Downrange

dec-feb-2017 = 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

Dec 12 — 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.

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 13-14 — The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, Irvine CA: Meeting of the Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

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

Dec 14 — NEOWISE, LEO: NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft (redubbed Near-Earth Object WISE – NEOWISE) begins 8th year in Space; launched 2009.

Dec 14-16 — ESA, CNES, DLR, IEEE, AESS, Bundeswehr University Munich, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 8th Navigation Conference (NAVITEC 2016).

Dec 15 — Cannock Photographic Society, Cannock, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Pale Blue Dot; at Mill Street Methodist Church, 19:30.

Dec 15, 16 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Spinning Black Holes, Exploding Stars, and Hyperluminous Pulsars: Recent Results from the NuSTAR Satellite; Daniel K. Stern, NuSTAR Project Scientist at JPL.

Dec 16 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Iridium Next 1-10Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites aboard Falcon 9 for Iridium Communications Inc.

Dec 16 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / EchoStar 19, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-071, to launch EchoStar 19 (also known as Jupiter 2) communications satellite to provide high-speed Internet services for HughesNet in North America.

Dec 17 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Downey CA: Educators Workshop: Making Moon Craters; teachers for grades 1-6, free, 10:00-14:00.

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

Dec 19 — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft reaches 3 years in orbit today; 5-year planned mission aims to map more than 1 billion stars; launched in 2013.

Dec 19 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2D / TanSat, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China: Long March 2D rocket to launch TanSat spacecraft to map global distribution of carbon dioxide in Earth atmosphere and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dec 19 — CNES, Paris, France: France National Space Agency CNES marks 55th year of operations, established 1961.

Dec 19-20 — University of Minho, Portuguese Society of Relativity and Gravitation, Guimaraes, Portugal: 9th Black Hole Workshop.

Dec 20 — JAXA, Launch Epsilon / ERG Satellite, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: Second-generation Epsilon rocket to launch Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite to study Van Allen radiation belt; launch window 20:00-21:00.

Dec 20 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Star One D1 & JCSAT 15, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA234, to launch Star One D1 and JCSAT 15 communications satellites.

Dec 20-22 — INFN National Laboratory of Frascati, Frascati, Italy: Workshop: Selected Puzzles in Particle Physics.

Dec 22 — International Launch Services, Launch Proton / EchoStar 21, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage to launch EchoStar 21 communications satellite, formerly known as TerreStar 2.

Dec 23 — Cassini OTM-468, Saturn Orbit: NASA craft scheduled to short engine burn / Orbital Trim Maneuver #468 to stay on course.

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 26 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2D / SuperView 1 & 2, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China: Long March 2D rocket to launch SuperView 1 and 2 (GaoJing) Earth observation satellites for Beijing Space View Technology Co.

Dec 31 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Titan flyby scheduled at 682,000-km altitude.

Dec 31 — WayPaver Foundation, Online / Chattanooga TN: WayPaver Fellowship application due.

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.

Dec 31 — XPRIZE Foundation, Santa Monica CA: Google Lunar XPRIZE Teams must submit launch contract by midnight tonight PST in order to stay in GLXP competition and attempt to win grand prize of US$20M after craft reach Moon surface, travel 500 meters and downlink HD video.

2017

NET 2017 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Inc., Canadensys Aerospace Corp., Launch ILO-1, TBD: Launch of ILOA multifunctional observatory to Moon South Pole; will conduct radio astronomy, scientific & commercial communications, serve as catalyst for lunar base build-out.

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

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 Q1 2017 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon Heavy Demo, Vandenberg AFB CA: SpaceX maiden falcon heavy to launch this quarter, rocket consists of standard Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional strap-on boosters.

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

NET Jan — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / GSAT 19E, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: First full orbital flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 with GSAT 19E experimental communications satellite.

NET Jan — 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.

NET Jan — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Multi-payload, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch 80 satellites for international customers from USA and Europe.

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

NET Jan — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / SES 10, Vandenberg AFS CA: SpaceX recycled Falcon 9 rocket to launch SES 10 communications satellite for Luxembourg-based SES; typical launch cost for Falcon US$62M, company says usability could bring price down to $43M.

NET Jan — 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.

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.

Jan 3-7 — American Astronomical Society, Grapevine TX: 229th Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center; NRAO Town Hall on Jan 6.

