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FEB - APR 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)

2015

Feb 9 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Life on Earth: By Chance or By Law? presented by Brian J. Enquist, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Feb 10 — ISS, Dragon CRS-5 Undocking, LEO: SpaceX Dragon CRS-5 craft to return to Earth with 1,662 kg of science experiments, cargo, samples; 18:45 UT, live coverage available.

Feb 10-12 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: WISE at 5: Legacy and Prospects; at Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Feb 11 — ESA, Launch Vega / Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, Kourou, French Guiana: Vega rocket, designated flight VV04, to launch IXV project to test critical technologies for future reentry vehicles; will reach 420-km altitude, splashdown in Pacific Ocean.

Feb 11 — The British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: The Design and Development of a Harpoon for Active Debris Removal; presented by Andrew Ratcliffe.

Feb 11-13 — Singapore Space & Technology Association, Singapore: Global Space & Technology Convention (GSTC); at Sheraton Towers Singapore.

Feb 11-13 — Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, University of Pisa, Belgrade, Serbia: Stardust ITN – Local Training Workshop: Collisions in the Solar system.

Feb 12 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) OTM-4, LEO: ESA / NASA / RSA INTEGRAL space telescope may perform 4th Orbital Trim Maneuver today; spacecraft planned to continue science observations until early 2020s when fuel runs out & reenter Earth atmosphere due to natural orbit decay in Feb 2029.

Feb 12-16 — American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Jose CA: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015 Annual Meeting.

Feb 13 — Rob & Terry Ryan Foundation, W. M. Keck Observatory, Pasadena CA: Astronomy Talk: Extreme Stars at the Center of the Galaxy; presented by UCLA Astronomy Professor Mark Morris, 17:00 HST at Kahilu theater.

Feb 13 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Surveying the Transient Universe – From Electromagnetic to Gravitational Waves.

Feb 13 — Peninsula Astronomical Society, Los Altos Hills CA: Lecture: Imaging Extrasolar Planets; presented by Dr. Bruce Macintosh of Stanford University.

Feb 13 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Online / Houston TX: Last day to submit lunar sample requests for Spring 2015.

Feb 14 — ISS, ATV-5 Undocking, LEO: Europe final Automated Transfer Vehicle “Georges Lemaitre” to undock at 13:41 UT, live coverage available; will burn up in Earth atmosphere on Feb 27 with ISS waste.

Feb 14 — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: ESA spacecraft to fly within 6 km of comet surface.

Feb 14 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: NASA spacecraft to begin observations of Pluto / Charon today; closest approach Jul 14.

Feb 16 — ISS, U.S. EVA 29, LEO: Wilmore and Virts to install power and data cables and a communications gear, live coverage available.

Feb 16 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Complexity and Evolvability: What Makes Life So Interesting? presented by Anna R. Dornhaus, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Feb 16-20 — Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT), Madrid, Spain: Workshop: Entangle This – Space, Time & Matter.

NET Feb 17 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Eutelsat 115 West B & ABS 3A, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch Eutelsat 115 West B & ABS 3A communications satellites built by Boeing; are first spacecraft to launch in conjoined configuration & first payloads to use all-electric propulsion for orbit-raising.

Feb 17 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 58P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 58th Progress cargo ship to ISS, live coverage available.

Feb 17-20 — NASA, San Francisco CA: Destination Station exhibit devoted to ISS education to travel to various SF Bay Area locations.

Feb 18 — Ames Research Center, NASA, Moffett Field CA: Workshop on the Potential for Finding Life in a Europa Plume; to consider strategies to investigate Europa plumes for evidence of life.

Feb 18-19 — SSERVI, NASA, Brown University, Providence RI: Space Horizons 2015: McMurdo on the Moon; to examine how McMurdo & other Antarctica stations can be studied as models for human bases on Moon & Mars.

Feb 18-20 — Singapore Space and Technology Association, Singapore: Global Space Technology Convention (GSTC) 2015: Pan-Asia Satellite Solutions for a Rapidly Developing Regional Environment; at Sheraton Towers Singapore.

Feb 19-20 — Outer Planets Assessment Group, NASA, Moffett Field CA: Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting; at Ames Research Center.

Feb 19-20 — The Earthlight Foundation, New Worlds Institute, SEDS, Heinlein Prize Trust, SFF, NSS, CSF, Washington DC: Pioneering Space National Summit; gathering of national level decision makers, commercial space executives, leaders from space community with goal of creating basic SpaceMap for U.S.; at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Feb 20 — ISS, U.S. EVA 30, LEO: Wilmore and Virts to install power and data cables and a communications gear, live coverage available.

Feb 21 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Co., Bandung, Indonesia: Galaxy Forum Indonesia 2015: Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise in the 21st Century; 09:00 – 13:00 local time at LAPAN Bandung Branch Office.

Feb 21 — Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington DC: Lecture: Tracing the Structure of the Universe with Galaxy Surveys: Addressing the Biggest Questions; presented by Cameron McBride, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Feb 22-24 — Space Exploration Alliance, Washington DC: Space Exploration Alliance Legislative Blitz; space advocates from around USA let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.

Feb 23 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Searching for Life in the Solar System; presented by Timothy D. Swindle of Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Feb 23-24 — AIAA Greater Huntsville Section, Dynetics, Kord Technologies, PeopleTec, Huntsville AL: Civil Space Symposium: Focusing on Safety for Civil Space.

Feb 23-24 — SMi, Eutelsat, O3b, et al, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: MilSatCom Middle East & Africa.

Feb 23-27 — Kavli Institute For Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA: Conference: Physics of Exoplanets – From Earth-sized to Mini-Neptunes.

Feb 24 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Mars and Life – A Special Evening Panel Discussion; presented by Marc Kaufman, Nathalie Cabrol and Ross Beyer; 19:00 PST.

Feb 24 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Co., Bangkok, Thailand: Galaxy Forum Thailand 2015: Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise in the 21st Century; 09:30 – 12:30 local time at Science Education Center, Bangkok Planetarium.

Feb 24-25 — Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, NASA, Monrovia CA: 2015 MEPAG Face-to-Face Meeting; at Double-Tree Hotel.

Feb 24-26 — Kennedy Space Station, NASA Office of Planetary Protection, KSC FL: Course – Planetary Protection: Policies and Practices.

Feb 25 — ISS, U.S. EVA 31, LEO: Wilmore and Virts to install power and data cables and a communications gear, as well as grease Canadarm2, live coverage available.

Feb 25 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Goddard Scientific Colloquium: Eta Carinae; presented by Theodore Gull of GSFC.

Feb 25 — The British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Space Colonies Project – Update Session No. 1; presented by Jerry Stone.

Feb 26 — Arizona State University, Tempe AZ: SESE New Discoveries Lecture Series: Snatching samples of micro-worlds; presented Philip Christensen, 19:30 – 20:30 MST.

Feb 26 — Stanford University, Stanford CA: Public Conversation with interdisciplinary installation artist Matthew Ritchie.

Feb 27 — ATV-5, LEO: Europe final Automated Transfer Vehicle “Georges Lemaitre” to burn up in Earth atmosphere today with ISS waste; undocked from ISS Feb 14.

Feb 28 — Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA, Online / Laurel MD: Applications due for students interested in working on projects involving NASA missions or space-related research opportunities .

