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APR-JUN = All times for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

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2014

Apr 21 — Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), Moon Orbit: End of extended mission, impact of lunar surface expected today / soon depending on final trajectory.

Apr 21-22 — Malaysia Institution of Geospatial and Remote Sensing, University Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 7th IGRSM International Conference and Exhibition on Remote Sensing and GIS.

Apr 22 — Silicon Valley Space Center, Santa Clara CA: Space Entrepreneurship Series: Intro – Is a Start-up for You?; presented by Dr. Sean Casey.

Apr 22 — B612 Foundation, Museum of Flight, Seattle WA: Saving the Earth by Keeping Big Asteroids Away: An Earth Day Presentation by Astronauts Tom Jones and Ed Lu; 18:00 – 19:15 PDT.

Apr 22 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Magnifying the Universe; presented by Dr. Jane Rigby.

Apr 22-23 — SAFE Secretariat, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Space Applications For Environment (SAFE) initiative session at IGRSM, and 6th SAFE Workshop.

Apr 22-24 — Explore Mars Inc., Washington DC: 2014 Humans to Mars Summit; to explore how humans can land on Mars by 2030s; at George Washington University.

Apr 22-26 — Interuniversity Consortium for Space Physics, L’Aquila, Italy: International School of Space Science: Observing the Universe with the Cosmic Microwave Background.

Apr 23 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: The Contested Future of Space Tourism; presented by Mark Johnson.

Apr 23-25 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Northrop Grumman Foundation, MedImmune LLC, Washington DC: STEM Solutions Conference.

Apr 24 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Cosmic Explorations: When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?; presented by Dr. Seth Shostak from SETI.

Apr 24 — Cornell University – Astronomy Department, Ithaca NY: Salpeter Lecture: Atmospheric Dynamics of Giant Planets.

Apr 25 — NASA HQ, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Online / Washington DC: Asteroid Grand Challenge: Virtual Seminar Series; David Kring (Lunar and Planetary Institute) speaks on examples and consequences of NEA impacts, 11:00 EDT.

Apr 25 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Brian Duffy; US$49.95 adult.

Apr 26 — NASA Academy Alumni Association, Washington DC: NASA Academy’s 20th Anniversary Event.

Apr 26 — Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Washburn University Department of Physics & Astronomy, Topeka KS: 2014 Ad Astra Kansas Day; at Stoffer Science Hall.

Apr 26 — Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Ames Research Center, NASA, Online / Moffett Field CA: Abstracts Due: NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF).

Apr 26-27— Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Foundation, et al, Washington DC: USA Science and Engineering Festival; at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, free; Astrobotic Technology Inc. & Innovate Our World Moon Mission Challenge to occur Apr 27.

Apr 27 — RSA, Launch Proton / Luch 5V & Kazsat 3, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton rocket to deploy Luch 5V satellite to relay data from Russian spacecraft (including ISS) to ground sites, and Kazsat 3 communications satellite for Kazakhstan.

Apr 27 – May 2 — European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014: The Face of the Earth; to discuss Earth, planetary, space sciences.

Apr 28 — Arianespace, Launch Vega / DZZ-HR, Kourou, French Guiana: Vega rocket, designated flight VV03, set to launch DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite for Astrium and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Apr 28-29 — California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA: 2014 Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference: Beyond LEO.

Apr 28 – May 1 — Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD: Symposium: Habitable Worlds Across Time and Space Spring Symposium.

Apr 29 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Talks: Investigations of strange, linear features on Mars (AKA playing with dry ice blocks in the Utah desert); presented by Serina Diniega of JPL, 12:00 PDT.

Apr 29 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Online / Washington DC: Webinar: Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond; 11:00 – 12:00 EDT.

Apr 30 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Orbcomm OG2, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to launch 8 second-generation Orbcomm communications satellites.

Apr 30 — AIAA, Washington DC: 2014 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala; at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Apr 30 — NASA HQ, Online / Washington DC: Proposals Due: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013; submission date for those interested in advancing research concepts and technologies for Space and Earth sciences.

Apr 30 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, National Space Grant Foundation, Online / Houston TX: Proposals Due: 2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab); university-level students design, develop, manufacture functional subsystems prototypes for space habitats & deep space exploration missions.

NET May — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Spacecraft instrument checks and calibration to be completed this month, will begin 5-year operational mission phase to map 1B stars.

NET May — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: European Space Agency spacecraft arrives at Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko after 10 year journey.

NET May — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Spot-7, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch Spot-7 commercial remote sensing satellite for Astrium Services.

NET May — Sierra Nevada Corp., Louisville CO: Developing 7-person Dream Chaser spaceplane for NASA CCiCap, Risk Reduction, Technology Readiness Level Advancement Testing, Main Propulsion and Reaction Control System Risk Reduction Testing to occur this month.

May 1 — American Astronautical Society, the National Academies, Washington DC: ISS Utilization Event; to discuss recent research on the ISS, as well as future plans and opportunities; at National Academy of Sciences building, free.

May 1 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: BIS Prestige Lecture: What Should be the Strategic Goal for Astronautics Over the Next 25 Years?; presented by Professor Ian Crawford, Jerry Stone, Stephen Ashworth.

May 1 — The Explorers Club, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, New York NY: Blast Off: The Future of Spaceflight.

May 1 — Cornell University – Astronomy Department, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Entanglement – The Hooks that Hold Space Together.

