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SEP - NOV 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

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 5-8 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Secure World Foundation, Vienna, Austria: 10th United Nations Workshop on Space Law: Contribution of Space Law and Policy to Space Governance and Space Security in the 21st Century.

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

Sep 5-9 — Torino University Department of Physics, National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Torino, Italy: 25th European Cosmic Ray Symposium (ERCS) 2016.

Sep 6 — ISS, Soyuz TMA-20M Undocking, LEO: Expedition 48/49 members Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka, Jeff Williams to return to Earth after 3.5-hour journey from ISS; Williams will have a record-breaking total of 534 cumulative days in Space.

Sep 6 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Dr. Louise Prockter to become Director of LPI effective today; will be first woman to serve as LPI Director.

Sep 6 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Triggering Big Bursts of Star Formation in Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxies; Trisha Ashley from Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, 12:00.

Sep 7 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Colloquium: Star Trek and NASA – 50 Years of Inventing the Future Together; Rick Sternbach of International Association of Astronomical Artists / Art Director for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

Sep 7-9 — Imperial College London, von Kármán Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Knowledge Transfer Network, London, United Kingdom: 8th European CubeSat Symposium.

Sep 7-9 — Italian Geological Society, Naples, Italy: 88th Congress of the Italian Geological Society.

Sep 7-9 — University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany: Workshop: Heating and Cooling Processes in the Interstellar Medium.

Sep 8 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / OSIRIS-REx, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for asteroid sample return expected to launch to asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36), launch window 19:05-21:05.

Sep 9 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: The Invisible Universe Revealed – From Glowing Dust to Spinning Stellar Corpses; Anna Ho, 20:00.

Sep 10 — ESA, Various Locations within 22 ESA Member States: Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe; 2,200 citizens from 22 European countries to participate in consultation on European space program priorities.

Sep 10 — Team Indus, Online / Bengaluru, India: Registration Due for Lab2Moon experiment allowing young adults to compete for project to fly on GLXP Team Indus craft to Moon surface 2017; project should fit inside 330-ml can, weigh less than 250 grams & ‘catalyze the evolution of Humankind as a sustainable Multi-Planetary Species.’

Sep 10-13 — European Space Foundation, Planet PR Agency, Jasionka, Poland: European Rover Challenge.

Sep 11-16 — Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, NASA, Sofia University, Bt Development Services – Bulgaria, Golden Sands, Bulgaria: International Symposium on Recent Observations and Simulations of the Sun-Earth System III.

Sep 12-14 — UNOOSA, Government of Austria, ESA, Graz, Austria: United Nations / Austria Symposium on Integrated Space Technology Applications for Climate Change.

Sep 12-14 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Biosignatures of Extant Life on Ocean Worlds Workshop.

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

Sep 12-15 — ESA Madrid, Spain: SPICE observation geometry training class; free and open to all professionals and students involved in Solar System exploration.

Sep 12-16 — University of Nova Gorica, International Astronomical Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia: IAU Symposium 324: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics.

Sep 12-16 — Interuniversity Consortium for Space Physics (Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale), L’Aquila, Italy: International School of Space Science Course: Planetary Interiors.

Sep 13-16 — AIAA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aerion Technologies, et al, Long Beach CA: SPACE 2016 Conference; at Long Beach Convention Center.

Sep 13-15 — J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, European Union COST Action, Liblice, Czech Republic: Evolution of Chemical Complexity: From Simple Interstellar Molecules to Terrestrial Biopolymers; at Liblice Castle.

Sep 13-16 — Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany: Workshop: Multiple Faces of Interstellar Dust.

Sep 14 — Langley Local History Society, Oldbury, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Lunatick Astronomy; by Andrew Lound, UK National Coordinator for the Planetary Society, 10:30.

Sep 14-15 — ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, London, United Kingdom: Conference: Space For Inspiration – ISS and Beyond; with ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Astronaut Luca Parmitano, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration David Parker.

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

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

NET Sep 15 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2F / Tiangong-2, TBA, China: Tiangong-2 Space Lab (14.4 meters long, 20,000 kg) to launch to LEO, followed by crew and cargo missions; intended to support missions of 3 crew members for 20 days.

NET Sep 15 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-5, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 7th Cygnus cargo freighter (dubbed S.S. Alan G. Poindexter) on 6th operational flight to the ISS with 2,400 kg of cargo.

Sep 15 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / WorldView 4, Vandenberg AFB CA: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-062, to launch WorldView 4 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe.

Sep 15 — ESA, Launch Vega / PeruSat 1 & SkySat, Kourou, French Guiana: Europe Vega rocket, designated VV07, to launch PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite for Peru government and 4 SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Terra Bellas.

Sep 15 — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Space Traffic Management Conference Team, Online / Daytona Beach FL: Abstracts Due: 3rd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference: Emerging Dynamics; to be held Nov 16-18.

Sep 16 — Women in Aerospace, Washington DC: Aerospace 2016 Conference: The Commercialization of Space; at Marriott Metro Center.

Sep 17 — Reading Astronomical Society, Reading, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Comets – Signposts in History.

Sep 17 — Zero Gravity Corporation, Online / Arlington VA: Last Day to Apply: Contest to fly with Zero-G; celebrating the 400th commercial zero-g flight, four winners will experience weightlessness for free.

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

Sep 19 — SpaceX, Iridium Communications, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 1-10, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9.

Sep 19 — University of Arizona Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ: Lecture: Taking Pictures of Extrasolar Planets; Katie Morzinski of Steward Observatory.