NET Mar — Chang’e 5-T1 Service Module, Moon Orbit: China service module equipped with navigation receiver compatible with GPS & GLONASS, dual-resolution camera, components for guidance, navigation & control center, micro-star sensor, star-sensing anti-debris mechanism, technical experiment camera to perform second long-range guidance test for lunar orbit rendezvous & docking.

NET Mar — XMM Newton, GTO: X-ray space observatory extended mission ends this month, future mission plans to be determined.

NET Mar — ISRO, Launch Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) / HEX (Hypersonic Flight Experiment), Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India to launch winged reusable launch vehicle on hypersonic technology demonstration mission to further its advancement of AVATAR (Aerobic Vehicle for Transatmospheric Hypersonic Aerospace TrAnspoRtation) two-stage-to-orbit fully reusable horizontal-landing launch vehicle.

Mar 1 – Jan 1, 2016 — Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Multiple Locations: Cycle 3 of science flights to observe universe consists of science flights grouped into multi-week observing campaigns totaling about 450 research flight hours.

Mar 2 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Amazing Discoveries: A Billion Earth-like Worlds; presented by Laird M. Close, Professor of Astronomy at Steward Observatory.

Mar 2-5 — European Southern Observatory (ESO), Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Ground and Space Observatories – A Joint Venture to Planetary Science.

Mar 2-6 — ESA, Lisbon, Portugal: 8th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles.

Mar 2-6 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Nagoya University, Fukuoka, Japan: United Nations/Japan Workshop on Space Weather: Science and Data Products from ISWI Instruments; at Kyushu University.

Mar 3 — RSA, Launch Rockot / Gonets M, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Russia government Rockot to launch 3 Gonets M communications satellites.

Mar 3 — AIAA, NASA, Washington DC: National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Mar 3-4 — NASA History Program Office, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC: The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development.

Mar 4-5 — SMi Group, London, United Kingdom: 10th Annual Military Space Conference; at Holiday Inn Regents Park.

Mar 6 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft to arrive at Ceres today, enter orbit; launched Sep 2007.

Mar 6-7 — University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls IA: 2015 Midwest Astrochemistry Meeting.

Mar 7-14 — IEEE, Big Sky MT: 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference; at Yellowstone Conference Center.

Mar 9 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Life in the Universe Lecture Series: Intelligent Life Beyond Earth; presented by Christopher Impey.

Mar 9-13 — University of Concepción Department of Astronomy, Puerto Varas, Chile: Conference: Unveiling the AGN/Galaxy Evolution Connection.

Mar 10 — Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft reaches 9 full years in orbit around Mars today, continues to monitor Mars weather / surface conditions, potential landing sites.

Mar 10-12 — American Astronautical Society, Greenbelt MD: 53rd Goddard Memorial Symposium: On the Cusp: What’s Next? at Greenbelt Marriott.

Mar 11 — Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), Promontory UT: SLS first full-scale booster Qualification Motor-1 (QM-1) test scheduled at 09:30 MST.

Mar 12 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-14, LEO: Expedition 41/42 members Yelena Serova (RSA), Alexander Samokutyaev (RSA), Barry Wilmore (NASA) scheduled to return to Earth.

Mar 12 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket to launch NASA 4-spacecraft MMS mission (22:44 – 23:14 EDT) to make 3D measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions, examine process of magnetic reconnection.

Mar 12— RSA, Launch Dnepr / KOMPSat 3A, Yasny Cosmodrome, Dombarovsky, Russia: An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket to launch Kompsat 3A Earth observation satellite for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

Mar 13 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Building an Open UK SKA-Science Consortium?; Meeting: Geology from Space – Tectonic Applications of High-resolution Topography and Imagery.

Mar 14 — Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC: Lecture: Women in Aviation and Space.

Mar 15-19 — Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL), Sintra, Portugal: Conference: Latest Results from the Deepest Astronomical Surveys.

Mar 15-16 — Brown University, Vernadsky Institute, Brown-MIT, NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), The Woodlands TX: Microsymposium 55: Scientific Destinations for Human Exploration; at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Mar 16 — ESA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Online: Due: Proposals for joint Europe-China space mission to study astronomy, Solar System, or physics ready for launch in 2021.

Mar 16-18 — Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 3rd Manfred Lachs International Conference on NewSpace Commercialization and the Law.

Mar 16-19 — SES, Thales Alenia Space, Eutelsat America, Hughes, et al, Washington DC: Satellite 2015 Conference; at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Mar 16-20 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, The Woodlands TX: 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Mar 18 — MESSENGER OCM 13, Mercury Orbit: Spacecraft with limited fuel supply to perform last expected Orbital Change Maneuver today to extend life of craft before impact onto planet surface NET Apr.

Mar 18-21 — Astronomical Society of Japan, TBD, Japan: Astronomical Society Japan (ASJ) 2015 Spring Meeting.

Mar 19 — RSA, Launch Proton / Express AM7, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russian Proton rocketto launc Express AM7 satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Co.

Mar 23-27 — European Southern Observatory, Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far.

Mar 24-26 — Ames Research Center, NASA, SETI Institute, Moffett Field CA: Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions.

Mar 24-26 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Workshop: Simulation & Electrical Ground Support Equipment Facilities for Space Programmes.

Mar 26, 27 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: Adventures From the Field – (Down and Dirty) Stories of Pursuing JPL Science from the Ground up to Space; presented by Mark Helmlinger of JPL.

Mar 27 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-16M / ISS 42S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 43/44: Gennadi Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko of RSA, Scott Kelly of NASA; Kornieko and Kelly will begin 1 full year mission aboard ISS.

Mar 28 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Chapel Hill NC: Battle of the Rockets 2015; at Battle Park.

Mar 30 – Apr 1 — University of Warwick, Midlands Physics Alliance, Science and Technologies Facilities Council, Warwick, United Kingdom: UK Community Exoplanet Conference 2015.

Mar 30 – Apr 2 — AIAA, Daytona Beach FL: 23rd AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference and Seminar.

Mar 31 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Jason-3 satellite, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Jason-3 satellite will measure ocean topography for U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Europe EUMETSAT.

Mar 31 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Mars and Life – A Special Evening Panel Discussion; presented by Matthew Tiscareno of Cornell University, 12:00 PST.

Mar 31 – Apr 2 — National Research Council Space Studies Board & Board on Physics and Astronomy, Washington DC: National Research Council (NRC) Space Science Week; at the National Academies building.

NET Apr — Chang’e 5-T1 Service Module, Moon Orbit: China service module to take pictures of lunar surface site selected for Chang’e-5 lunar lander / sample return mission launching NET 2017.

NET Apr — MESSENGER, Mercury Orbit: Spacecraft with exhausted fuel supply to impact onto planet surface; launched August 3, 2004, entered orbit March 18, 2011.

Apr 7-8 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group, NASA, Hampton VA: Workshop: Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument Definition.

Apr 8 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 6, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 8th Dragon spacecraft on 6th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Apr 9-11 — Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS), Junction City KS: 2015 KATS Kamp; at Rock Springs.

Apr 10 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: RAS Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in Wavelengths from the Visible to the Microwave – Orbital, Telescopic and/or Laboratory Measurements relevant to Mercury, the Moon and Asteroids.

Apr 11-12 — International Space University, SpaceUp, Strasbourg, France: SpaceUpISU; at ISU campus.

Apr 12 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Spacecraft to begin Pluto closest encounter operations today (closest approach Jul 14).

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2015; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 12-17 — European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015.

Apr 13-16 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 31st National Space Symposium.