May 2 — ISS, LEO: Russia EVA scheduled to facilitate deorbit of PIRS module in preparation for launch / arrival of new Russia Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka “Science.”

May 2-3 — Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, Titusville FL: 2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Weekend; honoring Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross.

May 5 — International Lunar Observatory Association, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile: Galaxy Forum Chile 2014: Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise in the 21st Century; at University of Chile – Cerro Calan, 17:00 local time.

May 5-8 — Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres, Seria, Brunei: ASPAC 2014: Building a Community through Science; at Oil and Gas Discovery Centre.

May 5-9 — AIAA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: SpaceOps 2014: Exploring Innovation; 13th International Conference on Space Operations.

May 6 — Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Antares / Orb-2 (Cygnus 3), Wallops Island VA: OSC Antares rocket to launch 3rd Cygnus cargo freighter on 2nd operational flight to the ISS.

May 6 — Silicon Valley Space Center, Santa Clara CA: Space Entrepreneurship Series: Markets and Customers; presented by Dr. Sean Casey.

May 6 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Talks: The Cepheid Galactic Internet; presented by Tony Zee of Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, 12:00 PDT.

May 6 — The Explorers Club, New York NY: Exploring Legends Interview Series with the F1 Apollo Engine Recovery Team.

May 7 — AIAA, Washington DC: 2014 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala; honoring influential, inspiring individuals in aerospace industry; in Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

May 7 — Florida Space Institute, Oregon FL: Seminar: Dancing Asteroids and Hopping Dust Grains – Their Importance for Planetary Science and Exploration; presented by Apostolos Christou of Armagh Observatory.

May 8-11 — Novaspace, Pasadena CA: Spacefest VI; featuring astronomy, human & robotic space exploration, commercial space, space history; at Pasadena Convention Center.

May 9 — NASA HQ, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Online / Washington DC: Asteroid Grand Challenge: Virtual Seminar Series; Tim Spahr (Minor Planet Center, CFA) speaks on MPC and the International Warning Network, 11:00 EDT.

May 9 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Goddard Scientific Colloquium: Putting a New Spin on Black Holes; presented by Christopher Reynolds of University of Maryland, 15:30 EDT.

May 9 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; Radio Intensity Mapping as a New Cosmological Tool Meeting; at Burlington House.

May 9-10 — AIAA, Pasadena CA: 20th Annual Improving Space Operations Workshop; at Pasadena Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel.

May 10 — SpaceUp, Netherlands Space Society, Eye on Orbit, et al, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: SpaceUp Netherlands; the “unconference” where participants decide space issues / topics to discuss, schedule and structure of event; at Space Expo.

May 12-15 — Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), Dubai, United Arab Emirates: World Space Risk Forum 2014: New Capital. New Threats. New Markets.

May 12-15 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Venus Express VIRTIS and VMC Data Workshop.

May 12-16 — NASA HQ, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, Washington DC: 1st Landing Site Workshop For the 2020 Mars Rover Mission.

May 13 — Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom: EnVision: M4 Venus Orbiter Workshop.

May 13 — UK Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell, United Kingdom: 2014 UK CubeSat Workshop.

May 13 — Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA, Edwards AFB CA: NASA Armstrong Research Center Renaming Ceremony (formerly Dryden Flight Research Center).

May 13-14 — Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, NASA HQ, Washington DC: Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting.

May 13-15 — Max Planck Institute of Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Germany: Workshop: The Formation of the Solar System.

May 14 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-11M, LEO: Expedition 38/39 members Wakata, Mastracchio, Tyurin scheduled to return to Earth.

May 14-15 — SMi Group Ltd., Singapore: 4th MilSatCom Asia Pacific Conference.

May 14-16 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Washington DC: 1st Landing Site Workshop for 2020 Mars Rover Mission.

May 14-18 — National Space Society, Los Angeles CA: International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2014: A Space Renaissance; at Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

May 15 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 4 / GPS 2F-6, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA to launch Air Force 6th Block 2F navigation satellite for Global Positioning System; 20:08 – 20:26 EDT.

May 15-16 — NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, London, United Kingdom: European Lunar Symposium; at Natural History Museum.

May 16 — RSA, Launch Proton / Express AM4R, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton Rocket to launch Express AM4R satellite to provide television broadcasting, broadband Internet, multimedia services and mobile communications for the Russian Satellite Communications Co.

May 16 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, John-David Bartoe; US$49.95 adult.

May 18-19 — Space Generation Advisory Council, Colorado Springs CO: Space Generation Fusion Forum 2014; at Broadmoor Hotel.

May 18-23 — Chinese Academy of Sciences, Max Planck Society, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China: 10th Sino-German Workshop on Galaxy Formation and Cosmology: From Dark Matter to Galaxies.

May 19-21 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Venus Exploration Targets Workshop.

May 19-21 — American Astronomical Society, Green Bank WV: 3rd China-U.S. Workshop on Radio Astronomy Science and Technology: Emerging Opportunities.

May 19-21 — Nederlandse Astronomenclub (Dutch Astronomy Club), Leiden Observatory, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands: 69th Dutch Astronomy Conference (NAC 2014).

May 19-22 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 30th National Space Symposium; at Broadmoor Hotel.

May 19-22 — Terrapin Holdings Ltd, et al, Johannesburg, South Africa: Satcom 2014 Africa; at Sandton Convention Centre.

May 19-23 — Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, NASA, Titusville FL: 5th Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition (formerly Lunabotics Mining Competition).