Sep 19-20 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Addressing the Mars ISRU Challenge – Production of Oxygen and Fuel from CO2 using Sunlight – Part 2.

Sep 19-20 — ASCE Partners, Mountain View CA: Space Mission Engineering; 5-day short course by Jim Wertz, President of Microcosm and adjunct professor at USC, guiding participants through process of preliminary mission design.

Sep 19-21 — UNOOSA, Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing, China: United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction: Understanding Disaster Risk (UN-SPIDER).

Sep 19-23 — UNOOSA, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna, Austria: Intersessional Meeting of the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

Sep 20 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Industry Space Days 2016.

Sep 20 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: The History of the Martian South Polar Cap; Carver Bierson from UC Santa Cruz.

Sep 20-22 — Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Islamabad Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan: 2nd International Conference on Space-2016.

Sep 20-23 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, European Southern Observatory, Indian Wells CA: Half a Decade of ALMA: Cosmic Dawns Transformed.

Sep 20-23 — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Secure World Foundation, Harris Corp., et al, Wailea HI: Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference.

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 21-22 — Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, Europlanet, University of Luxembourg, ESA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: Asteroid Science Intersections with In-Space Mine Engineering (ASIME) 2016; at Luxembourg Abbaye Neumunster.

Sep 21-23 — New Horizons Science Team, TBA CA: New Horizons Science Team Meeting and Extended Mission Science Planning Opportunity.

Sep 22, 23 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Revealing Saturn: Cassini Science Highlights and the Grand Finale; speaker TBA.

Sep 22-24 — Space Generation Advisory Council, Guadalajara, Mexico: 2016 Space Generation Congress.

Sep 22-24 — The Korean Astronomical Society, Seoul, South Korea: East-Asia AGN Workshop 2016.

Sep 22-25 — Mars Society, Washington DC: 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention; at Catholic University of America.

Sep 23 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-02 / ISS 48S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 49/50 members Robert Kimbrough of NASA, Andrei Borisenko of RSA, Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to launch to ISS.

Sep 23 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Co., Scarsdale NY: Galaxy Forum New York – Scarsdale: Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise in the 21st Century; at Scarsdale High School, Little Theater.

Sep 23-25 — UNOOSA, Guadalajara, Mexico: United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socioeconomic Benefits.

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

Sep 25 — International Astronautical Federation, Guadalajara, Mexico: 4th IAC Hosts Summit; bringing together past, current and future IAC host organizations, 09:00-13:00.

Sep 25 — International Academy of Astronautics, Guadalajara, Mexico: International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Academy Day.

Sep 25-28 — Geological Society of America, Denver CO: Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting.

Sep 26 – Oct 2— Flexure Engineering, The Select Investor, Seattle WA: LunarScene 2016; Canceled.

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 — Seoul National University, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Seoul, South Korea: 10th East Asian Meeting on Astronomy (EAMA10).

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 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 — Spacex, Guadalajara, Mexico: Elon Musk to reveal Mars settlement plans Sep 27 during a special keynote entitled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species” at 67th IAC.

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

Sep 27-30 — Seoul National University, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Seoul, South Korea: 10th East Asian Meeting on Astronomy (EAMA10).

Sep 27-30 — European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA), Athens, Greece: 16th EANA Astrobiology Conference; at the Eugenides Foundation.

Sep 27 – Oct 2 — European Planetary Science Congress, Nantes, France: European Planetary Science Congress 2016 / Division for Planetary Sciences.

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

Sep 29 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: A Space Weather Report – Preparing Space Explorers for Bad Weather throughout the Solar System; C. Alex Young, 11:30.

Sep 29 IAF Global Networking Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico: CELSS Integration Experiment and Manned Deep Space Exploration; with Fengyuan Zhuang, Yinghui Li, Rupert Gerzer, Nick Kanas, Jeffrey Sutton, Yixian Qin, 10:30-11:30 during 67th IAC.

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 attempt to “softly” crash land on surface.

NET Sep 30 / Oct 1 — 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) 17:16 UT Sep 30 / 02:16 Oct 1 Japan Time to deliver supplies to ISS, arrival set for Oct 6.

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 Scientists, Plan B & EuroLuna.

NET Q4 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / Himawari 9, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: H-2A rocket to launch Himawari 9 weather satellite for Japan Meteorological Agency.

NET Oct — TBD, Celestis, Launch Heritage Flight, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch to Earth Orbit memorial spaceflight for Celestis Inc.

Oct 1 — Baylor College of Medicine, NASA, Houston TX: NASA Transitional Research Institute to launch today; NASA awarded Baylor College of Medicine up to US$246M for discovering new approaches to astronaut health for long-duration space flight.

Oct 1 — Spaceport America, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Open House; free and open to the public.

Oct 1-5 — Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dayton Beach FL: PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1602.

Oct 2 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: ESA-ESTEC Open Day 2016; at ESTEC; held during Netherlands’ national Weekend of Science.

Oct 2-7 — State of Hawai`i, Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development (OAD), Honolulu HI: 2016 Aerospace in Hawaii Week; at Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium and Walkway.

Oct 3 — University of Arizona Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ: Lecture: The Cosmic Tango of Binary Stars; Maxwell Moe of Steward Observatory.

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

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

Oct 3-7 — ESA, Thessaloniki, Greece: 11th European Space Power Conference.

Oct 4 — Princeton Architectural Press, Online / New York NY: Release of Observer’s Notebook: Astronomy; including images from Hubble & ESA space telescopes, 8 full-color pages of astronomy facts, constellations, rotation and orbits of planets, phases of Moon, sizes of the planets.