Apr 13-17 — International Academy of Astronautics, Frascati, Italy: 4th Planetary Defense Conference.

Apr 13-17 — ESO, Santiago, Chile: ESO Workshop: Satellites and Streams in Santiago.

Apr 14 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson AZ: Colloquium: Mercury’s Magnetic Field – Stories from the Planet, Present and Past; presented by Dr. Catherine Johnson, Professor at University of British Columbia.

Apr 14-17 — Flexure Engineering, Cocoa Beach FL: 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications.

Apr 16 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: The Young and the Restless Stars; presented by Professor Lynne Hillenbrand of Caltech.

Apr 16-18 — Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville AL: 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge; at U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Apr 20-24 — International Academy of Astronautics, DLR, Berlin, Germany: 10th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation.

Apr 20-24 — Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland: Meeting: The Evolving Blazar Paradigm.

Apr 21 — Stanford University, Stanford CA: Public Conversation with Andrei Linde, Stanford professor of physics, one of the authors of the big bang inflationary theory, to address the question, “Universe or multi-universe?”

Apr 21 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction and the Identification of Habitable Conditions on Ancient Earth and Mars Using Clay Minerals; presented by Tom Bristow from SETI, 12:00 PST.

Apr 22-23 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

Apr 23, 24 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: Robots to the Rescue!: JPL’s RoboSimian and Surrogate Robots are here to Help; presented by Brett Kennedy of JPL.’

Apr 24 — Rotary Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation, Houston TX: 2015 RNASA Space Awards Gala; 2015 National Space Trophy to be awarded to Col. Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center Director & former NASA Astronaut on 4 space shuttle missions.

Apr 26 – May 1 — American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division, Indianapolis IN: 1st Joint Meeting: AAS Solar Physics Division/AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section.

Apr 27-28 — Santa Clara University, Caltech, MIT, Cornell, University of Michigan, JPL, Santa Clara CA: Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference: Beyond LEO; featuring Dr. Simon Pete Worden.

Apr 28 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 59P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 59th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Apr 28-29 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

Apr 30 – May 2 — Space Access Society, Phoenix AZ: Space Access 2015 Conference.

NET May — ULA, NASA’s Educational Launch of NanoSatellites (ELaNa) program, Launch Atlas V / LightSail CubeSat test, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Planetary Society LightSail to be launched with classified payload by NASA to LEO to test technologies for LightSail mission; will spend 4 weeks in check out phase before solar sails are opened.

May 1-3 — SES Summit Organizing Committee, League City TX: Sea, Earth and Space (SES) Summit; at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.

May 1 – Jun 30 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, National Space Grant Foundation, Houston TX: 2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab); university-level students’ designs for functional space habitat subsystems prototypes to be submitted & evaluated.

May 3-7 — American Geophysical Union, Canadian Geophysical Union, Geological Association of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 2015 Joint Assembly on Geophysical Sciences.

May 4-6 — Venus Exploration Analysis Group, NASA, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Comparative Tectonics and Geodynamics of Venus, Earth, and Exoplanets Conference.

May 5-6 — AIAA, Pasadena CA: 21st Improving Space Operations Workshop: Game Changing Technologies and Strategies; at Sheraton Pasadena.

May 5-7 — Explore Mars Inc., Space Policy Institute, Washington DC: The Humans to Mars Summit; to addresses technical, scientific, policy challenges of getting humans to Mars, as well as benefits to life on Earth; at George Washington University.

May 5-7 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Planetary GIS Workshop; at ESA Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC).

May 6-8 — Lund University, Lund, Sweden: Meeting: Exoplanets in Lund 2015; to discuss exoplanet-related science, in particular connected to 2017 ESA CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) satellite mission.

May 8 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: RAS Ordinary Meeting; Meeting: Astroseismology – High-precision Stellar Metrics for the Exoplanet Era.

May 9 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Distant Flyby of Polydeuces (34,000 km), Telesto (46,000 km), Aegaeon (93,000 km), Daphnis (114,000 km).

May 9 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Inauguration of the Institute for Pale Blue Dots; international speakers talk about challenges & excitement of the search for the first exoplanets.

May 9-13 — SRR/PTMSS, CIM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: 6th Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium and Space Resources Roundtable; Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2015 Convention.

May 11-15 — Georgia State University, Atlanta GA: IAU Symposium 314: Young Stars & Planets Near the Sun.

May 12 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-15M, LEO: Expedition 42/43 members Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA), Anton Shkaplerov (RSA), Terry Virts (NASA) return to Earth.

May 12-13 — American Astronautical Society, JPL, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Conference: Robots and Astronauts: Partners in Exploration.

May 12-22 — Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), The University of Western Ontario, Various Locations AZ & UT: Planetary Surfaces Processes Field School.

May 14-16 — Stanford University, Stanford CA: Reading of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo presented by Department of Theater & Performance Studies.

May 16-17 — Stanford University, Stanford CA: Stanford Symphony Orchestra presents Gasser’s Cosmic Reflection.

May 19-21— International Academy of Astronautics, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine: 5th IAA Conference on Space Technologies: the Present and Future.

May 19-21 — Smartershows, ATK, Space Frontier Foundation, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, et al, Long Beach CA: Space Tech Expo: Design – Build – Test; bringing together global decision-makers involved in design, build, testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle, space-related technologies.

May 19-22 — Planetary Crater Consortium, JHU/APL, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA, Laurel MD: Conference: Crater Studies and the Dating of Planetary Surfaces.

May 19-22 — U.S. Geological Survey, Boise State University, Space Science Institute, Boise ID: Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop: Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data.

May 20-25 — National Space Society, Canadian Space Commerce Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC2015); at Hyatt Regency hotel.

May 21, 22 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: The Search for Life in the Universe; presented by Dr. Nick Siegler of JPL.

May 24-28 — Japan Geoscience Union, Chiba, Japan: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015.

May 25-27 — AIAA, St. Petersburg, Russia: 22nd St. Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems.

May 25-26 — Terrapinn Holdings Ltd., Russian Satellite Communications Co., SatADSL, et al, Johannesburg, South Africa: Conference: SatCom Africa; at Sandton Convention Centre.

May 25-29 — ESO, University of Crete, Plantanias-Chania, Crete, Greece: Conference: Gas, Dust, and Star-Formation in Galaxies from the Local to Far Universe.

May 26 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-17M / ISS 43S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 44/45: Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Kimiya Yui of JAXA, Oleg Kononenko of RSA.

May 26-27 — JA Initiative, Pocket Spacecraft, London, United Kingdom: 4th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop.

May 26-28 — Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), UAE Space Agency, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Global Space & Satellite Forum 2015.

May 26 – Jul 31 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 2015 Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.

May 28-29 — Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA: Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium (ERES).

NET Jun — Galactic Suite, China Great Wall Industry Corp., Barcelona Moon Team, TBD: Launch Long March 2C / Robotic Moon Vehicle; Galactic Suite will lead Barcelona Moon Team in attempt to reach Moon and win Google Lunar XPRIZE.

NET Jun — SpaceX, Iridium Communications, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX set to begin launch of Iridium Next satellites, 9 at a time aboard 8 Falcon 9 rockets between mid-2015 and 2017.

NET Jun — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 226th Meeting of the AAS.

Jun 1-5 — University of Colorado – Boulder, Atlanta GA: Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets (MOP) 2015 Conference.

Jun 1-5 — University Paul Sabatier, Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology, Toulouse, France: French Astronomy Week 2015.

