Soyuz Launch of Meteor M2-1 from Vostochny Cosmodrome, Pacific Russia
Nov 27-29 — Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Daejeon, Korea: East Asia ALMA Science Workshop 2017.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (SW), Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (S); Morning Planets: Venus (ESE), Mars (ESE), Jupiter (ESE).
Blue Origin Rocket Facility Readying for December Opening at Kennedy Space Center
| Nov 27-30 — International Academy of Astronautics, Shenzhen, China: 21st IAA Humans in Space Symposium; at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.
Nov 27 – Dec 1 — ESA, Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, Space Weather Working Team, Brussels, Belgium: 14th European Space Weather Week.
Nov 27 – Dec 1 — Knowledge4Innovation, Ostend, Belgium: 9th European Innovation Summit.
Nov 27 — Amor Asteroid 2017 VX14: Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU).
Oct 21 – Dec 4 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 3 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.
NET Dec – Feb 2018 — CNSA, Tiangong-1 Earth Atmosphere Reentry, LEO: China 1st Space Lab to disintegrate during Earth atmosphere reentry; predicted reenter between 43°N and 43°S latitudes during this time frame.
Nov 28 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Meteor M2-1 (MS-08), Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Meteor M2-1 polar-orbiting weather satellite and secondary payloads including Earth observation CubeSats for Planet and Spire at 14:41:46 local time.
Nov 28 — Lunar and Planetary Society, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: LPL Colloquium: Physical Properties of the Trans-Neptunian Objects; Audrey Thirouin of Lowell Observatory, 15:45.
Nov 28 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: The Fermi Paradox; featuring Alistair Scott, Gerry Webb, Dave Gifford, Alan Bond, many others; 10:00-16:30.
Nov 28 — 50th Observation of First Pulsar Discovery: To date, over 2,000 pulsars have been discovered, and various sources provide maps; on this day in 1967, Jocelyn Bell & Antony Hewish observed pulses separated by 1.33 seconds that originated from pulsar PSR 1919+21.
Nov 28-30 — ESA, SatCen, JRC, CNES, Toulouse, France: 2017 Conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS’17).
Nov 28 – Dec 1 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars’ Polar Layered Deposits – Part II.
Nov 28 – Dec 1 — ESA, European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain: ESAC Data Analysis and Statistics Workshop 2017.
Nov 29 — SETI Institute, Menlo Park CA: Lecture: Kepler, K2, and Beyond – The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived! by Jeff Coughlin and Geert Barentsenat; at SRI International Conference Center.
Nov 29-30 — International Space Exploration Coordination Group, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Ames Research Center, NASA, Moffett Field CA: Global Exploration Road Map Workshop.
Nov 29-30 — ESA, Cologne, Germany: RAMS Awareness Workshop on Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration (PA3); at European Astronaut Centre.
Nov 29 – Dec 1 — National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Irvine CA: Meeting: Review of Progress Toward Implementing the Decadal Survey Vision and Voyages for Planetary Sciences.
Nov 29 – Dec 2 — Caltech, NRAO, ALMA, Pasadena CA: Symposium: The Origin of Galaxies, Stars, and Planets in the Era of ALMA.
Nov 29 — Aten Asteroid 2010 VD139: Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU).
Nov 29 — Amor Asteroid 2017 VQ14: Near-Earth Flyby (0.080 AU).
Nov 29 — Mars: 3.1° NNE of Spica, 13:00.
Nov 30 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Ocean Worlds – From Familiar to Exotic and Extreme Planets; Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, 16:00.
Nov 30 — 6th International Cosmic Day: Students, teachers and scientists come together to talk and learn about Cosmic Rays at multiple locations around the World.
Nov 30 — Moon: 4.1° SSE of Uranus, 02:00.
NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: Science operations to begin this month after entering orbit 14 months ago – ESA science mission to continue until at least Dec 2019, will also support data relay operations for NASA landers on Mars; in 2021 expected to support communications for ExoMars 2020 rover & lander, and operate until Dec 2022.
NET Dec — JAXA, Launch Epsilon / ASNARO 2, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan: Epsilon rocket to launch Advanced Satellite with New system ARchitecture for Observation (ASNARO) 2 radar Earth observation satellite developed by Japan Space Systems and NEC Corp.
NET Dec — Blue Origin, KSC FL: Construction of company’s new facility at Exploration Park, KSC to be completed this month; site will be used for orbital rocket development, testing, launch.
Dec 1 — Deep Space, Interstellar Space & Heliosheath: Voyager 1 and 2 Project Scientist Ed Stone gives in depth update on the spacecraft, now 141 AU and 116.5 AU from Earth with radio signal delay of 19.5 and 16 hours, respectively.
Dec 1 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Tom Jones, adult US$69.95.
Dec 1 — Phoenicid Meteor Shower Peak: Meteor shower may produce 2-5 per hour, slow moving (18 km/sec) meteors from debris of comet 289P Blanpain; peak 20:00.
Dec 2 — Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), LEO: ESA / NASA craft studying sun, begins 23rd year of operations today, launched 1995; has discovered more than 3,000 comets.
Dec 2 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena CA: Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification.
Dec 2-4 — University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC), University of Rome, International Academy of Astronautics, Canon Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric, Rome, Italy: 5th UNISEC-Global Meeting.
Dec 2-7 — International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Japan Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: 12th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-122).
Dec 2 — Moon: 9.0° SSE of Pleiades, 12:00.
Dec 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 162173 Ryugu Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 begins 4th full year in space today, launched Dec 3, 2014; expected to reach asteroid June / July 2018.
Dec 3-8 — North-West University – Potchefstroom, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics.
Dec 3 — Moon: 0.80° N of Aldebaran, 03:00; Full (Cold / Super Moon), 05:47; at perigee (distance 357,496 km), 22:59.
Dec 3 — Apollo Asteroid 2008 WM61: Near-Earth Flyby (0.010 AU).