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FEB - APR 2016 = 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)

2016

Feb 15-21 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Workshop: Sweeping Galaxies Clean – Cold Molecular Outflows as Drivers of Galaxy Evolution.

Feb 16 — Eurorockot, Launch Rockot / Sentinel 3A, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Eurorockot Rockot to launch Sentinel 3A Earth observation satellite for ESA and European Commission; mission will measure sea surface topography, sea & land surface temperature, ocean & land color.

Feb 17 — Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS), LEO: Three satellites in magnetosphere (two in Moon orbit – now called ARTEMIS) enter 10th year in space today; launched 2007.

Feb 17-19 — Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan: Solar-System Symposium; at Rusutsu Resort.

Feb 17-19 — Swiss National Science Foundation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: Conference: The X-ray View of Black Hole Activity in the Local Universe.

Feb 17-19 — Arizona State University, NExSS, NAI, NSF, Tempe AZ: Upstairs Downstairs: Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets.

Feb 18 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Skylab – Designing the First Large-Scale Space Station; Colin Ledsome.

Feb 18 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Blown Away; Ralph Lorenz from JHU/APL discusses research topics on wind in planetary environments.

Feb 19 — Peninsula Astronomical Society, Foothill University, Los Altos Hills CA: Lecture: Evolution of Planetary Landscapes from Callisto to Helene; by Orkan M. Umurhan.

Feb 20 — International Lunar Observatory Association, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Tokyo, Japan: Galaxy Forum Japan 2016 – Tokyo: 21st Century Frontiers of Astronomy & Observation; at NAOJ Mitaka Campus.

Feb 20 — British Interplanetary Society, Worcs, United Kingdom: British Interplanetary Society (BIS) West Midland Event; Dave Shayler will talk on Hubble Space Telescope & sign copies of his recent book, Mark Perman will talk about the First German Rocket Research Establishment Kummersdorf; at the Gardeners Arms.

Feb 21-27 — National Society of Professional Engineers, AIAA, Boeing Co., SAE International, Nationwide USA: 65th Annual Engineers Week (2016); held during week of George Washington’s birthday, observed by more than 70 engineering, education, cultural societies & more than 50 corporations and government agencies.

Feb 22-24 — IRAP Institute, Midi-Pyrénées Observatory (OMP), Toulouse, France: ‘Europa Initiative’ 2016 Workshop.

Feb 22-25 — Physics Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (IF-UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil: 8th Workshop on Planetary Science.

Feb 22-25 — Applied Technology Institute, Cocoa Beach FL: Space Environment & Its Effects On Space Systems course; with instructor Dr. Vincent L. Pisacane.

Feb 22-26 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Astrophysics of Dark Matter.

Feb 22-26 — Lorentz Center International Center for Workshops in the Sciences, Leiden, The Netherlands: Workshop: Globular Clusters and Galaxy Halos.

Feb 23 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: The Breakthrough Initiative – Listen and Megastructures at KIC 8463; Andrew Simeon of UC Berkeley.

Feb 23-24 — Space Systems Loral, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, AVL Technologies, Global VSAT Forum, Menlo Park CA: SmallSat Symposium.

Feb 23-27 — ESO, Garching, Germany: Conference: Baryons at Low Densities – The Stellar Halos Around Galaxies.

Feb 24 — International Lunar Observatory Association, SkyWorld Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia: Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2016 – Indonesia: Galaxy 21st Science Education: Astronomy from the Moon; at SkyWorld Indonesia.

Feb 25 — NASA, American Astronautical Society, CASIS, Online / San Juan, Puerto Rico: Abstracts Due: 35th Annual International Space Development Conference.

Feb 25 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: An Evening with Former NASA Astronaut Don Thomas.

Feb 25-26 — Federated Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungarian Astronautical Society, Budapest, Hungary: 2nd International Conference on Research, Technology and Education of Space (H-SPACE 2016).

Feb 26 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: Crustal structure of the South-Pole Aitken Basin from GRAIL and LOLA; by Peter James, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.

Feb 26 — International Astronautical Federation, Online: Last Day to Submit Call for Hosting International Astronautical Congress in 2019.

Feb 26-27 — Space Generation Advisory Council, Budapest, Hungary: European Space Generation Workshop 2016.

Feb 27 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2016 – Malaysia: Galaxy 21st Science Education: Astronomy from the Moon; at Space Science Centre.

Feb 28 — Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), Johnson Space Center, NASA, The Woodlands TX: Earlybird Registration Due: 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); to be held Mar 21-25.

Feb 28 – Mar 1 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: 2nd Conference on Astrophysics and Space Science (APSS 2016).

Feb 28 – Mar 2 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Chattanooga TN: 2016 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop: From Iron Horse to Worldship: Becoming an Interstellar Civilization.

Feb 28 – Mar 3 — IAA, University of Brasilia, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil: 2nd IAA Latin American CubeSat Workshop.

Feb 29 — International Astronautical Federation, Mexican Space Agency (AEM), Online / Guadalajara, Mexico: Papers Due: 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) Making space accessible and affordable to all countries; to be held Sep 26-30.

Feb 29 – Mar 1 — National Institute of Aerospace Technology, NASA, Madrid, Spain: Europa M5 Initiative Meeting #3.

Feb 29 – Mar 3 — The Aerospace Corporation, ESA, NASA, JPL, Caltech, U.S. Air Force, Los Angeles CA: Ground System Architectures Workshop (GSAW): Embracing the Rapid Rate of Change.

Mar 1 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Bringing Nuclear Power to Mars; Frank Shu of UC Berkeley.

Mar 1-3 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: European Space Components Conference (ESCCON); at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).

Mar 2 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-18M / ISS 44S, LEO: Exp 45/46 Sergey Volkov, and one-year crew members Mikhail Kornienko & Scott Kelly scheduled to return to Earth.

Mar 2-3 — Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, NASA, Silver Spring MD: 1st Information Circular: 31st MEPAG Meeting.

Mar 2-4 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Meeting: NASA Science Mission Extensions – Scientific Value, Policies, and Review Process.

Mar 2-4 — Global Climate Observing System, International Science of Council, World Meteorological Organization, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Conference: Global Climate Observation – The Road to the Future.

Mar 4 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Recap.

Mar 4-11 — Gemini Observatory, PISCES, CFHT, `Imiloa, W. M. Keck Observatory, TMT, et al, Hilo HI: Journey through the Universe Week.

Mar 5 — El Camino College, Torrence CA: Onizuka Space Science Day.

Mar 5-12 — IEEE, AIAA, PHM Society, Big Sky MT: 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference; at Yellowstone Conference Center.

Mar 6 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft enters 2nd year at Ceres today; launched Sep 2007 and arrived March 2015 after orbiting Vesta in 2011.

Mar 6-9 — Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy, Tegernsee, Germany: Meeting: Science with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX); at Ringberg Castle.

Mar 7 — Kepler, Heliocentric Orbit: Craft searching for exoplanets begins 8th year in space today; operating in K2 extension mission after two reaction wheels failed altering original mission goals; launched 2009.