Jun 1-5 — University of Potsdam Department of Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam, Germany: International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars.

Jun 1-7 — International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS), Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia: 2nd IAPS Scientific Assembly: Observation and Understanding of the Moon, Moons & Planets (AstroGeoKazan – IAPS 2015).

Jun 1 – Aug 7 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science.

Jun 2-4 — Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy, Berlin, Germany: Workshop: Formation of the Solar System II.

Jun 8-10 — AIAA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Netherlands Space Society, American Astronautical Society, Delft, The Netherlands: 8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying.

Jun 8-10 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: XMM-Newton 2015 Science Workshop: The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion.

Jun 8-12 — Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland: Euclid Consortium Meeting 2015; at SwissTech Convention Center.

Jun 8-12 — Italy National Institute for Astrophysics, Firenze, Italy: Conference: IGM@50 – Is the Intergalactic Medium Feeding Star Formation?

Jun 8-13 — NASA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA: Sample Return Robot Challenge.

Jun 8 – Aug 7 — International Space University, Glenn Research Stations, NASA, Ohio University, Athens OH: 28th Space Studies Program (SSP).

Jun 9-11 — International Academy of Astronautics, Berlin, Germany: 11th IAA Low-Cost Planetary Missions Conference.

Jun 12-14 — American Astronautical Society, AIAA, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Burkett TX: Annual CanSat Competition.

Jun 13 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 7, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 9th Dragon spacecraft on 7th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jun 14 — Chang’e-3 Lander & Yutu Rover, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: Spacecraft reach 18 full months on Moon.

Jun 14-18 — Gemini Observatory, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Conference: The Future and Science of Gemini Observatory.

Jun 15 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Polydeuces flyby scheduled at 35,000-km altitude.

Jun 15-19 — DLR, ESA, JPL, NASA, Cologne, Germany: 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-12).

Jun 15-19 — Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands: Conference: First Stars, Galaxies, and Black Holes – Now and Then.

Jun 15-19 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, NASA, Chicago IL: Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 (AbSciCon2015): Habitability, Habitable Worlds and Life; at Hilton Chicago.

Jun 15 – Aug 14 — International Space University, Athens OH: 28th Annual Space Studies Program (SSP15); at Ohio University.

Jun 16 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby scheduled for Dione (516 km), Telesto (44,000 km), Janus (101,000 km), Methone (110,000 km), Atlas (111,000 km), Pan (118,000 km), Titan (958,000 km).

Jun 22-25 — U.S. DoD, DoE, FAA, NASA, Boeing Co., ATK, et al, Chantilly VA: 2015 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) & the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE); at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles.

Jun 22-26 — European Astronomical Society, Spanish Astronomical Society, Canaries Institute of Astrophysics, La Laguna University, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: 2015 European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS).

Jun 22-26 — AIAA, Dallas TX: 7th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference; AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2015); at Hilton Anatole.

Jun 23 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: NASA spacecraft reaches 6 years in Moon orbit today; launched Jun 18, 2009.

Jun 23-25 — IAF, ESA, DLR, Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Munich, Germany: GLOBAL SPACE Innovation CONFERENCE (GLiC 2015); at Munich Residence Palace.

Jun 29-31 — NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group, Washington DC: 13th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG).

Jun 29 – Jul 3 — International Academy of Astronautics, Prague, Czech Republic: 20th IAA Human in Space Symposium.

Jun 29 – Jul 4 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Simulating Galaxies in a Cosmological Context – Where We Are.

Jun 30 — Addition of Leap Second, Global: At very end of this day a leap second to be added to World’s clocks; will be 16th leap second gained since 1972.

Jun 30 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: NASA / ESA / ASI spacecraft reaches 11 full years of operations in Saturn orbit today; launched Oct 15, 1997.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2015; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Jul — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: End of scheduled primary mission, future plans to be decided; launched in Sep 2007.

NET Jul — KARI, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute expects to have completed development of indigenous first-stage rocket.

Jul 1-13 — University of Hawai`i, European Astrobiology Network Association, Iceland: 3rd Nordic-Hawaii Summer School: Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Spacecraft is one year away from reaching Jupiter; launched Aug 2011.

Jul 4-10 — JAXA, Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan: 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference & 6th Nano-Satellite Symposium; with the theme Space Voyage – Frontier for Better Life on Earth.

Jul 5-9 — Royal Astronomical Society, Llandudno, Conwy, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting 2015; at Venue Cymru, the Promenade.

Jul 6-9 — AIAA, Glasgow, Scotland: 20th AIAA International Spaceplanes, Hypersonics Systems and Technology Conference.

Jul 6-11 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Galaxy Clustering within Euclid OULE3.

Jul 7-9 — International Academy of Astronautics, Turin, Italy: 9th IAA Symposium on The Future of Space Exploration – Towards New Global Programmes.

Jul 7-9 — American Astronautical Society, Boston MA: 4th International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference; at Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Jul 7-10 — NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA: 2nd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference.

Jul 8-9 — BRICS Group, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia: 7th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit; may discuss potential to develop joint space station and methane-propelled rocket.

Jul 12-16 — AIAA, Texas Tech University, Paragon Space Development Corp., UTC Aerospace Development Corp., Bellevue WA: 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES).

Jul 13-17 — CNES, NASA ExoPlanet Science Institute, Bern University, et al, Berne, Switzerland: Conference: Pathways Towards Habitable Planets II.

Jul 13-17 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Chantilly VA: FOGE Mars Summer Camp; at Chantilly High School, US$235.

Jul 13-17 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Chantilly VA: FOGE Robotics Summer Camp; at Chantilly High School, US$380.

Jul 14-15 — UK Space Agency, Liverpool, United Kingdom: UK Space Conference 2015.

Jul 14 — New Horizons, Pluto Fly By: Spacecraft conducts long-awaited encounter with Pluto today at 01:49 HST; expected to fly by ~9,600 km altitude at 44,000 kph; launched Jan 19, 2006.

Jul 16, 17 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: Discovery at Mars; presented by Blaine Baggett.

Jul 20 — 46th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 39th Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Jul 21-23 — NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Moffett Field CA: 2015 NASA Exploration Science Forum; at Ames Research Center.

Jul 23-25 — Space Fronteir Foundation, Silicon Valley CA: NewSpace 2015.

Jul 27-29 — AIAA, Orlando FL: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (Propulsion and Energy 2015); at Hilton Orlando.

Jul 27-29 — Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD: Workshop: Mocking the Universe.

Jul 27-30 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Chantilly VA: FOGE Moon Base Summer Camp; at Chantilly High School, US$215.

Jul 27-31 — Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley CA: 78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society.

Jul 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 60P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 60th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Aug 3-14 — International Astronomical Union, Honolulu HI: 2015 IAU General Assembly.

Aug 4-6 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: 2nd Landing Site Workshop for Mars 2020 Rover.

Aug 5 — Curiosity, Mars Surface: Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) rover reaches 3 years of operations on Mars surface today; launched Nov 26, 2011 – landed Aug 5, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Aug 9-13 — American Astronautical Society, AIAA, Vail CO: AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

Aug 9 – Sep 13 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: New Directions to Shed Light on Dark Matter.

Aug 10-12 — National University of Malaysia, Space Science Centre (ANGKASA), IEEE, Langkawi Island, Malaysia: 2015 International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace2015): Space Technology for Humanity.

Aug 17 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Dione flyby scheduled at 474-km altitude.

