New Views of the Moon 2 Workshop Synthesizing New Data for Advanced Lunar Exploration
May 23 — Planetary Society, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA: LightSail 2 – Day in the Life two-phase test to occur today with May 24 as back up date, with attendees Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Jason Davis, Dave Spencer.
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Roscosmos and IAA Host Human Space Exploration Conference in Korolyov
The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities (Roscosmos) is organizing an international Human Space Exploration Conference on May 24-26 with Plenary session at the DK Kalinina (Korolevskiy Dramaticheskiy Theatre and Cultural Center) and technical sessions at IPK “Mashpribor” (United Rocket and Space Corporation Institute for Mechanical and Instrument Engineering Personnel Training). The industrial city of Korolyov in the Moscow region hosts the RKA Mission Control Center and is well known as the cradle of space exploration in the country, having been converted from World War II artillery to launch vehicle and spacecraft production under the guidance of renowned scientist and academician Sergei Korolev. The conference is in preparation for the next IAA Heads of Agencies summit set for 2017 and is timed to coincide with celebrations of the 55th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. The Plenary Session titled “Human Space Exploration: Present and Future” includes Roscosmos head Igor Komarov, NASA Assoc. Administrator William Gerstenmaier, First China Astronaut Yang Liwei, ESA ISS Interagency Coordinator Thomas Reiter and others. Seven technical sessions take place May 25 on topics such as international cooperation in human space missions, application of automatic and robotic systems in human space missions, and functions of state and business in space exploration. (Image Credit: Roscosmos, IAA, CNSA, NASA, Russian Post)
| May 23 — UK Space Agency, RAL Space, Science and Technology Facilities Council, London, United Kingdom: Seminar: Developing the UK’s Civil Space Strategy – Investment, Barriers to Growth and Inspiring the Next Generation.
May 23 — Isle of Man Members Network, NASA JPL, St. John’s, Isle of Man: Lecture: Beyond Earth – The Search For Life; Blaine Baggett, Director of the Office of Communication and Education at JPL.
May 23-25 — ESA, Valencia, Spain: 2016 ESA Workshop on Aerospace EMC; at Westin Hotel.
May 23-27 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Clean Space Industrial Days; to discuss Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) and Active Debris Removal (ADR), at ESTEC.
May 23-27 — Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), Taipei, Taiwan: M87 Workshop: Towards the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Cosmic Jets.
May 23 – Jul 29 — The Lunar and Planetary Institute, Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.
May 24 — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / Galileo 13 & 14, Sinnamary, French Guiana: Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS15, to launch two Galileo satellites for Europe Galileo navigation constellation.
May 24 — Library of Congress – Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: OSIRIS-Rex; Jason Dworkin, Chief of Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA Goddard.
May 24-25 — JA Initiative, Clyde Space, Deep Space Industries, Pocket Spacecraft, et al, Oxford, United Kingdom: iCubeSat 2016 – 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop; to address the technical challenges, opportunities, practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats.
May 24-26 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA, Houston TX: New Views of the Moon 2; at LPI in Universities Space Research Association building.
May 24-26 — International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Roscosmos State Corporation, S.P. Korolyov RSC Energia, Korolyov City Administration, Korolyov, Russia: IAA Human Space Exploration Conference.
May 24-26 — Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, Cape Canaveral FL: 44th Space Congress: The Journey: Future Exploration for Universal Opportunities; featuring Buzz Aldrin, Bob Cabana, Scott Hubbard, Eric Krystkowiak.
May 24-26 — MDA, Orbital ATK, AIP Aerospace, Smarter Shows, et al, Pasadena CA: Space Tech Expo: Design – Build – Test.
May 24-26 — University of Michigan, Penn State University, NASA, Millennium Space Systems, Ann Arbor MI: 5th International Conference on Tethers in Space.
May 24 — Venus: 4.6° SSE of Pleiades, 06:00.
May 24 — Apollo Asteroid 2009 DL46: Near-Earth flyby (0.016 AU).
May 24 — Amor Asteroid 2016 CF194: Near-Earth flyby (0.053 AU).
May 25-28 — Destination Imagination, NASA, Knoxville TN: Destination Imagination Global Finals 2016; celebrating creativity, innovation and education for all ages; at University of Tennessee.
May 25 — Moon: 3.0° N of Pluto, 05:00.
May 25 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 HP3: Near-Earth flyby (0.047 AU).
May 25 — Amor Asteroid 2016 JM: Near-Earth flyby (0.071 AU).
May 25 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 JR33: Near-Earth flyby (0.086 AU).
May 26 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Thaicom 8, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch Thaicom 8 communications satellite to provide Ku-band broadcast and data services to Thailand, Southeast Asia, India, Africa.
May 26 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Colloquium: Physics of Volatiles on the Moon and Other Airless Bodies; Oded Aharonson from Weizmann Institute of Science.
May 26-27 — SMi Group, Singapore: Conference: 6th Annual MilSatCom Asia-Pacific.
May 27 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / MUOS 5, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-063, to launch 5th Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for U.S. Navy, built by Lockheed Martin Corp.
May 27-30 — Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, University of Exeter, Beijing, China: 4th Beijing Earth and Planetary Interiors Symposium (BEPIS).
May 28 — International Launch Services, Launch Proton / Intelsat 31-DLA-2, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: ILS Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage to launch Intelsat 31/DLA-2 communications satellite.
May 28 — United States Postal Service, New York NY: Stamps featuring The Moon, Views of Our Planets, Star Trek, and Pluto Explored! to be dedicated at World Stamp Show.
May 28 — 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.
May 28 — Amor Asteroid 2016 GZ240: Near-Earth flyby (0.074 AU).
May 29 – Jun 12 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: New Frontiers in Far-infrared and Sub-millimeter Astronomy.
May 29 – Jun 19 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Light-matter Interaction and Quantum Control In Many-body Systems.
May 29 – Jun 24 — Vatican Observatory, Lazio, Italy: 2016 Summer School in Astrophysics: Water in the Solar System and Beyond.
May 29 — Moon: At last quarter, 02:12; 1.4° NNW of Neptune, 08:00.
May 29 — Amor Asteroid 2016 JT: Near-Earth flyby (0.077 AU).