Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Nearing 50 Years
Mar 21 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 47 six-member crew expecting to facilitate Cygnus OA-6 capture on Saturday, finalizing Progress 62P resupply ship / filling with waste for departure on Sunday, continuing to study structural forces caused by craft docking / undocking, working with 3D printer, 48-hour electrocardiogram & circadian rhythms studies, will begin working with technology demonstrator Gecko Gripper.
Mar 21 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Team analyzing JunoCam Jupiter telescopic images and data, craft traveling at 22.9 km/sec relative to Earth is now 106 days from Jupiter orbit insertion, trajectory being carefully monitored.
Mar 21 — China Mars Program, Beijing, PRC: China announces plans to implement low-cost Mars orbiter, lander and sample return missions in “the near future” according to Bao Weimin, head of the Science and Technology Committee, CASTC; likely to mimic / build upon successful Lunar program.
Mar 21 — Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh PA: NewSpace company with Red Whittaker CFO, John Thornton CEO featured in 1st episode of Moon Shot GLXP documentary, working on Griffin Lander & Andy Rover to carry Team Hakuto, Team AngelicvM, multiple companies’ payloads to Moon surface – does not yet have verified launch contract.
Mar 21 — Icarus Interstellar, Multiple locations: Non-profit research groups supporting 10 projects, 4 committees, public outreach and starflight academy; founded by Andreas Tziolas, Richard Obousy, Kelvin Long, Pat Galea, Adam Crowl.
Mar 21 — Mars One, The Hague, The Netherlands: Continues public outreach, advocacy for permanent Mars settlement starting 2024, maintains active blog, news site and information on Paragon Space Development Corp. Surface Habitat Environmental Control and Life Support Systems design concept, recent Mars One books, short films; CEO Bas Lansdorp.
Mar 21-23 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Meeting: NASA Technology Roadmaps; at Keck Center.
Mar 21-24 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 3rd ESA Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telecom Payloads.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mars (S), Jupiter (ESE), Saturn (S); Morning Planets: Venus (ESE).
Paris Hosting IAF Spring Meetings,
| Mar 21-25 — Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), Johnson Space Center, NASA, The Woodlands TX: 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); at Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.
Mar 21 — Moon: 2.0° SSW of Jupiter, 17:00.
Mar 21 — Comet 252P / LINEAR: Nearest to Earth (distance 5,086,327 km), 09:00.
Mar 23 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Colloquium: Hipparcos, Hubble Space Telescope, and Gaia – A Golden Age of Astrometry; G. Fritz Benedict.
Mar 23 — Rotary Club of North Hawai`i, Kamuela HI: Rotary Club of North Hawaii Meeting; guest speaker Steve Durst of International Lunar Observatory Association, at Anna Ranch, 12:00.
Mar 23 — Moon: Full Lenten / Worm / Sap Moon, 02:01.
Mar 23 — Mercury: At superior conjunction with Sun (distance 1.347 AU), 10:00.
Mar 23 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 CY135: Near-Earth flyby (0.036 AU).
Mar 23 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 EF86: Near-Earth flyby (0.047 AU).
Mar 24 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: What Makes a Starburst Tick? Alberto Bolatto.
Mar 24 — Outer Planets Assessment Group, The Woodlands TX: Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Town Hall.
Mar 24, 25 — SETI Institute, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: In the Blink of the Eye – What 10 Years at Mars Can Tell Us About the Planet; featuring MRO project scientist Dr. Rich Zurek, and MRO deputy project scientist Dr. Leslie Tamppari.
Mar 24 — Moon: 4.9° NNE of Spica, 19:00.
Mar 24 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 EQ1: Near-Earth flyby (0.021 AU).
Mar 25 — Cassini OTM-444, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #444 today.
Mar 25 — IAA, Paris, France: 1st Symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: STEM/STEAM in Space.
Mar 25 — Moon: At apogee (distance 405,705 km), 04:00.
Mar 25 — Apollo Asteroid 1994 UG: Near-Earth flyby (0.044 AU).
Mar 25 — Amor Asteroid 2016 CB30: Near-Earth flyby (0.090 AU).
Mar 26 — ISS, Cygnus OA-6 Rendezvous, Capture & Berthing, LEO: Cygnus freighter to rendezvous with ISS 10:40 UT and be berthed, live coverage available.
Mar 26 — Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee, Kamuela HI, Mauna Kea 2,800-meter level: Malalo o ka Po Lani; presentation covering cultural components that surround Mauna O Wakea, 18:00 followed by stargazing program, at Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center.
Mar 26 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 ED28: Near-Earth flyby (0.086 AU).
Mar 26 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 EC28: Near-Earth flyby (0.090 AU).
Mar 27 — Daylight Saving Time (Europe): Change clocks forward 1 hour, from Standard Time to Summer Time.
Mar 27 — Aten Asteroid 325102 (2008 EY5): Near-Earth flyby (0.098 AU).