-26 — NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, St. Louis MO: Conference: Planetary Science Informatics and Data Analytics.

Apr 25-27 — SSERVI, NASA, Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX), Denver CO: Carbon in the Solar System.

Apr 25-27 — ESA, CNES, Berlin, Germany: Second International Mars Sample Return Conference.

Apr 27 — Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation, Houston TX: 2018 National Space Trophy to be awarded for NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot during banquet dinner.

Apr 30 – May 2 — California Polytechnic State University, Advanced Technology Laboratories, JPL, NASA, San Luis Obispo CA: CubeSat Developers Workshop 2018; in conjunction with LunarCubes Workshop, and Interplanetary Smallsat Conference.

NET May – Jun — CNSA, Launch Long March 4C / Chang’e-4 Orbiter, Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan, China: Orbiter for Chang’e-4 communications relay to launch to Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 this period to support upcoming lander / rover mission launching NET October to Moon South Pole / Aitken basin with reconfigured / advanced instruments; will carry DSLWP-A1 and A2 microsatellites (50x50x40 cm3, mass of ~45 kg) intended for 200 x 9,000 km lunar orbit for low frequency radio astronomical observation.

May 1 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-9, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 10th Cygnus cargo freighter on 9th operational flight to the ISS.

May 1 — May Day, Northern Hemisphere, Earth: Spring festival commonly held on this day (or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice) to celebrate fertility, fire, and abundance.

May 1-2 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

May 1-3 — NASA, Columbia MD: Meeting: Mercury – Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet.

May 3-4 — California Polytechnic State University, Advanced Technology Laboratories, JPL, NASA, San Luis Obispo CA: 7th Annual LunarCubes Workshop.

May 4 — International Space Day 2018, Worldwide: Events and presentations to promote STEM education and inspire people to continue the work of Space explorers; originally began as ‘National Space Day’ in 1997 by Lockheed Martin Corp.

May 5 — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / InSight & Mars Cube One 1 & 2, Vandenberg AFB CA: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander to launch to Mars, study deep interior; expected to arrive Nov 26; end of operations planned for Nov 2020.

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2018; inspiring people to reach for the Stars and celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in Space (15 minute suborbital flight to 186-km altitude).

May 5 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Anna Fisher, adult US$69.95, child $35.95.

May 5-13 — Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Mars Society, Edwards Air Force Base CA: FAR-MARS Student Rocketry Teams Competition; team whose bi-propellant liquid-fueled rocket comes closest to reaching 13,716 meters will receive $50,000; team that comes closest to hitting same altitude with rocket-powered by liquid-methane and liquid-oxygen will receive $50,000.

May 7-8 — Caltech, JPL, NASA, Pasadena CA: Interplanetary Smallsat Conference 2018.

May 7-8 — United Nation’s Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Secure World Foundation, Simons Foundation Canada, Geneva, Switzerland: 2018 UNIDIR Space Security Conference.

May 7-11 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, San Gabriel Valley CA: The First Billion Years Initiative – Differentiation: Building the Internal Architecture of Planets Conference.

May 8-10 — George Washington University, Washington DC: 2018 Humans to Mars Summit.

May 13-18 — MPIA, Tegernsee, Germany: Meeting: The Early Phase of Star Formation (EPoS 2018): Archetypes; at Ringberg Castle.

May 14-15 — Mechanisms Education Association, Cleveland OH: Course: Space Vehicle Mechanisms; preceding the 44th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium on May 16-18.

May 14-16 — SSERVI, NASA, ESA, DLR, ASI, University of Amsterdam, University of Toulouse, The Open University, IRAP, Toulouse, France: 2018 European Lunar Symposium (ELS); preregistration and reception on May 13.

May 14-18 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 52nd ESLAB Symposium – Comparative aeronomy and plasma environment of terrestrial planets.

May 14-18 — Institute of Nuclear Sciences (UNAM), ICN, Cozumel, Mexico: Conference: Interstellar – The Matter.

May 14 – Jun 8 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany: Workshop: Near-Earth Objects – Properties, Detection, Resources, Impacts and Defending Earth.

NET May 15 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes reaches end of planned 2-year science mission at Venus, future mission goals TBD.

May 15-16 — Committee on Space Research, NASA, ESA, Houston TX: 2nd COSPAR Workshop on Refining the Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Missions; interdisciplinary workshop to consider next steps in the review and formulation of international planetary protection policy for future human missions beyond Earth orbit.

May 15-17 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Satellite Communications Design; instructor Chris DeBoy of JHU/APL.

May 17, 18 — Caltech, JPL, NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Juno and The New Jupiter – What Have We Learned So Far? by Steve Levin – Juno Project Scientist and lead co-investigator for Juno MicroWave Radiometer instrument.

May 20 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes reaches 8 full years in space today, launched 2010.

May 20-24 — Japan Geoscience Union, Chiba, Japan: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting.

May 21-23 — International Astronautical Federation, Space Aeronautical Research and Dissemination Center (CIDA-E), Montevideo, Uruguay: 2018 Global Space Applications Conference (GLAC 2018).

May 21-23 — International Academy of Astronautics, American Astronautical Society, Chinese Society of Astronautics, CNSA, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Changsha, China: 4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DYCOSS).

May 21-24 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Exoplanets; instructor Michael Summers, Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University.

May 22-23— Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Space Environment – Implications for Spacecraft Design; instructor Dr. Alan Tribble, who has been teaching courses on space environments and effects since 1992.

May 22-24 — .SPACE, Orbital ATK, MDA, Ascent Aerospace, SmarterShows, Pasadena CA: Space Tech Expo.

May 24 — Juno, Perijove 13 / 12th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 13, its 13th close flyby of Jupiter and 12th science flyby with instruments turned on.

May 24-27 — National Space Society, Los Angeles CA: 37th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2018); Astronauts, Space leaders and experts meet for plenary sessions, keynotes, exhibit hall, workshops on next-gen space developments.

May 25 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: The Grand Tour – Exploring Planets Outside the Solar System; by Heather Knutson, 20:00.

May 25-26 — Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore: ActInSpace 2018 (#AIS2018).

May 27 – Jun 1 — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL: Conference: Galactic Rings: Signposts of Secular Evolution in Disk Galaxies.

May 28 – Jun 1 — Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN),  L’Aquila, Italy: Conference: Cosmic Ray Transport and Energetic Radiations (CRATER).

May 29-30 — iCubeSat 2018 Organising Committee, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, JA Initiative, Paris, France: iCubeSat 2018 – the 7th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop; addressing the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats.

May 29 – Aug 3 — Lunar and Planetary Society, NASA SSERVI, Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, Houston TX: 2018 Exploration Science Summer Intern Program; students to be involved in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface.

May 30 – Jun 1 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Dusty Visions 2018; to discuss present state and new venues in cosmic dust research including results from Cassini, Rosetta, New Horizons, Ikaros, Stardust, Spitzer, Herschel, STEREO and other space missions.