May 20 — Silicon Valley Space Center, Santa Clara CA: Space Entrepreneurship Series: Competition and Intellectual property (IP); presented by Dr. Sean Casey.

May 20 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Talks: Microgravity, the future of innovation; presented by Ioana Cozmuta of Science and Technology Corp., 12:00 PDT.

May 20-22 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 5th Electronic Materials, Processes and Packaging for Space (EMPPS) Workshop; at European Space Research and Technology Centre.

May 20-24 — Citizens for Space Exploration, Washington DC: CSE 2014 Washington DC Trip; to meet with members of Congress or their staff to discuss benefits of space exploration.

May 22, 23 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Putting the ‘P’ in ‘JPL’ – The Past, Present, and Future of Propulsion at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; presented by Todd Barber, Cassini Propulsion Lead Engineer.

May 23 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / ALOS 2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: H-2A rocket to launch Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS 2) for JAXA.

May 23 — NASA HQ, Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Online / Washington DC: Asteroid Grand Challenge: Virtual Seminar Series; Dan Mazanek (Langley Research Center) speaks on NEA deflection strategies, 11:00 EDT.

May 23 — International Space Life Sciences Working Group, Online / International Locations: Proposals Due: Research in Space Life Sciences at the International Space Station – ILSRA-2014.

May 25-29 — International Astronomical Union, Lisbon, Portugal: IAU Symposium 306: Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology.

May 25 – Jun 15 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Summer Program: Dwarf Galaxies as Cosmological Probes.

May 26 — Canadian Space Commerce Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: CSCA annual general meeting.

May 26-28 — AIAA, St. Petersburg, Russia: 21st St. Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems.

May 26-30 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Krasnoyarsk, Russia: United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

May 26-30 — ESA, CNES, Majorca, Spain: The 4S Symposium: Small Satellites Systems and Services Symposium; at Puravida Resort Blau Porto Petro.

May 27 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / Measat 3b & Optus 10, Kourou, French Guiana: Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA218, to launch Measat 3b and Optus 10 communications satellites.

May 27-28 — AGI, United Launch Alliance, National Radio Astronomical Observatory, Pasadena CA: 3rd Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop (iCubesat 2014).

May 28 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-13 / ISS 39S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 40/41: Maxim Suraev of RSA, Reid Wiseman of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA.

May 28-30 — Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, Houston TX: Workshop on Planetary Volcanism.

May 28-30 — Chinese Society of Astronautics, American Astronautical Society, Japanese Rocket Society, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China: 14th International Space Conference of Pacific-basin Societies (ISCOPS).

May 30 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Clay Anderson; US$49.95 adult.

May 30 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Goddard Scientific Colloquium: Latest Results from Voyager 1 Observation in the Very Local Interstellar Medium; presented by Matthew Hill of JHU/APL, 15:30 EDT.

May 31 — NASA, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Boeing Co. complete tests and mature integrated designs for NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative.

NLT Jun — CNSA, Wenchang Satellite Center, Hainan, China: Construction of Wenchang Satellite Center, also known as Hainan Space Launch Center, able to launch 10-12 rockets annually including Long March 5 and Long March 7, to be completed this month; will be China’s fourth and lowest latitude launch facility at 19° N latitude.

NET Jun — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. III / Atmospheric Test Flight, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 to launch on suborbital test flight, will carry mock up of ISRO human crew module.

NET Jun — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / Galileo FOC-1, Kourou, French Guiana: Soyuz rocket to launch 2 Galileo satellites for European Space Agency Galileo navigation constellation.

NET Jun — Arianespace, Launch Soyuz / O3b F2, Kourou, French Guiana: Soyuz rocket, designated VS06, set to launch 4 satellites for O3b Networks.

NET Jun — International Launch Services, Launch Proton / Turksat 4B, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton rocket to deploy Turksat 4B communications satellite.

NET Jun — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, TBD: 8th International Conference on Mars.

NET Jun – Jun 2015 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, USN Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai HI: NASA to test Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator & Supersonic Ring Sail for Mars entry vehicle; 4 planned tests will boost vehicle up to 36.5-meter altitude by balloon or up to 54.8-meter altitude by rocket.

Jun 1-5 — American Astronomical Society, Boston MA: 224th Meeting of the AAS.

Jun 2 — NASA HQ, Online / Washington DC: Step-2 Proposal Due for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013; submission date for those interested in advancing research concepts and technologies for Space and Earth sciences.

Jun 2-4 — International Astronautical Federation, UNESCO, ESA, Paris, France: Global Space Applications Conference; at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) HQ.

Jun 2-4 — International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia: IAASS Professional Course: Implementation of FAA Established Practices for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety; at Grand BlueWave Hotel.

Jun 2-6 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Venus Seismology.

Jun 2 – Aug 8 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science.

Jun 3 — Cassini OTM-381, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #381 today.

Jun 3-5 — ESA, Polish Academy of Sciences, Astri Polska, Wrocław Group for Planetology Advance, Warsaw, Poland: 2nd Workshop on Mars: Connecting Planetary Scientists in Europe.

Jun 4-5 — Euroconsult, Mexico Ministry of Communication and Transport, Mexico City, Mexico: Latin American Satellite Communication and Broadcasting Summit (LATSAT).

Jun 4 – Aug 10 — Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA, Laurel MD: 2014 Internship Program; summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL.