Mar 7 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Saturn’s Small Inner Satellites – How Much Will We Know Before Cassini is Vaporized? by Peter Thomas.

Mar 7-8 — Mubadala Development Company, General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Global Aerospace Summit 2016 & Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week.

Mar 7-10 — SES, Thales Alenia Space, Eutelsat America, Hughes, et al, National Harbor MD: Satellite 2016 Conference; at Gaylord National Convention Center.

Mar 7-11 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Government of Costa Rica, IAA, San Jose, Costa Rica: United Nations/Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology.

Mar 7-11 — University of Edinburgh, University of St. Andrews, Seventh Framework Programme, Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Protoplanetary Discussions.

Mar 8-10 — American Astronautical Society, Greenbelt MD: Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium; at Greenbelt Marriott.

Mar 8-11 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Hyderabad, India: United Nations/India Workshop on Use of Earth Observation Data in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction: Sharing the Asian Experience.

Mar 9 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Eutelsat 65 West A, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA229, to launch Eutelsat 65 West A communications satellite.

Mar 9 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Who Owns the Moon? Michael Franks.

Mar 10 — Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft enters 11th year in Mars orbit today, continues to study seasonal changes on planet circling at 300-km near-polar orbit; launched Aug 12, 2005, entered orbit Mar 10, 2006.

Mar 10 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / IRNSS 1F, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on PSLV-C32 mission, to launch Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System IRNSS 1F navigation satellite.

Mar 10 — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / OA-6, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to launch 6th Cygnus cargo freighter on 5th operational flight to the ISS for Orbital ATK.

Mar 11 — The Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting.

Mar 11 — Science Museum of London, London, United Kingdom: Last day of exhibit Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age.

Mar 11-13 — Spaceport America, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Drone Summit.

Mar 13-18 — National Science Foundation, University of Utah, Snowbird UT: Conference: The Galaxy-Halo Connection.

Mar 14 — RSA, Launch Proton / ExoMars Orbiter & EDM, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module launch window opens today (March 14-25), expected to reach Mars in December.

Mar 14 — Hayden Planetarium, New York NY: Frontiers Lecture Series: The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the Universe; J. Richard Gott discusses his book The Cosmic Web and the structure of the Universe.

Mar 14-18 — European Space Agency, Leiden, The Netherlands: “From Giotto to Rosetta” 50th ESLAB Symposium.

Mar 15-17 — ESA, European Union Satellite Center (SatCen), Joint Research Centre (JRC), Canaries Institute of Astrophysics, Science & Technology Park of Tenerife (PCTT), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain: 2016 Conference on Big Data from Space.

Mar 18 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-01 / ISS 46S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 47/48: Aleksei Ovchinin of RSA, Oleg Skripochka of RSA, Jeffrey Williams of NASA.

Mar 18-20 — Advance Science, Technology, and Industry Research Center (ASTIRC), Hainan University, Changsha, Hunan, China: 2016 International Conference on Computer Science, Technology and Application.

Mar 19-20 — Brown University, Vernadsky Institute, Brown-MIT Node of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), The Woodlands TX: Microsymposium 57: Polar Volatiles on the Moon and Mercury; preceding 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

Mar 20 — 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, Planet Labs Flock 2D 1-8, Bevo2, LONESTAR 2, AggieSat 4.

Mar 21-25 — Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), Johnson Space Center, NASA, The Woodlands TX: 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); at Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Mar 22 — International Astronautical Federation, IAA, IISL, Paris, France: IAF Spring Meetings 2016; at CAP 15.

Mar 22-24 — The Commercial Space blog, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 2016 Caucus on the “Internet of Things” From Space; 08:00 – 17:00.

Mar 24, 25 — SETI Institute, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series: In the Blink of the Eye – What 10 Years at Mars Can Tell Us About the Planet; featuring Dr. Rich Zurek, MRO project scientist, and Dr. Leslie Tamppari, MRO deputy project scientist.

Mar 29 — The Commercial Space blog, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 2016 Caucus on the “Internet of Things” From Space; 08:00 – 17:00.

Mar 29-31 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Mar 31 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 63P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 63rd Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Mar 31 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / IRNSS 1G, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying in PSLV-XL configuration, to launch 7th spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

Mar 31 – Apr 1 — UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, Los Angeles CA: The Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop.

NET Q2 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune single CPM (SR 145), Mojave CA: Planning suborbital test flight of Neptune single Common Propulsion Module (CPM) with 6 confirmed payloads this quarter.

NET Apr — Akatsuki, 400 x 440 km Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter with a period of 13 days 14 hours, will begin data acquisition this month; planned to image atmosphere, monitor weather changes at Venus for at least 2 years.

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

NET Apr — 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.

NET Apr — SpaceX, Launch Falcon Heavy Demo, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX maiden falcon heavy to launch this month, rocket consits of standard Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional strap-on boosters.

NET Apr — ISC Kosmotras, Iridium Communications, Launch Dnepr / Iridium Next 1 & 2, Dombarovsky, Russia: ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket to launch the first 2 satellites for Iridium Next mobile communications satellite fleet.

NET Apr — JAXA, Japan: JAXA hoping to secure funding for Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) mission beginning this April (fiscal year 2016) to develop / launch mission mid-2018-2019.

NET Apr — RSA, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Russia hopes for new Cosmodrome to be completed this month; will use site to launch most missions from its own soil, including crewed missions and Lunar / Planetary missions.

NET Apr — Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), Pingtang, Guizhou, China: Construction of FAST to be completed this month, will be world’s largest single aperture radio telescope.

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

Apr 4-7 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), Charlottesville VA: 2016 NAASC Workshop on Molecular Gas in Galactic Environments; at Omni Charlottesville Hotel.

Apr 4-8 — ESA, Oxford University, EuroVenus, Oxford, United Kingdom: International Venus Conference 2016.

Apr 4-8 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference (SCTC); focusing on the science and technology of electrical charging of spacecraft by the space environment.

Apr 4-8 — Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe NM: 2016 SHIELDS Workshop: Shielding Society from Space Weather; at Drury Plaza Hotel.

Apr 4-16 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria: 55th Session of the Legal Subcommittee of the UNOOSA.

Apr 5-7 — Reed Exhibitions Limited, Hamburg, Germany: Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016.

Apr 5-10 — OTE, Coca Cola, Ethniki Bank, Microsoft, Epson, Athens, Greece: Athens Science Festival 2016; annual science festival where academics, researchers and others present scientific material on various subjects to general public.

Apr 6-8 — National Aerospace Educational Center of Youth of Ukraine, National Space Agency of Ukraine, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine, IAF, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine: 18th International Youth Scientific and Practical Conference: Human and Space.

Apr 6-9 — University of Florida, Gainesville FL: Conference: From Stars to Massive Stars.

Apr 7-8 — Space Innovation Congress, London, United Kingdom: Space Innovation Congress 2016; focusing on latest innovations in space technology; featuring CSA Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk, Dr. Jill Stuart (LSE), Dr. David Kendall (UN COPUOS), Magali Vaissiere (ESA), Dr. Phil Diamond (SKA).