NET Jun — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 162173 Ryugu Orbit: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at C-type asteroid 162173 Ryugu within this month or next; will study for about 1.5 years, make artificial crater, sample asteroid, and return to Earth 2020.

NET Jun — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first unpiloted demonstration flight lasting 30 days expected this month.

Jun 2-3 — Science Partnership Fund, Columbia University, NYC NY: Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium 2018 (DPSS18).

Jun 3-7 — American Astronomical Society, Denver CO: 232nd Meeting of the AAS; at Sheraton Denver Downtown.

Jun 3-8 — Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), Honolulu HI: Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 15th Annual Meeting.

Jun 4 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft to awaken from hibernation today to prepare for KBO flyby 1 Jan 2019; approach officially begins in August.

Jun 4-5 — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY: 1st Annual RPI Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications.

Jun 4-8 — Flatiron Institute, NYU, Harvard, New York NY: 2018 New York City Gaia Sprints; bringing together people who have an interest in timely scientific investigation and use of Gaia Data.

Jun 4-8 — NASA Astrobiology Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, ELSI Origins Network, Atlanta GA: Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon).

Jun 5-7 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, Houston TX: Cryovolcanism in the Solar System Workshop (#cryovolcanism2018).

Jun 6 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-09 / ISS 55S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 56/57 to ISS, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor (will become 61st Woman in Space) of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.

Jun 6-8 — SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science, Paris, France: Meteorites – Understanding the Origin of Planetodiversity.

Jun 8-10 — American Astronautical Society, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin, Tarleton State University, et al, Stephenville TX: 2018 Student CanSat Competition.

Jun 9 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 15, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 17th Dragon spacecraft on 15th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jun 9-10 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House: A Ticket to Explore JPL.

Jun 11 — Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with Large Area Telescope & Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments reaches 10 full years in Space, launched 2008.

Jun 11-14  — Indian Institute of Science, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, India: Conference: Bubbles Big and Small – From Supernovae, Fermi Bubbles to the Circumgalactic Medium.

Jun 11-15 — IPP Organizing Committee, NASA, ESA, Denver CO: 15th Annual International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-15); preceded by Jun 9-10 short course on “Small Satellites: An Emerging Paradigm for Bold Planetary Exploration”.

Jun 11 – Jul 6 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany: Program: The Extragalactic Distance Scale in the Gaia Era.

Jun 12-13 — Johns Hopkins University, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Baltimore MD: 50th Anniversary Symposium: Earth & Planetary Sciences – From Past to Future.

Jun 12-14 — University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville TN: Planetary Geologic Mappers Annual Meeting (#pgm2018).

Jun 12-15 — Resources Roundtable (SRR), Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS), Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Golden CO: 9th Joint SRR / PTMSS Meeting 2018 and Lunar Polar Prospecting Workshop; focusing on ISRU activities for Moon, Mars, and asteroids from space agencies, private sector, academic institutions, and from recent legislation introduced for space-resource commercial exploitation.

Jun 13 — Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), LEO: NASA satellite investigating black holes a billion times more massive than Sun, how particles are accelerated to very high energy in active galaxies & elements in supernova remnants enters 7th year of operations in space today; launched 2012.

Jun 13-14 — SBAG, NASA, College Park MD: 19th Small Body Assessment Group; to identify scientific priorities and opportunities for exploration of asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, Trans-Neptunian Objects.

Jun 16 — 55th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 16-21 — Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Geological Association of Canada, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada: Conference: Resources for Future Generations 2018.

Jun 18 — 35th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 18-22 — Planetary Science Institute, Lakewood CO: Mars Workshop on Amazonian and Present Day Climate.

Jun 18-22 — Italy International School of Space Science, L’Aquila, Italy: International School of Space Science: The Dark Side of the Universe.

Jun 19 — International Academy of Astronautics, Vienna, Austria: IAA Board of Trustees meeting.

Jun 19-21 — Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Europlanet 2020 RI, EU Horizon 2020 Programme, Prague, Czech Republic: Didymos Observer Workshop 2018; discussing binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos observations 2019-2022 – before, during and after the planned Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission impact.

Jun 19-22 — Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Europlanet 2020 RI, EU Horizon 2020 Programme, Kharkiv, Ukraine: Atmosphereless Solar System Bodies in the Space Exploration Era; in light of 210th anniversary of astronomy science in Kharkiv, the 100th anniversary since starting regular observations of the Moon and 40th anniversary of asteroid study in Kharkiv Astronomical Observatory.

Jun 20-21 — Institute of Astronomy and Department of Astronomy and Space Informatics of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Vienna, Austria: UNISPACE+50; first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) was held 1968.

Jun 20-22 — IEEE, AESS, Rome, Italy: 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace 2018.

Jun 20-29 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 61st session on UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Jun 21-22 — Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA: Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium IV.

Jun 22 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Mysterious Flashes of Radio Waves from Deep Space; by Gregg Hallinan, 20:00.

Jun 23 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: NASA spacecraft reaches 10th year in Moon orbit today; launched Jun 18, 2009, arrived at Moon 5 days later.

Jun 23 – Jul 1 — Petnica Science Center, Petnica, Serbia: Workshop in Geology and Geophysics of the Solar System.

Jun 24-29 — New Zealand Astrobiology Network, University of Auckland, UNSW, Rotorua, New Zealand: Astrobiology Australasia Meeting.

Jun 25-28 — NSMMS, CRASTE, Madison WI: National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS)/Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE).

Jun 25-29 — AIAA, Atlanta GA: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2018); at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Jun 25 – Aug 17 — Frontier Development Lab (FDL), NASA, Online: FDL 2018 Challenges; an AI R&D accelerator that tackles knowledge gaps useful to NASA space program; 2018 topics are space resources, orbital debris, NEOs, Earth observation, space weather, astrobiology.

Jun 25 – Aug 24 — International Space University, ESA, Netherlands Space Office, Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: ISU 31st Space Studies Program (SSP 2018).

Jun 26-28 — Space Frontier Foundation, Seattle WA: NewSpace 2018: Now. New. Next; at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

Jun 26-28 — NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Moffett Field CA: 5th annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (2018); at Ames Research Center.

Jun 26-29 — NRAO, Associated Universities Inc., Portland OR: Astrophysical Frontiers in the Next Decade and Beyond: Planets, Galaxies, Black Holes, and the Transient Universe.

Jun 26-30 — European Astronomical Society (EAS), Czech Astronomical Society (CzAS), Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2017).

Jun 27 — Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), Sun-Synchronous Orbit: NASA observation satellite investigating the physical conditions of the chromosphere of Sun enters 6th year in space, launched 2013.

Jun 28 – Jul 3 — Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: RASC 2018 General Assembly.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2018; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Jul — ISS, LEO: Russia EVA scheduled to facilitate deorbit of PIRS module in preparation for launch / arrival of new Russia Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka “Science”.

Jul 1-5 — International Planetarium Society Inc., Cité de l’espace, Toulouse, France: International Planetarium Society Conference 2018; space-related events, festivals, exhibitions.

