India GSLV Launch of Insat 3DR Satellite Sees Rocket Enter Full-Service
Aug 29 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 48 crew preparing for U.S. EVA 37 planned for Thursday, working with heart function, plant growth, mouse epigenetics & student experiments; Williams, Ovchinin, Skripochka performing Lower Body Negative Pressure exercises to prepare for return to Earth Sep 6, Williams will have a record breaking total of 534 cumulative days in space.
Aug 29 — Chang’e-3 Lander & Yutu Rover, Guang Han Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: China spacecraft in Lunar Night 34 approaching 3rd full year on Moon; Chang’e-5T1 in circular Moon orbit continues conducting remote sensing & imaging of surface for future lunar missions.
Aug 29 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft more than half-way through 1st orbit of Jupiter, will be heading into Period Reduction Phase to enter planned 14-day period Science Orbit starting Nov 16; has traveled more than 2.903 billion km.
Aug 29 — SpaceX, Hawthorne CA: NewSpace company displaying its first successfully recovered booster outside of HQ, planning to construct new building at Cape Canaveral, recovering / unloading ISS gear & experiments from Dragon CRS-9 landing, CEO Elon Musk plans to reveal Mars settlement plans at 67th IAC Sep 27.
Aug 29 — Breakthrough Initiatives, International Locations: Founded by Yuri Milner & Stephen Hawking, project Breakthrough Starshot US$100M proposal to develop spacecraft fleet able to fly to Alpha Centauri at 20% the speed of light (215 million km/h) may gain additional support as ESO & other observatories find clear evidence during Pale Red Dot Campaign of potentially habitable planet ‘Proxima b’ orbiting Alpha Centauri.
Aug 29 — Team Indus, Bengaluru, India: GLXP Team with 85 engineers & 15 former ISRO scientists sponsoring Lab2Moon competition for young adults to fly 250-gram experiment to ‘catalyze humankind’s evolution into a sustainable Multi World Species’ on developing lunar lander; hoping to use PSLV for launch for 30-day journey to Moon, 15-day surface operations.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (WSW), Venus (W), Mars (SW), Jupiter (W), Saturn (SW); Morning Planets: Uranus (SE), Neptune (S).
Barringer Meteor Crater Impacting Lunar, Planetary Students
| Aug 29 — Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), Kailua-Kona HI: HI-SEAS 4 six-member ‘Lavanaut’ crew to discuss mission, individual research and experience living on Mauna Loa for 1 year; at Kona Science Cafe, Natural Energy Laboratory, 18:00-20:00.
Aug 29 – Sep 2 — University of Kiel, EU Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme, Kiel, Germany: HESPERIA Summer School: Understanding Solar Eruptions and Extreme Space Weather Events – The Physics.
Aug 29 – Sep 4 — University of Western Ontario, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, London, Ontario, Canada: 7th Annual Planetary Science Short Course.
Aug 29 — Moon: 4.3° S of Beehive Cluster, 12:00.
Aug 29 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PA40: Near-Earth flyby (0.037 AU).
Aug 7 – Sep 30 — Airbus, Perlan Project, Teachers in Space, El Calafate, Argentina: Teachers in Space Ground Crew Education Program; team members will fly experiments at 27,500-meter altitudes in air as thin as Mars atmosphere, verify operations and retrieve data for posting to internet.
Aug 27 – Sep 4 — IGC Foundation, UNESCO, Exxaro, et al, Cape Town, South Africa: 35th International Geological Congress; at Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Aug 28 – Sep 18 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Approaching the Stellar Astrophysical Limits of Exoplanet Detection – Getting to 10 cm/s.
Aug 30 — Van Allen Probes, LEO: Spacecraft begin 5th year in space today, launched 2012; adding to the understanding of Earth radiation belt environment and its variability.
Aug 30 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: LPL Colloquium: Asteroid Science in a CubeSat – A Milligravity Centrifuge and Meteor Monitor; Erik Asphaug and Jekan Thanga from ASU, 15:45-16:45.
Aug 30 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: A Terrestrial Exoplanet at Proxima Centauri; Guillem Anglada from Queen Mary University of London, 12:00.
Aug 30-31 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC: Meeting: Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space – Panel on Earth Surface and Interior – Dynamics and Hazards.