Apr 7-8 — Disrupt Space, European Union, Bremen Invest, Bremen, Germany: Disrupt Space; challenging 125 top entrepreneurs to work with investors, government officials, corporate representatives to solve problems using space.

Apr 7-9 — Space Access Society, Phoenix AZ: Space Access 2016 Conference; discussing business, technology, and politics of radically cheaper access to space; at Radisson Hotel Phoenix North.

Apr 8 — The Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Specialist Meeting: High-redshift Galaxies and their Low-redshift Analogues; Specialist Meeting: The Use of Extraterrestrial Resources to Help Facilitate Space Science and Exploration.

Apr 11-14 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 32nd Space Symposium; at the Broadmoor Hotel.

Apr 11-15 — American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Aerospace Division, Orlando FL: ASCE Earth & Space Conference 2016; 15th Biennial ASCE International Conference on Engineering: Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments; at Rosen Centre Hotel.

Apr 11-15 — Institute of Astronomy of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Cozumel, Mexico: Conference: The Interplay Between Local and Global Processes in Galaxies.

Apr 12 — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / Sentinel 1B, Sinnamary, French Guiana: Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS14, to launch Sentinel 1B radar observation satellite, Microscope microsatellite, Norway’s Norsat 1 microsatellite & a CubeSat sponsored by ESA.

Apr 12 — 55th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

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 12-15 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Conference: Water in the Universe – From Clouds to Oceans; at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).

Apr 13-14 — University of Portsmouth, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: Electronic Materials and Processes for Spacecraft; to present results of studies, promote new materials & develop an awareness of materials and manufacturing processes for Spacecraft Applications.

Apr 14-15 — ESA, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands: ESA Space Technology Workshop.

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 17-22 — European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016.

Apr 21 — Conrad Foundation, NASA, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Titusville FL: 10th Annual Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge; high schools students work together in teams to develop solutions in categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Energy & Environment, Cyber Technology & Security and Health & Nutrition.

Apr 21-22 — UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, Los Angeles CA: The Asteroid-Meteorite Connection Workshop.

Apr 22-24 — European Commission (FP7), Athens, Greece: Inspiring Science Education (ISA) Athens; at Ellinogermaniki Agogi.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: NASA spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 27th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2021.

Apr 25 RSA, Launch Soyuz / Mikhailo Lomonosov, Aist 2 & SamSat 218v, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: First launch from new Vostochny Cosmodrome set to carry payloads Mikhailo Lomonosov with instruments to study high-energy cosmic rays, gamma rays and Earth upper atmosphere & magnetosphere, the Aist-2D satellite and student nanosatellite SamSat-218.

Apr 25-28 — European Astrobiology Network Association, COST Action “Origins and evolution of Life in the Universe”, Nordic Network of Astrobiology, Vilnius, Lithuania: From Star and Planet Formation to Early Life; at Art Nouveau style Hotel Artis Centrum.

Apr 26 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: The SOFIA Observatory – Revealing the Hidden Universe with Airborne Science; Pamela Marcum from NASA Ames.

Apr 28 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: Juno Mission at Jupiter Preview; Dr. Fran Bagenal from University of Colorado-Boulder.

Apr 29 – May 1 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Parkes, Australia: Workshop for Science Teachers: Astronomy from the Ground Up!

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

NET May — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-5, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 7th Cygnus cargo freighter on 6th operational flight to the ISS.

May 1-4 — Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Nice Observatory, Nice, France: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)11th Users’ Meeting.

May 2-4 — American Astronomical Society, London, Ontario, Canada: Great Lakes Quasar Symposium.

May 2-6 — French National Aeronautical & Astronautical Association (3AF), ESA, CNES, Rome, Italy: Conference: Space Propulsion 2016.

May 4-6 — Mechanisms Education Association, Santa Clara CA: 43rd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium; at Biltmore Hotel.

May 5 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-19M / ISS 45S, LEO: Expedition 46/47 members Timothy Peake, Yuri Malenchenko, Timothy Kopra scheduled to return to Earth.

May 6-8 — National Research Foundation, South African Astroinformatics Alliance, The Pennsylvania State University, Cape Town, South Africa: International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) Interoperability Meeting.

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 9 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Titan Cloud Modeling; by Paul Corlies.

May 9-11 — University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN: 2016 Scientific Ballooning Technologies Workshop.

May 10-11 — Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, ESA, ISU, Nereus, Kirchberg, Luxembourg: Space Forum 2016; over 6,000 attendees expected, at European Convention Center; held in conjunction with ICT Spring 2016.

May 12 — PROCYON (PRoximate Object Close flYby with Optical Navigation), Asteroid 2000 DP107 Flyby: University of Tokyo and JAXA / ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) 50-kg PROCYON microsatellite to fly by binary asteroid 2000 DP107; launched Dec 4, 2014 as secondary payload with Hayabusa 2.

May 12 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 4-Heavy / NROL-37, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch classified spy satellite cargo for U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

May 13 — The Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Specialist Meeting: Solar Flares – New Insights from the Lower Atmosphere; Specialist Meeting: Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics in the CTA Era.

May 14 — The Astronomical League, Global: Astronomy Day 2016; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

May 16-20 — Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), AIAA, Daejeon, South Korea: 14th International Conference on Space Operations (Space Ops 2016).

May 16-19 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Incline Village NV: Conference: Biosignature Preservation and Detection in Mars Analog Environments.

May 16-20 — ESO, Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO.

May 16-20 — International Astronomical Union, Medellin, Colombia: Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference 2016.

May 17-19 — Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: 17th Astronautics Conference of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (ASTRO 2016): International Cooperation Makes Space Work; at Delta Hotel City Centre.

May 17-19 — Explore Mars Inc., Washington DC: Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) 2016; confirmed / tentative speakers include Buzz Aldrin, Ellen Stofan, Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”), Dava Newman, James Green, Miles O’Brien (PBS, CNN), Penelope Boston, ‘Astronaut Abby’ Harrison, Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne).

May 17-19 — Polytechnic University of Turin, Thales Alenia Space, ASI, ESA, CASC, Canadian Space Agency, NASA, JAXA, Turin, Italy: 5th International Workshop on Verification and Testing of Space Systems.

May 18-19 — European Nodes of Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 4th European Lunar Symposium; at Trippenhuis (Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences).

May 18-20 — International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Melbourne FL: 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference: Safety First, Safety for All.

May 18-22 — NASA, American Astronautical Society, CASIS, San Juan, Puerto Rico: 35th Annual International Space Development Conference.

May 19-22 — Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Lunar and Planetary Institute, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise ID: International Planetary Dunes Workshop: Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data.

May 19-23 — Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Canadian Astronomy Telescope Show, London, Ontario, Canada: AstroCats & RASC General Assembly; featuring the RASC General Assembly and the AstroCATS Canadian Astronomy & Telescope Show.

May 20 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-20M / ISS 47S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 48/49 members Anatoli Ivanishin of RSA, Takuya Onishi of JAXA, Kathleen Rubins of NASA to launch to ISS.