Aug 17 — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-5, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 5th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 5) to deliver supplies to ISS.

Aug 17-21 — Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan: 8th Meeting on Cosmic Dust.

Aug 31 – Sep 2 — AIAA, Pasadena CA: AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (SPACE 2015); to discuss commercial cargo and crew space transportation, weather satellites, launch vehicles.

NET Sep — Arianespace, Launch LISA Pathfinder, Kourou, French Guiana: Launch of ESA / NASA JPL spacecraft to Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point for first-phase of LISA mission; will be capable of detecting gravitational waves generated by massive objects, advance understanding of how space and time are interconnected.

Sep 1 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-18M / ISS 44S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 45/46; to include Andreas Mogensen of ESA (the 1st Danish Astronaut), Sergi Volkov of RSA, Spaceflight Participant Sarah Brightman of the UK.

Sep 1-7 — Cantabria Institute of Physics, Mediterranean Sea: CosmoCruise 2015; talks and posters centered on Cosmology during cruise on Royal Caribbean ship ‘Allure of the Seas.’

Sep 2 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 8 & BEAM, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 10th Dragon spacecraft on 8th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS; will also carry Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.

Sep 7-10 — AIAA, Gold Coast, Australia: 33rd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC-2015).

Sep 10, 11 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: The von Kármán Lecture Series: The Birth of Planets Around the Sun and Other Stars; presented by Dr. Neal Turner.

Sep 20-27 — Association of Space Explorers, Stockholm, Sweden: 28th Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Sep 21 — MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft reaches 1-full year of operations in Mars orbit; will continue to study upper atmosphere; launched Nov 18, 2013.

Sep 23-25 — ESA, SENER, Bilbao, Spain: 16th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2015; at Euskalduna Jauregia Conference Centre.

Sep 24 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: India ISRO orbiter reaches 1 full year of operations in Mars orbit; launched Nov 5, 2013.

Sep 28 – Oct 2 — IAA, University of Malaga, Malaga, Spain: 4th Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories.

NET Oct — American Astronautical Society, Huntsville AL: 8th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium.

Oct 1 MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Spacecraft 1-year nominal science mission at 150-km altitude ends today; future mission plans to be determined.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2015.

Oct 5-7 — Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD: Workshop: Feedback in the Magellanic Clouds.

Oct 5-9 — Haute-Provence Observatory, Saint Michel, France: OHP 2015 Colloquium: Twenty Years of Giant Exoplanets.

Oct 8, 9 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: Unveiling an Alien World: Dawn at Ceres; presented by Dr. Carol Raymond of DAWN Deputy Principal Investigator.

Oct 10 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-16M, LEO: Gennadi Padalka, Andreas Mogenson and Spaceflight Participant Sarah Brightman scheduled to return to Earth.

Oct 11 — International Academy of Astronautics, Jerusalem, Israel: IAA Academy Day.

Oct 12 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Conference: Exploring the Universe with JWST.

Oct 12-16 — International Astronautical Federation, Jerusalem, Israel: 66th International Astronautical Congress; at the Jerusalem International Convention Center (ICC).

Oct 12-16 — Lagrange Laboratory, National Center for Scientific Research, Nice Observatory, Nice, France: Workshop: Exoplanetary Atmospheres and Habitability.

Oct 14-15 — ASTech Paris, Proximum Group, Paris, France: Aero Space Days – Europe; at Paris Orly Airport.

Oct 22 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 61P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 61st Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Oct 24 — Mars Odyssey, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft reaches 14 full years in orbit around Mars today, holds record for longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth.

Oct 28 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Enceladus flyby scheduled at 49-km altitude.

NET Nov — Venus Climate Orbiter (Akatsuki), Solar Orbit / Venus Trajectory: JAXA US$300M spacecraft is expected to achieve Venus orbit this month using small engine burns; if successful will study Venus clouds, atmosphere, weather; launched May 2010 – main engine failure prevented spacecraft from reaching Venus sooner.

Nov 2-6 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Washington DC: 6th International Fermi Symposium.

Nov 3-5 — SMi Group, O3b Networks Ltd, et al, London, United Kingdom: Conference: Global MilSatCom 2015.

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 16 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-17M, LEO: Expedition 44/45 members Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Kimiya Yui of JAXA, Oleg Kononenko of RSA scheduled to return to Earth.

Nov 17-19 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston First Corp., Rice Space Institute, Houston TX: Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom); at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Nov 17-19 — Smartershows, WFB Bremen, et al, Bremen, Germany: Space Tech Expo Europe: Design – Build – Test.

Nov 19 — Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Antares / Orb-4 (Cygnus 5), Wallops Island VA: OSC Antares rocket to launch 5th Cygnus cargo freighter on 4th operational flight to the ISS.

Nov 29 – Dec 4 — American Astronomical Society, Waikoloa HI: Conference: Extreme Solar Systems III.

Nov 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-19M / ISS 45S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 46/47: Timothy Peake of ESA, Sergei Zalyotin of RSA, Timothy Kopra of NASA.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 1999 JU3 Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to fly by Earth this month and arrive at C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” July 2018.

NET Dec — Penn State Lunar Lion, TBD: Launch Lunar Lion; Penn State Lunar Lion spacecraft to be launched in attempt to reach Moon and win Google Lunar XPRIZE.

NET Dec — Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Antares / Orb-5 (Cygnus 6), Wallops Island VA: OSC Antares rocket to launch 6th Cygnus cargo freighter on 5th operational flight to the ISS.

Dec 1 — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: End of scheduled mission.

Dec 3, 4 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: The InSight Mission: Journey to the Center of Mars; presented by Dr. Bruce Banderdt, InSight Principal Investigator.

Dec 6 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Epimetheus flyby scheduled at 3,000-km altitude; Prometheus flyby at 21,000-km altitude; Atlas flyby at 21,000-km altitude.

Dec 9 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 9, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 11th Dragon spacecraft on 9th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Dec 14 — Chang’e-3 Lander & Yutu Rover, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: Spacecraft reach 2 full years on Moon.

Dec 14-18 — American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA: 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.

Dec 25 — Mars Express, Mars Orbit: ESA spacecraft reaches 12 years in orbit today; will continue to study Mars atmosphere & climate, planet structure, mineralogy, geology, and to search for traces of water.

2016

NET 2016 — Boeing Company, Launch Atlas V / Boeing CST-100, TBD: Boeing CST-100 crewed test flight.

NET 2016 — Orbital Technologies Ltd., LEO: Commercial Space Station / Orbiting Hotel expected to begin operations this year; US$800K for flight, $160K for 5-days of accommodation.

NET 2016 — CNSA, Launch Tiangong-2 Space Lab, TBD, China: Core module of China Space Station (Tiangong-2) expected to launch to LEO this year (orbit between 350 – 450 km).

NET 2016 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Inc., Canadensys Aerospace Corp., Launch ILO-1, TBD: Launch of ILOA multifunctional 2-meter dish observatory to Moon South Pole; will conduct radio astronomy, scientific & commercial communications, serve as catalyst for lunar base build-out.

NET 2016 — SpaceX, Astrobotic Technology Inc., Launch Falcon 9 / Astrobotic Griffin Lander & Red Rover, TBD: SpaceX scheduled to launch Astrobotic Griffin Lander & Red Rover to attempt to reach Moon, win Google Lunar XPRIZE and explore lunar skylight thought to be entrance to subsurface cave network.