Jun 6 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 4, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 6th Dragon spacecraft on 4th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS.

Jun 6 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Greenbelt MD: Galaxy Ball 2014.

Jun 7 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Chinese/Soviet Technical Forum; at BIS headquarters.

Jun 7 — Museum of Flying, Santa Monica CA: Buzz Aldrin to be honored in Inaugural Class of California Aviation Hall of Fame at Museum of Flying.

Jun 8-13 — Geochemical Society, European Association of Geochemistry, Sacramento CA: Goldschmidt 2014 Geochemistry Conference.

Jun 8-14 — Square Kilometre Array Organization, Giardini Naxos, Italy: Conference: Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array.

Jun 9-12 — Space Resources Roundtable, Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Golden CO: 2014 SRR/PTMSS; at Colorado School of Mines.

Jun 9-14 — NASA HQ, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA: 2014 Sample Return Robot; industry & academic teams demonstrate robots that can locate & retrieve geologic samples from varied terrains without human controls; US$1.5M grand prize.

Jun 9 – Aug 8 — International Space University, Montreal, Quebec Canada: 27th Annual Space Studies Program (SSP14).

Jun 10 — Silicon Valley Space Center, Santa Clara CA: Space Entrepreneurship Series: Business Canvas Business model alternatives; presented by Dr. Sean Casey.

Jun 10-13 — ESA, Lausanne, Switzerland: 9th ESA Round Table on Micro and Nano Technologies for Space Applications; at Swiss Tech Convention Center.

Jun 11-20 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria: 57th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Jun 12-13 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Mechanisms’ Final Presentation Days 2014; European entities present their latest Space Mechanisms and Tribology technology developments.

Jun 12-13 — UK Centre for Astrobiology, British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Extraterrestrial Liberty II – Human Governance beyond the Earth.

Jun 13 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, David Hilmers; US$49.95 adult.

Jun 13-15 — American Astronautical Society, AIAA, Burkett TX: 2014 Annual CanSat Competition.

Jun 14-19 — Wallops Flight Facility, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, National Space Grant Program, Wallops Island VA: RockOn! 2014.

NET Jun 15 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: To wake up from hibernation for 2.5 months for optical-navigation (homing) activities using Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), check out of backup systems & science instruments, small course correction, brightness variation measurements of Pluto and Charon.

Jun 16-20 — AIAA, Atlanta GA: 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference; AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition; 21st AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Systems Technology Conference; 6th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference; AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference; 32nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference; at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Jun 16-20 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, ESA, Pasadena CA: 11th International Planetary Probe Workshop.

Jun 16-20 — Canadian Space Agency, ESA, International Society for Gravitational Physiology, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: 35th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting & 13th European Life Sciences Symposium: Life in Space for Life on Earth.

Jun 16-20 — ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 48th ESLAB Symposium: New Insights into Volcanism across the Solar System; at European Space Research and Technology Centre.

Jun 16-20 — Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany: Meeting: Intergalactic Matters; at MPIA.

Jun 16-20 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: NASA’s 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School – Session 1.

Jun 17-19 — American Astronautical Society, Chicago IL: 3rd International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference.

Jun 17-19 — Canadian Space Agency, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada: 12th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS) 2014; at John H. Chapman Space Centre.

Jun 19 — RSA, Launch Soyuz-2 / UKube-1, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch UKube-1 the 1st UK Space Agency CubeSat mission, 1st satellite built in Scotland.

Jun 19, 20 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Europa: The Challenges of Exploring a Cold, Distant World; presented by Kevin Hand, JPL Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration.

Jun 20-21 — Scientific Preparatory Academy for Cosmic Explorers (SPACE), Orlando FL: 2nd SPACE Habitation Conference; at Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, US$200.

Jun 21-26 — Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Wallops Flight Facility, NASA, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, Wallops Island VA: ROCKON! 2014: The Next How-To Workshop.

Jun 22-27 — International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management, Honolulu HI: Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management Conference (PSAM 12); at Sheraton Waikiki.

Jun 23-26 — U.S. DoD, DoE, FAA, NASA, Boeing Co., ATK, et al, Huntsville AL: 2014 National Space and Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) & Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE).

Jun 23-26 — Royal Astronomical Society, University of Portsmouth Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting.

Jun 23-26 — Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD: Science Results from Pan-STARRS1.

Jun 23-27 — NASA Astrobiology Institute, Spanish National University (UIMP), Santander, Spain: 2014 Santander Summer School: Habitable Environments in the Universe.

Jun 26 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Titan: Exploring the Similarities between Saturn’s Exotic Moon and the Primordial Earth; presented by Dr. Carrie Anderson.

Jun 28 — Space Tourism Society, Los Angeles CA: Seminar: Space Experience Economy (SEE); presented by STS founder / president John Spencer and other guests; US$175.

Jun 30 — International Astronautical Federation Entrepreneurship and Investment Committee, Space Generation Advisory Council, Online / Vienna, Austria: Submissions Due: 2014 Emerging Commercial Space Paper Competition for Students and Young Professionals: $pace is Business!

Jun 30 – Jul 2 — CNES, Toulouse, France: Toulouse Space Show 2014.

Jun 30 – Jul 4 — European Astronomical Society, Geneva, Switzerland: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) 2014.

Jun 30 – Jul 4 — University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Conference 2014.

NET Jul — Chang’e-2, Deep Space: Spacecraft expected to reach total travel distance of 100M km this month.