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 5 — ESA Thermal Division Analysis and Verification Section, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 30th Annual European Space Thermal Analysis Workshop; at ESTEC.

Oct 7 — Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, British Interplanetary Society, Bath, United Kingdom: Lecture: Designing Against Space Flight Disaster; Keith Wright.

Oct 7 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: Cosmic Explosions Through the Ages – Supernovae Seen with the Naked Eye; Jacob Jencson, 20:00.

Oct 7 — Space Foundation, Denver CO: Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame; first honorees to be inducted: Ronald Sega, Alan Stern, General James Hartinger, Peter Teets; at Mile High Stadium.

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

Oct 10 — International Launch Services, Launch Proton / EchoStar 21, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: ILS Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage to launch EchoStar 21 communications satellite, formerly known as TerreStar 2.

Oct 10-14 — Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, Russia: 7th Moscow Solar System Symposium; to discuss formation and evolution of Solar System, planetary systems of other Stars; exploration of planets, moons, small bodies, interplanetary environment, astrobiology problems.

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

Oct 11 — Rotary Club Meriden, Coventry, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Skywalking – Living in Earth’s Orbit.

Oct 12-13 — New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, SpaceX, Space Foundation, ULA, Space News, Boeing, Secure World Foundation, et al, Las Cruces NM: International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS).

Oct 12-14 — ESA, CNES, DLR, European Space Components Coordination, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Space Passive Component Days; at ESTEC.

Oct 14 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to enter Period Reduction Phase today lasting ~5.25 days.

Oct 14 WayPaver Foundation, Online / Chattanooga TN: Letter of Intent Due for 2017 Fellowship Program; US$100,000 unrestricted grant supporting research technologies in both terrestrial and lunar applications, winner announced February 28, 2017.

Oct 14 — Birmingham Science Fiction Group, Birmingham, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Out of The Darkness: Pluto and the Outer Worlds.

Oct 14 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: Industrial Revolution in Galactic Astronomy.

Oct 14-15 — UK Astro Show, Astronomy Now, Stoneleigh Park, United Kingdom: International Astronomy Show.

NET Oct 15 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2F / Shenzhou 11, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China: Two Astronauts to launch to new Tiangong-2 space lab to test space docking and rendezvous, re-entry of the crew space module and flight support technologies for future astronauts; crew to perform 30-day mission, return mid-November.

NET Oct 15 — Ad Astra Rocket Company, Webster TX: Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) prototype VX-200SS set for 1-hour plasma firing test by end of this month, bringing engine to a technology readiness level 5 (one step before space flight).

NET Oct 16 — ExoMars to Release Schiaparelli, Mars Orbit: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter planning to release Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module (Schiaparelli) today in order to land ~3/4 days later at same time orbiter enters Mars orbit.

Oct 16-21 — American Astronomical Society, Pasadena CA: 48th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society / 11th European Planetary Science Conference (DPS 48 / EPSC); 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 — University of Arizona Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ: Focusing the Universe; film on the history of Steward Observatory and panel discussion.

Oct 17-20 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, European Association for Signal Processing, International Union of Radio Science, et al, Socorro NM: Coexisting with Radio Frequency Interference.

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 19 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter & Schiaparelli, Mars Orbit & Surface: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter expected to enter Mars orbit today, and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module (Schiaparelli) to land on surface & collect data for 4 days.

Oct 19 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to conduct Period Reduction Maneuver today, with engine burn of 22 minutes.

Oct 19 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Preparing for the Next Generation of Crewed Planetary Surface Exploration – Incorporating Field Portable Technology; Kelsey Young, 11:30.

Oct 20 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Orbit 2-3 phase today, will last 23 days.

Oct 20 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 65P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 65P resupply ship to ISS.

Oct 20 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 4 / WGS 8, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Delta 4 rocket to launch U.S. military eighth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft.

Oct 20, 21 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Robotic gripping technologies (Gecko-bot); speaker TBA.

Oct 21 — Northampton Natural History Society, Northampton, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Carl Sagan – Man of the Cosmos; by Andrew Lound, UK National Coordinator for the Planetary Society.

Oct 21 — Stanford on the Moon (SOM), Stanford CA: SOM Advisory Committee Meeting for first assessments of SOM Endowment Fund applicability; during Stanford Reunion Homecoming held Oct 20-23.

NET Oct 22 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Formosat 5 & Sherpa, Vandenberg AFS CA: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch Formosat 5 for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) and Sherpa from Spaceflight Industries carrying ~90 small payloads & CubeSats.

Oct 22 — Satnews, Mansat and Dentons US LLP, Washington DC: 4th Annual Space & Satellite Regulatory Colloquium.

Oct 23 — ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli, Mars Surface: ESA Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module (Schiaparelli) mission expected to end today.

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 — University of Arizona Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ: Lecture: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and “Interstellar”; Sam Gralla of UA Dept. of Physics.

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

Oct 24-27 — Asia Oceania Space Weather Alliance, Korean Space Weather Center, Jeju, South Korea: 4th Asia Oceania Space Weather Alliance (AOSWA) Workshop.

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 24-28 — Canadian Space Agency, ESA, NASA, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Conference: Exploring the Universe with JWST – II.

Oct 24-28 — African Association of Remote Sensing, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Makerere University, et al, Kampala, Uganda: 11th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE).

Oct 25-27 — American Astronautical Society, Huntsville AL: 9th Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium; at University of Alabama – Huntsville campus.

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

Oct 25-28 — Geological Society of America, Denver CO: Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting.

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

Oct 26-29 — American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, Cleveland OH: 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR).

Oct 30 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to perform Perijove Reduction maneuver.