May 20-21 — ESA, CNES, si-Cluster, Athens and Patras, Greece: Act In Space – Greece; hackathon organized by the Greek space industry si-Cluster at Athens and Patras.

May 21-22 — Glenn Research Center, NASA, Cleveland OH: 75th Anniversary Open House.

May 22-26 — Japan Geoscience Union, Chiba, Taiwan: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016; at Makuhari Messe.

May 23-25 — ESA, Valencia, Spain: 2016 ESA Workshop on Aerospace EMC; at Westin Hotel.

May 23-27 — Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), Taipei, Taiwan: M87 Workshop: Towards the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Cosmic Jets.

May 23 – Jul 29 — The Lunar and Planetary Institute, Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.

May 24-25 — JA Initiative, Clyde Space, Deep Space Industries, Pocket Spacecraft, et al, Oxford, United Kingdom: iCubeSat 2016 – 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop; to address the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats.

May 24-26 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA, Houston TX: New Views of the Moon 2.

May 24-26 — Smarter Shows, Pasadena CA: Space Tech Expo: Design – Build – Test.

May 24-26 — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI: 5th International Conference on Tethers in Space.

May 27-30 — Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, University of Exeter, Beijing, China: 4th Beijing Earth and Planetary Interiors Symposium (BEPIS).

May 28 — United States Postal Service, New York NY: Stamps featuring Pluto Explored! The Moon, Views of Our Planets, and Star Trek to be dedicated at World Stamp Show.

May 29 – Jun 12 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: New Frontiers in Far-infrared and Sub-millimeter Astronomy.

May 29 – Jun 19 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Light-matter Interaction and Quantum Control In Many-body Systems.

May 29 – Jun 24 — Vatican Observatory, Lazio, Italy: 2016 Summer School in Astrophysics: Water in the Solar System and Beyond.

May 30 – Jun 2 — Hermann Minkowski Institute for Foundational Studies, Varna, Bulgaria: 4th International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime; at Hotel Lilia.

May 30 – Jun 6 — AIAA, IEE, Central Scientific Research Institute Elektropribor, St. Petersburg, Russia: 23rd St. Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems.

May 31 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: Spacecraft to perform trajectory correction maneuver today.

May 31 – Jun 3 — National Solar Observatory, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, National Science Foundation, Boulder CO: 2016 Solar Physics Division (SPD) Meeting.

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 — Dawn, Ceres Orbit: End of scheduled primary mission, craft expected to gather science data from increasingly closer orbits to Ceres, future mission plans to be determined; to avoid contamination, craft will not impact surface.

NET Jun — CNSA, Launch Long March 7, TBD, China: China Long March 7 rocket maiden flight planned for this month; may launch from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan.

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

NET Jun — Space Renaissance Institute, TBD, Italy: 2nd International Space Renaissance Institute International Congress.

Jun 1-2 — The Royal Society, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom: Conference: Bridging the Gap – From Massive Stars to Supernovae.

Jun 1-3 — ESA, NASA, APL/JHU, Nice Observatory, Nice, France: 2nd Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) International Workshop; at Hôtel Saint-Paul.

Jun 2 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: Mars Science Laboratory Mission Update; Dr. Allan Treiman of LPI.

Jun 2-4 — Southwest Research Institute, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Suborbital Applications Researchers Group, Broomfield CO: Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2016; at Omni Interlocken Resort.

Jun 5-10 — ESA, International Society for Gravitational Physiology, CNES, Toulouse, France: ESA/ISGP/CNES Joint Life Sciences Meeting 2016: Life in Space for Life on Earth.

Jun 6-7 — International Astronautical Federation, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, Switzerland: Global Conference on Space and the Information Society – GLIS 2016.

Jun 6-10 — National Observatory of Athens, Crete, Greece: Conference: Supernova Remnants – An Odyssey in Space after Stellar Death.

Jun 6-10 — Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Albena, Bulgaria: 1st Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) General Symposium.

Jun 8-17 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria: 59th Session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Jun 9-10 — National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Macau University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China: International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Science (ISLPS).

Jun 10 — 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.

Jun 10-12 — American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Abilene TX: Student CanSat Competition.

Jun 11 — Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with Large Area Telescope & the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments entering 9th year of operations in Space; launched 2008.

Jun 11-12 — Plumb Brook Station, NASA, Sandusky OH: 75th Anniversary Open House.

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

Jun 12 – Jul 3 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Testing the Laws of Gravity with Cosmological Surveys.

Jun 13 — Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), LEO: NASA satellite investigating black holes a billion times more massive than Sun, how particles are accelerated to very high energy in active galaxies & elements in supernova remnants enters 5th year of operations in space today, launched 2012.

Jun 13-17 — AIAA, Washington DC: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016); 8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference; at Washington Hilton.

Jun 13-17 — Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan: Yukawa International Seminar 2016: Quantum Matter, Spacetime and Information (YKIS2016).

Jun 16 — 1st Woman in Space 53rd Observation, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to honor the first woman to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 1st American Woman in Space 33rd Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission.

Jun 19 – Jul 10 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Emergence, Evolution and Effects of Black Holes in the Universe – The Next 50 Years of Black Hole Physics.

Jun 20-21 — The Geological Society, London, United Kingdom: Conference: Martian Gullies and their Earth Analogues.

Jun 20-23 — Lockheed Martin Corp., NASA, USAF, JPL, GE, FAA, ATK, DARPA, Teledyne, et al, Westminster CO: 2016 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) & the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE).

Jun 20-24 — Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara CA: Conference: Molecules and Dust as Fuel to Star Formation.

Jun 20-24 — University of Paris-Sud, University of Gothenburg, Open University, Potsdam, Germany: 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP) 2016.

Jun 20-24 — UNESCO, IAEA, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy: Conference on Genome Architecture in Space and Time.

Jun 21-23 — Space Frontier Foundation, Museum of Flight, Spaceflight Industries, Blue origin, Space Angels, et al, Seattle WA: NewSpace 2016 Conference.

Jun 21-23 — Pembroke College, Oxford, United Kingdom: .Astronomy 8 Event.

Jun 21-23 — Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic: 4th Workshop on Binaries in the Solar System.

Jun 23 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: NASA spacecraft enters 8th year in Moon orbit today; launched Jun 18, 2009.

Jun 26 – Jul 1 — Geochemical Society, European Association of Geochemistry, The Geochemical Society of Japan, Yokohama, Japan: 26th Goldschmidt Conference; covering all aspects of planetary / space geochemistry and related fields.

Jun 26 – Jul 1 — Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Tegernsee, Germany: Conference: The Early Phase of Star Formation (EPoS 2016) – Progress after 10 years of EPoS; at Ringberg Castle.

Jun 27 — Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), Sun-Synchronous Orbit: NASA observation satellite investigating the physical conditions of the chromosphere of Sun enters 4th year in space, launched 2013.

Jun 27 – Jul 1 — Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), URSI, International Committee on Global Navigation Systems, Trieste, Italy: Beacon Satellite Symposium 2016.

Jun 27-29 — University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, NASA, JPL, Reims, France: Titan Aeronomy and Climate Workshop.

Jun 28-30 — NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group, Washington DC: 15th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG).