Jul 1 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta II / Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, Vandenberg AFB CA: Launch of NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) spacecraft aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2.

Jul 4 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Jerry Ross; US$49.95 adult.

Jul 5-6 — SpaceUp, Pocket Spacecraft Co., Satellite Applications, London, United Kingdom: SpaceUp UK; the “unconference” where participants decide space issues / topics to discuss, schedule and structure of event.

Jul 7-11 — International Astronomical Union, Namur, Belgium: IAU Symposium: Complex Planetary Systems.

Jul 7-11 — International Astronomical Union, Vienna, Austria: IAU Symposium: Galaxies in 3D Across the Universe.

Jul 7-11 — University College London, London, United Kingdom: 6th Alfven Conference; to discuss plasma interactions with comets, Mars, Venus, inner and outer solar system moons, Rosetta, MAVEN, Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan).

Jul 7-11 — Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Nuclear Research (Atomki), Debrecen, Hungary: 13th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos.

Jul 9-11 — European Science Foundation, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria: Gaia Data Visualization Workshop.

Jul 13-17 — Texas Tech University, Paragon Space Development Corp., UTC Aerospace Systems, ESA, Tucson AZ: 44th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES); to discuss humans living and working in hostile environments.

Jul 14-18 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: 2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators.

Jul 14-18 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: NASA’s 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School – Session 2.

Jul 14-18 — South African Astronomical Observatory, University of the Western Cape, National Research Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa: Oxford X Symposium on Archeaoastronomy: Astronomy, Indigenous Knowledge, and Interpretation.

Jul 14-20 — Farnborough International Air Show 2014, Farnborough, United Kingdom: 48th Farnborough International Air Show; International Space Pavilion offers 1,100 square meters of exhibit space dedicated to space industry products, projects, professionals.

Jul 16 — American Astronautical Society, Washington DC: AAS 60th Anniversary Celebration; at National Academy of Sciences Building, 18:00 – 21:00 EDT.

Jul 17, 18 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Revealing Saturn – Cassini’s Tenth Year; presented by Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist.

Jul 17-19 — Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp., National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson AZ: Thirty Meter Telescope Science Forum.

Jul 18 — U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville AL: Space Exploration Challenge.

Jul 20 — 45th Apollo 11 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First Human mission to land on Moon in 1969; 1st steps by humans on another planetary body taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Jul 20 — 38th Viking 1 Mars Lander Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: First spacecraft to successfully land on another planet; originally scheduled for July 4, landing was delayed until this day in 1976 due to rough landing site.

Jul 21-23 — Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Ames Research Center, NASA, Moffett Field CA: NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF); featuring scientific discussions of exploration targets – the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, moons of Mars.

Jul 21-25 — NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: 2014 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: Imaging Planets and Disks; at Caltech.

Jul 23MAVEN, Mars Trajectory: Trajectory Control Maneuver #3 planned for today.

Jul 24 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 56P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 56th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Jul 24-26 — Space Frontier Foundation, Silicon Valley CA: NewSpace 2014.

Jul 24-26 — British Interplanetary Society, Godalming, United Kingdom: BIS – Space Oral History Conference.

Jul 25 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / ATV-5, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace set to use Ariane 5 ES rocket to launch 5th (and final) ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre, to ISS.

Jul 25 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Clay Anderson; US$49.95 adult.

Jul 28-30 — AIAA, Cleveland OH: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 2014; 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; at Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center.

Jul 28-30 — Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel MD: Workshop of the Study of the Ice Giant Planets.

Jul 29-31 — NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group, Washington DC: NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Meeting #11.

NET Aug — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: Rosetta to map 4-km wide comet starting this month and identify good landing site for Philae lander.

NET Aug — Virgin Galactic, Mojave CA: Planning to begin commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo this fall.

NET Aug — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Foton M4, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Soyuz to launch recoverable Foton M4 spacecraft with payload of biological and materials science experiments; will reenter Earth atmosphere after orbiting Earth for few weeks.

NET Aug — Mars Society Inc., Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada: Phase 2 of Mars Arctic 365 mission; 8-member crew to begin 1-year Mars simulation mission at Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station.

NET Aug — Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp., Mauna Kea HI: Projected date for construction start of TMT on Mauna Kea.

Aug 1 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Leroy Chiao; US$49.95 adult.

Aug 2-6 — Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Burlingame CA: ASP 2014 Annual Meeting.

Aug 2-7 — AIAA, Utah State University, Logan UT: 27th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellite Constellations – Strength in Numbers.

Aug 2-10 — Committee on Space Research, Moscow, Russia: 40th Scientific Assembly of Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Aug 3-7 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Science Foundation, Associated Universities Inc., Charlottesville VA: Workshop: Transformation Science in the ALMA Era – Multi-Wavelength Studies of Galaxy Evolution.

Aug 4 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Greenbelt MD: Moon Base Camp; Rockets & Payloads Camp.

Aug 4-7 — AIAA, San Diego CA: AIAA Space & Astronautics Forum (SPACE 2014); 32nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference; AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference; at Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Aug 4-7 — University of Wisconsin – Madison, Cambridge University Press, Madison WI: Saturn Science Conference: Saturn in the 21st Century; at Pyle Center.

Aug 6-8 — U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff AZ: 5th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting.

Aug 8 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Greenbelt MD: Galaxy Ball 2014.

Aug 10 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: In solar conjunction, spacecraft is on opposite side of Sun as seen from Earth, communications will be limited.

