May 1-7, 2017 / Vol 36, No 18 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Canada and Europe Advance Moon Mining, ISRU Manufacturing, Science, Settlement

The 8th Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium / Space Resources Roundtable on May 1-3 is being held in conjunction with 2017 Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Convention  April 30 – May 2 in Montreal, Quebec. PTMSS/SRR will cover space commerce, policies, international efforts and mission concepts. Clive Neal is speaking on Lunar Resources, Jim Keravala on Solar System Robotic Workforce, and Melissa Sampson on Cislunar Marketplace Resources. There are also representatives from iSpace / Team Hakuto, PISCES, Polish Academy of Sciences, Hanyang University, NASA and MIT. CIM has over 14,600 members and the Convention expects over 1,000 delegates discussing terrestrial & extraterrestrial mining technology, safety regulations, rock mechanics, 3D modeling, biotechnology and environmental effects. University of Münster, Germany is hosting 5th European Lunar Symposium May 2-3 with New Views of the Moon Two on May 4-5. They will focus on Science from / on / of the Moon, recent mission data and future missions. The final New Views from the Moon will be held in 2018. Moon Village workshop on May 5 is being held in Cannes, France featuring Bernard Foing, followed by SpaceUp Cannes on May 6-7. A series of Moon Village meetings are being held internationally (44 activities have already occurred) to enhance ESA Director General Johann Worner’s vision of sustained Human lunar settlement. China, USA, India, Russia, JAXA and S Korea are also planning Moon missions and working toward Human habitation. (Image Credit: ESA, NASA, PTMSS, SRR, CIM, NVM-2, SpaceUp)


May 1 — ISS, 330-435-km LEO: Expedition 51 crew of 5 preparing for U.S. EVA-42 with Commander Whitson and Fischer, unloading cargo from Cygnus OA-7 and Soyuz MS-04, new crew Jack Fischer & Fyodor Yurchikhin reviewing emergency procedures / orienting to station; ISS now broadcasting with 4K ultra high definition technology.

May 1 — Tiangong-2: Tianzhou-1 cargo ship at China Space Lab will attempt 3 refueling maneuvers over 2-month period, after which Tianzhou-1 will separate and conduct 2 docking procedures on opposite side of Tiangong-2; the “fast docking” procedure will take about 6 hours.

May 1 — Solar System: China Chang’e-3 lander planned to awaken for Lunar Day 43 end of this week; Cassini being monitored for health / status after diving through ring gaps at Saturn; JAXA Akatsuki images from 100,000-km altitude show acidic clouds and ‘bow’ shape; NASA Dawn reveals landslides on Ceres may be shaped by ice, loses use of 3rd reaction wheel.

May 1 — Global: China & ESA in talks for Lunar Human outpost; Canada reveals 17 finalists for next Astronauts (7 civilians, 10 from military); French Guiana Kourou spaceport to resume launches; ISRO has upcoming GSLV Mark 2, GSLV Mark 3, PSLV launches scheduled; RSC Energia proposing medium-class rocket to launch from Baikonur, Vostochny, Sea Launch.

 May 1 — NewSpace: Deep Space Industries to test Comet 1 water-based thrusters on 3 Hawkeye 360 smallsats; Lake Matthew Team presents Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT) concept to create a persistent lake on Mars using asteroid impact; SpaceX hopes for successful NROL-76 orbit insertion after 33rd launch of a Falcon 9 (the 5th for 2017) planned Apr 30.

May 1 — May Day, Northern Hemisphere, Earth: Spring festival commonly held on this day (or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice) to celebrate fertility, fire, and abundance; May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii.

May 1 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Cassini’s Grand Finale; Phil Nicholson, Cornell Astronomy Dept., 12:30.

 May 1 — Up Aerospace, Spaceport America / Las Cruces NM: Last Day to Reserve Space for Up Aerospace 8th suborbital Earth Rise mission (The Starseeker Flight) for Celestis Inc. to launch Sep 15.

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ANGKASA IconSpace 2017 in Malaysia Advancing Space Development in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Space Science Center ANGKASA, under the Institute of Climate Change at the National University of Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), is hosting the 5th biennial International Conference on Space Science and Communication on May 3-5 at the Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The technical program includes four Keynotes and four tripartite breakout sessions. Featured Keynote speakers are Jann-Yenq Liu (Tiger) of the National Central University in Taiwan, Yoshimasa Tanaka of National Institute of Polar Research in Japan, Zahra Bouya of Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Mastura Mahmud of Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at UKM. The program committee is led by Patron Sharifah Mastura Syed Abdullah and General Chair Mardina Abdullah, with the International Advisory Committee led by Mazlan Othman former Director of United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. UKM is also organizing a session of Special Talks on Space Exploration and Updates at the National Planetarium by Mazlan Othman, Antarctic Research Expert Wayan Suparta, Real-Time Space Weather Expert Zahra Bouya, and Supermassive Black Holes Researcher Nur Adlyka Ainul Annuar. The dynamic and diverse Southeast Asia region is rising as a increasingly unified association with ASEAN total population of around 623M, land area of 4.5M km2, and estimated 2016 GDP of over US$2.5T. (Image Credit: UKM, NASA)


 May 1-3 — Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, Space Resources Roundtable, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 8th PTMSS / SRR; in conjunction with Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2017 Convention Apr 30 – May 2.

