Galaxy Forum Hawai`i 2015: Astronomy From The Moon
Nov 9 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 45 six-member crew loading waste into Progress 61P & readying for undocking Nov 19, completing spacesuit check outs after last EVA, continuing work on SPHERES free-flying satellites to test autonomous rendezvous & docking maneuvers, Kelly & Kornienko now more than 227 days into 342-day mission.
Nov 9 — Spitzer Space Telescope, LEO: Working in ‘warm mission’ phase to detect distant galaxies in Universe in infrared wavelengths; studying newly found Massive Overdense Object (MOO) J1142+1527 at 8.5B light years away.
Nov 9 — Opportunity, Western Rim of Endeavour Crater, Mars Surface: Rover with off-world record for driving greatest distance will be performing observations on South side of Marathon Valley through Mars winter to study clay / silica minerals; signs of current & past water on Mars being analyzed.
Nov 9 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #430 today.
Nov 9 — Spacecraft under Development, Multiple Locations: ESA finalizing LISA gravitational wave detector for Dec 2015 launch; ESA / JAXA Mercury BepiColombo mission to launch Jul 2016; GLXP ventures planning to send rovers / landers to Moon 2017; South Korea KARI focusing on Moon orbiter mission 2020 & indigenous rockets.
Nov 9 — Bigelow Aerospace, Las Vegas NV: NewSpace company inflatable BEAM BA-330 habitat to be carried on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2016 for testing / attachment to ISS Tranquility node; long-term vision is for free floating BA-330s & larger modules, deep-space & lunar habitats.
Nov 9 — Altius Space Machines, Broomfield CO: Seed-stage startup developing rendezvous & capture technology for uncooperative satellites including Gecko Gripper and Magnetoshell Aerocapture, aerobraking technology for human and deep space missions.
Nov 9 — Virgin Galactic, Las Cruces NM: In its 12th year of operations, company hopes to unveil SpaceShipTwo in February 2016.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (S); Morning Planets: Mercury (ESE), Venus (E), Mars (E), Jupiter (E).
CSA-IAA 6th Space Technology Conference to Focus on Satellites, Innovation and International Cooperation
Nov 9 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Scott Sacknoff, engineer, analyst, financier, entrepreneur, author specializing in the commercialization and business of space.
Nov 9 — Silicon Valley Space Center, Mountain View CA: SVSC TechTalk: ISEE-3 Reboot; presented by Dennis Wingo and Marco Colleuori, at Hacker Dojo.
Nov 9-12 — International Academy of Astronautics, Chinese Society of Astronautics, Shanghai, China: 6th CSA-IAA Conference on Space Technology Innovation.
Nov 9-13 — Committee on Space Research, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil: 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water and Life in the Universe.
Nov 9-13 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, International Academy of Astronautics, San Jose, Costa Rica: United Nations/Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology. Canceled.
Nov 9-13 — British Interplanetary Society, Oxford, United Kingdom: 13th Reinventing Space Conference; focusing on low cost access & utilization of space; at Randolph Hotel.
Nov 9-13 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Washington DC: 6th International Fermi Symposium.
Nov 9 — Moon: 4.1° NNE of Spica, 05:00.
Nov 9 — Aten Asteroid 2008 WQ2: Near-Earth flyby (0.068 AU).
Nov 2-13 — International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Bangkok, Thailand: International Reference Ionosphere Workshop 2015; at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL).
Nov 2-27 — International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland: World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).
Nov 7-21 — British Interplanetary Society, Somerset, United Kingdom: Exhibition: Visions of Space; at Wells and Mendip Museum.
Nov 8-12 — Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Engineering Aviation Projects (DEAP), et al, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Air Show.
Nov 8-13 — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 47th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society; at Gaylord National Harbor Hotel.
Nov 10 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Badr 7 & GSAT 15, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA227, to launch Badr 7 and GSAT 15 communication & broadband satellites.
Nov 10 — Astronauts4Hire, SES Summit Organizing Committee, League City TX: NewSpace Researchers Workshop (NSRW 2015); at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.
Nov 10 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Colliding Galaxies; presented by Dr Megan Argo from Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.
Nov 10 — Division for Planetary Sciences, NASA, National Harbour MD: 2015 Division for Planetary Sciences, Women in Planetary Science event; at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Nov 10 — NanoRacks LLC, Alexandria VA: Workshop: NanoRacks Microgravity Platforms – From Suborbital or LEO; at Westin Alexandria.
Nov 10 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Planets Everywhere – The 7th Kepler Planet Catalog; presented by Fergal Mullally.
Nov 10-13 — University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, Liverpool, United Kingdom: 6th Gaia Science Alerts Workshop.
Nov 10 — Moon: 3.2° NNE of Mercury, 23:00.
Nov 11 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 1st TEDxESA Event; with the theme Science Beyond Fiction.
Nov 11 — The Geological Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Puzzle of Earth’s Uninterrupted Habitability; featuring Professor Tim Lenton (University of Exeter), Professor Toby Tyrrell (University of Southampton).
Nov 11-13 — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Aviation, Daytona Beach FL: 2nd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference: An Evolving Landscape.
Nov 11-13 — Group on Earth Observations, Mexico City, Mexico: 12th Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) Plenary and Ministerial Summit; at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores).
Nov 11-13 — German Research Foundation (DFE), The Meteoritical Society, Nordlingen, Germany: The first 10 million years of the solar system.
Nov 11-14 — American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, Alexandria VA: 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research; to discuss science research & technology in space & gravitational sciences; at Westin Alexandria.
Nov 11 — Moon: New Moon, 07:47.
Nov 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 VD1: Near-Earth flyby (0.051 AU).
Nov 12 – Philae Lander, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Surface: ESA probe enters 2nd year on Comet surface, mission was the first successful landing on a comet; launched Sep 27, 2007.
Nov 12 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: An Evening with Al Worden; talk and Q&A session featuring Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden.
Nov 12 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Company, Kamuela HI: Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2015 – Waimea: Astronomy from the Moon and Hawai`i; at Kahilu Town Hall, Punawaiola Room, 16:00-18:00, free and open to public.
Nov 12 — The National Academies, Washington DC: NASA Technology Roadmaps Committee Meeting #2.
Nov 12 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Meetings: New Frontiers in Exoplanetary Science; presented by Jean-Michel Desert from University of Amsterdam.
Nov 12-15 — Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), Boston MA: SEDS SpaceVision 2015 Conference; at Boston University.
Nov 12 — Moon: 3.0° N of Saturn, 16:00.
Nov 12 — Taurids Meteor Shower Peak: Appearing to radiate from constellation Taurus, Taurids offer about 7 meteors per hour and travel at ~28 km/s.
Nov 13 — Space Debris WT1190F: Debris thought to be a discarded rocket body to enter Earth atmosphere above the Indian Ocean today (predicted by ESA).
Nov 13 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting.
Nov 13 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: Brine Flows on Mars; presented by Lujendra Ojha from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nov 13 — Space Foundation, Online / Colorado Springs CO: Last Day to Enter: Space Foundation sixth annual International Student Art Contest.
Nov 13 — Moon: 9.4° N of Antares, 00:00.
Nov 14 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Downey CA: Workshop: Art and the Cosmic Connection; at Columbia Memorial Space Center.
Nov 14 — Cotswold Astronomical Society, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom: Presentation: A Fire in the Sky.
Nov 15 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #431 today.
Nov 15-17 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Arab Emirates Space Agency, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development; Canceled.
Nov 15 — Moon: 3.3° N of Pluto, 16:00.