Cassini Spacecraft Nears 11 Years of Saturn Exploration, 18 Years in Space
Jun 15 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 44 crew with Gennady Padalka as Commander performing station, computer & spacesuit maintenance, working with Fine Motor Skills experiment to test Astronaut interactions with touch-based technologies & spacecraft instrumentation; Scott Kelly & Mikhail Kornienko now 80 days into their 1-year mission.
Jun 15 — Rosetta, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Orbit: Studying comet with 11 science instruments from distances varying between hundreds of km to 8 km; mission engineers proposing to land craft next to Philae on comet surface to extend mission life / gather further data.
Jun 15 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Craft in nominal health has 265M km before reaching Jupiter, traveling at 36 km/sec relative to Earth with a one-way radio signal time of 41 mins, has traveled 2.56B km.
Jun 15 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Polydeuces flyby scheduled at 35,000-km altitude; craft continuing to collect data on “invisible” Phoebe ring believed to be twice the thickness originally measured.
Jun 15 — Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh PA: NewSpace company working on agreement with Mexican Space Agency (Agencia Espacial Mexicana – AEM) to develop & deliver 1st Latin American payload to Moon on Astrobotic Griffin Lander; payload to be decided Fall 2015.
Jun 15 — Generation Orbit Launch Services LLC, Atlanta GA: Developing GOLauncher 2 two-stage rocket system capable of carrying 40 kg to LEO for US$2.5M; GOLauncher 1 first flight planned for 2017; continuing fundraising efforts, has MoU with Jacksonville Cecil Spaceport & 11 Letters of Intent from future customers.
Jun 15 — Spire, Singapore, USA & Scotland: Opening third office in Glasgow, Scotland, working to build & launch ~50 Earth observation CubeSats.
Jun 15 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Online / Chattanooga TN: Proposals for Working Tracks Due: 2016 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop: From Iron Horse to Worldship: Becoming an Interstellar Civilization; to be held Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2016.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (W), Jupiter (W), Saturn (S); Morning Planets: Uranus (E), Neptune (SE).
Turkey hosts IEEE and AIAA International Space Conference
Jun 15-19 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, Earth Life Science Institute, Chicago IL: Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 (AbSciCon2015): Habitability, Habitable Worlds and Life; at Hilton Chicago.
Jun 15-21— French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), Paris, France: Paris Air Show (Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace, Paris-Le Bourget).
Jun 15 — Moon: 0.98° N of Aldebaran, 02:00.
Mar 1 – Jan 1, 2016 — Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Multiple Locations: Cycle 3 of science flights to observe universe consists of science flights grouped into multi-week observing campaigns totaling about 450 research flight hours.
May 1 – Jun 30 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, National Space Grant Foundation, Houston TX: 2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab); university-level students’ designs for functional space habitat subsystems prototypes to be submitted & evaluated.
Jun 1 – Aug 7 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science.
Jun 8-19 — International Institute of Physics at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil: Theoretical Frontiers in Black Holes and Cosmology.
Jun 8 – Aug 7 — International Space University, Glenn Research Center, NASA, Ohio University, Athens OH: ISU 28th Space Studies Program (SSP 2015).
Jun 16 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby scheduled for Dione (516 km), Telesto (44,000 km), Janus (101,000 km), Methone (110,000 km), Atlas (111,000 km), Pan (118,000 km), Titan (958,000 km).
Jun 16 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Ultra-lightweight Probes to Catalyze Interstellar Exploration; presented by Jon Rather, 12:00.
Jun 16-19 — Aeronautics and Space Technologies Institute, Turkish Air Force Academy, AIAA, IEEE, Istanbul, Turkey: 7th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST 2015).
Jun 16 — Moon: 5.5° S of Mars, 03:00; New Moon, 04:05; 5.9° S of M35, 17:00.
Jun 16 — Asteroid 1566 Icarus: Near-Earth flyby (0.054 AU).
Jun 17 — International Space University, Ohio University, Athens OH: ISU 2015 Space Studies Program Astronaut Panel: 40 years of spaceflight experience from Apollo to ISS!; featuring Astronauts Harrison Jack Schmitt (NASA), Sergei Krikalev (RSA), Bob Thirsk (CSA), Paolo Nespoli (ESA); at Ohio University.
Jun 17 — Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Resources Geography (HCMIRG) of Vietnam, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 7th Space Application For Environment (SAFE) Workshop.
Jun 17-19 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Workshop: 40 Years of X-ray Bursts – Extreme Explosions in Dense Environments; at European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC).
Jun 17 — Asteroid 2015 LK: Near-Earth flyby (0.020 AU).
Jun 18 — Tri-State Astronomical Society, Garretson SD: 13th Annual South Dakota Star Party (SDSP) 2015.
Jun 18, 19 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: On Sea Ice; presented by Ron Kwok, Senior Research Scientist at JPL.
Jun 18 — Moon: 15.0° S of Castor, 03:00; 11.5° S of Pollux, 09:00.
Jun 18 — Mars: Spring equinox, 03:00.
Jun 18 — Asteroid 2015 LG: Near-Earth flyby (0.023 AU).
Jun 19 — Canadian Space Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Space Science and Technology Presentations Series: The Empire Strikes Out; presented by Robert Godwin, at York University.
Jun 19 — AIAA San Francisco Section, Mountain View CA: 2015 AIAA Annual Banquet; featuring CEO of Space Puerto Rico, and Sean Casey, Managing Director of SVSC.
Jun 19-21 — The British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: 2015 Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum – 35th Anniversary Programme.
Jun 19-25 — Spain Space Science Institute, College of Rhodes, Rhodes Island, Greece: Workshop: Cosmology and the Quantum Vacuum.
Jun 19 — Moon: 5.6° SSW of Beehive Cluster, 11:00; 5.6° SSW of Venus, 23:00.
Jun 19 — Asteroid 2015 KS57: Near-Earth flyby (0.046 AU).
Jun 20 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #413 today.
Jun 20 — Moon: 4.5° SSW of Jupiter, 11:00.
Jun 20 — Asteroid 2015 KC57: Near-Earth flyby (0.068 AU).
Jun 21-26 — The Korean Astronomical Society, The Korean Gravitational Wave Group, et al, Gwangju, South Korea: 11th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves; at Kimdaejung Convention Center.
Jun 21 – Jul 12 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: The Physics of Accretion and Feedback in the Circum-Galactic Medium.
Jun 21 — Summer Solstice: Longest day of the year (opposite in Southern Hemisphere) as Sun, traveling along ecliptic, reaches a point farthest north of celestial equator; 06:38.
Jun 21 — Moon: 3.5° S of Regulus, 09:00.
Jun 21 — Asteroid 2010 LN14: Near-Earth flyby (0.048 AU).