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 10 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, NASA, Online / The Woodlands TX: Abstracts Due: 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); to be held Mar 20-24.

Jan 11-12 — International Space Science Institute, Beijing, China: Lunar and Planetary Seismology meeting.

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 11-13 — Earth Life Science Institute, Tokyo, Japan: ELSI 5th International Symposium & Young Researchers Day.

Jan 13 — Chang’e-5T1 Service Module, Lunar Orbit: China module collecting data on Lunar surface for future Moon missions begins 3rd year in Lunar orbit today; launched Oct 2014, reached Moon Jan 2015.

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 18-21 — ASI, INAF, INFN, Sexten, Italy: Workshop: The Growth of Galaxies in the Early Universe – III.

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 19 — Euroconsult, French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), Paris, France: Perspectives Spatiales 2017; bringing together 200 public and private decision makers representing France & Europe space sector for networking and exchanges; conference language French.

Jan 22 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 10 & SAGE 3, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 12th Dragon spacecraft on 10th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS with NASA SAGE 3 Earth observation instrument.

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 25 — Brisitish Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Future Histories and Forecasting; Stephen Baxter and Mark Hempsell.

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 30 – Feb 2 — Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Napoli, Italy: Bright & Dark Universe Workshop.

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

Feb 1 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 66P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 66P resupply ship 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 1 — Astronauts Memorial Foundation, NASA, Space Foundation, Online / Colorado Springs CO: Submissions due for 2017 Alan Shepard Award; for educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in STEM; to be presented Apr 3 during Space Foundation 33rd Space Symposium.

Feb 3-8 — American Astronautical Society Rocky Mountain Section, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Breckenridge CO: 40th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference; at Beaver Run Resort.

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

Feb 7-9 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, JPL, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Optical Communication on SmallSats: Enabling the Next Era in Space Science – Part 2.

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 13-14 — ESA, Rome, Italy: 3rd ESA International Security Symposium (ISS).

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 — Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS), LEO: Three satellites in magnetosphere (two in Moon orbit – now called ARTEMIS) enter 11th year in space today; launched 2007.

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 18-19 — Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), si-Cluster, Athens, Greece: Space Generation – Greece; students & young professionals work in groups with space experts to propose innovative ideas on how to improve / advance space sector; Europe Astronaut talk included.

Feb 20-23 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, Pasadena CA: Conference: Nearby Galaxies with JWST – Science and Observation Planning.

Feb 20-23 — Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Lagrange Lab, Nice Sophia Antipolis University, et al, Citadelle de Villefranche sur Mer, France: JSPS Core-to-Core Program Planet2 Symposium 2017.

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 24 — Challenger Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento CA: Rendezvous with Comet Halley; simulated space mission supporting astronauts from Mission Control and hands-on science experiments, robotics, space probe development.

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.

Feb 27 – Mar 1 — NASA Planetary Science Division, Washington DC: Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop; leading experts in solar system planetary science & space technologies to identify potential science goals and enabling technologies that can be implemented by the end of 2040s to support next phase of Solar System exploration.

NET Mar — 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.

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 5-10 — Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel: Conference: Planetary Systems Beyond the Main Sequence II

Mar 6 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft enters 3rd year at Ceres today; launched Sep 2007 and arrived March 2015 after orbiting Vesta in 2011.

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 6-9 — European Southern Observatory, Santiago, Chile: Conference: Star Formation from Cores to Clusters.

Mar 7 — Kepler / K2, Heliocentric Orbit: Craft searching for exoplanets begins 9th year in space today; operating in K2 extension mission after two reaction wheels failed altering original mission goals; launched 2009.

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

Mar 9 — Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF), Chicago IL: 2017 ALPLF Gala; Lincoln Leadership Prize 2017 recipient Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Mar 9, 10 — JPL, Caltech, NASA, Pasadena CA: 2017 von Kármán Lecture Series: The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission: The Coldest Spot in the Universe; with Anita Sengupta CAL Project Manager, Robert Thompson CAL Project Scientist.

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

Mar 10 — 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 13-16 — AASTMT University, URSI, IEEE, Port Said, Egypt: 34th National Radio Science Conference (NRSC2017).

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

Mar 11 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-04 / ISS 50S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 51/52 members Nikolai Tikhonov and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, 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 and 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 16 — 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.

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.

Mar 31 — Challenger Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento CA: Return to the Moon; simulated space mission supporting astronauts from Mission Control and hands-on science experiments, robotics, space probe development.