NET 2016 — Moon Express, Launch MX-1, TBD: Launch of Moon Express lunar spacecraft to advance Moon exploration and commercial development, attempt to win Google Lunar XPRIZE; craft will carry ILO-X Moon telescope and Lunar Plant Growth Habitat.

NET 2016 — RSA, Launch Soyuz 2 / Luna-25, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Glob lander to launch to high latitude landing site in southern hemisphere on near side.

NET 2016 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4, China: Originally lander / rover back up for Chang’e-3, expected to launch this year to unexplored region of Moon.

NET 2016 — ISRO, Launch GSLV / Chandrayaan-2, India: India 2nd robotic Moon Mission expected to launch orbiter / lander / rover.

NET 2016 — CNSA, Launch Long March 7, TBD, China: China expects to conduct maiden flight of Long March 7 rocket intended to launch cargo / fuel to China future space station.

NET 2016 — Launch Cold Atom Laboratory, TBD: NASA JPL to launch CAL to ISS for the study of ultra-cold quantum gases in microgravity; to be installed into EXPRESS (EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station) Rack.

NET 2016 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon Heavy / LightSail, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX to launch LightSail solar sail mission for Planetary Society.

NET 2016 — Virgin Galactic, Las Cruces NM: LauncherOne to begin launching small satellite payloads between 100-225 kg for less than US$10M.

NET 2016 — NASA, TBD: Asteroid selection to occur this year as part of Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM); 500,000-kg asteroid to be captured 2019, relocated to Moon orbit, visited by Humans via Space Launch System 2021.

NET Jan — Mars One, Launch of Mars Demonstration Mission & Communication Satellite, TBD: Launch of Demonstration Mission to test technologies for human mission, satellite to be placed in Mars orbit enabling 24/7 communication.

NET Jan — Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Antares / Orb-6 (Cygnus 7), Wallops Island VA: OSC Antares rocket to launch 7th Cygnus cargo freighter on 6th operational flight to the ISS.

NET Jan — Southwest Research Institute, Langley Research Center, NASA, Launch Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, TBD: Launch of 8 hurricane-tracking nanosatellites.

Jan 4-8 — American Astronomical Society, Kissimmee FL: 227th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

Jan 4-8 — AIAA, San Diego CA: 2016 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition; at Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Jan 5 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Quiet Cruise phase ends today, spacecraft begins Jupiter Approach phase, will last 178 days.

Jan 5 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 10, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 12th Dragon spacecraft on 10th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jan 7-27 — ESA, RSA, Launch ExoMars Orbiter & EDM, TBD: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module to be launched by RSA launch system; 20-day launch window opens Jan 7, expected to reach Mars Oct 19.

Jan 25 — Opportunity, Mars Surface: Rover reaches 11 years on Mars today; holds “off-world” record for having driven the greatest distance.

Jan 27 — 49th Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2015 for further information.

Jan 28 — 30th Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2015 for more detail.

NET Feb — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft will search for Earth-sized planets around Proxima Centauri as star passes in front another star; sensitive ground and space-based telescopes, such as ESA Gaia and ESO VLT may search as well.

Feb 1 — 13th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2015 for more detail.

Feb 8 — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-6, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 6th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 6) to deliver supplies to ISS.

Feb 13 — ISS, HTV-6 Capture & Berthing, LEO: JAXA 6th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 6) to be captured & berthed with to Unity Nadir on ISS.

Feb 28 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Chattanooga TN: 2016 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

NET Mar 8-27 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Launch InSight, TBD: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander to launch to Mars, study deep interior; expected to arrive Sep 20, 2016; end of operations planned for Sep 18, 2018.

Mar 14 — ISS, HTV-6 Unberthing, LEO: JAXA 6th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 6) to be unberthed from Unity Nadir, burn up during Earth atmosphere reentry.

Mar 16 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-18M, LEO: Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Korniyenko, Scott Kelly scheduled to return to Earth.

Mar 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-20M / ISS 46S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 47/48: Aleksei Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka of RSA, Jeffrey Williams of NASA.

NET Apr MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Expected end of spacecraft scientific results.

Apr 4 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Titan flyby scheduled at 990-km altitude.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2016; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 15-17 — Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington DC: USA Science and Engineering Festival; at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, featuring more than 1,000 corporations & organizations, more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits & stage shows.

Apr 30 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Telescope, launched in 1990, extended operations contract ends today; further evaluation / mission planning to occur.

May 9 — Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun; entire transit visible in eastern N. America, S. America, Western Europe; partial transit visible everywhere else except Australia and far eastern Asia; 01:12 – 08:42 HST.

May 16 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-19M, LEO: Expedition 46/47 members Timothy Peake, Sergei Zalyotin, Timothy Kopra scheduled to return to Earth.

NET Jun — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Gaia spacecraft first set of data to be released this month; spacecraft mapping more than 1B stars in Milky Way Galaxy.

NET Jun — Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Antares / Orb-7 (Cygnus 8), Wallops Island VA: OSC Antares rocket to launch 8th Cygnus cargo freighter on 7th operational flight to the ISS.

Jun 12-16 — American Astronomical Society, San Diego CA: 228th Meeting of the AAS; at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter System: Spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Jupiter and complete Orbital Insertion phase; spacecraft will have traveled about 18.7 AU (2.8B km); estimated arrival at 16:30 HST (02:30 UTC Jul 5).

Jul 5 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Capture Orbit phase to begin today, will last 106 days.

Jul 11-17 — Farnborough International Airshow, United Kingdom: 49th Farnborough International Air Show; International Space Pavilion offers 1,100 square meters of exhibit space dedicated to space industry products, projects, professionals.

Jul 14 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Trajectory: Spacecraft 1-year science observations of Pluto ends today; Kuiper Belt objects of interest to be encountered after this date; project expected to continue until at least 2020.

Jul 20 — 47th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 40th Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Jul 30 – Aug 7 — Committee on Space Research, Pasadena CA: 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly.

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 today; future observation goals or spacecraft hibernation date to be decided.

NET Sep — United Launch Alliance, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch Atlas V / OSIRIS-REx, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for asteroid sample return expected to launch this month to asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36).

Sep 20InSight, Mars Surface: Potential date for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft to land on Mars surface and study deep interior; scheduled end of operations Sep 18, 2018.

NET Sep 30 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 2 / Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft, Vandenberg AFB CA: Launch of Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) spacecraft, developed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for NOAA, aboard Delta 2 rocket from Complex 2.

NET OctInSight, Mars Surface: First scientific results expected this month.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2016.

Oct 16-21 — American Astronomical Society, Pasadena CA: 48th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

Oct 19 — ExoMars Orbiter & EDM, Mars Orbit & Surface: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter expected to reach Mars orbit today (if launched Jan 7, 2016) and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module to land on surface.

Oct 19 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to conduct Period Reduction Maneuver today.

Oct 20 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Orbit 1-2 phase today, will last 20 days.

Nov 1 — Sierra Nevada Corp., Launch Atlas V / Dream Chaser, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SNC to launch Dream Chaser on first orbital test flight.

Nov 9 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Science Orbit phase, will last 336 days; scheduled to orbit planet 33 times around poles, come within 5,000 km of planet cloud tops.

Nov 14 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Titan flyby scheduled at 1,582-km altitude.

Nov 30 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft to begin orbits bringing it closer to Saturn starting with F ring, the outermost ring.

Dec 18 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby scheduled of Pandora, in Saturn F-ring, at 13,800-km altitude.