Jun 30 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: NASA / ESA / ASI spacecraft begins 13th year of operations in Saturn orbit today; launched Oct 15, 1997, reached Saturn 2004.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2016; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Q3 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune 3 (3 CPM) vehicle / Nanosat, Mojave CA: Planning to launch nanosat on Lunar direct trajectory via Neptune 3 Common Propulsion Module (CPM).

Jul 2 — ARTEMIS P1, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 6th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; launched 2011.

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 14:18 HST.

Jul 4-8 — European Astronomical Society, Hellenic Astronomical Society, et al, Athens, Greece: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.

Jul 4-16 — Nordic Network of Astrobiology, European Astrobiology Campus, Reykjavik, Iceland: Biosignatures and the Search for Life on Mars; summer school covering search for life on early Earth, below Earth surface & on Mars.

Jul 4 – Sep 2 — International Space University, Technion Institute, Haifa, Israel: ISU 29th Space Studies Program (SSP 2016).

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

Jul 6-9 — Space Renaissance International, Lifeboat Foundation, Rome, Italy: Space, Not War! World Congress; at Mercure Hotel.

Jul 10-12 — Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Curtin University, Perth, Australia: 2016 Australasian Astrobiology Meeting.

Jul 11 — ARTEMIS P2, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 6th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; launched 2011.

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 12-14 — Boeing Company, Orbital ATK, NASA, SNC, American Astronautical Society, San Diego CA: ISS Research and Development Conference; at Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

Jul 13-17— AIAA, Washington DC: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016); at Washington Hilton.

Jul 14 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 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 2030s.

Jul 18-22 — NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Caltech, JPL, Pasadena CA: 2016 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: Looking for Planets in Astronomical Data; in Beckman Institute Auditorium.

Jul 18-22 — Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy, Malta: Conference: Signals from the Deep Past – Unveiling Early Cosmic Structures.

Jul 18-22 — Italy National Institute for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Industrial Revolution in Galactic Astronomy.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 47th 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 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 40th 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 20-24 — Paris Institute of Astrophysics (IAP), Paris, France: Conference: Cosmic Dawn of Galaxy Formation – Linking Observations and Theory with New-Generation Spectral Models.

Jul 21-23 — British Interplanetary Society, Godalming Surrey, United Kingdom: British Interplanetary Society Conference.

Jul 25-27 — AIAA, SAE, ASEE, Salt Lake City UT: 52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; at Salt Palace Convention Center.

Jul 25-29 — NAOJ, East Asian Observatory, Quy nhon, Vietnam: Conference: Star Formation in Different Environments.

Jul 26-29 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Boulder CO: Conference: Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn.

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

Jul 30 – Aug 5 — Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), Beijing, China: 13th Asia Oceania Geosciences Conference 2016.

Jul 31 – Aug 5 — American Astronomical Society, Avalon CA: Conference: Mapping the Pathways of Galaxy Transformation Across Time and Space.

NET Aug — SpaceX, Iridium Communications, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 3-12, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9.

Aug 1-4 — University of Exeter, Quest University, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada: Conference: The Diversity of Planetary Atmospheres (IV).

Aug 1-5 — Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany: First Stars V; to discuss theoretical and observational understanding of first star and galaxy formation, at Heidelberg Convention Center.

Aug 1-19 — The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), TBC, Rwanda: African School for Fundamental Physics and Applications 2016 (ASP 2016).

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

Aug 5 — Juno, Jupiter System: NASA spacecraft enters 6th year in Space today, launched in 2011; entered orbit around Jupiter Jul 4, 2016.

Aug 6 — Rosetta, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Orbit: ESA spacecraft enters 3rd year of operations around Comet; launched 2007, entered orbit 2014.

Aug 6-11 — AIAA, Utah State University, Logan UT: Small Satellite Conference.

Aug 7-12 — The Meteoritical Society, Berlin, Germany: 79th Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society.

Aug 7-13 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon, Vietnam: Conference: Blowing in the Wind.

Aug 9-13 — Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Texas A&M University, NSF, Carnegie Institution for Science, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile: Conference: Supernovae Through the Ages – Understanding the Past to Prepare for the Future.

Aug 15-19 — Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan: Cosmic Dust conference.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Heliosheath: NASA spacecraft enters 40th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to enter Interstellar space this year & send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 20-30 — Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation, National Antarctic Research Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 34th Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Bienniel Meetings/SCAR Open Science Conference: Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics.

Aug 22-23 — World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Paris, France: 18th International Conference on Satellite and Space Communications (ICSSC 2016).

Aug 23 – Sep 1 — European Astrobiology Campus, COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life in the Universe”, University of the Azores, Stockholm University, Azores, Portugal: Course: Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life.

Aug 25 — Spitzer Space Telescope, LEO: In warm mission phase, spacecraft enters 14 years in space today, launched 2003.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 5th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

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: Space craft begin 5th year in space today, launched 2012; adding to the understanding the radiation belt environment and its variability.

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 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5, TBD, China: China Long March 5 rocket maiden flight planned between Sep-Oct; may launch from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan.

NET Sep — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 11, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 13th Dragon spacecraft on 11th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Sep 3 — 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 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 40th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 5-9 — University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland: 6th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration.

Sep 11-16 — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Golden Sands, Bulgaria: International Symposium on Recent Observations and Simulations of the Sun-Earth System III.

Sep 12-14 — Space Telescope Science Institute, American Astronomical Society, Baltimore MD: Conference: Exoplanets and Disks – Bridging Compositions and Communities, Towards the Future.

Sep 12-15 — AIAA, Long Beach CA: AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2016); at Long Beach Convention Center.

Sep 14-15 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Sep 14-16 — Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland: Conference: Interstellar Shocks – Models, Observations & Experiments.

Sep 16 — ISS, Soyuz MS-01 Undocking, LEO: Expedition 47/48 crew Aleksei Ovchinin of RSA, Oleg Skripochka of RSA, Jeffrey Williams of NASA return to Earth.

Sep 18-23 — ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: 2016 CAASTRO Scientific Conference: Galaxy Transformations.

Sep 21 — MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft enters 3rd year of operations in Mars orbit; continuing to study upper atmosphere; launched Nov 18, 2013.

Sep 22 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-02 / ISS 48S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 49/50 members Robert Kimbrough of NASA, Andrei Borisenko of RSA, Sergey Ryzhikov of RSA to launch to ISS.

Sep 24 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: India ISRO orbiter enters 3rd year of operations in Mars orbit; launched Nov 5, 2013.

Sep 26-28 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: ESAC 2016 JWST Workshop: Mastering the Science Instruments and the Observing Modes of JWST.

Sep 26-30 — International Astronautical Federation, Mexican Space Agency (AEM), Guadalajara, Mexico: 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) Making space accessible and affordable to all countries; multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topics.

Sep 26-30 — ASI, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy: Conference: The Milky Way as a Star Formation Engine – Towards a predictive Galaxy-scale Model of the Star Formation Life-Cycle (VIALACTEA 2016).

Sep 26 – Oct 2 — Flexure Engineering, Seattle WA: 6th International Workshop on LunarCubes & Lunar Science Applications workshop.