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

NET Q2 — Up Aerospace, Launch SpaceLoft XL / 9th Earth Rise Mission, Las Cruces NM: Up Aerospace to launch 9th Earth Rise mission for Celestis Inc.

Apr 2-6 — American Chemical Society,San Francisco CA: 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting.

Apr 3-6 — Space Foundation,Colorado Springs CO: 33rd Space Symposium; at the Broadmoor Hotel.

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 18-21 — ESA, Darmstadt, Germany: 7th European Conference on Space Debris; at European Space Operations Centre.

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

Apr 24 — Hubble, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 28th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least Jun 30, 2021.

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

Apr 24-28 — Arizona State University, Lunar and Planetary Instititue, Mesa AZ: Astrobiology Science Conference 2017 (AbSciCon 2017).

Apr 28 — International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France: Submission of proposals due for organizers / countries interested in hosting International Astronautical Congress in 2020.

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 2-5 — SSERVI, ESA, NASA, DLR, INFN, Vrije University Amsterdam, Münster, Germany: European Lunar Symposium 2017; alongside New Views of the Moon – Europe, at University of Münster.

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 4-5 — SSERVI, ESA, NASA, DLR, INFN, Vrije University Amsterdam, Münster, Germany: New Views of the Moon – Europe; alongside European Lunar Symposium 2017, at University of Münster.

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 9-11 — Explore Mars Inc., The George Washington University, Washington DC: Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) 2017; to explore the technical, scientific, policy challenges of getting humans to Mars.

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

May 29 – Jun 3 — European Research Council Advanced Grant, Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (BGI) at University of Bayreuth, Nice, France: Workshop: Accretion and Early Differentiation of the Earth and Terrestrial Planets.

May 30-31 — iCubeSat Organising Committee, Imperial College London, JA Initiative, University of Oxford, et al, Cambridge, United Kingdom: iCubeSat 2017 – the 6th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop; to address technical challenges, opportunities, practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats.

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 — Landspace Technology, Launch Landspace-1 Rocket, TBA, China: NewSpace company with CEO Zhang Changwu hopes to launch first orbital rocket this month.

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 2 — Challenger Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento CA: Voyage to Mars; simulated space mission supporting astronauts from Mission Control and hands-on science experiments, robotics, space probe development.

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); 9th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference; AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference; at Sheraton Colorado.

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

Jun 6-8 — International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA), Beijing, China: 2017 Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017); at Beijing International Convention Center.

Jun 7-9 — Challenger Center, Kapolei HI: Teacher Training for Rendezvous With Comet Halley; for teachers intersted in bringing their class on a simultaed space mission.

Jun 7-16 — UNOOSA, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna, Austria: 60th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Jun 9-11 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, American Astronomical Society, National Science Foundation, Austin TX: Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers.

Jun 11 — Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with Large Area Telescope & Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments enters 10th year of operations in Space: launched 2008.

Jun 11-15 — American Astronomical Society, Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: 2017 American Astronomical Society Division of Dynamical Astronomy Meeting (AAS-DDA).

Jun 13 — Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), LEO: NASA satellite investigating black holes a billion times more massive than Sun, how particles are accelerated to very high energy in active galaxies & elements in supernova remnants enters 6th year of operations in space today; launched 2012.

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 13-15 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, Houston TX: Conference: Dust in the Atmosphere of Mars and Its Impact on the Human Exploration of Mars.

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 20-24 — 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 21-23 — Challenger Center, Kapolei HI: Teacher Training for Return to the Moon; for teachers intersted in bringing their class on a simultaed space mission.

Jun 23 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: NASA spacecraft in extended mission enters 9th year in Moon orbit today; launched Jun 18, 2009.

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 27 — Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), Sun-Synchronous Orbit: NASA observation satellite investigating the physical conditions of the chromosphere of Sun enters 5th year in space, launched 2013.

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 8 rocket / 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 US$20M Google Lunar XPRIZE.

NET Q3 — TBA, Celestis, Launch Heritage Flight, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch cremated remains to Earth Orbit for customers of Celestis Inc. hosted aboard OTB (Orbital Test Bed) satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology.

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 2 — ARTEMIS P1, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 7th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; reached Moon 2011.

Jun 2-6 — Royal Astronomical Society, Hull, United Kingdom: 25th Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting; at E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics – University of Hull.