Aug 11-15 — ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), New South Wales, Australia: 2014 CAASTRO Annual Scientific Conference.

Aug 11-15 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: NASA’s 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School – Session 3.

Aug 12-13 — OMICS Group, San Antonio TX: International Meeting on Space – Open Debate (Space Meeting-2014); at Hilton San Antonio Airport.

Aug 14 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) TCM-3, Mars Trajectory: Spacecraft to perform Trajectory Correction Maneuver #3 today.

Aug 14, 15 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Curiosity 2-Year Anniversary.

Aug 20-21 — University of Colorado – Boulder, Boulder CO: Solar Wind Interaction with Pluto Workshop.

Aug 21 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Titan flyby scheduled at 964-km altitude.

Aug 22-24 — The International Space Elevator Consortium, Seattle WA: 2014 Space Elevator Conference; at Museum of Flight.

Aug 24 — AIAA, Laurel MD: International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology.

Aug 25 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Spacecraft to cross Neptune orbit today.

Aug 25-29 — International Astronomical Union, Beijing, China: Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies across Cosmic Time; at National Science Library of CAS.

Aug 25 – Sep 3 — European Mineralogical Union, Glasgow, Scotland: European Mineralogical Union (EMU) School 2014 – Planetary Mineralogy; at University of Glasgow.

Aug 25 – Sep 19 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP), Munich, Germany: Cosmology after Planck.

Aug 31 – Sep 14 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Summer Program: Radiation Driven Outflows in Stars and Quasars.

NET Sep — JAXA, Launch H-2A / Himawari 8, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: H-2A rocket to launch Himawari 8 weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency to collect weather imagery over East Asia & Western Pacific regions.

NET Sep — Association of Space Explorers, Beijing, China: 27th Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Sep 1 — SPRINT-A, LEO: Scheduled end to spacecraft’s planned operations; future goals / mission plans to be determined.

Sep 1-6 — International Astronomical Union, Beirut, Lebanon: MEARIM 2014: Third Middle-East and Africa IAU Regional Meeting.

Sep 5 — International Observe the Moon Night Organization, Global: International Observe the Moon Night 2014.

Sep 5 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, John-David Bartoe; US$49.95 adult.

Sep 5-7 — Mars Society Polska, ABM Space Education Austrian Space Forum, et al, Krakow, Poland: European Rover Challenge 2014.

Sep 7-12 — Europlanet Research Infrastructure, Cascais, Portugal: European Planetary Science Congress 2014.

Sep 7-12 — Meteoritical Society, Casablanca, Morocco: 77th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society; at Hyatt Regency Casablanca.

Sep 8-11 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena CA: Workshop: Science and Enabling Technologies to Explore the Interstellar Medium.

Sep 8-12 — Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA), Teruel, Spain: 11th Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society.

Sep 9 — Juno, Jupiter Trajectory: In solar conjunction, spacecraft is on opposite side of Sun as seen from Earth, communications will be limited.

Sep 9-12 — Gaia Science Alerts Working Group, Warsaw, Poland: 5th Gaia Science Alerts Workshop.

Sep 11 — ISS, Undocking of Soyuz TMA-12M, LEO: Expedition 39/40 members Swanson, Skvortsov, Artemyev scheduled to return to Earth.

Sep 11, 12 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Studying Soil Moisture from Space – NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission; presented by Dr. Sam Thurman, Deputy Project Manager SMAP.

Sep 14 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) TCM-4, Mars Trajectory: Spacecraft to perform Trajectory Correction Maneuver #4 today.

Sep 15-19 — Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal: Conference: Towards Other Earths II – The Star-Planet Connection.

Sep 15-19 — INAF Astronomical Observatory of Bologna, Bologna, Italy: Conference: Evolving Galaxies in Evolving Environments.

Sep 15-19 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, ESA, Annapolis MD: 10th INTEGRAL Workshop: A Synergistic View of the High Energy Sky.

Sep 15-19 — Kyung Hee University, Suwon, South Korea: 6th East-Asian Numerical Astrophysics Meeting.

Sep 16-18 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Graz, Austria: United Nations/Austria Symposium on Space Science.

Sep 18 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Climate Change on Mars: The Case of the Missing Martian Atmosphere; presented by Dr. Jared Espley.

Sep 18-21 — International Meteor Organization, Giron, France: 2014 International Meteor Conference.

Sep 20-21 — SpaceUp, Cité de l’espace (City of Space), Toulouse, France: SpaceUp France; the “unconference” where participants decide space issues / topics to discuss, schedule and structure of event.

Sep 21MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Potential Mars orbit insertion date for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN); will study Martian upper atmosphere, role of atmospheric gas loss in changing Martian climate over time from altitudes ranging between 150 – 6,215 km; nominal mission to last 1 year.

Sep 23-27 — University of Belgrade, Belgrade Astronomical Observatory, Belgrade, Serbia: XVII National Conference of Astronomers of Serbia.

Sep 24 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: Spacecraft to enter 365-km x 80,000-km altitude orbit around Mars today; spend 6-10 months studying surface features, morphology, mineralogy, atmosphere using 5 indigenous instruments.

Sep 24-26 — ESA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, TBD, Europe: 2nd Workshop: Planning for a joint scientific space mission – Chinese Academy of Sciences & European Space Agency.