Jul 2 — ARTEMIS P1, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 8th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; reached Moon 2011.

Jul 2-6 — University of Cambridge, Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Exoplanets II Conference.

Jul 2-6 — Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste Observatory, Trieste, Italy: Conference on Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes.

Jul 2-6 — ASI, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), INFN, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Paving the Way for Next Generation of Cosmological Surveys – New Results and New Methods in Galaxy; Conference: The early growth of Super Massive Black Holes (SMBH).

Jul 3-6 — French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (SF2A), Bordeaux, France: French Astronomy Week 2018.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 2nd full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until 2020 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

Jul 8-13 — Northwestern University, Adler Planetarium, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, American Astronomical Society, Chicago IL: 12th International Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Symposium; ESA mission planned to launch 2034.

Jul 9-11 — AIAA, Cincinnati OH: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2018).

Jul 9-13 — University of Colorado, Boulder CO: Conference on Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets.

Jul 10 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 70P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 70P resupply ship to ISS.

Jul 10-13 — American Astronautical Society, Chinese Society of Astronautics, Japanese Rocket Society, Montreal, Québec, Canada: 15th International Space Conference of Pacific-basin Societies (ISCOPS); at McGill University.

Jul 12-13 — National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Space Studies Board of US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Pasadena CA: 8th Forum for New Leaders in Space Science; to provide opportunities for select group of young scientists to discuss their research activities.

Jul 14 — International Academy of Astronautics, Pasadena CA: IAA Academy Day.

Jul 14-22 — Committee on Space Research, Pasadena CA: 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly (60th Anniversary).

Jul 16 — Juno, Perijove 14 / 13th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 14, its 14th close flyby of Jupiter and 13th science flyby with instruments turned on; last planned flyby before possible mission extension plans, craft could operate until July 31, 2020.

Jul 17 — ARTEMIS P2, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 8th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; reached Moon 2011.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 49th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another World taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 42nd Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Jul 21 — Frontiers of Flight Museum, The Moon Society, National Space Society of North Texas, Dallas TX: Moon Day 2018

Jul 22-26 — Gemini Observatory, NSF, National Research Council Canada, San Francisco CA: Conference: Science & Evolution of Gemini Observatory.

Jul 22-27 — Meteoritical Society, V.I. Vernadsky Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, V. I. Vernadsky Geological State Museum, Ural Federal University, Kazan Federal University, Moscow, Russia: 81st Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society.

Jul 23 — Chandra X-ray Observatory, HEO: NASA spacecraft in extended mission phase enters 19th year of operations in Space; instruments able to detect X-ray sources 100 times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope; launched 1999.

Jul 23-26 — American Astronautical Society, NASA, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), San Francisco CA: 2018 International Space Station Research & Development Conference.

Jul 23-27 — University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX: 21st European White Dwarf Workshop.

Jul 27 Earth and Mars: Planets at ~57.6 million km will appear extra bright in sky during opposition.

Jul 29 – Aug 3 — Boston University, MIT, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Cambridge / Boston MA: Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun (COOL STARS 20).

NET Aug — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Dragon V2 (Crew Dragon) Demo 1, KSC FL: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft uncrewed test flight to launch to ISS for NASA Commercial Crew Program.

Aug 5 — Curiosity, Mars Surface: Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) rover enters 7th year of operations on Mars surface today; launched Nov 26, 2011 – landed Aug 5, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Aug 5-11 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon, Vietnam: Conference: Windows on the Universe – 25th Anniversary of the Rencontres du Vietnam.

Aug 7-9 — Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, SSERVI, NASA, LRO, Laurel MD: Lunar Polar Volatiles 2018; bringing together experts in areas of data analysis, modeling, instrumentation, laboratory research from SSERVI and LRO community as well as outside experts to discuss volatiles in lunar polar regions.

Aug 12-17 — NASA, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado – Boulder, Boulder CO: Cassini Science Symposium; invited and contributed talks will include latest Cassini findings on Saturn system, including  interpretation and synthesis of results.

Aug 13-17 — National Science Foundation, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), U.S. Department of Energy, Tucson AZ: LSST 2018 Project and Community Workshop; at Hilton El Conquistador.

Aug 13-17 — Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, Sagamihara, Japan: The 11th Meeting on Cosmic Dust.

Aug 16 — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-7, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 7th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 7) to deliver supplies to ISS; may also deploy Earth Observation / science satellite for Egypt.

Aug 19-23 — American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Snowbird UT: AAS / AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 42nd 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 20-22 — Space Telescope Science Institute, ESA, NASA, CSA, Vienna, Austria: Meeting: James Webb Space Telescope – Launch, Commissioning, and Cycle 1 Science.

Aug 20-31 — International Astronomical Union (IAU), Vienna, Austria: 30th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union.

Aug 23-26 — International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), Seattle WA: International Space Elevator Conference 2018; featuring 3-day technical program, Robo Climb 2017 – A Youth Robotics Competition, 1-day Family Science Fest; at Museum of Flight.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 7th 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 — Spitzer Space Telescope, 1-AU Earth Trailing Orbit: In warm mission phase, spacecraft enters 16th year in space today, launched 2003.

Aug 26 – Sep 12 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Course: Dynamics of the Milky Way System in the Era of Gaia.

Aug 27 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Boeing CST-100 Starliner expected to perform first uncrewed flight test to ISS for NASA Commercial Crew Program.

Aug 27-30 — NASA Science Mission Directorate, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets III: From Stars to Surfaces.

Aug 27-31 — International Astronomical Union, Vienna, Austria: Coordinated Symposiums: Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars – A Continuing Challenge through Cosmic Time; Dwarf Galaxies – From the Deep Universe to the Present; Origins – From the Protosun to the First Steps of LifeHigh-mass X-ray Binaries – Illuminating the Passage from Massive Binaries to Merging Compact Objects; 21st Century Astrometry – Crossing the Dark and Habitable Frontiers; Under One Sky – The IAU Centenary Symposium.

Aug 28-30 — American Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria: 2018 IAU General Assembly for a Focus Meeting – celebrating the centennial of the discovery of asteroid families.

Aug 30 — Van Allen Probes, LEO: Spacecraft begin 7th year in space today, launched 2012; adding to the understanding of Earth radiation belt environment and its variability.

Sep 3-7 — ESO, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (CAMK-PAN), Warsaw, Poland: ESO Workshop: A Revolution in Stellar Physics with Gaia and Large Surveys.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 42nd year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 9-15 — National Engineering University of Lima, National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, Peru: 8th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics (IWARA2018).

Sep 9-16 — Association of Space Explorers, Minsk, Belarus: 31st Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Sep 11-14 — International Venus Science Community, JAXA, Center for Planetary Science, Hokkaido, Japan: International Venus Conference 2018; covering all areas of Venus science with special focus on new results from JAXA Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki”.