Sep 27 — Dawn, Ceres Orbit: NASA spacecraft enters 10th year in space today, launched Sep 27, 2007; entered orbit around 4 Vesta Jul 16, 2011, reached Ceres orbit March 6, 2015.

Sep 27-30 — ESA, DLR, CNES, Toulouse, France: 14th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing (ECSSMET).

Sep 28 — Astrosat, 650-km LEO: ISRO first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory enters 2nd year in space today.

NET Sep 30 — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: Mission extended until end of this month, spacecraft will orbit closer to comet surface while gathering data; may be able to land / crash on Comet surface.

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.

Sep 30 – Oct 1 — Space Foundation, San Francisco CA: Space Technology & Investment Forum; at Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

NET Q4 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune 5 (5 CPM) vehicle / 30 Nanosats, Mojave CA: Planning to launch Neptune 5 Common Propulsion Module (CPM) to loft 30 nanosats to LEO, including payloads for GLXP teams Team Synergy Moon, Part-Time Scientist, Plan B & EuroLuna.

NET Oct — 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.

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

NET Oct — SpaceX, Iridium Communications, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 13-22, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9.

NET Oct — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-7, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 8th Cygnus cargo freighter on 7th operational flight to the ISS.

Oct 3-7 — Association of Space Explorers, Vienna, Austria: 29th Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Oct 3-7 — International Astronomical Union, National University of Columbia, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: 15th Latin American Regional IAU Meeting.

Oct 4-7 — International Astronomical Union, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany: IAU Symposium 326: Research in Astronomy Education – Far Reaching Impacts and Future Directions.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2016; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 59th observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 49th observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

Oct 9-13 — International Astronomical Union, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia: IAU Symposium 327: Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere.

Oct 10-12 — ESA, CNES, DLR, European Space Components Coordination , Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Space Passive Component Days; at ESTEC.

Oct 10-14 — Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 11th INTEGRAL Conference: Gamma-Ray Astrophysics in Multi-Wavelength Perspective.

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

Oct 16-21 — European Planetary Science Congress, American Astronomical Society, Pasadena CA: European Planetary Science Congress 2016 / Division for Planetary Sciences; at Pasadena Convention Center.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA spacecraft enters 15th year of operations in Space; launched 2002.

Oct 17 — Orbital ATK, Launch Pegasus XL / CYGNSS, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket to launch the 8-spacecraft NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) to study how tropical cyclones grow stronger over warm ocean waters.

Oct 17-21 — International Astronomical Union, University of São Paulo, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Maresias, Brazil: IAU Symposium 328: Living Around Active Stars.

Oct 18-20 — European Space Agency, Space Technology Centre at University of Dundee, Yokohama, Japan: International SpaceWire Conference 2016.

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.

Oct 24 — Mars Odyssey, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft enters 16th year in orbit around Mars today, holds record for longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth; launched 2001.

Oct 24-27 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: 14th Reinventing Space Conference (RIspace); at Royal Society.

Oct 24-27 — JPL, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: 3rd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions.

Oct 24-27 — Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), Reed Exhibitions, Singapore: APEX EXPO and Aircraft Interiors Expo Asia (AIX Asia).

Oct 25-27 — ESA, Space Technology Centre – University of Dundee, Yokohama, Japan: International SpaceWire Conference 2016.

Oct 26 — STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) A & B, Heliocentric Orbit: NASA craft imaging Sun and solar phenomena enter 11th year in space today.

NET Nov — World Space Risk Forum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: World Space Risk Forum; held in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Global Space Congress 2016.

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 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks beginning of 17th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.

Nov 8-11 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 10th ESA Round Table on Micro and Nano Technologies for Space Applications.

Nov 9 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Science Orbit phase, 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 15 — ISS, Soyuz TMA-20M Undocking, LEO: Expedition 48/49 members Anatoli Ivanishin of RSA, Takuya Onishi of JAXA, Kathleen Rubins of NASA to return to Earth.

Nov 15-16 — SpaceCom, Houston TX: SpaceCom2016; at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Nov 15-17 — VEXAG, NASA, TBD: 14th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group.

Nov 20 — Swift, LEO: Observing gamma-ray bursts & their afterglows in gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, optical wavelengths from LEO, craft enters 13th year of operations today, launched in 2004.

Nov 28 – Dec 2 — International Astronomical Union, Auckland, New Zealand: IAU Symposium 329: The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars.

Nov 28 – Dec 2 — International Astronomical Union, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile: Conference: Wide-Field Variability Surveys – A 21st-Century Perspective.

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

Nov 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-03 / ISS 49S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 50/51 members Oleg Novitskiy of RSA, Thomas Pesquet of ESA, Peggy Whitson of NASA to launch to ISS.

NET Dec — ExoMars Orbiter & EDM, Mars Orbit & Surface: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter expected to reach Mars orbit this month (if launched in March) and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module to land on surface.

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

NET Dec — ISRO, Launch PSLV / SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation), Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Proposed meteorology SAARC satellite to launch, will cover 7 countries in South Asia region: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan.

Dec 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 1999 JU3 Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 enters 3rd full year in space today, launched Dec 3, 2014; expected to reach asteroid June / July 2018.

Dec 7 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes enters 2nd year at Venus today; launched May 11, 2001.

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

Dec 25 — Mars Express, Mars Orbit: ESA spacecraft enters 14th year in Mars orbit today; will continue to study Mars atmosphere & climate, planet structure, mineralogy, geology, and to search for traces of water; launched June 2, 2003.

2017

NET 2017— SpaceX, Launch Falcon / Dragon V2 (Crew Dragon), KSC FL: SpaceX to launch Astronauts to the ISS for NASA Commercial Crew Development Program beginning this year.

NET 2017 — 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 2017 — Rocket Lab, Moon Express, Launch Electron Rocket / MX Lander, 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, may carry Celestis memorial remains.

NET 2017 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mark-2 / Chandrayaan-2, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India 2nd robotic Moon Mission expected to launch orbiter and lander / rover for polar landing; plans for Chandrayaan 3 and 4 are underway.

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 — Launch BepiColombo, TBD: European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to launch today; craft expected to reach Mercury polar orbit 2024 to map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

NET 2017 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-5, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China: CE-5 to collect up to 2 kg of lunar reoglith and transport back to earth; precursor to CE-6 sample return mission and human missions.

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 Q1 2017 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune 5 (5 CPM) vehicle / 27-unit payload, Mojave CA: Planning to launch Neptune 5 Common Propulsion Module (CPM) to loft 27-unit Team Synergy Moon spacecraft on Ballistic Lunar Transfer to orbit the Moon.

NET 2017 — Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), Multiple Locations: Harnessing the power of 9 radio telescopes Worldwide, EHT will attempt to take picture of Sagittarius A* black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy this year.

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 19 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft enters 12th year in space today, launched Jan 19, 2006 – flew by Pluto July 2015; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

Jan 25 — Opportunity, Mars Surface: Rover enters 14th year on Mars; holds “off-world” record for having driven the greatest distance; launched 2003, landed 2004.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 50th Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2016 for further information.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 31st 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 2016 for more detail.

