January 10-16, 2011 / Vol 30, No 2 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Scientists to Discuss Impact of Solar Variability at Space Climate Symposium 4

The 4th Space Climate Symposium (SCS) will take place on January 16-20 in Goa, India. Sponsored by 9 organizations including the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, NASA Living with a Star Program (LWS) and the University of Oulu, the event will feature presentations from over 40 international scientists who will discuss the effects of long term solar variability and its impact on Earth’s climate. Initiated in 2004 in Oulu, Finland, the SCS series serves to advance the interdisciplinary science of Heliophysics and gain an understanding of the Sun-Earth connection as well as find solutions for satellite communication disruptions and radiation hazards to astronauts and spacecraft. The symposium will cover solar atmospheric processes, geomagnetic activity, cosmic-ray modulation, solar variability inputs in climate models and a special focus on the long minimum of solar cycle 23. JPL scientist Bruce Tsurutani and former lead program scientist for the LWS program Madhulika Guhathakurta (CR) will discuss recent data from several space missions including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, JAXA Hinode (Solar-B), Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory and the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission planned for launch in 2014. (Credit: NASA)

Boulder Colorado Forum to Explore Technical Aspects of Commercial Human Spaceflight

Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is hosting its inaugural Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum on January 12-14 in Boulder CO. At the forum, representatives from the aerospace industry, U.S.A government agencies and the emerging commercial spaceflight sector will gain insight into techniques required to successfully achieve NASA human rating certification and FAA spaceflight licensing. SAS chief systems engineer Thomas Martin (BR) will provide an overview of the commercial human rating requirements and SAS CEO Heather Bulk (TR) will explain why system safety makes good business sense. NASA astronauts Jeff Ashby (TL) and Scott Parazynski will give a dinner talk on Thursday Jan 13 on ‘The astronaut experience.’ Alan Stern (BL) and NASTAR training center representative Brienna Henwood will outline a crew training syllabus for space tourists and other non-astronauts.   With team member experience in NASA, Air Force and Industry programs (Space Plane, Launch Services, EELV, Constellation and COTS) and involvement in over 30 successful LEO and Planetary missions, SAS offers technical analyses and consulting in the fields of engineering, mission assurance, hardware development and international business. (Credit:)

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

Weekly Planet Watch – Morning Planets: Mercury (ESE), Venus (SE), Saturn (S) / Evening Planets: Jupiter (S).


Jan 10 — International Space Station, LEO: Cmdr Scott Kelly and flight engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli continue rehearsing capture techniques at the robotics workstation for the grapple and berthing of the H-2 Transfer Vehicle set to arrive at the International Space Station on Jan 27.

Jan 10 — NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Orbit: LRO continues to function nominally in scientific phase of mission; Upcoming LRO 2011 data release dates: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.

Jan 10 — Mars Rover Spirit, Red Planet: Increasing sunlight on Mars’ surface gives Spirit team some hope to put the solar-powered rover back in commission.

Jan 10-12 — NASTAR Center, Philadelphia PA:NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program,’ provides researchers, professors and graduate students with hands-on space flight physiology training to prepare them to design experiments and perform research aboard commercial suborbital space flights.

Jan 10-13 — Applied Technology Institute, Cape Canaveral FL: ‘Fundamentals of Orbital & Launch Mechanics,’ instructed by Thomas Logsdon, 4-day comprehensive course to cover practical rules of thumb and physical insights to help understand the mysteries of powered flight maneuvers and the beneficial properties of space.

Jan 10-14 — ESA, The Paris Observatory, et al, Paris, France: ‘The Millimeter and Submillimeter Sky in the Planck Mission Era,’ conference to discuss Planck flight performances and the implications of the cosmological goals for Cosmic Microwave Background science.

Jan 10-14 — Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, Advanced Institute of Cosmology, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: ‘Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation.’

Jan 10-15 — Center for Planetary Science, Kobe International Planetary School, Kobe, Japan: ‘CPS 7th International School of Planetary Sciences: Theory of Stellar Evolution and Its Applications.’

Jan 10Moon: 6.5° NNW of Jupiter; 01:00.

Continued from . . .

Jan 5 — International Space University, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia: ‘Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program,’ an intensive, interdisciplinary, live-in program for professionals, graduates and senior graduates with 40 core lectures, workshops and a group research project; through Feb 4.

Jan 8 — Geological Society of Africa, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa: ‘CAG23 South Africa 2011: Together in Africa for a Leading Role in Geoscience;’ through Jan 14.

Jan 9 — American Astronomical Society, Seattle WA:217th Meeting of the AAS;’ through Jan 13.


Jan 11 — NASA Advisory Council, Washington DC: ‘NAC Exploration Committee Meeting.’

Jan 11 — Fort Hays State University, Hays KS: Science Cafe at Cafe Semolino: ‘Cosmic Rays and the Auger North Observatory,’ Nick Solomey.

Jan 11Asteroid (Near Earth Flyby): 2009 BS5 (0.009 AU); AZ93 (0.048 AU); 2005 EE (0.100 AU).

Jan 11Asteroid 8749 Beatles: Closest Approach to Earth; (0.878 AU).


Jan 12 — The SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Colloquium Series Lecture: ‘The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE); New Mission, Longstanding Questions,’ Rick Elphic.

Jan 12 — NASA Advisory Council, Cape Canaveral FL: ‘NAC Technology and Innovation Meeting.’

Jan 12 — The Explorers Club, TED Conferences, New York City NY: ‘3rd TEDxMidTownNY: Opening the Space Portal.’

Jan 12 — Johnson Space Center, Houston TX: Live Webinar broadcast at NASA JSC for the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program at 15:00 EST.

Jan 12 — Intech Science Center and Planetarium, Winchester, United Kingdom: ‘Lecture: Life on Mars,’ Steve Cutts.

Jan 12-14 — Special Aerospace Services, Boulder CO: ‘Commercial Human Spaceflight Technical Forum 2011,’ with speakers Wayne Hale Jr, Jeffrey Ashby and Alan Stern.

Jan 12Moon: At First Quarter; 01:32.


Jan 13 — RR Auction, Online: ‘Space Autograph and Artifact Auction,’ featuring items from Mercury 7, Gemini 3, Apollo 7, 8 &11 and much more.


Jan 14 — ESA, Paris, France: Start-of-the-year press breakfast with ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain to discuss Agency’s activities of 2010 and planned events for 2011.

Jan 14 — Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL: ‘Astro-Overnight,’ families will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience offering exclusive programs which include recycling water, growing food in space and stories of the stars.

Jan 14 — Cassini OTM-275, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #275 today.


Jan 15 — International Academy of Astronautics, Online: Deadline nomination for IAA membership.

Jan 15Moon: 1.3° SSE of Pleiades, 04:00; 7.5° N of Aldebaran, 22:00.


Jan 16-21 — Indian Institute of Science and Research, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, University of Oulu Finland, et al, Goa, India: ‘4th Space Climate Symposium,’ event to cover space mission data resources, long-term solar variability, assessment of Earth’s upper climate and climate model discussion.

Jan 16Venus: 7.9° N of Antares; 20:00.

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