October 26 – November 1, 2015 / Vol 34, No 43 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Celebrating Wernher von Braun at 8th AAS Symposium, and 15 Years of Humans at ISS

AAS 2015

The American Astronautical Society 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium with the theme Space Exploration and Discovery: Expanding Human Knowledge is being held at the University of Alabama October 27-29. Welcome addresses will be given by (BL-BR) President of UAH Robert Altenkirch, Executive Vice President of AAS Walt Faulconer, and Director of MSFC Patrick Scheuermann (soon to retire). There will be updates on SLS and Orion, the space transportation industry and current space policy. During the “NASA’s Discovery & New Frontiers Program – New Missions” session Scott Bolton of SwRI will speak on the Juno mission and Dante Luaretta of LPL will discuss OSIRIS-REx. Jim Green of NASA will present a Science Spotlight on “The Martian – Science Fiction and Science Fact.” The 27th Annual Dr. Wernher von Braun Memorial Dinner will be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center with featured speaker Astronaut Mike Massimino. Expanding upon Human knowledge and research in space, the ISS will begin its 16th year of continuous Human occupation on November 2. Two EVAs are planned for Oct 28 and Nov 6 to prepare the station for its next phase of operations which will include Commercial Crew spacecraft under competitive development by SpaceX, Boeing Co, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Blue Origin. (Image Credit: AAS, NASA, UAH, ATK)



Oct 26 — ISS, LEO: Six-member crew preparing for 6.5-hour EVAs to maintain & upgrade station, setting up mouse habitat inside Cell Biology Experiment Facility, assessing CubeSat deployer issues,  performing scans on heart, eyes, muscles, lungs.

 Oct 26 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Polar Orbit: Mission funded through Oct 2016, Scientists awaiting data collected from LRO radiometer “Diviner” during recent total lunar eclipse Sep 27-28; China Chang’e-3 Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope eclipse observations from Moon surface also expected.

 Oct 26 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Now 8.5 months from reaching Jupiter, activities at gas giant being reviewed in conjunction with recently released images of Jupiter produced by Hubble Telescope.

 Oct 26 — Space Agency Updates, Worldwide: Russia working on Vostochny Cosmodrome, Japan focusing on Venus Akatsuki mission, S. Korea developing indigenous rocket & Moon missions, India working on GSLV, Canada optimistic new leadership will enhance Space activities, China planning for Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Asteroid missions.

Oct 26 — Deep Space Industries, Moffett Field CA: NewSpace company to receive funding from Metatron Global an international investment firm from Czech Republic; will begin building its first asteroid prospecting mission, Prospector 1.

 Oct 26 — Celestis Inc., Houston TX: Seventh Earth Rise mission & 14th memorial spaceflight planned for launch Nov 6 via Space Up SpaceLoft XL; has agreement with Moon Express & Astrobotic to launch payloads containing human cremated remains to Moon surface in 2017 (1 gram capsule for $12,500).

 Oct 26 — Rocket Lab, Los Angeles CA & Auckland, New Zealand: Receiving US$6.95M contract from NASA to develop CubeSat launch services; NASA demonstration mission to be part of Electron rocket’s 5th flight in late 2016 or early 2017.

Oct 26 — SETI Institute, Online / Mountain View CA: Online Seminar: Serpentinization on Mars – Observational Evidence and Theory; presented by Adrian Brown.

OCT - DEC 2015 = All times

for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time;’ Greenwich, England).

Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (S); Morning Planets: Mercury (E), Venus (E), Mars (E), Jupiter (E).

