October 9-15, 2017 / Vol 36, No 41 / Hawai`i Island, USA

First Woman on the Moon Next Steps
at LEAG and SOM

Significant organizations, visionaries and space agencies are focusing on the historic and inspiring event to send the First Woman to the Moon. Lunar Exploration Analysis Group with Chair Clive Neal is hosting its Annual Meeting Oct 10-12 in Columbia MD themed Activities Enabled by Getting to the Lunar Surface and community Workshop Back to the Moon Oct 12-13 with a welcome reception sponsored by Moon Express. LEAG findings will lay out a practical roadmap for enabling a cost-effective Human lunar return while maximizing science and commercial opportunities. A proposal including the First Woman to the Moon could inspire a multinational effort to accelerate a Multi World Civilization and fulfill the spirit of Apollo 11 pledge ‘In Peace For All’. The Stanford on the Moon Conference Oct 13 will feature Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Stanford alumna and co-founder of Yuri’s Night and Space Generation Advisory Council, talking on the importance for Women to reach the Moon and if the 1st Woman might be from Stanford. So far 21 NASA Astronauts are from Stanford, 8 are women. NASA has chosen 5 female Astronauts for 2017 candidates: Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Kayla Barron, Loral O’Hara and Jessica Watkins. Canada has chosen Jennifer Sidey as its new female candidate, and Astronaut Julie Payette is now the 29th Governor General of Canada. The 68th Astronautical Congress invited Jean-Yves Le Gall, Steve Durst, Jan Woerner, Danielle Richey, Sandy Magnus and Mary Snitch to present during the “First Woman On The Moon” IDEA 3G Breakfast. (Image Credit: LEAG, NASA, Notre Dame, ILOA, SPC)


Oct 9 — ISS, 330-435-km LEO: Expedition 53 busy with three-part EVA activities including spacesuit checks and cleaning, equipment stowage and maintenance; preparing for next progress resupply ship arrival, working on Japan Kibo module for upcoming experiment installations.

Oct 9 — NewSpace: Spaceflight Industries making progress on SSO-A 6-meter tall satellite rideshare structure planned to launch on Falcon 9 in 2018; Bigelow BEAM likely to remain at ISS past its 2-year planned lifetime; NanoRacks receives Space Angels investment funding.

Oct 9 — Solar System: Juno collecting data on Jupiter with 8 science instruments & JunoCam; Cassini images taken before Saturn plunge released; there are now 16,731 known Near Earth Asteroids.

Oct 9 — Galaxy: Astronomers use ejected hypervelocity stars to estimate mass of Milky Way Galaxy based on its gravitational potential; 5 pairs of newly identified supermassive black holes could aid understanding of gravitational waves.

Oct 9 — Global: European Space Policy Institute releases Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2016-17 report; China resumes launches with Long March 2 rockets, working to get LM 5 ready for Chang’e-5 Moon missions asap.

Oct 9 — USA: NASA awards ASU 3-year US$750K grant to develop gallium nitride tech to allow craft to withstand landing / operating on Jupiter, Venus, Titan; Wallops testing ASPIRE supersonic parachute experiment designed for use on Mars.

Oct 9 — Hawai`i: MoonBase Alliance founder Henk Rogers states construction for simulated MoonBase could begin in 4-5 years; in-depth interview with HI-SEAS participants; farthest inbound comet C/2017 K2 found by Pan-STARRS, observed by Hubble.

Oct 9 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2D / VRSS 2, Jiuquan, China: Long March 2D rocket to launch 2nd Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite VRSS 2 built by China to collect imagery of Earth for Venezuela for scientific research, national security, disaster response applications; 12:00 local time.

Oct 9 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / Michibiki 4, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: Japan H-2A rocket to launch Michibiki 4 navigation spacecraft, the fourth in Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.

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

Outer Space Treaty Celebrates Golden Jubilee As Many See New Era of Commercial Opportunities Rising

Entering its 51st year in effect, the United Nations Outer Space Treaty continues to shape the rights, responsibilities and evolving best practices for peaceful and mutually beneficial exploration and development in space. Coming into force on Oct 10, 1967 and currently with 107 countries as parties (green) and another 23 signatories yet to ratify (yellow), the document is a basic legal framework of international space law enshrining universal access to space and restricting to peaceful purposes all activity in space, on the Moon and on other celestial bodies. It also forbids governments from laying claim to any celestial resource. Commercial activities and in situ resource utilization are points of apparent ambiguity that many would like to clear up, so that the ongoing NewSpace revolution can continue to expand the limits of the human econosphere to include the Moon, Asteroids, Mars and more. British Interplanetary Society hosts a symposium Oct 10 in London titled ’50 Years of the UN Space Treaty: Looking Back, Looking Forward’. It includes 6 presentations and dedicated time for discussion. Mukesh Bhatt, University of London Researcher and Guest Lecturer, presents on ‘Extraterrestrial Recidivism — Dispute, dissent and non-compliance in the Outer Space treaties’ and Raphael Costa (pictured), Executive Secretary of the French Institute for Space and Telecommunications Law, asks ‘How would the Outer Space Treaty be different if drafted in 2017?’. (Image Credit: UN, BIS, Wikipedia, NASA, R. Costa)


Oct 9 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 21-30, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9; launch 06:30 PDT.

Oct 9-11 — Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA), JAXA, ICG, Jakarta, Indonesia: 9th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference: Next Generation Multi-GNSS Resilient Solutions for Sustainable Development.

Oct 9-12 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, W. M. Keck Foundation, Pasadena CA: Accessing the Subsurface Oceans of Icy Worlds.