Jan 28 — China Lunar New Year 4653, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2017 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Rooster.

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 — Columbia STS-107 14th 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 2016 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.

Mar 15 — ISS, Soyuz MS-02 Undocking, LEO: Expedition 49/50 members Robert Kimbrough of NASA, Andrei Borisenko of RSA, Sergey Ryzhikov of RSA to return to Earth.

Mar 28-30 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Mar 29 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-04 / ISS 50S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 51/52 members Nikolay Tkhonov of RSA, Alexander Misurkin of RSA, Mark Vande Hei of NASA to launch to ISS.

NET Apr — Launch Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), 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 Apr — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first unpiloted demonstration flight expected this month.

Apr 12 — 56th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2017; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

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.

May 15 — ISS, Soyuz MS-03 Undocking, LEO: Expedition 50/51 members Oleg Novitskiy of RSA, Thomas Pesquet of ESA, Peggy Whitson of NASA to return to Earth.

May 29 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-05 / ISS 51S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 52/53 members Fyodor Yurchikin of RSA, Paolo Nespoli of ESA, Jack Fischer of NASA to launch to ISS.

NET Jun — SpaceX, Astrobotic Technology Inc., Launch Falcon 9 / Astrobotic Griffin Lander & Multi-Payload, TBD: SpaceX to launch Astrobotic Griffin Lander & Andy Rover (as well as Japan Team Hakuto, Chile Team AngelicvM) to attempt to reach Moon, win Google Lunar XPRIZE & explore lunar skylight thought to be entrance to subsurface cave network.

NET Jun — SpaceX, SpaceIL, Launch Falcon 9 / SpaceIL Craft, TBD: Isreal GLXP Team SpaceIL hoping to secure SpaceX launch in second half of this year to send ‘hopper’ craft to Moon in attempt to win GLXP.

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

Jun 5-9 — AIAA, Denver CO: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2017); at Sheraton Colorado.

Jun 19 – Aug 18 — International Space University, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland: ISU 30th Space Studies Program (SSP 2017).

Jun 30 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: NASA / ESA / ASI spacecraft begins 14th year of operations in Saturn orbit today; launched Oct 15, 1997, reached Saturn 2004; controlled impact planned for Sep 15.

NET Q3 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune 36 (36 CPM) vehicle / Team Synergy Moon GLXP Lander & Rovers, Mojave CA: Planning to launch 4-stage Neptune 36 Common Propulsion Module (CPM) on Lunar Direct Trajectory; will carry CYGO Cruiser craft which will release TubeSats & Team Synergy Moon Lander (which will then deploy Tesla Prospector Rover & Tesla Surveyor Rover) in attempt to win GLXP.

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.

NET Jul — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first crewed flight on Boe-OFT mission planned between July-September.

Jul 10-12 — AIAA, Atlanta GA: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (Propulsion and Energy 2017); at Hyatt Regency.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 48th 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 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 41st 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 23 — Chandra X-ray Observatory, HEO: NASA spacecraft in extended mission phase enters 18th year of operations in Space; instruments able to detect X-ray sources 100 times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope; launched 1999.

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

Aug 5 — Juno, Jupiter System: NASA spacecraft enters 7th year in Space today, launched in 2011; entered orbit around Jupiter Jul 4, 2016.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 41st year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

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

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 6th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

NET Sep — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner crewed test flight expected this month.

NET Sep — International Astronautical Federation, Adelaide Convention Bureau, The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), State Government of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia: 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2017); multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topic.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 41st year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 12-14 — AIAA, Orlando FL: AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2017); at Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Sep 13-14 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

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

Sep 16 — ISS, Soyuz MS-04 Undocking, LEO: Expedition 51/52 members Nikolay Tkhonov of RSA, Alexander Misurkin of RSA, Mark Vande Hei of NASA to return to Earth.

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

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

Nov 12 — ISS, Soyuz MS-05 Undocking, LEO: Expedition 52/53 members Fyodor Yurchikin of RSA, Paolo Nespoli of ESA, Jack Fischer of NASA to return to Earth.

NET Dec — United Launch Alliance, Boeing Company, Launch Atlas V / Boeing CST-100 Starliner, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Boeing CST-100 Starliner expected to be fully operational and begin rotation to bring Astronauts into space via ULA Atlas V rocket.

Dec 7 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes enters 3rd year at Venus today and primary mission ends, future mission goals to be decided; launched May 11, 2001.

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

2018

NET 2018 — OSIRIS-REx, Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Surface: Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission expected to rendezvous with asteroid this year, take samples and return to Earth in 2023.

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 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China: Orbiter / lander / rover (originally back up for Chang’e-3 mission), expected to launch this year to far side of Moon, South Pole / Aitken basin with reconfigured / advanced instruments.

NET 2018 — 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 2018 — RSA, Launch Soyuz 2 / Luna-25, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Glob lander to launch to Boguslavsky crater near Moon South Pole.

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 — 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 (SciTech 2018); at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Jan 19 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft enters 13th year in space today, launched Jan 19, 2006 – flew by Pluto July 2015; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 51st Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2016 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 32nd 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 2016 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 15th 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 2016 for more detail.

NET Mar — 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.

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

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

Mar 27-29 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

NET Apr — JAXA, Launch Epsilon / Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: SLIM Moon mission planning to launch this fiscal year (Apr 2018 – Apr 2019); will test technologies for future lunar missions, including SELENE-2 and Human Missions.

Apr 12 — 57th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2018; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

NET May — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Launch InSight / Mars Cube One 1 & 2, TBD: Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander to launch to Mars, study deep interior; expected to arrive Nov 2016; end of operations planned for Nov 2020.

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.

NET Jun — International Space University, ESA, Netherlands Space Office, Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: ISU 31st Space Studies Program (SSP 2018).

Jul 10-12 — AIAA, Cincinnati OH: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2018).

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

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 49th 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 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 42nd 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 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 42nd year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 20-31 — International Astronomical Union, University of Vienna, Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ÖGA2), Vienna, Austria: XXX (30th) IAU General Assembly; at Austria Center Vienna.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 7th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Aug 27-30 — AIAA, New Orleans LA: AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2018); at Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 42nd year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 12-13 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

NET Oct — 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; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 61st observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 51st observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

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 13 science experiments.

NET Nov InSight, 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 Nov 2020.

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

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-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 2019 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / SELENE-2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: JAXA to launch Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2 (SELENE-2) 700-kg orbiter, 1,000-kg lander (with 200-kg of total payloads), 100-kg rover to Moon.

Jan 1 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 Flyby: Craft expected to fly by selected KBO at distance of 12,500 km or closer.

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

Jan 19 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft enters 14th year in space today, launched Jan 19, 2006 – flew by Pluto July 2015; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 52nd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2016 for further information.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 33rd 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 2016 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 16th 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 2016 for more detail.

