SpaceX To Launch DSCOVR Mission, Attempt 2nd Falcon 9 Booster Landing on Platform
Feb 2 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 42 preparing batteries & checking fans / components in spacesuits for upcoming EVAs, transferring cargo to / from Dragon CRS-5, Progress 57 & ATV-5; working with Magvector Earth magnetic field study, ‘Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixtures-2’ experiment.
Feb 2 — Mars Odyssey, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft studying Mars for water, ice, geology, radiation & providing communications relays for craft on Mars surface; holds record for longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth.
Feb 2 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Now more than 9 years in space, craft imaging Pluto system from more than 1.6B km away, will help team gauge distance to Pluto & keep trajectory on course; images to be released to public next month.
Feb 2 — RSA, CNSA, Multiple Locations: Russia considering orbital space station, may propose joint project with China & India; China is already planning Tiangong-2 launching 2016 & experimental core space station 2018-2022.
Feb 2 — Bigelow Aerospace LLC, Las Vegas NV: NewSpace company to send BEAM inflatable module to ISS in Sep, first step toward commercial space station; aiming to land functional lunar bases on surface of Moon within 10 years.
Feb 2 — Made in Space Inc., Moffett Field CA: 3D printer at ISS will continue testing technologies for manufacturing in space; successful 4 months of testing resulted in 14 unique objects, 25 total parts printed.
Feb 2 — Dhruva Space, Bengaluru, India: Developing 12-kg satellite for AmSat India, partnering with Berlin Space Technologies to establish first commercial small satellites manufacturing facility in India.
Feb 2 — NASA, Multiple Locations USA: NASA centers open to media & social media for “State of NASA” events, to discuss agency work on its journey to Mars; featuring Charles Bolden, live coverage available, starts 13:30 EST.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (WSW), Mars (WSW), Jupiter (ENE), Uranus (SW); Morning Planets: Saturn (SE).
Paris Space Week and Launch of ESA Experimental Reentry Vehicle
Feb 2 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Planet Formation and the Origin of Life; presented by Dante S. Lauretta of Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
Feb 2 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Dr. Cameron Smith of Professor at Portland State College about Icarus Interstellar.
Feb 2-6 — Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA: Conference: The Milky Way and its Stars – Stellar Astrophysics, Galactic Archaeology, and Stellar Populations.
Feb 2-27 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP), Munich, Germany: Dark Matter: Astrophysical probes, Laboratory tests, and Theory aspects (DARK MALT 2015).
Feb 2 — Moon: 5.9° SSW of Beehive Cluster, 23:00.
Oct 16, 2014 – Jun 11 — NASA, University of Hawai`i, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 3.
Dec 20, 2014 – Mar 15 — Cantor Arts Center, Stanford CA: Exhibition: Loose in Some Real Tropics: Robert Rauschenberg’s “Stoned Moon” Projects, 1969–70; 34 large-format lithographs with scenes of Apollo 11 astronauts, machinery, facilities.
Jan 30 – Feb 1 — Queen University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Queen’s Space Conference 2015: Space Technology: Beyond the Final Frontier; to connect undergrad & graduate students with space industry professionals.
Jan 30 – Feb 4 — American Astronautical Society Rocky Mountain Section, Breckenridge CO: 38th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference; at Beaver Run Resort.
Jan 31 – Feb 2 — University of Oslo – Norway, National University of Sciences and Technology – Pakistan, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Shanghai, China: 2015 Conference on Astrophysics and Space Science (APSS 2015).
Feb 3 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Polar Trek to Mars; presented by Pascal Lee of SETI, 12:00 PST.
Feb 3 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson AZ: LPL Colloquium: Planetesimals: Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planets; presented by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director at ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.
Feb 3-5 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: Space Environment – Implications for Spacecraft Design course; led by Alan Tribble, US$1,295.
Feb 3-14 — World Laboratory for Cosmology and Particle Physics, Cairo, Egypt: Advanced Workshop on LHC Physics and Cosmology; at Cataract Pyramids Resort.
Feb 3 — Moon: Full (Snow / Wolf / Hunger Moon), 13:09; 5.0° SSW of Jupiter, 20:00.
Feb 3 — Asteroid 2013 BZ45: Near-Earth flyby (0.065 AU).
Feb 4 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) OTM-3, LEO: ESA / NASA / RSA INTEGRAL space telescope 3rd Orbital Trim Maneuver planned for today; will set spacecraft on path to continue science observations until early 2020s when fuel supply runs out; expected to reenter Earth atmosphere due to natural orbit decay in Feb 2029.
Feb 4 — Silicon Valley Space Center, AIAA San Francisco Section, Mountain View CA: Tech Talks: An Affordable Global Satellite Ground Network; Mike Carey to discuss the developing ATLAS commercial global ground network for micro-, nano- and CubeSats.
Feb 4-5 — Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC: 17th FAA Space Commercialization Conference; at National Housing Conference Center.
Feb 4-5 — ASTECH Paris Region, PROXIMUM Group, et al, Paris, France: Paris Space Week; at Paris-Orly Airport.
Feb 4-6 — Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA SSERVI, Houston TX: Workshop on Early Solar System Bombardment III.
Feb 4 — Moon: 3.8° SSW of Regulus, 20:00.
Feb 5 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 42 In-Flight Educational Event with the University of California – Davis and Barry Wilmore & Terry Virts of NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA; live coverage available, 17:45 UT.
Feb 5 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture Series: Billion km coherent telescopes: using the ISM lenses for pico-arcsecond measurements of pulsar properties; presented by Professor Ue-Li Pen.
Feb 5 — Moon: At apogee (distance 405,705 km), 20:00.
Feb 5 — Asteroid 2015 BX509: Near-Earth flyby (0.091 AU).
Feb 6 — Jupiter: At opposition, 08:00.
Feb 7 — Asteroid 2015 BF92: Near-Earth flyby (0.022 AU).
Feb 7 — Asteroid 2009 DT10: Near-Earth flyby (0.055 AU).
Feb 8 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / DSCOVR, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch USAF, NOAA, NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory to monitor space weather, Earth climate.
Feb 8 — Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower Peak: Appearing to radiate from Centaurus & traveling at ~56 km/sec, shower can produce up to 7 meteors per hour, peak at 02:00; visibility mostly contained to Southern Hemisphere.