Oct 9-12 — NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech, Pasadena CA: Conference: Know Thy Star – Know Thy Planet – Assessing the Relevance of Ground-based High Resolution Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanet Host Stars.

Oct 9-13 — Russia Space Research Institute – IKI, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Moscow, Russia: 8th Moscow Solar System Symposium; focusing on Moon, Mars and Venus research and missions Mars Express, Venus Express, Luna-Glob, Luna-Resource, ExoMars 2016, ExoMars 2020.

Oct 9 — Southern Taurids Meteor Shower Peak: Appearing to radiate from constellation Taurus, Taurids are associated with Comet Encke and offer about 7 meteors per hour and travel at ~28 km/s.

Oct 9 — Moon: 0.60° N of Aldebaran, 08:00.

Oct 9 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 SZ11: Near-Earth Flyby (0.054 AU).

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NET Oct — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner to undergo pad abort test this month.

Oct 3-31 — National Geographic, Multiple Locations USA: NASA Astronaut Terry Virts tour from NY to CA for book signing “View from Above” featuring foreword by Buzz Aldrin and 300 photographs.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2017; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 60th observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 50th observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.


Oct 10 — ISS, Expedition 53 U.S. EVA #45, 330-435-km LEO: Commander Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei to perform second of three 6.5-hour spacewalks to replace one of two latching end effectors on the tip of Canadarm2, lubricate new component and replace cameras at two locations on station truss; live coverage available.

Oct 10 — United Nations Outer Space Treaty (OST) 50th Observation, Worldwide: OST framework to address legal questions for capabilities and activities in Space entered into force by United Nations General Assembly on this day in 1967; evolving / unfolding regulations include commercial space activities, private space stations, habitats on Moon, asteroid mining, contamination of celestial bodies.

Oct 10 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Symposium: 50 Years of the UN Space Treaty – Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Oct 10 — TMT Observatory Corporation, Pasadena CA: TMT Board Meeting.

Oct 10-11 — Air & Space Academy, Toulouse, France: International Conference on The Climate Needs Space.

Oct 10-12 — IEEE, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 5th Annual IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE 2017); brings together NASA, CSA, ESA, other space agencies with aerospace and space defense industries and academic researchers.

Oct 10-12 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, Columbia MD: Annual Meeting of LEAG: Activities Enabled by Getting to the Lunar Surface.

Oct 10 — Moon: 4.8° S of M35 cluster, 22:00.

Oct 10 — Apollo Asteroid 2014 DQ: Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU).


Oct 11 — Foothill College, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, SETI, Ames Research Center, NASA, Los Altos Hills CA: Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth? by Jill Tarter of SETI, 19:00.

Oct 11-12 — ISPCS, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Las Cruces NM: International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight 2017 (ISPCS 2017): Go For Purpose.

Oct 11 — Moon: 1.5° N. of asteroid 8 Flora, 14:00.

Oct 11 — Aten Asteroid 2017 SB20: Near-Earth Flyby (0.023 AU).

Oct 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2007 DM41: Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU).


Oct 12 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 68P (MS-07), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 68P resupply ship to ISS.

Oct 12-13 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, Columbia MD: Back to the Moon Workshop; bringing together stakeholders from industry, commerce, government, and academia to explore making a lunar return with humans an affordable reality in the near future.

Oct 12 — Apollo Asteroid 2012 TC4: Near-Earth Flyby (0.0003 AU); NASA to test its asteroid detection and tracking capabilities.

Oct 12 — Moon: At last quarter, 02:26; 12.8° S of Castor, 06:00; 9.2° S of Pollux, 11:00.

Oct 12 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 RV1: Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU).


Oct 13 — Eurockot, Launch Rockot / Sentinel 5p, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Eurockot Rockot to launch Sentinel 5 Precursor Earth observation satellite for European Space Agency and European Commission.

Oct 13 — Stanford on the Moon, Space Age Publishing Company, Stanford CA: Stanford on the Moon Conference 2017 featuring a panel discussion “Who Will Win the GLXP?”, presentation “First Woman on the Moon” and Stanford on the Moon Alumni Club, Advisory Committee and Endowment Fund; 15:00-17:00 during 2017 Stanford Reunion Homecoming Weekend.

Oct 13 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Science of Primitive Asteroid Sample Return Missions.

Oct 13 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Rick Hieb, adult US$69.95.

Oct 13 — Moon: 2.6° S of Beehive Cluster, 10:00.

Oct 13 — Mercury: 2.7° NNE of Spica, 10:00.

Oct 13 — Aten Asteroid 2005 TE49: Near-Earth Flyby (0.022 AU).

Oct 13 — Apollo Asteroid 2014 UR116: Near-Earth Flyby (0.072 AU).


Oct 14 — Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Jones Huyett Partners, Topeka KS: 2017 Topeka Science & Tech Festival and Ad Astra Space Celebration; at Washburn University.

Oct 14 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 UO41: Near-Earth Flyby (0.055 AU).


Oct 15-19 — Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET), Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre (RJGC), Amman, Jordan: ISNET/RJGC Workshop on CUBESAT TECHNOLOGIES: Its Design and Development.

Oct 15-20 — American Astronomical Society, Provo UT: Division for Planetary Sciences; at Utah Valley Convention Center.

Oct 15-20 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, ESA, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: 7th International Fermi Symposium.

Oct 15 — Moon: 0.20° N of Regulus, 01:00.

Oct 15 — Apollo Asteroid 2013 UM9: Near-Earth Flyby (0.044 AU).