Sep 25 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-14 / ISS 40S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 41/42: Yelena Serova of RSA, Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samoukutyaev of RSA.

Sep 26 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, John Blaha; US$49.95 adult.

Sep 26-28 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, International Astronautical Federation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits.

Sep 28 — International Academy of Astronautics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: International Academy of Astronautics Academy Day.

Sep 29 - Oct 1 — University of Chile, Santiago, Chile: 6th Meeting of the Dynamical Astronomy in Latin-America.

Sep 29 - Oct 3 — International Astronautical Federation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 65th International Astronautical Congress: Our World Needs Space.

NET Oct — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft will search for Earth-sized planets around Proxima Centauri as star passes in front of 2 other stars; sensitive ground and space-based telescopes, such as ESA’s Gaia and European Southern Observatory’s VLT may search as well.

NET Oct — United Launch Alliance, Launch Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, Vandenberg AFB CA: Launch of NASA JPL Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2.

NET Oct — Sandia National Laboratories, University of Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Launch SPARK / HawaiiSat-1, USN Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai HI: Space-borne Payload Assist Rocket (SPARK) or ‘Super Strypi’ three-stage vehicle to launch Earth observation satellite HawaiiSat-1 to orbit; will take off using rail launch structure.

NET Oct — Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Cerro Pachón, Chile: Federal construction of LSST to begin this month; team expects to achieve first light in 2019, begin science operations 2021.

Oct 2-3 — University of Chile, Santiago, Chile: Workshop of the Dynamical Astronomy in Latin-America.

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2014.

Oct 9 — Satnews Publishers, Jones Day, ManSat Ltd, Washington DC: Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium.

Oct 9, 10 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Rosetta – A Lesson on Comets, the Solar System and Mysteries of Earth.

Oct 11-12 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House.

Oct 13-17 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Quito, Ecuador: United Nations/Ecuador Workshop on Space Technology for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions of the Andean Countries.

Oct 13-17 — SPIE, Beijing, China: SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing; at Beijing Internationale Convention Center.

Oct 15 — Hosted Payload Summit Management Team, Washington DC: Hosted Payload Summit 2014; at Grand Hyatt hotel.

Oct 17 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Clay Anderson; US$49.95 adult.

Oct 18 — National Space Club, TBD: Celebrate Space Event.

Oct 20-24 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Baja California, Mexico: United Nations/Mexico Symposium on Basic Space Technology.

Oct 20-24 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Nagoya, Japan: 5th International Fermi Symposium.

Oct 22 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 57P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 57th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Oct 22-26 — American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, Pasadena CA: 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Oct 27-28 — King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The Saudi International Space & Aeronautics Technology Conference.

Oct 27-29 — American Astronautical Society, University of Alabama, Huntsville AL: Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium.

Oct 27-29 — Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Louis MO: 14th ASCE International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments (Earth & Space 2014).

Oct 27-31 — Asia Association on Remote Sensing (AARS), Nay Pyl Taw, Myanmar: 35th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS): Sensing for Reintegration of Societies.

Oct 31 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Ken Cameron; US$49.95 adult.

NET NovMAVEN, Mars Orbit: Spacecraft to begin collecting science data this month from altitudes ranging between 150 – 6,215 km; will study how Mars climate has changed over time due to loss of atmospheric gases.

NET Nov — ESA, Launch Vega / Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, Kourou, French Guiana: Launch of IXV project to test critical technologies for future reentry vehicles; will reach 420-km altitude, splashdown in Pacific Ocean.

NET Nov — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Sunjammer, TBD: SpaceX to launch NASA Sunjammer Solar Sail to demonstrate “propellantless propulsion” which involves using photons from Sun to propel crafts through space.

NET Nov — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Beijing, China: United Nations/China Workshop on Space Law.

Nov 3-6 — Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, NASA, AIAA, Canadian Space Agency, JHU/APL, Linthicum Heights MD: 28th Space Simulation Conference; at Westin Hotel.

Nov 3-6 — University of Colorado – Boulder, NASA, Portland OR: NASA Living with a Star 2014 Workshop: Evolving Solar Activity and Its Influence on Space and Earth.

Nov 4-6 — SMi Group Ltd., London, United Kingdom: 16th Annual Global MilSatCom 2014.

Nov 4-7 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: 2nd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2014).

Nov 6, 7 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Asteroid Redirect Mission – Rearranging the Solar System; presented by Brian Muirhead, JPL Chief Engineer.

Nov 7 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Tom Jones; US$49.95 adult.

Nov 9 — The Select Investor, Denver CO: 2nd International Workshop on Scientific Opportunities in Cislunar Space (SOCS).

Nov 9-14 — American Astronomical Society, Tucson AZ: 46th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society; at JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel.

Nov 10 — ISS, Undocking Soyuz TMA-13, LEO: Expedition 40/41 members Suraev, Wiseman, Gerst scheduled to return to Earth.

Nov 10-14 — Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India: Conference: Coupling and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere.

Nov 11 — Rosetta, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: Rosetta to drop Philae lander on comet today, will escort comet around the Sun; end of mission set for Dec 2015.

Nov 16-21 — Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel: Workshop: Triple Evolution & Dynamics in Stellar and Planetary Systems.

Nov 17-21 — Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA, Space Weather Working Team, TBD, Belgium: 11th European Space Weather Week.

Nov 17-21 — National Research Foundation, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Workshop: Dark Side of the Universe 2014.