Sep 12-13 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

NET Sep — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-10 / ISS 56S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 57/58 to ISS, Aleksey Ovchinin and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos, and Nick Hague of NASA.

Sep 14 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-10 / ISS 56S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 57/58 to ISS, Aleksey Ovchinin and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos, and Nick Hague of NASA.

Sep 17-19 — AIAA, Orlando FL: AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2018); at Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Sep 17-22 — ESA, Europlanet, EPSC Organizing Committee, Riga, Latvia: European Planetary Science Congress 2017.

Sep 19-20 — University of Northampton, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Northampton, United Kingdom: Symposium on Lift (Elevator) and Escalator Technologies; to include discussion on Space Elevators by Bryan Laubscher of Odysseus Technologies.

Sep 21 — MAVEN, Mars Orbit: NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft enters 5th year of operations in Mars orbit; continuing to study upper atmosphere.3.

Sep 23-28 — Les Houches Advanced School for Physics, Grenoble, France: Cloud Academy: Cloud Formation and Properties in Extrasolar Planets.

Sep 24 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: India ISRO orbiter enters 5th year of operations in Mars orbit; launched Nov 5, 201

Sep 27 — Dawn, Ceres Orbit: NASA spacecraft begins 12th year in space today, launched 2007; entered orbit around 4 Vesta Jul 16, 2011, reached Ceres orbit March 6, 2015.

Sep 28 — Astrosat, 65-km Near Equatorial LEO: ISRO first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory begins its 4th year in space today, launched 2015.

Sep 30 — International Academy of Astronautics, Bremen, Germany: IAA Academy Day.

Sep 30 – Oct 3 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Barringer Crater / Winslow AZ: The First Billion Years Initiative – Bombardment: Shaping Planetary Surfaces and Their Environments Conference.

NET Oct — OSIRIS-REx, Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Surface: Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission expected to rendezvous with asteroid this month, take samples and return to Earth in 2023.

NET Oct — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-12 / ISS 58S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 59/60 to ISS, including Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA.

NET Oct — CNSA, Launch Long March 4C / Chang’e-4 Lander & Rover, Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, Sichuan, China: Lander / rover (originally back up for Chang’e-3 mission) to launch to far side of Moon, South Pole / Aitken basin at 180-km diameter Von Kármán crater with reconfigured / advanced instruments and experiments containing potato & Arabidopsis thaliana seeds, silk worm eggs, international payloads from Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

NET Oct — United Launch Services, Launch Atlas V / Solar Orbiter spacecraft, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: European Space Agency & NASA spacecraft to perform close-up study of Sun and inner heliosphere; projected 3-year journey to Sun; closest Solar distance to be 0.28 AU.

Oct 1 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 60th Observation, USA: Nationwide celebrations and educational events occur to observe NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) becoming NASA on this day in 1958.

Oct 1-3 — Lunar and Planetary Society, USRA, Houston TX: Late Mars Workshop; discursive platform for the exchange of ideas, observations and hypotheses amongst planetary scientists keen to explore and explain recent evolution of Mars landscape.

Oct 1-5 — International Astronautical Federation, ZARM Drop Tower Operation and Service Co., Bremen, Germany: 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018); multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topics.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2018; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 61st observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 51st observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

Oct 5 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / BepiColombo, Kourou, French Guiana: BepiColombo mission – European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to launch today; craft expected to reach Mercury polar orbit 2025 to map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

Oct 10-11 — ISPCS, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Las Cruces NM: International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 2018: The Tipping Point.

Oct 11 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 71P (MS-10), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 71P resupply ship to ISS.

Oct 13 — The Astronomical League, Global: Fall Astronomy Day 2018; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft begins 17th year of operations in Space; launched 2002; expected to continue operations until early 2020s, run out of fuel and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

Oct 19 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: ESA and Roscosmos spacecraft reaches 2 full years at Mars, launched 2016; craft continues collecting data on atmosphere, deployed Schiaparelli demonstration lander 19 Oct 2016 (unsuccessful).

Oct 23 — Chang’e-5T1Service Module, Lunar Orbit: China module collecting data on Lunar surface for future Moon missions reaches 4 full years in Space today, launched 2014.

Oct 24 — Mars Odyssey, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft begins 18th year in orbit around Mars today, holds record for longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth; launched 2001.

Oct 26 — STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) A & B, Heliocentric Orbit: NASA craft imaging Sun and solar phenomena begins 13th year in space today, launched 2006.

Oct 30 – Nov 1 — RISpace, British Interplanetary Society, Glasgow, United Kingdom: 16th Reinventing Space Conference.

Oct 31 – Nov 2 — Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon, S Korea: Cosmic Dust and Magnetism.

Nov 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks beginning of 19th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.

Nov 4-7 — Geological Society of America, Indianapolis IN: 2018 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

Nov 7-8 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

Nov 10 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-10, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on 10th operational flight to the ISS.

Nov 15 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-11 / ISS 57S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 58/59 to ISS, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, David Saint-Jacques of Canadian Space Agency and Anne McClain of NASA (to become 62nd Woman in Space).

Nov 16 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 16, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 18th Dragon spacecraft on 16th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

  Nov 19-21 — International Academy of Astronautics, Hsinchu, Taiwan: 3rd Private Human Access to Space (PHAS).

Nov 20 — Swift, LEO: Observing gamma-ray bursts & their afterglows in gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, optical wavelengths from LEO, craft begins 15th year of operations today, launched in 2004.

Nov 26 — Curiosity, Mars Surface: Mars Science Laboratory reaches 7th full year in space today, launched 2011, landed on Mars Aug 5, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Nov 26 InSight, Mars Surface: Potential date for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft to land on Mars surface and study deep interior; scheduled end of operations Nov 2020.

  Nov 27-28 — Space Frontier Foundation, Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, Spire, Luxembourg: 2nd NewSpace Europe.

NET Dec InSight, Mars Surface: First scientific results expected this month.

Dec 2 — Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), LEO: ESA / NASA craft studying sun, begins 24th year of operations today, launched 1995; has discovered more than 3,000 comets.

Dec 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 1999 JU3: JAXA Hayabusa 2 enters 5th full year in space today, launched 2014; expected to return asteroid samples to Earth in 2020.

Dec 4-7 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Wenchang, Hainan Island, China: ILOA Galaxy Forum China 2017 Hainan: International Human Moon Missions, and Astronomy from the Moon.

 Dec 7 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes enters 4th year at Venus today, reached Venus 2015.

NET Dec 9 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Dragon V2 (Crew Dragon), KSC FL: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft crewed test flight to launch to ISS for NASA Commercial Crew Program to deliver Astronauts to ISS from Launch Complex 39A.

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 20th year in space today, launched 1999.

Dec 10-14 — American Geophysical Union, Washington DC: 2018 Fall Meeting of AGU.

Dec 11-13 — SpaceCom, Houston TX: Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom Expo 2018).

Dec 14 — NEOWISE, LEO: NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft (redubbed Near-Earth Object WISE – NEOWISE) begins 10h year in Space; launched 2009.