100 Year Starship Symposium: Finding Earth 2.0

Calendar Feature -- 100YSS

The 4th annual 100 Year Starship Public Symposium (100YSS 2015) is being held October 29 – November 1 in Silicon Valley CA, USA. Mae Jemison (C), physician, educator, engineer and entrepreneur, first woman of color in space and 6-year NASA Astronaut, is the Principal for 100YSS Foundation and is scheduled to make the Opening Keynote titled ‘Finding Earth 2.0: Evolutionary Step or Societal Imperative.’ Other notable speakers include Peter Swan (ISEC), Morgan Cable (JPL), Mickey Fisher (EXTANT), Pat Murphy (Writer, Scientist), Louis Friedman (The Planetary Society), Mmboneni Muofhe (DDG Technology) and George Whitesides (Virgin Galactic). Participants consider what specific capabilities and systems are required over the next 5-25 years to identify at least one definitive Earth 2.0 — with the Foundation’s overarching goal of making the capability of human travel beyond the solar system a reality within the next 100 years. The Symposium is designed to pursue an extraordinary tomorrow, in order to build a better world today recognizing that capabilities needed for successful human travel to another star are also critical to enhance and sustain human life here on Earth. The existence of 1,800+ exoplanets has been confirmed, with 132-160 thought to be habitable worlds within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) of the Sun. Between 8.8 and 40 billion earth-sized planets are estimated to orbit within the habitable zone around stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. (Image Credit: 100YSS, NASA / Hubble / STSci)

Oct 26-29 Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India: Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer (IRIS-5) Workshop.

Oct 26 – Nov 6 — Committee for Space Research, São Paulo State University (UNESP), JAXA, ESA, IAU, Guaratingueta, Brazil: COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop: Planetary Data Mission Analysis.

Oct 26 — Moon: At perigee (358,050 km), 03:06.

Continued from…

Aug 11 – Oct 31 — International Astronomical Union Office for Astronomy Outreach, Online: NameExoWorlds Contest; public voting for 15 stars and 32 exoplanets.

Aug 28 – Aug 28, 2016 — NASA, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 4; at 2,440-meter altitude.

Sep 14 – Dec 7 — SSERVI, NASA, Online: SSERVI teams at University of Central FL (CLASS) and Brown University/MIT (SEEED) give 13 lectures on Planetary Evolution: Phobos and Deimos, every Monday; live coverage available.

Sep 28 – Nov 27 — Charles Miller, SpaceNews, Online / Alexandria VA: Commercial Space Executive Training course.

Oct 25-30 ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Sydney, Australia: 25th Annual Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference.


Oct 27 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Checking on the Neighbors – Searching for Planets around Alpha Centauri; presented by Michael Endl.

Oct 27 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, JPL, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Profits in the Final Frontier – Entrepreneurial Pursuits in Space; featuring Robert Hoyt (Tethers Unlimited), Michael Rubel (Planet Labs), Chris Voorhees (Planetary Resources), Sergio Pellegrino (Caltech, JPL).

Oct 27-28 — ESA, Airbus Defence, Space SAS, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: JUICE Industry Day: Exploring the Emergence of Habitable Worlds Around Gas Giants; at ESTEC.

Oct 27-29 — American Astronautical Society, Huntsville AL: 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium: Space Exploration and Discovery – Expanding Human Knowledge; at University of Alabama Huntsville Campus.

Oct 27-29 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group, NASA, Washington DC: 13th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG).

Oct 27-29 — National Academies Space Studies Board, Irvine CA: Meeting: Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Oct 27-30 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 1st Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars.

Oct 27 – Nov 4 — Institute for Medical & Biological Problems, Moscow, Russia: Six women scientists to participate in Moon mission mock-up to aid planning for future long-duration Moon missions & permanent settlements.

Oct 27 — Moon: Full Super Moon (Hunter’s, Frosty, Beaver), 02:05.

Oct 27 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TL20: Near-Earth flyby (0.063 AU).

Oct 27 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TF: Near-Earth flyby (0.077 AU).


Oct 28 — ISS, U.S. EVA 32, LEO: Kelly & Lindgren to perform 6.5-hour spacewalk to install thermal cover onto Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, tie down Multi-Layered Insulation on a Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU), lubricate Latching End Effector on 17.6-meter Canadarm2 robotic arm; live coverage available, begins 12:15 UT.

Oct 28 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #428 today; Enceladus flyby at 49-km altitude, Telesto 60,000 km, Pan  65,000 km, Daphnis 73,000 km.