Oct 31 — Eurockot, Launch Rockot / Sentinel 5p, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Eurockot Rockot to launch Sentinel 5 Precursor Earth observation satellite for ESA & the European Commission to measure air quality, ozone, pollution, aerosols in Earth atmosphere.

Oct 31 – Nov 4 — International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland: Workshop: Cosmic Dust from the Lab to the Stars.

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

NET Nov — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Resourcesat 2A, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C35 mission, to launch India Resourcesat 2A Earth observation satellite to help officials respond to natural disasters, monitor agriculture, manage urban & rural roads and infrastructure; will also launch ScatSat 1 & secondary payloads.

NET Nov — Up Aerospace, Launch SpaceLoft XL / 8th Earth Rise Mission, Las Cruces NM: Up Aerospace to launch 8th suborbital Earth Rise mission (The Starseeker Flight) for Celestis Inc.

NET Nov — World Technology Network, NYC NY: 2016 World Technology Summit & Awards Ceremony.

NET Nov — International Space Science Institute, Beijing, China: Lunar and Planetary Seismology meeting.

Nov 1 — Sierra Nevada Corp., Launch Atlas 5 / Dream Chaser, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SNC to launch Dream Chaser on first orbital test flight.

Nov 1-3 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Columbia MD: 2016 Annual Meeting of the LEAG; at USRA Headquarters.

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 2 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to perform Clean-Up Orbit maneuver.

Nov 2 — UK Space Agency, ESA, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: Principia Schools Conferences; Tim Peake to join educational conference on space exploration for students.

Nov 2-4 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop; at European Space Astronomy Centre.

Nov 3-5 — National Centre for Radio Astrophysics – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Goa, India: SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys 2016.

Nov 4 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: How to Prepare for the Great American Eclipse of 2017; Erika Hamden, 19:00.

Nov 4-5 — New Worlds Institute, University of Texas, Austin TX: New Worlds Conference 2016: Cities in Space Competition; at AT&T Executive Education and Conference.

Nov 5 — UK Space Agency, ESA, University of York, York, United Kingdom: Principia Schools Conferences; Tim Peake to join educational conference on space exploration for students.

Nov 5-9 — UNOOSA, Iranian Space Agency, Inter-Islamic Network on Space Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran: United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region.

Nov 7-11 — Square Kilometre Array Telescope, Gao, India: Conference: Science for the SKA Generation (SKA 2016).

Nov 7-16 — Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Tenerife, Spain: 2016 28th Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics: Solar System Exploration.

Nov 7-17 — Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, International Space Weather Initiative, Sangli, Maharashtra, India: SCOSTEP/ISWI International School on Space Science.

Nov 8-10 — SMi Group, SES, Airbus Defence & Space, Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., et al, London, United Kingdom: 18th annual Global MilSatCom; featuring keynote addresses, presentations and interactive panel discussions; expecting over 450 attendees.

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

Nov 11 — 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.

Nov 11 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: Crustal Differentiation on Mars – A New View of the Red Planet Forty Years after Viking; Meeting: Fine-Tuning on the Cosmological and the Quantum Scales.

Nov 11 — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Boeing Co., Titusville FL: Grand Opening of Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame; honoring Human space exploration and the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

Nov 11-13 — Spaceport America, Academy of Model Aeronautics, New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Drone Summit.

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

Nov 14-18 — ESA, CNES, Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP), Toulouse, France: Symposium: Comets 2016 – A new vision after Rosetta/Philae.

Nov 15 — 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.

Nov 15-16 — Royal Aeronautical Society, ASTech Paris, et al, London, United Kingdom: London Space Week.

Nov 15-17 — SpaceCom, Houston TX: SpaceCom2016; at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Nov 15-17 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: NuSTAR Science Meeting 2016.

Nov 15-18 — Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), JAXA, Manila, Philippines: Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-23); at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Nov 16 — Mars Express, Mars Orbit: ESA Spacecraft to fly by Phobos today at 127 km.

Nov 16 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Science Orbit phase, scheduled to orbit planet 33 more times around poles with 14-day period, come within 4,300 km of planet cloud tops over poles and travel as far as 1,880,000 km out.

Nov 16-18 — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Space Traffic Management Conference Team, Daytona Beach FL: 3rd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference: Emerging Dynamics.

Nov 17, 18 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Mid-Infrared Instrument on the James Web Space Telescope; speaker TBA.

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 20-24 — UNOOSA, United Arab Emirates Space Agency, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: United Nations/United Arab Emirates – High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development.

Nov 21 — Orbital ATK, Launch Pegasus XL / Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS 1-8), Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch of 8 hurricane-tracking nanosatellites developed by Southwest Research Institute, Surrey Satellite Technology of Colorado, Langley Research Center, NASA; launch window 08:00-9:30 EST.

Nov 21-23— World Space Risk Forum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: World Space Risk Forum.

Nov 22 — NASA, Online / Washington DC: Proposals due for CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI); winners selected Feb 17, 2017, experiments to be deployed from ISS between 2017-2020.

Nov 25 — IAA, China National Space Administration, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Beijing, China: IAA Symposium on Space International Cooperation Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Country.

Nov 27 — ISS, HTV-6 Unberthing & Departure, LEO: Japan 6th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 6) to undock from ISS and disintegrate in Earth atmosphere with waste.

Nov 28 – Dec 2 — Subaru Telescope, Hiroshima, Japan: 6th Subaru International Conference: Panoramas of the Evolving Cosmos; at Hiroshima International Conference Center.

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 29 – Dec 1 — VEXAG, NASA, Washington DC: 14th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group.