Dec 14 — Chang’e-3 Lander and Yutu Rover, Guang Han Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: Spacecraft reach 5 full years on Moon surface, landed 2013.

NET Dec 15 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas V / Starliner, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first crewed flight on Boe-OFT mission lasting 14 days; set to carry 1 NASA Astronaut & 1 Boeing test pilot to ISS from Space Launch Complex 41.

NET Dec 15 — Kepler, Heliocentric Orbit: Exoplanet hunter in K2 mission expected to run out of fuel near this date; launched 2009.

 Dec 19 — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft reaches 5 years in orbit today; planned 5-year science collection period to map more than 1 billion stars ends May 2019; launched in 2013.

Dec 20 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Proton / Nauka & European Robotic Arm, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton Rocket set to deliver Russia Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka “Science” with ERA to replace Russia Pirs module on ISS.

Dec 25 — Mars Express, Mars Orbit: ESA spacecraft enters 16th year in Mars orbit today; will continue to study Mars atmosphere & climate, planet structure, mineralogy, geology, and to search for traces of water; launched June 2, 2003.

2019

NET 2019 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), Kennedy Space Center FL: The first test flight of NASA Space Launch System with uncrewed Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and ESA-provided Service Module; to feature configuration for 70-metric-ton lift capacity; Orion spacecraft to perform circumlunar trajectory during 21-day mission; will carry 13 science experiments.

NET 2019 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Inc., Canadensys Aerospace Corp., Launch ILO-1, TBD: Launch of independent ILOA multifunctional observatory to Moon South Pole; will conduct radio astronomy, scientific & commercial communications, serve as catalyst for lunar base build-out.

NET 2019 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz 2 / Luna-25, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-25 (formerly Luna-Glob) lander to launch to Boguslavsky crater near Moon South Pole.

NET 2019 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) and X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM), Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: SLIM Moon mission potentially could launch this year with X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) for studying galactic plasma; will test technologies for future lunar missions, including SELENE-2 and Human Missions.

NET 2019 — ISRO, Launch PSLV XL / Aditya-L1, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch India Aditya-L1 spacecraft in 2019-2020 to Sun-Earth Lagrange Point L1 to study solar corona.

NET Jan — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 17, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 19th Dragon spacecraft on 17th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jan 1 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 Flyby: Craft expected to fly by KBO 2014 MU69 at 00:33 EST, 05:33 UT (19:33 HST on 31 Dec 2018), distance of 3,500 km or closer; KBO is 4B miles (~6.437B km) from Earth; will be farthest spacecraft encounter ever performed.

Jan 6-10 — American Astronomical Society, Seattle WA: 233rd Meeting of the AAS; at Washington State Convention & Trade Center.

Jan 12 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: 199th Observation of RAS founding (1820).

Jan 13 — Chang’e-5T1 Service Module, Lunar Orbit: China module collecting data on Lunar surface for future Moon missions begins 5th year in Lunar orbit today; launched Oct 2014, reached Moon Jan 2015.

Jan 19 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft begins 14th year in space today, launched Jan 19, 2006 – flew by Pluto July 14, 2015; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

Jan 25 — Opportunity, Mars Surface: Rover reaches 15 full years on Mars; holds “off-world” record for having driven the greatest distance; launched 2003, landed 2004.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 52nd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members lost during a launch pad test: Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 33rd Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident 28 January 1986: Commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Astronaut Christa McAuliffe (the 1st ‘Teacher in Space’), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, along with Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis.

NET Feb — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-13 / ISS 59S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 60/61 to ISS.

NET Feb — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-8, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 8th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 8) to deliver supplies to ISS.

NET Feb — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 18, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 20th Dragon spacecraft on 18th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 16th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss: Commander Richard D. Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (the ‘1st Israeli astronaut’) and Astronauts: William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown and Kalpana Chawla (the ‘1st Indian American astronaut’ and ‘1st Indian woman in space’).

Feb 5 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2019 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Pig.

Feb 17 — Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS), LEO: Three satellites in magnetosphere (two in Moon orbit – now called ARTEMIS) begin 13th year in space today; launched 2007.

NET Mar — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-14 / ISS 60S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 61/62 to ISS.

NET Mar — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / James Webb Space Telescope, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency and NASA infrared-optimized space telescope with 6.5-meter mirror to reside in orbit 1.5M km away from Earth; will search for 1st galaxies that formed in early Universe.

NET Mar — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 72P (MS-11), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 72P resupply ship to ISS.

Mar 3-5 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Starship Century, Tau Zero Foundation, TBD: 2019 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW).

Mar 26-28 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Apr 8-12 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 53rd ESLAB Symposium: Gaia DR2.

Apr 12 — 58th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 38th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: As NASA working on next gen Space Launch System to send Humans to Moon, Mars and Beyond, commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2019; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 30th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

Apr 24 — People’s Republic of China, Nationwide: National Day of Space Flight 2019; commemorating the launch of China’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1 on April 24, 1970.

Apr 30 – May 1 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

NET May — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Gaia spacecraft 5-year scheduled mission ends this month; future plans to be decided.

NET May — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-15 / ISS 61S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 62/63 to ISS.

NET May — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 19, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 21st Dragon spacecraft on 19th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

NET May — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 73P (MS-12), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 73P resupply ship to ISS.

May 3 — International Space Day 2019, Worldwide: Events and presentations to promote STEM education and inspire people to continue the work of Space explorers; originally began as ‘National Space Day’ in 1997 by Lockheed Martin Corp.

May 4-10 — UC Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA: Dynamical Models for Stars and Gas in Galaxies in the Gaia Era.

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2018; inspiring people to reach for the Stars and celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in Space (15 minute suborbital flight to 186-km altitude).

May 11 — The Astronomical League, Global: Spring Astronomy Day 2019; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

May 13-17 — National Research Council Canada, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: New Horizons in Planetary Systems with ALMA.

Jun 16 — 56th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 36th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2019; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 3rd full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until 2020 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

Jul 12-16 — Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel MD: Pluto After New Horizons; international science conference focusing on Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 50th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another World taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 43rd Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

NET Aug — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 20, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 22nd Dragon spacecraft on 20th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 43rd 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 8th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

NET Sep — James Webb Space Telescope, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Full science operations to begin this month – continue through at least 5 years.

Sep 3-6 — International Academy of Astronautics, TBD: 2nd IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites (IAA LASSS).

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 43rd year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 11-12 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

NET Oct — Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Cerro Pachón, Chile: Construction of LSST to be completed this month; team expects to achieve first light before the end of this year, begin science operations 2021.

Oct 1 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 61st Observation, USA: Nationwide celebrations and educational events occur to observe NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) becoming NASA on this day in 1958.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2019; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 62nd observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 52nd observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

Oct 5 — The Astronomical League, Global: Fall Astronomy Day 2019; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

Oct 7-11 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Yellowstone National Park: The First Billion Years Initiative – Rise of Habitability: Habitability in the Early Solar System Conference.