Oct 28-29 — European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), Konkoly Observatory (MTA CSFK), Budapest, Hungary: Missions to Habitable Words.

Oct 28 — Moon: 8.5° S of Pleiades, 20:00.


Oct 29 — U.S. Navy, Sandia National Laboratories, University of Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, Launch SPARK / HawaiiSat-1 (ORS-4 Mission), USN Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai HI: Space-borne Payload Assist Rocket (SPARK) or ‘Super Strypi’ 3-stage vehicle to launch Earth observation HawaiiSat-1; will take off using rail launch structure.

Oct 29 — Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, Effigis Geo Solutions, Canadian Space Agency, ESA, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: Workshop: Civil Security: Understanding the Risks, Preventing Disasters, and Mitigating the Impacts with Earth Observation (EO) Applications and Services.

Oct 29-30 — Institute of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom: Space Robotics Symposium: Present and Future Robotics In Space Applications.

Oct 29-30 — Nebraska College of Law, National Press Club, Washington DC: 8th Annual Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Conference.

Oct 29-30 — Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science, National Harbor MD: 2015 SACNAS National Conference.

Oct 29 – Nov 1 — 100 Year Starship (100YSS), Santa Clara CA: 4th Annual 100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium; chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, at Santa Clara Marriott.

Oct 29 — Moon: 3.8° NNE of Spica, 09:00; 0.60° N of Aldebaran, 13:00.

Oct 29 — Apollo Asteroid 410777 (2009 FD): Near-Earth flyby (0.042 AU).

Oct 29 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TX24: Near-Earth flyby (0.076 AU).


Oct 30 — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / GPS 2F-11, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to launch U.S. Air Force 11th Block 2F navigation satellite for Global Positioning System.

Oct 30 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Lecture: Celebrating the University of Arizona’s Moon Tree; presented by Jack Roosa, son of Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa.


Oct 31 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: International Space Station Technical Forum: Celebrating 15 years of continuous crewing.

Oct 31 — Chinese Academy of Sciences, Online / Beijing, China: Last Day to submit entries to name China’s Dark Matter Explorer; planned to launch before 2016; 5 grand prize winners, 20 first prize winners, 50 second prize winners, 100 third prize winners, 500 memorial award winners.

Oct 31 – Nov 1 — SES Summit Organizing Committee, Houston TX: Sea, Earth and Space (SES) Summit; at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.

Oct 31 – Nov 1 — SpaceUp, SDSU Rocket Project, HighTech EdVentures, SDSU Schwartz Astronomical Society, San Diego CA: SpaceUP San Diego V Unconference; at Aztec Student Union on San Diego State University campus.

Oct 31 — Moon: 6.1° S of M35, 03:00.

Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TB145 “Halloween Asteroid”: Near-Earth flyby (0.003 AU); size is 500 meters across.

Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TN145: Near-Earth flyby (0.055 AU).

Oct 31 — Amor Asteroid 2015 UC: Near-Earth flyby (0.055 AU).


Nov 1 — Deep Space: Farthest Spacecraft from Earth Voyager 1 in interstellar space (~133.5 AU), and Voyager 2 in Heliosheath (~109.5 AU) sending signals & scientific information about their surroundings, solar wind, interstellar medium.

Nov 1 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Kenya: United Nations/Kenya Workshop on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity; Canceled.

Nov 1 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Michael Listner, Space law attorney.

Nov 1-4 — Geological Society of America, Baltimore MD: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting; featuring numerous sessions devoted to planetary sciences including “Oceans, fire, and ice in the outer solar system” and “Exploring the sedimentary rock record of Mars.”

Nov 1 — Standard Time (USA): Change clocks back 1 hour from Daylight Saving to Standard Time; does not include Hawai’i, American Samoa or Arizona (except the Navajo Reservation).

Nov 1 — Moon: 15.0° S of Castor, 13:00; 11.5° S of Pollux, 18:00.

Nov 1 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 SC17: Near-Earth flyby (0.078 AU).