Nov 29 – Dec 2 — Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS), NASA, New Orleans LA: Workshop Without Walls: Exoplanetary Space Weather, Climate and Habitability.

Nov 29 – Dec 2 — JAXA, Astromaterials Science Research Group, Extraterrestrial Sample Curation Center, Tokyo, Japan: Hayabusa 2016 Symposium.

Nov 29 – Dec 2 — National Institute of Polar Research, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan: 7th Symposium on Polar Science.

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

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter scheduled to adjust perform Apocentre reduction maneuvers this month (from initial 4-sol orbit to a 1-sol orbit).

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 this month, will cover 7 countries in South Asia region: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan.

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

NET Dec — SpaceX, Iridium Communications, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 11-20, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9.

Dec 2 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: ALMA: A Revolutionary New View of the Cosmos; Nick Scoville, 19:00.

Dec 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 162173 Ryugu Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 enters 3rd full year in space today, launched Dec 3, 2014; expected to reach asteroid June / July 2018.

Dec 4-7 — Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Gemini Observatory, Sejong University, Chilean Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Las Campanas Observatory, La Serena, Chile: 1st Chile-Korea-Gemini Workshop no Stellar Astrophysics: Accretion Processes in Symbiotic Stars and Related Objects.

Dec 5-6 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Irvine CA: Search for Life Workshop; to explore current status of activities to detect extraterrestrial life in Solar System & extrasolar planetary systems.

Dec 5-9 — UNOOSA, Kathmandu, Nepal: United Nations/Nepal Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

Dec 6 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Walking with the Last Men on the Moon: Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; Noah Petro, 11:30.

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 9 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: Frozen Worlds and Landscapes of our Solar System; Meeting: Radio Galaxies in the Local Universe.

Dec 12-16 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Vietnam National University, IAU, Qhy Nonh, Vietnam: Rencontres du Vietnam: Search for Life: From Early Earth to Exoplanets.

Dec 12-16 — UNOOSA, Survey Department of the Ministry of Land Reform and Management of Nepal, International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Kathmandu, Nepal: United Nations/Nepal Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

Dec 12-16 — American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA: 49th Fall Meeting of AGU; with over 24,000 attendees.

Dec 14 — Chang’e-3 Lander & Yutu Rover, Guang Han Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: Spacecraft enters 4th year on Moon; landed 2013.

Dec 15, 16 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Cold Atom Laboratory; CAL Project Manager Anita Sengupta, CAL Project Scientist Robert Thompson.

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.

Dec 30 — 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.

Dec 31 — Leap Second Addition, Global: At very end of this day a leap second to be added to World’s clocks – which will read 11:59:60 (23:59:60); will be 17th leap second gained since 1972.

2017

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, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand: Launch of Moon Express lunar spacecraft to advance Moon exploration and commercial development, attempt to win Google Lunar XPRIZE; craft to carry ILO-X Moon telescope, Lunar Plant Growth Habitat, Celestis Luna-02 missions for cremated 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 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-5, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): CE-5 to collect up to 2 kg of lunar regolith and transport back to Earth, may land in Sinus Iridum (Bay Of Rainbows) near Chang’e-3; precursor to CE-6 sample return mission and human missions.

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 — 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 2017 — ISRO, Bengaluru, India: ISRO plans for Astronaut-rated Orbital Vehicle environmental control and crew escape system to be completed by this year, first launch of humans planned for 2021 on GSLV Mk. 3.

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 – Nov — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter scheduled to enter Aerobraking phase from Jan-Nov to enter 400-km orbit; set to adjust orbit inclination to 74° on Jan 17.

NET Jan — Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), 2,500-meter Elevation, Mauna Loa HI: HI-SEAS 5 six-member ‘Lavanaut’ crew to begin 8-month space mission simulation.

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.

Jan 3-7 — American Astronomical Society, Grapevine TX: 229th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center.

Jan 4-7 — U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, Boulder CO: National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM).

Jan 9-13 — AIAA, Grapevine TX: 2017 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition; 10th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization; 4th AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference; at Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

Jan 9 – Feb 10 — International Space University, Adelaide, Australia: 2017 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program; at Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia.

Jan 11-13 — NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group, Tucson AZ: 16th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG).

Jan 11-13 — Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder CO: Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop.

Jan 13 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: The Ultra-low Surface Brightness Universe.

Jan 14-18 — Obergurgl University, Obergurgl, Austria: Conference: Dawn of Galaxies.

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 17-20 — CNES, IAA, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Granada, Spain: 6th International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations.

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 20 — 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.

Jan 22-26 — American Meteorological Society, Seattle WA: 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Jan 23-27 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Workshop: Ices in the Solar System; at European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC).

Jan 23-27 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, INAF, ASI, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Beyond the Solar Neighborhood: Entering into the GAIA Era.

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 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / BepiColombo, Kourou, French Guiana: BepiColombo mission – 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.

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.

Jan 31 – Feb 1 — UAE Space Agency, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Global Space Congress 2017.

Feb 1 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 66P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 66P resupply ship to ISS.

Feb 1 — 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.

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.

Feb 2-8 — American Astronautical Society Rocky Mountain Section, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Broomfield CO: 40th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference; at Ball Aerospace & Technologies campus.

Feb 6-10 — Federal University of Rio Grande, Sao Paulo, Brazil: International Workshop on Spectral Stellar Libraries; at Orotour Hotel.

Feb 10 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: Understanding the Space environment Before the Space Age; Meeting: Timing and Spectroscopy in the New Era of X-ray Astronomy.