Oct 14-18 — Association of Space Explorers, Houston TX: 32nd Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft begins 18th year of operations in Space; launched 2002; expected to continue operations until early 2020s, run out of fuel and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

Oct 20 — International Academy of Astronautics, Washington DC: IAA Academy Day.

Oct 21-25 — International Astronautical Federation, AIAA, IAA, IISL, Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington DC: 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

NET Nov — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Wichita KS: Interstellar Workshop 2019.

Nov 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks beginning of 20th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.

Nov 6-7 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

Nov 11 — Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun; 02:35 – 08:04 HST.

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: End of scheduled ESA science mission at Mars, future science plans to be determined, will support ExoMars 2020 rover & lander mission starting Apr 2021 and operate until at least Dec 2022; entered Mars orbit Oct 2016, began science operations Dec 2017.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Earth Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to depart from C-type asteroid 162173 Ryugu this month; will return to Earth 2020 with asteroid samples.

Dec 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 1999 JU3: JAXA Hayabusa 2 enters 6th full year in space today, launched 2014.

Dec 9-13 — American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA: 2019 Fall Meeting of AGU; at Moscone Center.

2020

NET 2020 — Golden Spike Company, Moon Landing: Possible date for GSC 1st Human Moon landing.

NET 2020 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-26, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 0 (Luna-Resurs Orbiter) to launch to polar orbit for 1 year at 100-150 km altitude, 2 years at 500-700 km altitude; will provide communications relay capabilities for following South pole missions.

NET 2020 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft planned mission ends this year after reaching Pluto, Charon and designated Kuiper Belt object(s); future trajectory / mission plans to be determined; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

NET 2020 — CNSA, Launch China Space Station laboratory module 1, TBD, China: Laboratory module 1 of China Space Station expected to launch to LEO this year / attach to core module Tianhe-1 (Heavenly River); second laboratory module to launch 2022.

NET 2020 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Orbiter to Moon; will operate at 100-km altitude for at least one year; to be followed by Moon lander & rover; may have 4 science instruments (15 kg & US$15M total) sponsored by NASA aboard to search for / quantify lunar resources for increasing effectiveness.

NET 2020 — Bigelow Aerospace LLC, TBD: Launch Alpha Station to LEO, a commercial space station consisting of 2 BA-330 modules and 110 cubic meters of space.

NET 2020 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / SELENE-2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: JAXA to launch Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2 (SELENE-2) 700-kg orbiter, 1,000-kg lander (with 200-kg of total payloads), 100-kg rover to Moon.

NET 2020 — Moon Express, Launch Moon Sample Return Mission, TBD: Launch of spacecraft for Moon Sample Return Mission.

NET 2020 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Astrobotic Peregrine Lander & Multi-Payload, TBD: ULA to launch Astrobotic Peregrine Lander to attempt to reach Moon with 35 kilograms of customer payloads from commercial companies, international space agencies, customers.

NET 2020 — ESA, Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch ExoMars 2020 Lander & Rover, TBD: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to be launched by Roscosmos launch system.

NET 2020 — Solar Orbiter spacecraft, Sun Orbit: Spacecraft expected to reach Sun orbit this year after 3 year journey; will perform close-up study of Sun and inner heliosphere; closest Solar approach to occur every 5 months at distance of 0.28 AU.

NET 2020 — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / Euclid, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency spacecraft with 1.2-meter telescope, projected 6-year lifetime to launch to Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2; will measure accelerated expansion of Universe, aid in understanding of dark energy / dark matter.

NET 2020 — UAE Space Agency, Launch Hope Probe, TBD: UAE plans to launch Hope mission to Mars this year to study planet atmosphere, potentially with ISRO collaboration, in celebration of 50th observation of nation’s founding.

NET Jan — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-6, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): CE-6 planned to land near edge of Shackleton crater at Moon South Pole; after collection of lunar samples craft will attempt to launch 8 April 2020 to return to Earth; may be last robotic mission before China Human Moon missions.

Jan 5-9 — American Astronomical Society, Honolulu HI: 235th Meeting of the AAS; at Hawaii Convention Center.

Jan 12 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: 200th Observation of RAS founding (1820).

Jan 25 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2020 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Rat.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 53rd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 34th Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2019 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 17th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2019 for more detail.

Mar 31 – Apr 2 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Apr 12 — 59th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 39th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2020; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 31st year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

Apr 24 — People’s Republic of China, Nationwide: National Day of Space Flight 2020; commemorating the launch of China’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1 on April 24, 1970.

Apr 28-29 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

May 2 — The Astronomical League, Global: Spring Astronomy Day 2020; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2018; inspiring people to reach for the Stars and celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in Space (15 minute suborbital flight to 186-km altitude).

NLT Jun — KARI, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute to test launch indigenous third-stage rocket.

Jun 16 — 57th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 37th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2020; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Jul / Aug — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / Mars Rover, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: NASA Mars robotic rover with 7 science instruments to launch in 2020 to explore planet / advance development of Human Mars missions projected for 2030s.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 4th full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until July 31 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 51st Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another World taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 44th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Jul 31 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Extended mission planned deorbit maneuver (lasting 132 hours / 5.5 days) and plunge into Jupiter to ensure no accidental impact of Europa, Ganymede, Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

NET Aug — CNSA, Launch Mars Orbiter, Lander & Rover Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch Orbiter, Lander & Rover mission this month to arrive at Mars low latitude area in northern hemisphere 7 months later; 200-kg rover to have 6 wheels and carry 13 payloads, lander payloads TBD; planning sample return mission in 2030.

Aug 4, 5 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Jupiter atmospheric impact, total distance traveled including orbits around Jupiter estimated at 22.66 AU (3.39B km).

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 44th 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 9th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977; some science instruments to be turned off this year as power is running out, complete data transmission predicted to cease 2025.

NET Sep — International Astronautical Federation, Dubai, UAE: 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020); multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topics.

NET Sep — Association of Space Explorers, Budapest, Hungary: 33rd Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 44th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 16-17 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Sep 26 — The Astronomical League, Global: Fall Astronomy Day 2020; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

NET Oct — ESA, Launch Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) & Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), TBD: ESA, DLR, NASA, JHU/APL, the Observatoire de la Côte d´Azur (OCA) mission to launch to Didymos binary asteroids & arrive 2022; will consist of lander, orbiters, CubeSats, and impactor.

Oct 1 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 62nd Observation, USA: Nationwide celebrations and educational events occur to observe NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) becoming NASA on this day in 1958.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2020; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 63rd observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 53rd observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft begins 19th year of operations in Space; launched 2002, expected to run out of fuel early 2020s and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

NET NovInSight, Mars Surface: Scheduled end to Mars surface operations mission; future plans / goals to be determined.

Nov 4-5 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Earth Surface: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at Earth with samples from C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” this month.

