Accelerating Deep Space and Interstellar Observation, Technologies, R&D
Interstellar groups including Icarus Interstellar, 100 Year Starship, Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Tau Zero & Centauri Dreams, Global Starship Alliance, Ad Astra Kansas and SETI are advancing this “Starship Century” by sharing propulsion research & concepts, engaging public support, and exploring societal issues of Human interstellar travel and extraterrestrial life. Breakthrough Initiatives created by Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking consists of the Listen program to survey 1,000,000 closest stars to Earth, scan the center of Milky Way Galaxy, and listen to the 100 closest galaxies. Breakthrough Watch aims to identify and characterize Earth-sized, rocky planets around Alpha Centauri and other stars within 20LY. Breakthrough Starshot will demonstrate proof of concept for ultra-fast light-driven nanocrafts and lay the foundations for a launch to Alpha Centauri. The first vital step into the Galaxy could be catalyzed by a Human return the Moon in 2020s, followed by advances toward Mars and Jupiter 2030s-2040s. Traveling through the farthest expanses of deep space a Human-made object has ever reached, the Voyagers in interstellar space and the heliosheath will record their 40th year in Space this fall. New Horizons is clarifying the 3rd Zone of the Solar System by entering Kuiper Belt, expanding our definition of deep space to beyond the Moon and Mars. With a field of view covering 0.25% of the sky, Kepler / K2 has found 4,554 exoplanet candidates and 2,491 confirmed exoplanets. (Image Credit: NASA Ames, W. Stenzel, Breakthrough Initiatives, JPL)
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (W), Jupiter (WSW), Saturn (S); Morning Planets: Venus (E), Uranus (SE), Neptune (SE).
31st SmallSat Conference Meets in Utah
| Jul 31 — Chinese Academy of Sciences, General Office of Lunar and Deep Space Exploration – CAS, Beijing, China: Abstracts / registration due for Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration; being held Sep 19-22.
Jul 31 – Aug 2 — Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, ESA, CSA, Baltimore MD: Meeting: Spectral Diagnostics to Explore the Cosmic Dawn with JWST.
Jul 31 – Aug 2 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: Rockets & Missiles Fundamentals; taught by Edward Keith, Launch Vehicle System Engineer.
Jul 31 – Aug 4 — UNOOSA, Boston College, NASA, International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Chestnut Hill MA: UN/USA Workshop: Space Weather – The Decades after the International Heliophysical Year 2007.
Jul 31 – Aug 5 — National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, IAU, UNESCO, Institut d’Optique, Chiang Mai, Thailand: NARIT-Institut d’Optique Graduate School: Optical Design Summer School 2017.
Jul 31 – Aug 13 — Space Exploration Project Group of United Nations Program on Space Applications, Mars Society, ESA, European Space Foundation, Rzepiennik Biskupi, Poland: Mars Analogue Simulation 2017; six volunteers live in habitat for 2-week Moon / Mars Human exploration simulation.
Jul 31 — Mars: 0.18° SSW of Beehive Cluster, 20:00.
Jul 11 – Aug 11 — Mars Spacecraft, Mars Orbit: Superior Solar Conjunction to prevent normal operations for international Mars missions, craft undergo critical operations stand-down, most will rely on automated systems.
Jun 15 – Aug 15 — International Space Elevator Consortium, Online: ISEC 2017 Summer Internship Program.
Jun 26 – Aug 25 — International Space University, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland: ISU 30th Space Studies Program (SSP 2017).
NET Aug — ISRO, Launch PSLV-C39 / IRNSS 1H, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on C39 mission to loft 8th spacecraft in Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
NET Aug 1 — CNSA, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Chang’e-5 to be transferred to Hainan launch site this month to undergo multiple joint testing in preparation for launch; mission will attempt to collect up to 2 kg of lunar regolith near Mons Rumker Region 40.8° N, 58.1° W and transport back to Earth (Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia) within 1 month from launch.
Aug 1 — Arianespace, Launch Vega / Optsat 3000 & Venus, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV10, to launch Optsat 3000 high-resolution reconnaissance satellite for Italy military, French-Israeli Venus environmental satellite to monitor vegetation health & test plasma thruster system, and 3 SAMSON nanosatellites for Technion to conduct autonomous cluster operations in orbit.
Aug 1 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, Online / Columbia MD: Abstract Deadline: Annual Meeting of LEAG: Activities Enabled by Getting to the Lunar Surface.
Aug 1-4 — National Science Foundation, Washington DC: 1st International Workshop on Small Satellites for Space Weather Research and Forecasting.
Aug 1-4 — São Paulo State University, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Workshop: Precision Spectroscopy – Towards Earth 2.0.
Aug 1-8 — Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science, Heliophysics Division of NASA Science Mission Directorate, Boulder CO: Heliophysics Summer School 2017: Long-term Solar Activity and the Climates of Space and Earth.
Aug 1 — Moon: 9.6° N. of Antares, 23:00.
Aug 1 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 KV4: Near-Earth Flyby (0.081 AU).
Aug 2-4 — Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), Kavli Foundation, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Berkeley CA: U.S. Radio/Millimeter/Submillimeter Science Futures III.
Aug 2-5 — Centre for Extragalactic Theory, South African Astronomical Observatory / University of the Western Cape, Kruger Park, South Africa: Workshop: The Circle of Life – Connecting the Intergalactic, Circumgalactic, and Interstellar Media; at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate.
Aug 2 — Moon: At apogee (distance 405,026 km), 07:55; 3.5° N of Saturn, 21:31.
Aug 2 — Mercury: At aphelion (0.4667 AU from Sun), 03:00.
Aug 2 — Venus: 2.4° S of M35 cluster, 05:00.
Aug 3 — Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5), Huntsville AL: Monthly Meeting featuring Lewis Wooten from NASA MSFC on Space Launch System: The Next Steps Toward the Giant Leap; at U.S. Space and Rocket Center Education Training Facility.
Aug 4 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Leroy Chiao, adult US$69.95.
Aug 4-13 — Petnica Summer Institute, Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Valjevo, Serbia: Summer School on Cosmology.
Aug 4 — Apollo Asteroid 2011 CN22: Near-Earth Flyby (0.040 AU).
Aug 5 — Curiosity, Mars Surface: Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) rover begins 6th year of operations on Mars surface today; launched Nov 26, 2011 – landed Aug 5, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time).
Aug 5 — Juno, Jupiter System: NASA spacecraft begins 7th year in Space today, launched in 2011; entered orbit around Jupiter Jul 4, 2016.
Aug 5-10 — Utah State University, AIAA, Logan UT: 2017 Small Satellite Conference; keynote Robert Cardillo, Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Aug 5-10 — Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Iran Science Elites Federation, Iran National Science Foundation, Tehran, Iran: Tehran Meeting on Cosmology.
Aug 5 – Sep 18 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 2 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.
Aug 5 — Moon: 2.4° N of Pluto, 02:00.
Aug 6 — Winans Investments, The W Foundation, Pacheco Plaza, The Wreyford Family Foundation, Novato CA: 2017 Novato Space Festival; featuring Astronauts Al Worden, Jerry Ross, Nicole Stott, Bruce Melnick, Dan Bursch, Yvonne Cagle; at the Space Station Museum, 10:00-16:00.
Aug 6-11 — Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Singapore: 14th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS); providing opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge and discuss important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institutions and public.
Aug 6-13 — Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan: Conference: Exploring the Energetic Universe 2017 (ECL17).