Feb 14 — Team Indus, Bengaluru, India: Winner Announced for Lab2Moon experiment allowing selected project to fly on GLXP Team Indus craft to Moon surface 2017; project should fit inside 330-ml can, weigh less than 250 grams & ‘catalyze the evolution of Humankind as a sustainable Multi-Planetary Species.’

Feb 17 — NASA, Online / Washington DC: CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) winners to be selected today; winning experiments to be deployed from ISS between 2017-2020.

Feb 20-24 — International Astronomical Union, Makes Observatory, University of Montpellier, La Reunion Island, France: IAU Symposium 331: SN 1987A, 30 Years Later – Cosmic Rays and Nuclei from Supernovae and their Aftermaths.

Feb 20 – Mar 3 — Committee on Space Research, National University of Río Negro, Viedma, Argentina: COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop in High Energy Astrophysics.

Feb 22-25 — Emirates Mars Mission, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Frontiers in Theoretical and Applied Physics – UAE 2017 (FTAPS 2017); at American University of Sharjah.

Feb 25 — International Lunar Observatory Association, National Astronomical Observatory Japan, Space Age Publishing Company, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan: Galaxy Forum Japan 2017 – Mitaka; at NAOJ Mitaka Campus.

NET Mar — Space Renaissance Institute, TBD, Italy: 2017 International Space Renaissance Institute International Congress: Space, Not War!

Mar 4-11 — IEEE, AIAA, Prognostics and Health Management Society (PHM), Big Sky MT: IEEE Aerospace Conference; at Yellowstone Conference Center.

Mar 6-9 — Airbus, Boeing Co., Via Satellite, SES, Orbital ATK, Intelsat, et al, Washington DC: Satellite 2017 Conference; at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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 10 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: High-latitude Magnetospheres – Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn; Meeting: The Golden Age of Extra-Galactic Optical Transient Surveys.

Mar 10-12 — Spaceport America, MKM Racing Promotions LLC, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Mile; standing one mile vehicle racing event.

Mar 11 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-04 / ISS 50S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 51/52 members Nikolai Tikhonov of RSA, Alexander Misurkin of RSA, Mark Vande Hei of NASA to launch to ISS.

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

Mar 15-17 — University of St Andrews, St. Andrews, United Kingdom: 4th UK Exoplanet Community Meeting.

Mar 20-24 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, NASA, The Woodlands TX: 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

Mar 20-24 — Space Telescope Science Institute, Venice, Italy: Conference: Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes V.

Mar 20-24 — ALMA / ESO, IAU, University of Chile, Puerto Varas, Chile: Astrochemistry VII Conference: Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets.

Mar 21-23 — International Astronautical Federation, ESA, Paris, France: Spring Meetings 2017; at ESA Headquarters.

Mar 24-25 — Space Generation Advisory Council, ESA, Paris, France: European Space Generation Workshop 2017 (E-SGW 2017); at ESA Headquarters, held in conjunction with IAF Spring Meetings 2017.

Mar 28-30 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Space Science Week 2017.

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

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 — CNSA, Launch Tiangzhou-1, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Tianzhou-1 cargo ship to launch to Tiangong-2 space lab to test technologies related to cargo transport system, propellant re-supply, rapid rendezvous, docking and other experiments.

NET Apr — Up Aerospace, Launch SpaceLoft XL / 9th Earth Rise Mission, Las Cruces NM: Up Aerospace to launch 9th Earth Rise mission for Celestis Inc.

Apr 7 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: Science with Cubesats; Meeting: Synergies Between Intensity Mapping and Optical Galaxy Surveys.

Apr 8-9 — Spaceport America, MH Enterprises LLC, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Relay Race.

Apr 10-14 — Department of Astronomy at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, with focus on the research of small Solar System bodies, series of meetings organized every ~3 years in different places around the world.

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.

Apr 24-28 — International Academy of Astronautics, DLR, Berlin, Germany: 11th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation.

NET May — SpaceX, Launch Falcon / Dragon V2 (Crew Dragon) Demo 1, KSC FL: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft uncrewed test flight to launch to ISS for NASA commercial crew program.

May 3-5 — Space Science Centre (ANGKASA), Institute of Climate Change of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 5th biennial International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace2017).

May 5 — Uniphi Space Agency, Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Space Foundation, Challenger Center, et al, Nationwide USA: National Astronaut Day 2017; inspiring people to reach for the Stars and celebrate Astronauts; on this date in 1961 Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the 1st American in Space (15 minute suborbital flight to 186-km altitude).

May 12 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Meeting: UK-SEDI – The Frontiers of Deep Earth Research; Meeting: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

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 15-17 — Lund University, Lund Observatory, Lund, Sweden: Meeting: Impacts in Planetary Systems.

May 15-19 — International Academy of Astronautics, Tokyo, Japan: 2017 IAA Planetary Defense Conference; at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

May 15-19 — University of Colorado, ESA, Boulder CO: International Conference on Mars Aeronomy.

May 16-19 — Dixie State University, St. George UT: 5th International Planetary Dunes Workshop.

May 22-26 — International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS), University of Salerno, MPIA, Salerno, Italy: 2nd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science.

May 23-25 — Smartershows, SatNews, Cryogenic Society of America, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, et al, Pasadena CA: Space Tech Expo 2017.

May 25-29 — National Space Society, St. Louis MO: 36th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2017): In the Spirit of Exploration and Discovery.

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

NET Jun — 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.

Jun 1 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 12, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 14th Dragon spacecraft on 12th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jun 3-9 — ISTS, Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science, JAXA, Matsuyama, Japan: 31st ISTS (International Symposium on Space Technology and Science), 26th ISSFD (International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics), 8th NSAT (Nano-satellite Symposium).