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

Jul 4 — Space Age Publishing Company, International Lunar Observatory Association, Silicon Valley CA: Galaxy Forum USA 2017 – Silicon Valley.

Jul 4-7 — CNES, Paris, France: French Astronomy Week 2017; at FIAP Jean Monnet Hôtel.

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 9-14 — Astronomical Society of Australia, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia: Astronomical Society of Australia 2017 Annual Meeting; includes Annual General Meeting of ASA and the public Harley Wood Lecture.

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 17 — ARTEMIS P2, Moon Orbit: Craft enters 7th year in Moon orbit today; originally launched with constellation of 5 satellites in 2007 to study Earth magnetosphere, NASA craft collecting data on Moon interaction with Sun; reached Moon 2011.

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.

Jul 31 – Aug 2 — Space Telescope Science Institute, NASA, ESA, CSA, Baltimore MD: Meeting: Spectral Diagnostics to Explore the Cosmic Dawn with JWST.

Aug 2-5 — Centre for Extragalactic Theory, South African Astronomical Observatory / University of the Western Cape, Kruger Park, South Africa: Workshop: The Circle of Life – Connecting the Intergalactic, Circumgalactic, and Interstellar Media; at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate.

Aug 5 — Curiosity, Mars Surface: Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) rover enters 6th year of operations on Mars surface today; launched Nov 26, 2011 – landed Aug 5, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Aug 5 — Juno, Jupiter System: NASA spacecraft enters 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 20-24 — Boise State University, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Mississippi State University, et al, Boise ID: Conference: Exoclipse 2017 – Exploring New Worlds In the Shade.

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 22-25 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: The First Billion Years Initiative – Accretion: Building New Worlds Conference.

Aug 24-27 — Bradley University, Caterpillar, Bechtel, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Edwards IL: NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Aug 25 — Spitzer Space Telescope, 1-AU Earth Trailing Orbit: In warm mission phase, spacecraft enters 15 years in space today, launched 2003.

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.

Aug 30 — Van Allen Probes, LEO: Spacecraft begin 6th year in space today, launched 2012; adding to the understanding of Earth radiation belt environment and its variability.

Aug 30 – Sep 1 — Lund University, Lund, Sweden: Meeting: The Science of Gaia and Future Challenges.

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 13-15 — International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science, Gottingen, Germany: Conference: New Directions in Solar System Science.

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 and Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, 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 21 — MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft enters 4th year of operations in Mars orbit; continuing to study upper atmosphere; launched Nov 18, 2013.

Sep 24 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: India ISRO orbiter enters 4th year of operations in Mars orbit; launched Nov 5, 2013.

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

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.

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

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

Oct 2-6 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Huntsville TN: 2017 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW).

Oct 2-6 — International Astronomical Union, Ruder Boskovic Institute – Croatia, University of Zagreb – Croatia, University of Groningen – Netherlands, Dubrovnik, Croatia: IAU Symposium 333: Peering Towards Cosmic Dawn.

Oct 4-7 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Workshop: Planning your JWST observations – [Get Set]; at European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC).

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.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft enters 16th year of operations in Space; launched 2002; expected to continue operations until early 2020s, run out of fuel and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

Oct 23-27 — Mexico Institute of Astronomy (UNAM), Puebla, Mexico: Conference: The Cosmic Feast of the Elements.

Oct 24-26 — DLR, OHB, Airbus Defence & Space, Bremen Invest, ESA, NASA Tech Briefs, et al, Bremen, Germany: Space Tech Expo Europe 2017.

NET Nov — 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 Nov — Rocket Lab, Moon Express, Launch Electron Rocket / MX-1 Lander,TBD: Launch of Moon Express lunar spacecraft to advance Moon exploration and commercial development, attempt to win US$20M Google Lunar XPRIZE; craft to carry ILO-X Moon telescope, Celestis Luna-02 missions for cremated remains.

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 US$20M Google Lunar XPRIZE & explore lunar skylight in Lacus Mortis region thought to be entrance to subsurface cave network.

NET Nov — SpaceX, Part Time Scientists, Launch Falcon 9 / ALINA Lander & Audi Lunar Quattro rovers, TBD: Germany GLXP Team Part Time Scientists planning SpaceX launch late this year to send Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) lander and 2 Audi Lunar Quattro rovers to Moon near Apollo 17 site in attempt to win US$20M Google Lunar XPRIZE; also carrying lunar plant growth experiment, Wikipedia online encyclopedia.