Dec 31 — XPRIZE Foundation, Santa Monica CA: Google Lunar XPRIZE closing date; grand prize of US$20M.

2017

NET 2017 — Bigelow Aerospace LLC, TBD: Launch Alpha Station to LEO, a commercial space station consisting of 2 BA-330 modules and 110 cubic meters of space.

NET 2017 — RSA, Launch Russia orbital space station, TBD: Russia to launch space station to LEO; testing of piloted spacecraft for lunar infrastructure will be a principal task.

NET 2017 — RSA, Launch Proton / Nauka & European Robotic Arm, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton Rocket set to deliver Russia Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka “Science” with ERA to replace Russia Pirs module on ISS.

NET 2017 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-5, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China: Earliest expected date for 3rd phase of China Lunar Exploration Program to collect lunar soil samples, return to Earth as precursor to human missions.

NET 2017 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: First full flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 expected this year.

NET 2017 — NASA, Launch Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), TBD: Launch of TESS to perform all-sky survey to discover transiting exoplanets in habitable zones around nearest and brightest stars in sky.

NET 2017 — ESA, Launch ESA CHEOPS, TBD: Launch of CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) to LEO; planned mission to last 3.5 years.

NET Jan — American Astronomical Society, Grapevine TX: 229th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center.

Jan 9-13 — AIAA, Grapevine TX: 2017 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition; at Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

Jan 16 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Daphnis, 8-km diameter moon in Keeler Gap of Saturn A-ring, flyby scheduled at 17,800-km altitude.

Jan 27 — 50th Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2015 for further information.

Jan 28 — 31st Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2015 for more detail.

NET Feb — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-7, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 7th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 7) to deliver supplies to ISS.

Feb 1 — 14th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2015 for more detail.

Mar 7 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby scheduled at 25,000-km altitude of 35-km diameter, 23-km high Pan, Saturn innermost known moon located in Encke Gap of A-ring.

Apr 12 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby of Atlas, in outer-edge of Saturn A-ring, scheduled at 14,800-km altitude.

Apr 22 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft scheduled to begin orbits inside Saturn D ring, the innermost ring.

NET Jun — American Astronomical Society, Austin TX: 230th Meeting of the AAS; at JW Marriott Austin.

NET Jul — United Launch Services, Launch Solar Orbiter spacecraft, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: European Space Agency & NASA spacecraft to perform close-up study of Sun and inner heliosphere; projected 3-year journey to Sun; closest Solar distance to be 0.28 AU.

Jul 20 — 48th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 41st Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Aug 21 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Athens TN: 2017 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

Sep 15 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Projected date for end of Cassini-Huygens extended mission with controlled fall into Saturn atmosphere.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2017.

Oct 11 — Juno, Jupiter System: Scheduled end of mission; spacecraft to perform deorbit maneuver (lasting 130 hours) and plunge into Jupiter to ensure no accidental impact of Europa, Ganymede, Callisto.

Oct 16 — Juno, Jupiter System: Anticipated Jupiter atmospheric impact, total distance traveled including orbits around Jupiter estimated at 22.66 AU (3.39B km).

2018

NET 2018 — Golden Spike Company, Moon Landing: Possible date for GSC 1st Human Moon landing.

NET 2018 — CNSA, Launch China Space Station experimental core module, TBD, China: Core module of China Space Station expected to launch to LEO this year (orbit between 350 – 450 km), followed by launch of laboratory modules in 2020 and 2022.

NET 2018 — RSA, Launch Angara A5 / ACV, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Test flight of 6-person Advanced Crew Vehicle; will carry 500 kg of cargo and could travel to Moon.

NET 2018 — RSA, Launch Luna-26, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Resurs 0 (Luna-Resurs Orbiter) to launch to polar orbit for 1 year at 100-150 km altitude, 2 years at 500-700 km altitude; will provide communications relay capabilities for following missions.

NET 2018 — Mars One, Launch of Mars Rover & Communication Satellite, TBD: Launch of rover with trailer, will help find best location for human settlement, clear areas for arrival of cargo; second communications satellite to be placed in orbit.

NET 2018 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / SELENE-2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: JAXA Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2 lunar orbiter, lander, rover expected to launch.

NET 2018 — ESA, RSA, Launch ExoMars Lander & Rover, TBD: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), RSA Descent Module and Surface Platform to be launched by RSA launch system.

NET 2018 — Canadian Space Agency, Launch RADARSAT Constellation, TBD: CSA RADARSAT Constellation Mission with 3 satellites will provide complete coverage of Canada vast land mass and oceans.

Jan 5 — Inspiration Mars Foundation, Launch Humans for Mars flyby, USA: Planning to send 1 woman and 1 man on 501-day round trip to come within 161 km of Mars.

Jan 7-11 — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 231st Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Jan 8-12 — AIAA, Orlando FL: 2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition; at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Jan 27 — 51st Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2015 for further detail.

Jan 28 — 32nd Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2015 for more detail.

Feb 1 — 15th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2015 for more detail.

NET Mar — KARI, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute expects to have completed development of indigenous second-stage rocket.

NET Jun — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 1999 JU3 Orbit: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” this month; will study for about 1.5 years, make artificial crater, sample asteroid, and return to Earth 2020.

NET Jun — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 232nd Meeting of the AAS.

Jul 14-22 — Committee on Space Research, Pasadena CA: 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly.

Jul 20 — 49th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 42nd Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Sep 18InSight, Mars Surface: Scheduled end to Mars surface operations mission; future plans / goals to be determined.

NET Oct 2018 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / James Webb Space Telescope, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency and NASA infrared-optimized space telescope with 6.5-meter mirror to reside in orbit 1.5M km away from Earth; will search for 1st galaxies that formed in early Universe.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2018.

NLT Nov — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), Kennedy Space Center FL: The first test flight of NASA Space Launch System with uncrewed Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and ESA-provided Service Module; to feature configuration for 70-metric-ton lift capacity; Orion spacecraft to perform circumlunar trajectory during the 7-day mission; will carry 11 science experiments.

2019

NET 2019 — NASA, Launch Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization Mission spacecraft, TBD: Asteroid retrieval spacecraft to launch to 500,000-kg NEA to capture and relocate to Moon orbit.

NET 2019 — RSA, Launch Luna-27, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Resurs 1 lander expected to launch to Moon South Pole to target frozen volatiles in sub surface.

Jan 6-10 — American Astronomical Society, Seattle WA: 233rd Meeting of the AAS; at Washington State Convention & Trade Center.

Jan 27 — 52nd Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2015 for further information.

Jan 28 — 33rd Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2015 for more detail.

Feb 1 — 16th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2015 for more detail.

NET May — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Gaia spacecraft 5-year scheduled mission ends this month; future plans to be decided.

Jul 20 — 50th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 43rd Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

NET Oct — Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Cerro Pachón, Chile: Construction of LSST to be completed this month; team expects to achieve first light before the end of this year, begin science operations 2021.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2019.

Nov 11 — Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun; 02:35 – 08:04 HST.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Earth Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to depart from C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” this month; will return to Earth 2020 with asteroid samples.

2020

NLT 2020 — CNSA, Launch Mars Orbiter & Rover Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch Orbiter & Rover mission to Mars before this year; planning sample return mission in 2030.

NET 2020 — ISS, LEO: Funding of International Space Station ends this year; mission extension to at least 2028 is expected; future goals and scientific, engineering, utilization, education potential to be determined.

NET 2020 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / Crewed Mission, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 expected to launch crewed mission this year.