Jun 4-8 — 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 5-9 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Itlay: Conference: Globular Cluster Systems and their Host Galaxies.

Jun 13-15 — Small Bodies Assessment Group, NASA, Greenbelt MD: 17th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG); at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Jun 13-18 — Spaceport America, Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, Las Cruces NM: Spaceport America Cup; world’s largest University rocket engineering competition on the vertical and horizontal launch campuses at Spaceport America.

Jun 19-23 — American Astronomical Society, Moffett Field CA: Conference: Kepler & K2 SciCon III – Legacy & Scion; at NASA Ames.

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

Jun 26-29 — Lockheed Martin Corp., NASA, USAF, FAA, DARPA, Indian Wells CA: 2017 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) & the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE).

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 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-8, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 9th Cygnus cargo freighter on 8th operational flight to the ISS.

Jul 3-7 — European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany: Conference: The Impact of Binaries on Stellar Evolution.

Jul 7-8 — G20 Summit, Hamburg, Germany: G20 Summit for heads of state or heads of government to discuss international economic cooperation; International Lunar Decade Working Group urges Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to include space development as innovative, global strategy for building sustainable, long-term future for humanity.

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

Jul 10-14 — International Astronomical Union, Potsdam, Germany: IAU Symposium 334: Rediscovering Our Galaxy.

Jul 10-14 — The Pedagogical University of Krakow, Krakow, Poland: 8th Meeting on Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects.

Jul 11 – Aug 11 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: Superior Solar Conjunctions to prevent normal operations, craft will undergo critical operations stand-down.

Jul 16-21 — International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL), San Diego CA: 18th International Conference on the Origin of Life.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 48th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another World 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.

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

Aug 7-9 — Florida Gulf Coast University, Center for Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER), Fort Meyers FL: 2017 National Astronomy Teaching Summit.

Aug 7-11 — National Solar Observatory, Boulder CO: National Solar Observatory Workshop #30: High-resolution Solar Physics – Past, Present, Future.

Aug 9-13 — World Science Fiction Society, Helsinki, Finland: 75th World Science Fiction Convention – Worldcon 75.

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 — Total Solar Eclipse: Dubbed the “Great American Eclipse” it will be the first total eclipse visible only in USA since 1776, totality will last 2 minutes 40.2 seconds.

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

Aug 25 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 6th 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 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 Nikolai Tikhonov of RSA, Alexander Misurkin of RSA, Mark Vande Hei of NASA to return to Earth.

Sep 17 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 13, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 15th Dragon spacecraft on 13th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Sep 18-22 — Committee on Space Research, Jeju Island, South Korea: 3rd COSPAR Symposium: Small Satellites for Space Research.

Sep 18-22 — University of Göttingen, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen, Germany: The Many Scales of the Universe: Galaxies, their Suns, and their Planets.

Sep 25-27 — German Research Foundation (DFG), Jena, Germany: Conference: Planet Formation and Evolution 2017.

Sep 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-06 / ISS 52S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 53/54 members Scott Tingle of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos to launch to ISS.

Sep 25-29 — International Astronautical Federation, Space Industry Association of Australia, IAA, IISL, Lockheed Martin Corp, et al, Adelaide, Australia: 68th International Astronomical Congress 2017 (IAC 2017); multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topics; Prof. U.R. Rao, space scientist & former Chairman of ISRO, to be presented with IAF 2016 Hall of Fame Award.

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

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.

Oct 16-20 — Association of Space Explorers, Toulouse, France: 30th Planetary Congress of the ASE.

NET Nov — SpaceX, Astrobotic Technology Inc., Launch Falcon 9 / Astrobotic Peregrine Lander & Multi-Payload, TBD: SpaceX to launch Astrobotic Peregrine 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 Nov — IAU Commission F.3 (Astrobiology), Coyhaique, Chile: Astrobiology 2017; fostering interdisciplinary collaborations for advancement of Astrobiology with researchers from astrophysics, chemistry, biology, geology, humanities, sociology.

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.

Nov 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz MS-07 / ISS 53S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 54/55 members Randy Bresnik of NASA, Sergey Ryazansky of Roscosmos, Norishige Kanai of JAXA to launch to ISS.

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: Science operations to begin this month after entering orbit 14 months ago – ESA science mission to continue until Dec 2019, will also begin data relay operations to support NASA landers on Mars; in 2021 expected to support communications for ExoMars 2018 rover & lander, and operate until Dec 2022.

NET Dec — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-9, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 10th Cygnus cargo freighter on 9th operational flight to the ISS.

NET Dec — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first unpiloted demonstration flight lasting 30 days expected this month.

NET Dec — Blue Origin, KSC FL: Construction of company’s new facility at Exploration Park, KSC to be completed this month; site will be used for orbital rocket development, testing, launch.

Dec 7 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes enters 3rd year at Venus today.

Dec 11-15 — American Geophysical Union, New Orleans LA: 2017 Fall Meeting of AGU.

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 Long March 5 / Tianhe-1, TBD, China: China Space Station experimental core module Tianhe-1 (“Heavenly River” / Milky Way) expected to launch on new heavy lift Long March 5 rocket to LEO this year (orbit between 350 – 450 km), followed by launch of laboratory modules in 2020 and 2022.

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

NET 2018 — United Launch Alliance, Boeing Company, Launch Atlas 5 / 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 5 rocket before the end of this year.

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, Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch ExoMars 2018 Lander & Rover, TBD: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to be launched by Roscosmos 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.