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

NET 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 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks beginning of 18th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.

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

Nov 30 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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 at least Dec 2019, will also support data relay operations for NASA landers on Mars; in 2021 expected to support communications for ExoMars 2020 rover & lander, and operate until Dec 2022.

NET Dec — 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 — 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 3 — Hayabusa 2, Asteroid 162173 Ryugu Trajectory: JAXA Hayabusa 2 enters 4th full year in space today, launched Dec 3, 2014; expected to reach asteroid June / July 2018.

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

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

Dec 19 — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft reaches 4 years in orbit today; 5-year planned mission aims to map more than 1 billion stars; launched in 2013.

Dec 28 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Team Indus, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Launch window begins today for ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to loft GLXP Team Indus craft to Earth orbit 880 km x 70,000 km, followed by 21-day journey to soft land in Mare Imbrium, deploy rover & travel 500 meters in attempt to win GLXP.

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 — 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 — Mars One, Launch of Mars Rover & Communication Satellite, TBD: Launch of rover with trailer, will help find best location for human settlement ~2027, clear areas for arrival of cargo; second communications satellite to be placed in orbit.

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 — 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: Originally planned 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: Originally planned date Jupiter atmospheric impact, total distance traveled including orbits around Jupiter estimated at 22.66 AU (3.39B km).

NET Mar — ISRO, Launch GSLV / Mars Orbiter Mission-2, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India 2nd Mars mission may be launched this month (based on relative positions of Earth and Mars) with advanced science instruments to “ideal” Mars orbit of 200 km x 2,000 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 — 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.

Apr 23-27 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, San Gabriel Valley CA: The First Billion Years Initiative – Differentiation: Building the Internal Architecture of Planets Conference.

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; will carry DSLWP-A1 and A2 microsatellites (50x50x40 cm3, mass of ~45 kg) intended for 200 x 9,000 km lunar orbit for low frequency radio astronomical observation.

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

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 — United Launch Alliance, Boeing Company, Launch Atlas 5 / Boeing CST-100 Starliner, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Boeing CST-100 Starliner expected to perform first test with crew via ULA Atlas 5 launch.

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.

Sep 30 – Oct 2 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Barringer Crater / Winslow AZ: The First Billion Years Initiative – Bombardment: Shaping Planetary Surfaces and Their Environments Conference.

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.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft enters 17th year of operations in Space; launched 2002; expected to continue operations until early 2020s, run out of fuel and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

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.

Nov 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks beginning of 19th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.

NET Dec — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), 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; may have 4 science instruments (15 kg & US$15M total) sponsored by NASA aboard to search for / quantify lunar resources for increasing effectiveness.

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

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.

Dec 19 — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft reaches 5 years in orbit today; planned 5-year science collection period to map more than 1 billion stars ends May 2019; launched in 2013.

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 20-40 km wide KBO 2014 MU69 at distance of 12,500 km or closer, and extended mission opportunity to observe ~20 other KBOs.

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.

Oct 7-11 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Yellowstone National Park: The First Billion Years Initiative – Rise of Habitability: Habitability in the Early Solar System Conference.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft enters 18th year of operations in Space; launched 2002; expected to continue operations until early 2020s, run out of fuel and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

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

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, will support ExoMars 2020 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

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

NET 2020 — CNSA, Launch Mars Orbiter, Lander & Rover Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch Orbiter, 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 — 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 — 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 — ESA, Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch ExoMars 2020 Lander & Rover, TBD: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to be launched by Roscosmos launch system.

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 — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / Mars Rover, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: 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.

Oct 17 — INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), LEO: Detecting some of the most energetic radiation in Space, ESA, NASA, Roscosmos spacecraft enters 19th year of operations in Space; launched 2002, expected to run out of fuel early 2020s and fall to Earth Feb 2029.

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 ExoMars 2020 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 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.

Jun 30 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Veteran spacecraft expected to continue operations at least until this date; launched April 24, 1990.

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: Original planned date for TMT to begin scientific operations.

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 orbiter 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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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 — ISS, LEO: Standard 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 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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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 — Roscosmos State Corporation, 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.

2117

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

2125

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

2123

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

2168

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.

2287

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

2391

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.

2600

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

2650

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.

2729

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.

3000

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.

40272

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).

8401976

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.

4000002000

~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.