NET 2020 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt: Spacecraft operations expected to reach an end this year after reaching Pluto, Charon and designated Kuiper Belt objects; future trajectory / mission plans to be determined.

NET 2020 — CNSA, Launch China Space Station laboratory module 1, TBD, China: Laboratory module 1 of China Space Station expected to launch to LEO this year / attach to core module; second laboratory module to launch 2022.

NET 2020 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Moon Orbiter, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Orbiter to Moon; will operate at 100-km altitude for at least one year; to be followed by Moon lander & rover.

NET 2020 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Moon Lander & Rover, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Moon lander & rover to look for signs of rare minerals on Moon surface.

NET 2020 — Moon Express, Launch Moon Sample Return Mission, TBD: Launch of spacecraft for Moon Sample Return Mission.

NET 2020 — Solar Orbiter spacecraft, Sun Orbit: Spacecraft expected to reach Sun orbit this year after 3 year journey; will perform close-up study of Sun and inner heliosphere; closest Solar approach to occur every 5 months at distance of 0.28 AU.

NET 2020 — RSA, Launch Luna-28, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Resurs 2 expected to launch to Moon South Pole for return sample mission.

NET 2020 — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / Euclid, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency spacecraft with 1.2-meter telescope, projected 6-year lifetime to launch to Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2; will measure accelerated expansion of Universe, aid in understanding of dark energy / dark matter.

Jan 5-9— American Astronomical Society, Honolulu HI: 235th Meeting of the AAS; at Hawaii Convention Center.

Jan 27 — 53rd Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2015 for further detail.

Jan 28 — 34th Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2015 for more detail.

Feb 1 — 17th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2015 for more detail.

NLT Jun — KARI, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute to test launch indigenous third-stage rocket.

NET Jul / Aug — NASA, Launch Mars Rover, TBD: NASA Mars robotic rover with 7 science instruments to launch in 2020 to explore planet / advance development of Human Mars missions projected for 2030s.

Jul 20 — 51st Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 44th Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2020.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Earth Surface: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at Earth with samples from C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” this month.

2021

NET 2021 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion EM-2, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: The 1st fully-crewed Orion Moon flight to last 10-14 days; will use J-2X powered upper stage.

NET 2021 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Human Asteroid Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch of Astronauts via Space Launch System to relocated 500,000-kg Asteroid now orbiting Moon.

NET 2021 — RSA, Launch Luna-29, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Resurs 3 Moon lander mission goals / landing site TBD.

NET 2021 — Government of the United Arab Emirates, TBD: UAE plans to have established a space agency before this date in order to launch the first Arab spacecraft to Mars this year in celebration of 50th observation of nation’s founding.

NET 2021 — Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Cerro Pachón, Chile: LSST team expects to begin science operations this year.

Jan 10-14 — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 237th Meeting of the AAS.

NET Mar — KARI, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea: Korea Aerospace Research Institute expects to have completed development of indigenous third-stage rocket.

2022

NET 2022 — CNSA, Launch China Space Station laboratory module 2, TBD, China: Final piece of China Space Station Laboratory module 2 to launch to LEO this year; station to orbit between 350 – 450 km, accommodate 3 crew members for 6 month stays, expected to operate until at least 2032.

NET 2022 — BepiColombo, Mercury Orbit: European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) expected to reach Mercury and achieve polar orbit; will map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

NET 2022 — ExoMars Orbiter & EDM, Mars Orbit & Surface: End of mission for ESA Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module; future plans / extended missions to be decided.

NET 2022 — Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp., Mauna Kea HI: TMT to begin scientific operations this year.

NET Jan — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 239th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

NET Jun — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / JUICE, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) with 11 science instruments is expected to reach Jupiter in 2030, spend at least 3.5 years studying Jupiter atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io.

2023

NET 2023 — BepiColombo, Mercury Orbit: European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) 1-year nominal mission ends this year; future plans / mission extension to be determined.

NET 2023 — James Webb Space Telescope, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Planned end to 5-year primary mission; spacecraft expected to operate for another 5 years.

NET 2023 — OSIRIS-REx, Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36): Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft scheduled to return to Earth with asteroid sample of at least 60 grams this year.

2024

NET 2024 — ESA, Launch Soyuz / PLATO, Kourou, French Guiana: European Space Agency PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission to launch to Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point to find / study extrasolar planetary systems, seismic activity in stars for at least 6 years.

2025

NET 2025 — RSA, Launch Venera-D, TBD: RSA to launch Venera-D mission to Venus, consisting of orbiter and lander.

2026

NET 2026 — Euclid, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Scheduled end of European Space Agency Euclid mission to measure accelerated expansion of Universe, aid in understanding of dark energy / dark matter; future plans to be determined.

2028

NET 2028 — CNSA, Launch Long March 9, TBD, China: China expects to have completed heavy lift Long March 9 rocket by this date; will be used to launch Human missions to Moon surface.

2029

NET Feb — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: ESA / NASA / RSA INTEGRAL space telescope will burn up upon Earth atmosphere reentry this month due to natural orbit decay after running out of fuel reserves / end of science mission in early 2020s; launched Oct 2002.

Apr 13 — Asteroid 99942 Apophis, Earth Flyby: On this day, which happens to be a Friday, 320-meter diameter asteroid previously known as 2004 MN4 will narrowly miss Earth by about 30,000 km.

NET Jul — Chang’e-2, Deep Space: Spacecraft expected to come within 70M km of Earth this year after reaching 300M km apogee.

2030

NET 2030 — RSA, Launch Human Moon Mission, TBD, Russia: Russia plans to begin Human Moon missions within the year, work toward setting up Moon base.

NET 2030 — NASA, Launch Human Mars Mission, TBD: Projected date / decade for NASA to send Humans to Mars.

NET 2030 — CNSA, Launch Mars Sample Return Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch sample return mission to Mars by this date.

NET 2030 — PLATO, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) 6-year mission to find / study extrasolar planetary systems, seismic activity in stars ends this year; mission extension / plans to be determined.

NET Jan — JUICE, Jupiter Orbit: ESA Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE) expected to reach Jupiter early this year; will spend at least 3.5 years studying Jupiter atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io.

2032

Nov 12 — Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun; starts Nov 12 at 20:41 HST, ends 01:07 Nov 13.

2033

NET 2033 — Government of the Republic of Turkey, Roketsan Inc., Ankara, Turkey: Turkey plans to have established a national Space Agency, and perhaps space-launch capabilities and more than 20 operational satellites by this year.

2036

Apr 13 — Asteroid 99942 Apophis, Earth Flyby: Asteroid, 320 meters in diameter & previously known as 2004 MN4, will make 2nd pass by Earth missing by about 50M km.

2060

2060 — EC2LIPSE, Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange Point: ISU project EC2LIPSE to explore climate change, create solar radiation management roadmap in Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point.

2061

2061 — Halley’s Comet, Deep Space: Return of Halley’s Comet.

2078

NET 2078 — Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), LEO: Orbiting ultraviolet space telescope will burn up upon atmospheric reentry this year – 65 years after being decommissioned in 2013.

2084

Nov 10 — Transit of Earth, Moon, Phobos: As seen from the slopes of Elysium Mons on Mars, the Earth, the Moon and Mars moon Phobos to pass directly between Mars and Sun; observers see Moon(s) and Earth as small dots gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2117

Dec 11 — Transit of Venus: Venus to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

2125

Dec 8 — Transit of Venus: Venus to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

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