May 1-5 — Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS), Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP), Broomfield CO: Space Weather Workshop.

 May 1-5 — Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius: Workshop: Fundamental Physics with the Square Kilometer Array.

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Apr 13 – May 16 — NASA, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Deep River, Ontario, Canada: Eyes on the Universe; interactive exhibit in Deep River Town Hall.


NET May 2 — ISS, U.S. EVA 42, LEO: Commander Whitson and Astronaut Pesquet to perform next spacewalk to install 2 more shields on forward and aft sides of ISS to prepare for next-gen commercial spacecraft.

May 2 — University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom: Discussion: Ownership of the Moon, Mining, Tourism and Settlements in Outer Space: The Next Frontier; Saskia Vermeylen, a Senior Lecturer in Strathclyde Law School, 19:00.

May 2 — British Interplanetary Society, Oxford, United Kingdom: Panel Discussion: The Pale Red Dot – Colonising Mars and Beyond; featuring Ellen Stofan (former NASA Chief Scientist), Libby Jackson (UK Space Agency program director), Andrew Weir (Author of ‘The Martian’), Andrew Coates (Head of Planetary Science, MSSL).

May 2 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Colloquium: The Climate of Early Mars – New Investigations into a Long-standing Problem; Robin Wordsworth, Assistant Professor Harvard.

May 2-4 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting; Symposium: America’s Future in Civil Space.

May 2-5 — SSERVI, ESA, NASA, DLR, INFN, Vrije University Amsterdam, Münster, Germany: European Lunar Symposium 2017; alongside New Views of the Moon – Europe, at University of Münster.

May 2 — Moon: 3.6° S of Beehive Cluster, 08:23; at first quarter, 16:47.


May 3 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Juno Gravity Results on Jupiter; Jonathan Lunine, Cornell Astronomy Dept., 12:15.

May 3 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia: Colloquium: The Rise of Science – Past, Present and Future; Peter Shaver.

May 3-5 — Space Science Centre (ANGKASA), Institute of Climate Change of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 5th biennial International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace2017).


May 4 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / SGDC & Koreasat 7, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA236, to launch SGDC (Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications satellite for Brazil) and Koreasat 7 communications satellites.

May 4 — Canadian Space Commerce Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Member Meeting & Bi- Monthly Meeting; at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

May 4 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO): Preparing Astronauts for Space Exploration; by Kelsey Young.

May 4, 5 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: 2017 von Kármán Lecture Series:Going out in a Blaze of Glory – Cassini Science Highlights and Grand Finale; by Earl Maize and Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Managers at JPL.

May 4-5 — SSERVI, ESA, NASA, DLR, INFN, Vrije University Amsterdam, Münster, Germany: New Views of the Moon – Europe; alongside European Lunar Symposium 2017, at University of Münster.

May 4 — Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak: The 1st of 2 annual showers that occur as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley’s Comet; Eta Aquarid meteors appear to radiate from Constellation Aquarius, Northern Hemisphere observers may see 10+ meteors per hour, Southern Hemisphere 20-40 per hour; peak 15:00.


May 5 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 2 / GSAT 9, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2, flying on GSLV-F09 mission, to launch GSAT 9 communications satellite.

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2017; inspiring people to reach for the Stars & celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became 1st American in Space (15 min suborbital flight to 186 km).

May 5 — British Interplanetary Society, Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom: Lecture: The Future of Space Exploration; David Baker of BIS.

May 5 — International Space Day 2017, Worldwide: Events and presentations to promote STEM education and inspire people to continue the work of Space explorers; originally began as ‘National Space Day’ in 1997 by Lockheed Martin Corp.

May 5 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Simulating Galaxies of Our Universe; by Andrew Wetzel, 20:00.

 May 5-6 — McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 5th Manfred Lachs International Conference on Global Space Governance and the UN 2030 Agenda; at Best Western Ville-Marie.

May 5-7 — ESA, SpaceUp, O’Sol, Côte d’Azur, Cannes, France: Moon Village Workshop May 5 featuring Bernard Foing / European Space Agency; SpaceUp Cannes May 6-7; space unconference, where participants decide the format, subject, presentations.

May 5 – Jun 19 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.

May 5 — Mars: 6.1° N of Aldebaran, 03:51.

May 5 — Amor Asteroid 2009 HG: Near-Earth Flyby (0.065 AU).

May 5 — Amor Asteroid 388838 (2008 EZ5): Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU).


May 6 — UH Hilo, Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee, CFHT, East Asian Observatory, IfA, Gemini Observatory, W. M. Keck Observatory, Subaru Telescope, et al, Hilo HI: AstroDay 2017; 10:00-16:00, at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

 May 6 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Event: An Introduction to Rocket Science.


May 7-12 — American Astronomical Society, USRA, Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, Associated Universities Inc., NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Palm Springs CA: AAS Topical Conference Series (AASTCS) 5: Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability.

May 7 — Moon: 2.1° N of Jupiter, 11:24.

May 7 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 VD1: Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU).