Galacticity and the 21st Century
Jan 18 — ISS, LEO: Six-member Expedition 46 crew setting up JAXA Electrostatic Levitation Furnace equipment, finalizing Cygnus OA-4 for its departure / Earth atmosphere reentry in 1 week, working with Russian Chibis (lower body negative pressure) experiment, Cosmonauts preparing for February 3 EVA, Kelly & Kornienko have 44 days left in their one-year mission.
Jan 18 — Chang’e-3 Lander, Guanghan Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: China mission receives funding to continue science / Astronomy from the Moon through 2016.
Jan 18 — Dawn, Ceres Orbit 385-km Altitude: In lowest and final orbit over largest known body in Main Asteroid belt, making high-resolution maps, collecting data on its surface features, 130 bright spots, salt deposits, potential geological & hydrothermal activities, radiation, gravity field.
Jan 18 — Cassini OTM-437, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #437 today.
Jan 18 — Shackleton Energy Company, Del Valle TX: NewSpace company working with Zaptec of Norway to create lightweight power infrastructure to extract water from Moon, plans to be operating on Moon surface in 8 years for ~US$10B, predicts generating revenue within 4 years & break even within 12.
Jan 18 — Swiss Space Systems (S3), Payerne, Switzerland: Working to launch smallsats up to 250 kg, developing SOAR suborbital reusable shuttle for Humans (launch ~2018) & CleanSpace One space debris demonstrator satellite, offering ZeroG flights (5 mins weightlessness), advocating for spaceport in Switzerland.
Jan 18 — Astrotecture, Palo Alto CA: Presenting design concepts for the First Mars Habitat, Robotic Asteroid Prospector, Water Walls Life Support system, Lunar and Planetary bases, EVA and Mobility systems.
Jan 18-22 — Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand: 5th Bangkok Workshop on High-Energy Theory.
Jan 18-22 — Fermi Asian Network, National Research Foundation of Korea, The Korean Space Science Society, Muju, South Korea: 6th Fermi Asian Network (FAN) Workshop.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Jupiter (E), Uranus (SW), Neptune (WSW); Morning Planets: Venus (SE), Mars (S), Saturn (SE).
Human Jupiter, Saturn, Solar System Complete Mission Design Project: 2013-2021
| Jan 18-22 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Physics of Cosmic Dawn and Reionization in the SKA Era.
Jan 18 — Moon: 8.7° S of Pleiades, 23:00.
Aug 28 – Aug 28, 2016 — NASA, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 4; at 2,440-meter altitude.
Jan 11-29 — National Autonomous University of Mexico, Tonantzintla Puebla, Mexico: Latin American School of Observational Astronomy 2016.
Jan 19 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft enters 11th year in space today, launched Jan 19, 2006 – flew by Pluto July 2015; expected to encounter Kuiper Belt Objects of interest and operate until at least 2030s.
Jan 19 — Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites, Mojave CA: Second SpaceShipTwo roll out and naming; Steven Hawking expected to attend and name newest SpaceShipTwo.
Jan 19 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Observing the re-renty of space debris WT1190F; Peter Jenniskens, 12:00.
Jan 19-22 — ESO, Garching, Germany: ESO in the 2020s.
Jan 19 — Moon: 0.50° NNW of Aldebaran, 16:00.
Jan 20 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / IRNSS 1E, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System IRNSS 1E navigation satellite.
Jan 20 — The National Academies, Online / Washington DC: Teleconference: Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Jan 21 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Interstellar Flight – An Update on Progress and Developments, and Scenario Analysis for this Century; Canceled.
Jan 21 — Moon: 5.9° S of M35, 08:00.
Jan 21 — Apollo Asteroid 2011 BG24: Near-Earth flyby (0.080 AU).
Jan 22 — Middle Tennessee Space Society (NSS Chapter), Franklin TN: Middle Tennessee Space Society regular meeting; at Shoney’s restaurant, 18:00 – 21:00.
Jan 22 — Moon: 14.6° S of Castor, 17:00; 11.1° S of Pollux, 22:00.
Jan 23 — Cassini OTM-438, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #438 today.
Jan 23 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Company, Kona HI: Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2016 – Kona: Galaxy Astronomy from the Moon; at Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center.
Jan 23 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Independence Plaza grand opening, featuring eight-story-tall multiple-exhibit complex with shuttle replica mounted on top of the first shuttle carrier aircraft.
Jan 23-26 — Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran: Tehran Meeting on Modified Gravity.
Jan 23-29 — Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), International Living with a Star (ILWS), Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI), Goa, India: Conference: Science for Space Weather.
Jan 23 — Moon: Full (Wolf Moon), 15:46.
Jan 24 — Moon: 4.9° S of Beehive Cluster, 00:00.