NET Jan — Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), 2,500-meter Elevation, Mauna Loa HI: HI-SEAS 6 six-member ‘Lavanaut’ crew to begin 8-month space mission simulation.

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.

NET Feb — Boeing Company, TBD: Boeing CST-100 Starliner first crewed flight on Boe-OFT mission lasting 14 days to carry 1 NASA Astronaut & 1 Boeing test pilot to ISS planned this month.

NET Feb — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 14, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 16th Dragon spacecraft on 14th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

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 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.

Feb 20 — Juno, Jupiter System: Scheduled end of mission; spacecraft to perform deorbit maneuver (lasting 132 hours / 5.5 days) and plunge into Jupiter to ensure no accidental impact of Europa, Ganymede, Callisto.

Feb 25, 26 — 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 ExoMars 2018 Lander & Rover, Mars Surface: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to land on Mars surface; to be supported by ExoMars 2016 Orbiter communications relay.

NET Apr — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 15, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 17th Dragon spacecraft on 15th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

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 – Jun — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4 Orbiter, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Orbiter for Chang’e-4 communications relay to launch to Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 this period to support upcoming lander / rover mission launching NET October to Moon South Pole / Aitken basin with reconfigured / advanced instruments.

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 May 15 — Akatsuki, Venus Orbit: JAXA first successful planetary orbiter imaging Venus atmosphere, monitoring weather changes reaches end of planned 2-year science mission at Venus, future mission goals TBD.

NET Jun — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 162173 Ryugu Orbit: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at C-type asteroid 162173 Ryugu within this month or next; will study for about 1.5 years, make artificial crater, sample asteroid, and return to Earth 2020.

NET Jun — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-10, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on 10th operational flight to the ISS.

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).

Jun 25-29 — AIAA, Atlanta GA: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2018); at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Jun 26-30 — European Astronomical Society (EAS), Czech Astronomical Society (CzAS), Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2017).

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 World 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.

Jul 27 Earth and Mars: Planets at ~57.6 million km will appear extra bright in sky during opposition.

NET Aug — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 16, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 18th Dragon spacecraft on 16th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

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 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 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4 Lander & Rover, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Lander / rover (originally back up for Chang’e-3 mission) to launch to far side of Moon, South Pole / Aitken basin with reconfigured / advanced instruments.

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.

NET Oct — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 17, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 19th Dragon spacecraft on 17th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Oct 1-5 — International Astronautical Federation, ZARM Drop Tower Operation and Service Co., Bremen, Germany: 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018); multidisciplinary congress that covers all space sectors and topics.

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 21-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 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 18, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 20th Dragon spacecraft on 18th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

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

Dec 10-14 — American Geophysical Union, Washington DC: 2018 Fall Meeting of AGU.

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 — 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.

NET 2019 — ISRO, Launch PSLV XL / Aditya-L1, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch India Aditya-L1 spacecraft in 2019-2020 to Sun-Earth Lagrange Point L1 to study solar corona.

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.

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

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.

NET May — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 19, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 21st Dragon spacecraft on 19th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jul 20 — Apollo 11 50th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another World 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.

NET Aug — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 20, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 22nd Dragon spacecraft on 20th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

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 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.

NET Oct — Association of Space Explorers, Houston TX: 32nd Planetary Congress of the ASE.

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 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: End of scheduled ESA science mission at Mars, future science plans to be determined, scheduled to support ExoMars 2018 rover & lander mission starting Apr 2021 and operate until at least Dec 2022; entered Mars orbit Oct 2016, began science operations Dec 2017.

NET Dec — Hayabusa 2, Earth Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to depart from C-type asteroid 162173 Ryugu this month; will return to Earth 2020 with asteroid samples.

Dec 9-13 — American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA: 2019 Fall Meeting of AGU; at Moscone Center.

2020

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

NET 2020 — CNSA, Launch Mars Lander & Rover Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch Lander & Rover mission to Mars low latitude area in northern hemisphere in the middle of this year; 200-kg rover to have 6 wheels and carry 13 payloads, lander payloads TBD; planning sample return mission in 2030.

NET 2020 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-26, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos 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 South pole missions.

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 Tianhe-1 (Heavenly River); 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 between 2020-2025.

NET 2020 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-6, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): 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 — 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 World 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 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 — CNSA / Global Partnership, Launch Long March 9 / Human Moon Mission, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Date 2021-2026 possibility for China / International partners to launch its first Human Moon mission.

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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-27, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 1 lander expected to launch to Moon South Pole to target frozen volatiles in sub surface; expected to carry ESA Lunar ice drill.

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

NET 2021 — Mars World Enterprises Inc., Las Vegas NV: Hoping to open Mars World theme park by this date, created by John Spencer.

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 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 — 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 — 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 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.

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: End of scheduled ESA mission at Mars, future extension / plans to be determined; entered Mars orbit Oct 2016, began science operations Dec 2017.

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

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 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 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.

2025

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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-29, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 3 Moon South Pole lander and rover mission goals / landing site TBD, will support future Human base.

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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Venera-D, TBD: Roscosmos 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 / Roscosmos 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.

2030

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 — People’s Republic of China, Launch Long March 9 / Human Moon Missions, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Tentative dates 2031-2036 for China crewed spaceflight program (China Manned Space Agency) to launch its multiple Human Moon missions.

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.

2033

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.

2036

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

2060

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

2061

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

2078

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

2084

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

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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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Aug 29 Earth and Mars: Planets reach record-breaking distance for opposition at ~55.69 million km, will appear extra bright in sky.

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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.