2021

NET 2021 — CNSA / Global Partnership, Launch Long March 9 / Human Moon Mission, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Date 2021-2026 possibility for China / International partners to launch its first Human Moon mission.

NET 2021 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / Crewed Mission, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 expected to launch crewed mission this year.

NET 2021 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-27, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 1 lander expected to launch to Moon South Pole to target frozen volatiles in sub surface; expected to carry ESA Lunar ice drill.

NET 2021 — Inspiration Mars Foundation, Launch Humans for Venus and Mars Flyby, USA: Company hopes to send 1 woman and 1 man on round trip for Venus flyby followed by a Mars flyby.

NET 2021 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Moon Lander & Rover, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Moon lander & rover to look for signs of rare minerals on Moon surface between 2020-2025.

NET 2021 ExoMars 2020 Lander & Rover, Mars Surface: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to land on Mars surface; to be supported by ExoMars 2016 Orbiter communications relay.

NET 2021 — ISRO, Launch GSLV / Mars Orbiter Mission-2, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India 2nd Mars mission to be launched this year with advanced science instruments to Mars orbit of 200 km x 2,000 km.

NET 2021 — Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Cerro Pachón, Chile: LSST team expects to begin science operations this year.

NET 2021 — Mars World Enterprises Inc., Las Vegas NV: Hoping to open Mars World theme park by this date, created by John Spencer.

Jan 10-14 — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 237th Meeting of the AAS.

Jan 12 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: 201st Observation of RAS founding (1820).

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 54th Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 35th Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2019 for more detail.

NET Feb Mars Rover, Mars Surface: NASA Mars robotic rover with 7 advanced science instruments to land on planet, search for evidence of past life, collect data for future human missions.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 18th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2019 for more detail.

Feb 12 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2021 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Ox.

NET Mar — KARI, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute expects to have completed development of indigenous third-stage rocket.

Apr 12 — 60th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 40th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2021; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 24 — People’s Republic of China, Nationwide: National Day of Space Flight 2021; commemorating the launch of China’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1 on April 24, 1970.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 32nd year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least Jun 30.

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2018; inspiring people to reach for the Stars and celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in Space (15 minute suborbital flight to 186-km altitude).

May 15 — The Astronomical League, Global: Spring Astronomy Day 2021; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

Jun 16 — 58th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 38th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2021; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Aug — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion EM-2, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: The 1st fully-crewed Orion Moon flight to last 10-14 days; will use J-2X powered upper stage.

Aug 16-27 — International Astronomical Union, Busan, S Korea: XXXI (31st) IAU General Assembly.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 45th 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 10th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 45th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Oct 1 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 63rd Observation, USA: Nationwide celebrations and educational events occur to observe NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) becoming NASA on this day in 1958.

Oct 9 — The Astronomical League, Global: Fall Astronomy Day 2021; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

2022

NET 2022 — Predicted Collision of 2 Stars (KIC 9832227), Constellation Cygnus: Scientists predict two stars, jointly named KIC 9832227, will merge & collide causing an increase in its brightness ten thousand fold, it would be visible to the naked eye; predicted date + / – one year.

NET 2022 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Veteran spacecraft with 2.4-meter mirror expected to continue operations until this year and perhaps beyond; launched April 24, 1990.

NET 2022 — CNSA, Launch China Space Station laboratory module 2, TBD, China: Final piece of China Space Station Laboratory module 2 to launch to LEO this year; station to orbit between 350 – 450 km, accommodate 3 crew members for 6 month stays, expected to operate until at least 2032.

NET 2022 — NASA, Launch Europa Clipper, TBD: NASA orbiter and lander to investigate Europa subsurface ocean, habitability & observe future landing sites; mission may include international collaboration, other craft.

NET 2022 — Mars One, Launch of Mars Rover & Communication Satellite, TBD: Commercial company plans to launch rover and trailer to help find best location for human settlement ~2031, clear areas for arrival of cargo; communications satellite to be placed in orbit.

NET 2022 — Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp., Mauna Kea HI: Original planned date for TMT to begin scientific operations.

NET Jan — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 239th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 55th Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 36th Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2019 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 19th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2019 for more detail.

Feb 1 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2022 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Tiger.

Apr 12 — 61st Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 41st Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2022; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

May 20 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / JUICE, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) with 10 science instruments and one experiment is expected to reach Jupiter October 2029, spend at least 3.5 years studying Jupiter atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io.

Jun 16 — 59th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 39th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2022; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 46th 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 11th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 46th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Oct 1 — National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 64th Observation, USA: Nationwide celebrations and educational events occur to observe NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) becoming NASA on this day in 1958.

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: End of scheduled ESA orbiter mission at Mars, future extension / plans to be determined; entered Mars orbit Oct 2016, began science operations Dec 2017.

2023

NET 2023 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Human Asteroid Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Potential launch of Astronauts via Space Launch System to planned relocated 500,000-kg Asteroid orbiting Moon.

NET 2023 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-28, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 2 expected to launch to Moon South Pole for return sample mission.

NET 2023 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Angara A5B / ACV, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Test flight of 6-person Advanced Crew Vehicle; will carry 500 kg of cargo and could travel to Moon.

NET 2023 — OSIRIS-REx, Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36): Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft scheduled to return to Earth with asteroid sample of at least 60 grams this year.

Jan 22 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2023 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Rabbit.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 56th Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 37th Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2019 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 20th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2019 for more detail.

Apr 12 — 62nd Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 42nd Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2023; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 47th 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 12th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 47th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

2024

NET 2024 — ISS, LEO: Standard funding of International Space Station ends this year; mission extension to at least 2028 is expected; future goals and scientific, engineering, utilization, education potential to be determined.

NET 2024 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Human-Assisted Moon Sample Return Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Potential date for robotic sample return mission to Lunar surface with Human assistance from Asteroid in orbit around Moon.

NET 2024 — James Webb Space Telescope, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Planned end to 5-year primary mission; spacecraft expected to operate for at least another 5 years.

NET 2024 — ESA, Launch Soyuz / PLATO, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission to launch to Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point to find / study extrasolar planetary systems, seismic activity in stars for at least 6 years.

Feb 10 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2024 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Dragon.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 48th 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 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 13th year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 48th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

2025

NET 2025 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / Human Moon Mission, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Potential date for India 1st Human mission to Moon surface via Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3.

NET 2025 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Angara-5V / Human Crew Mission, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: First crewed launch from new spaceport planned for this year.

NET 2025 — JAXA, Launch HRV (HTV Return Vehicle) / Human Mission, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: Japan plans to launch JAXA astronauts to space this year.

NET 2025 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-29, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 3 Moon South Pole lander and rover mission goals / landing site TBD, will support future Human base.

NET 2025 — Voyager 1 & 2, Interstellar Space: The farthest spacecraft from Earth, NASA Voyagers communications / data return are expected to cease this year due to radioactive power sources becoming unable to provide enough electrical energy for critical subsystems; launched 1977.

NET 2025 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Venera-D, TBD: Roscosmos to launch Venera-D mission to Venus, consisting of orbiter and lander.