Mar 26-28 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

Apr 12 — 58th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2019; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

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

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 50th 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 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 43rd 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 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 43rd year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 8th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 43rd year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 11-12 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

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; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 62nd observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 52nd observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

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

NET 2020 — Golden Spike Company, Moon Landing: Possible date for GSC 1st Human Moon landing.

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 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft planned mission ends this year after reaching Pluto, Charon and designated Kuiper Belt object(s); future trajectory / mission plans to be determined; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

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 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 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-6, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China: CE-6 planned to land on Moon surface and perform sample return mission; may be last robotic mission before China Human Moon missions.

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

NET 2020 — Government of the United Arab Emirates, TBD: UAE plans to launch the first Arab spacecraft to Mars this year in celebration of 50th observation of nation’s founding.

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

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.

NET 2020 — UAE Space Agency, Launch Hope Probe, TBD: UAE plans to launch Hope mission to Mars this year to study planet atmosphere, potentially with ISRO collaboration.

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

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 53rd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2016 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 34th 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 2016 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 17th 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 2016 for more detail.

Mar 31 – Apr 2 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

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 — Apollo 11 51st 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 — Viking 1 Mars Lander 44th 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 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 44th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 9th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977; some science instruments to be turned off this year as power is running out, complete data transmission predicted to cease 2025.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 44th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

Sep 16-17 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.

NET Oct — ESA, Launch Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) & Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), TBD: ESA, DLR, NASA, JHU/APL, the Observatoire de la Côte d´Azur (OCA) mission to launch to Didymos binary asteroids & arrive 2022; will consist of lander, orbiters, CubeSats, and impactor.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2020; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 63rd observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 53rd observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

NET NovInSight, Mars Surface: Scheduled end to Mars surface operations mission; future plans / goals to be determined.

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 — 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 2021 — RSA, Launch Luna-28, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Luna-Resurs 2 expected to launch to Moon South Pole for return sample mission.

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 Feb Mars Rover, Mars Surface: NASA Mars robotic rover with 7 advanced science instruments to land on planet, search for evidence of past life, collect data for future human missions.

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

Aug 16-27 — International Astronomical Union, Busan, S Korea: XXXI (31st) IAU General Assembly.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 45th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 10th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 45th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

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

NET 2022 — NASA, Launch Europa Clipper, TBD: NASA orbiter and lander to investigate Europa subsurface ocean, habitability & observe future landing sites; mission may include international collaboration, other craft.

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.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 46th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 11th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 46th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

2023

NET 2023 — 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 2023 — 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 2023 — RSA, Launch Angara A5B / ACV, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Test flight of 6-person Advanced Crew Vehicle; will carry 500 kg of cargo and could travel to Moon.

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.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 47th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 12th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 47th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

2024

NET 2024 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Human-Assisted Moon Sample Return Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Potential date for robotic sample return mission to Lunar surface with Human assistance from Asteroid in orbit around Moon.

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.

NET Jan — 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.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 48th year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 13th whole year in interstellar space, data indicates it became first human-made object to enter interstellar space Aug 25, 2012; launched Sep 5, 1977.

Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 48th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.

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NET 2025 — CNSA, Launch Long March 9, TBD, China: China hopes to have completed heavy lift Long March 9 rocket by this date; will be used to launch 1st China Human mission to Moon surface.

NET 2025 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / Human Moon Mission, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Potential date for India 1st Human mission to Moon surface via Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3.

NET 2025 — RSA, Launch Angara-5V / Human Crew Mission, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: First crewed launch from new spaceport planned for this year.

NET 2025 — JAXA, Launch HRV (HTV Return Vehicle) / Human Mission, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: Japan plans to launch JAXA astronauts to space this year.

NET 2025 — Voyager 1 & 2, Interstellar Space: The farthest spacecraft from Earth, NASA Voyagers communications / data return are expected to cease this year due to radioactive power sources becoming unable to provide enough electrical energy for critical subsystems; launched 1977.

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

NET 2025 — RSA, Launch Millimetron, TBD: Russia to launch space observatory with a diameter of 10 meters to Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point to study black holes, formation of stars, planets, galaxies.

NET 2025 — 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.

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.

2027

NET 2027 — RSA, Launch Human Moon Mission, TBD, Russia: Russia plans to launch Humans to Moon orbit this year, with lunar landing occurring within 2 years.

2028

NET 2028 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Human Moon Surface Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: NASA planning to launch Astronauts to lunar surface, potentially in coordination with Asteroid Redirect mission.

2029

NET 2029 — RSA, Launch Human Moon Mission, TBD, Russia: Russia plans to begin Human Moon surface missions within the year, work toward setting up Moon base.

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 7M km of Earth this year after reaching 300M km apogee.

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NET 2030 — ESA, Moon Surface: Europe plans to build a Lunar Village by this date as a stepping stone to Mars and a successor to the International Space Station.

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 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft expected to continue exploring Kuiper Belt until at least middle of this decade.

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.

2031

NET 2031 — ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer-3), Heliocentric Orbit: Craft presumably in safe mode, traveling around Sun & predicted to return to vicinity of Earth this year – may be able to reestablish contact; craft launched August 12, 1978.

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.

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NET 2033 — Government of the Republic of Turkey, Roketsan Inc., Ankara, Turkey: Turkey hopes to have space-launch capabilities and more than 20 operational satellites by this date.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jun 9 – Total Eclipse of Moon: Long-duration total lunar eclipse of 106.1 minutes.

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Jul 16 – Eclipse of Sun: Longest solar eclipse of the Century at 7 minutes 29 seconds; may be longest eclipse during 10,000 year period from 4000 BC to AD 6000.

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May 11 – Partial Transit of Mercury: Mercury to pass directly between Earth and Sun; observers see distant planet as small dot gliding slowly across face of Sun.

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May 5 – Eclipse of Sun: First total solar eclipse visible in London since 2151.

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Sep 3 – Earth / Mars Minimum Distance Reached: Distance between Earth & Mars reaches new minimum at 55,651,582.118 km on this date during perihelitic opposition.

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Sep 8 – Earth / Mars Minimum Distance Reached: Distance between Earth & Mars reaches new minimum at 55,651,033.122 km on this date during perihelitic opposition.

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NET Jan — Gamma Cephei becomes ‘North Star’: Due to precession of the equinoxes, also known as axial precession or lunisolar precession, positions of stars slowly change in both equatorial coordinates & ecliptic longitude; this year Gamma Cephei will enter the North Star position.

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NET 40272 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: Will come within 1.7 LY of Star AC+79 3888 in the constellation Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper).

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NET May — Laser Geodynamics Satellite 1 (LAGEOS-1), MEO: LAGEOS-1 laser ranging satellite mission, carrying plaque designed by Carl Sagan, predicted to reenter Earth atmosphere close to this date; launched May 4, 1976 to 5,900-km altitude orbit.

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~4 Billion Years — Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy: Andromeda approaching MWG at 110 km/sec, these 2 largest galaxies in Local Group predicted to collide; although unlikely any Stars will collide, over a period of perhaps Millions of years the 2 central supermassive black holes to converge near center of newly formed ‘Milkomeda’ Galaxy, simulations indicate Earth might be brought near center & ejected entirely out of galaxy.

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