Aug 31 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Cape Town, South Africa: Stuart Ryder Colloquium: A Night on SOFIA; Juan Madrid of Australian Astronomical Observatory, at Marsfield Lecture Theatre, 15:00.
Aug 31 – Sep 2 — ESA, NASA, GSFC, AURA, Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Workshop: Exploring the infrared Solar System with the James Webb Space Telescope; by Helen Walker, Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Aug 31 – Sep 2 — National Science Foundation, Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration & Research in Astrophysics, Evanston IL: Fellows at the Frontiers 2016; top postdoctoral researchers speaking on astronomy topics and beyond.
Aug 31 — Aurigid Meteor Shower Peak: Favorable due to New Moon, 6 or more meteors per hour expected traveling at 66 km/s and many very bright.
Aug 31 — Moon: 1.6° SSW of Regulus, 06:00; New Moon, 23:03.
Aug 31 – Sep 1 — Annular Eclipse of Sun: Annular solar eclipses have a “ring of fire” as Moon moves in front of Sun but does not cover Sun’s discs completely; partial eclipse begins 20:13, annular eclipse begins 21:19, greatest eclipse at 23:07; ends 02:01 Sep 1.
NET Sep — Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), LEO: Spacecraft 3-year mission to hunt for near-Earth objects within 45M km of Earth and support NASA Asteroid Initiative ends this month; future observation goals or spacecraft hibernation date to be decided.
NET Sep — CNSA, Launch Long March 5, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): China Long March 5 rocket maiden flight planned between Sep-Oct.
Sep 1 — ISS, U.S. EVA 37, LEO: Williams and Rubins to perform spacewalk starting 12:05 pm UT to retract a Thermal Radiator and Install External Cameras, live coverage available.
Sep 1 — Deep Space, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Diverse terrain of dwarf planet Pluto and new views of moons Hydra and Nix being studied from New Horizons Pluto flyby data of which more than 80% has been collected.
Sep 1 — Spaceport America, Las Cruces NM: Registration opens for Spaceport America Open House to be held October 1.
Sep 1 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Online / Columbia MD: Extended Dealine, Abstracts Due: 2016 Annual Meeting of the LEAG; to be held Nov 1-3 at USRA Headquarters.
Sep 1-12 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon University, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Quy Nhon, Vietnam: 22nd Vietnam School of Physics (VSOP-22).
Sep 1 — Apollo Asteroid 357024 (1999 YR14): Near-Earth flyby (0.056 AU).
Sep 1 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PT38: Near-Earth flyby (0.080 AU).
Sep 2-4 — The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, United Kingdom: Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival; featuring a NASA Scientist, rocket launches, telescope observing, lectures, planetarium shows.
Sep 2— Moon: 5.7° NNE of Mercury, 11:00; 0.36° NNE of Jupiter, 12:00.
Sep 2 — Neptune: At opposition, 07:00.
Sep 3 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Amos 6, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Falcon 9 rocket to launch Amos 6 communications / broadcast satellite for Spacecom of Israel.
Sep 3-11 — Center for Lunar Science and Exploration of LPI, NASA SSERVI, Johnson Space Center, Barringer Crater Company, Meteor Crater Enterprises, Barringer Meteor Crater AZ: Field Training and Research Program at Barringer Meteor Crater.
Sep 3 — Moon: 1.1° NNE of Venus, 01:00.
Sep 3 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PT8: Near-Earth flyby (0.067 AU).
Sep 4 — Smithsonian Network, Broadcast / Washington DC: Building Star Trek; celebrating 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a two-hour special discussing lasting influence original series has had on science & technology, 20:00.
Sep 4-5 — G20 Summit, Hangzhou, China: G20 Summit for heads of state or heads of government to discuss international economic cooperation; International Lunar Decade Working Group urges Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to include space development at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany July 2017 as innovative, global strategy for building sustainable, long-term future for humanity.
Sep 4-9 — Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom: Advanced Summer School in Solar System Physics; advanced introduction to Sun-Earth system, solar interior and atmosphere structures, Space Weather, planetary and exoplanet magnetospheres, physics of particle acceleration.
Sep 4 — Moon: 5.5° NNE of Spica, 14:00.