NET 2025 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Millimetron, TBD: Russia to launch space observatory with a diameter of 10 meters to Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point to study black holes, formation of stars, planets, galaxies.

NET Dec — BepiColombo, Mercury Orbit: European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) expected to reach Mercury and achieve polar orbit; will map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

2026

NET 2026 — Euclid, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Scheduled end of European Space Agency Euclid mission to measure accelerated expansion of Universe, aid in understanding of dark energy / dark matter; future plans to be determined.

NET Dec — BepiColombo, Mercury Orbit: European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) 1-year nominal mission ends this year; future plans / mission extension to be determined.

2027

NET 2027 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Human Moon Mission, TBD, Russia: Russia plans to launch Humans to Moon orbit this year, with lunar landing occurring within 2 years.

2028

NET 2028 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Human Moon Surface Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: NASA planning to launch Astronauts to lunar surface.

2029

NET 2029 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Human Moon Mission, TBD, Russia: Russia plans to begin Human Moon surface missions within the year, work toward setting up Moon base.

NET Feb — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: ESA / NASA / Roscosmos INTEGRAL space telescope will burn up upon Earth atmosphere reentry this month due to natural orbit decay after running out of fuel reserves / end of science mission in early 2020s; launched Oct 2002.

Apr 13 — Asteroid 99942 Apophis, Earth Flyby: On this day, which happens to be a Friday, 320-meter diameter asteroid previously known as 2004 MN4 will narrowly miss Earth by about 30,000 km.

NET Jul — Chang’e-2, Deep Space: Spacecraft expected to come within 7M km of Earth this year after reaching 300M km apogee.

NET Oct — JUICE, Jupiter Orbit: ESA Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) expected to reach Jupiter early this year; will spend at least 3.5 years studying Jupiter atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io with 10 state-of-the-art instruments plus one experiment that uses spacecraft telecommunication system with ground-based instruments.

2030

NET 2030 — ESA, Moon Surface: Europe plans to build a Lunar Village by this date as a stepping stone to Mars and a successor to the International Space Station.

NET 2030 — NASA, Launch Human Mars Mission, TBD: Projected date / decade for NASA to send Humans to Mars.

NET 2030 — CNSA, Launch Mars Sample Return Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch sample return mission to Mars by this date.

NET 2030 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft expected to continue exploring Kuiper Belt until at least middle of this decade.

NET 2030 — PLATO, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) 6-year mission to find / study extrasolar planetary systems, seismic activity in stars ends this year; mission extension / plans to be determined.

2031

NET 2031 — People’s Republic of China, Launch Long March 9 / Human Moon Missions, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Tentative dates 2031-2036 for China crewed spaceflight program (China Manned Space Agency) to launch its multiple Human Moon missions.

NET 2031 — ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer-3), Heliocentric Orbit: Craft presumably in safe mode, traveling around Sun & predicted to return to vicinity of Earth this year – may be able to reestablish contact; craft launched August 12, 1978.

2032

Nov 12 — Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun; starts Nov 12 at 20:41 HST, ends 01:07 Nov 13.

2033

NET 2033 — Government of the Republic of Turkey, Roketsan Inc., Ankara, Turkey: Turkey hopes to have space-launch capabilities and more than 20 operational satellites by this date.

2036

NET 2036 — CNSA, Launch Jupiter Spacecraft, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): China planning to launch first probe to Jupiter this year.

Apr 13 — Asteroid 99942 Apophis, Earth Flyby: Asteroid, 320 meters in diameter & previously known as 2004 MN4, will make 2nd pass by Earth missing by about 50M km.

2046

NET 2046 — CNSA, Launch Uranus Spacecraft, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): China planning to launch first mission to Uranus this year.

2060

2060 — EC2LIPSE, Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange Point: ISU project EC2LIPSE to explore climate change, create solar radiation management roadmap in Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point.

2061

2061 — Halley’s Comet, Deep Space: Return of Halley’s Comet.

2069

NET 2069 — NASA, Launch Interstellar Mission to Alpha Centauri, TBD: Planning to send spacecraft to Alpha Centauri system 4.4 LY away to search for life, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the first Moon landing; aiming for craft to travel at a minimum of 10% of the speed of light on a 44-year trip, reaching nearest neighbor Star by 2113.

2078

NET 2078 — Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), LEO: Orbiting ultraviolet space telescope will burn up upon atmospheric reentry this year – 65 years after being decommissioned in 2013.

2084

Nov 10 — Transit of Earth, Moon, Phobos: As seen from the slopes of Elysium Mons on Mars, the Earth, the Moon and Mars moon Phobos to pass directly between Mars and Sun; observers see Moon(s) and Earth as small dots gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2117

NET 2117 — UAE Space Agency, Mars Surface: UAE plans to have city on Mars fit for habitation completed by this year, with first development starting in 2020 with launch of Hope satellite to study Mars atmosphere.

Dec 11 — Transit of Venus: Venus to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2125

Dec 8 — Transit of Venus: Venus to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2123

Jun 9 — Total Eclipse of Moon: Long-duration total lunar eclipse of 106.1 minutes.

2168

Jul 16 — Eclipse of Sun: Longest solar eclipse of the Century at 7 minutes 29 seconds; may be longest eclipse during 10,000 year period from 4000 BC to AD 6000.

2287

Aug 29 Earth and Mars: Planets reach record-breaking distance for opposition at ~55.69 million km, will appear extra bright in sky.

2391

May 11 Partial Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2600

May 5 Eclipse of Sun: First total solar eclipse visible in London since 2151.

2650

Sep 3 Earth / Mars Minimum Distance Reached: Distance between Earth & Mars reaches new minimum at 55,651,582.118 km on this date during perihelitic opposition.

2729

Sep 8 Earth / Mars Minimum Distance Reached: Distance between Earth & Mars reaches new minimum at 55,651,033.122 km on this date during perihelitic opposition.

3000

NET Jan — Gamma Cephei becomes ‘North Star’: Due to precession of the equinoxes, also known as axial precession or lunisolar precession, positions of stars slowly change in both equatorial coordinates & ecliptic longitude; this year Gamma Cephei will enter the North Star position.

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NET 40272 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: To come within 1.7 LY of Star AC+79 3888 in the constellation Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper).

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NET May — Laser Geodynamics Satellite 1 (LAGEOS-1), MEO: LAGEOS-1 laser ranging satellite mission, carrying plaque designed by Carl Sagan, predicted to reenter Earth atmosphere close to this date; launched May 4, 1976 to 5,900-km altitude orbit.

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~4 Billion Years — Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy: Andromeda approaching MWG at 110 km/sec, these 2 largest galaxies in Local Group predicted to collide; although unlikely any Stars will collide, over a period of perhaps Millions of years the 2 central supermassive black holes predicted to converge near center of newly formed ‘Milkomeda’ Galaxy, simulations indicate Earth might be brought near center & ejected entirely out of galaxy.