Nov 18-20 — British Interplanetary Society, Royal Society, London, United Kingdom: 12th Reinventing Space Conference.

Nov 18-21 — Saclay Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, Saclay, France: Workshop: Star-Planet Interactions and the Habitable Zone.

Nov 18-21 — Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC), Boston MA: 6th Chandra Science Symposium: Fifteen Years of Science with Chandra.

Nov 24 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-15M / ISS 41S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 42/43 to ISS: Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA, Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of RSA.

Nov 26 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket to launch NASA 4-spacecraft MMS mission to make 3D measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions, examine process of magnetic reconnection.

Nov 27 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 5, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 7th Dragon spacecraft on 5th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS; to deliver 3D printer.

Nov 28 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Clay Anderson; US$49.95 adult.

Nov 29 — Space Tourism Society, Los Angeles CA: Seminar: Space Experience Economy (SEE); presented by STS founder / president John Spencer and other guests; US$175.

Nov 29 – Dec 4 — Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, Waikoloa Village HI: Extreme Solar Systems III.

Nov 30 – Dec 5 — International Astronomical Union, Punta Leona, Costa Rica: The Sun to Stars and Stellar Environments.

NET Dec — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch Delta IV Heavy / Orion EFT-1, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Exploration Flight Test-1 of Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle will launch craft into highly elliptical orbital trajectory; it will return to Earth at nearly 80% of the velocity of a return from Moon.

NET Dec — JAXA, Launch Hayabusa 2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: JAXA Hayabusa 2 Asteroid Explorer mission expected to arrive at C-type asteroid “1999 JU3” in 2018, study for about 1.5 years and return to Earth 2020.

Dec 1-5 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy: United Nations/International Centre for Theoretical Physics Workshop on the Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Scientific Application.

Dec 2 — ISS, ATV-5 Undocking, LEO: 5th (and final) ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre, to undock from Zvezda module, burn up upon Earth atmosphere reentry.

Dec 2-5 — Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy: Meeting: Swift – 10 Years of Discovery.

Dec 4, 5 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: Lecture Series: Coming Soon to a Dwarf Planet in Your Solar System – NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt; presented by Dr. Marc Rayman, Dawn Project Mission Director.

Dec 5 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Leroy Chiao; US$49.95 adult.

Dec 7 — Cassini OTM-397, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #397 today.

Dec 8-11 — European Southern Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Tokyo, Japan: Conference: Revolution in Astronomy with ALMA – The Third Year.

Dec 14 — Chang’e-3 Lander, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: Lander reaches one year on Moon; expected to exceed one-year operational lifetime and continue operations.

Dec 15-19 — American Geophysical Union, San Francisco CA: 2014 AGU Fall Meeting.

Dec 15-19 — Paris Institute of Astrophysics, Paris, France: Colloquium: The Primordial Universe After Planck; at IAP amphitheater.

Dec 19 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, John-David Bartoe; US$49.95 adult.

Dec 20 — Cassini OTM-399, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #399 today.

Dec 26 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Brian Duffy; US$49.95 adult.

Dec 31 — Space Florida, Online / Cape Canaveral FL: Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge; US$2M prize for launch of 2 small satellites to Earth orbit within 1 week of each other; winner announced 22:00 EST; funding canceled by NASA, Space Florida seeking other options to fund, continue competition.

2015

NET 2015 — RSA, Launch Zenit / New Generation Crew Transportation Vehicle, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Robotic first flight of “Orionski” the 4-person spacecraft that will replace Soyuz.

NET 2015 — SpaceX, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Upgrading Dragon spacecraft to carry humans to space for NASA CCiCap, first piloted test flight expected to occur before the end of this year.

NET 2015 — XCOR Aerospace,Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Company expects to begin suborbital test flights of Lynx spaceplane this year.

NET 2015 — Moon Express, Launch MoonEx-1, TBD: Launch of Moon Express lunar spacecraft to advance Moon exploration and commercial development, attempt to win Google Lunar XPRIZE; craft will carry ILO-X Moon telescope and Lunar Plant Growth Habitat.

NET 2015 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4, China: Earliest expected date for 2nd phase of China Lunar Exploration Program to back up Chang’e-3 Yutu rover.

NET 2015 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / CRS 8 & BEAM, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set to launch 10th Dragon spacecraft on 8th operational cargo delivery mission to ISS; will also carry Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.

NET 2015 — Launch BepiColombo, TBD: Launch of European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO); expected to reach Mercury and achieve polar orbit in 2022; will map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

NET 2015 — Arianespace, Launch LISA Pathfinder, Kourou, French Guiana: Launch of ESA / NASA JPL spacecraft to Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point for first-phase of LISA mission; will be capable of detecting gravitational waves generated by massive objects, advance understanding of how space and time are interconnected.

NET 2015 — HISPASAT, Orbital Sciences Corp., Launch Amazonas 4B, South America: Launch of Amazonas 4B satellite to meet growing demand for satellite television platforms in Latin America.

NET 2015 — RSA, Amur Oblast, Russia: RSA Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast, Russia to be completed / fully operational this year to launch crews to space.

NET 2015 — Mars One, The Hague, The Netherlands: First group of astronauts to begin training for one-way mission to Mars planned for 2022.

NET 2015 — University of Hawaii, NASA, TBD: Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) consisting of 8 small telescopes housed at 1 or 2 locations in Hawaiian islands to be fully operational by end of this year; developed with US$5M NASA grant.

NET Jan MAVEN, Mars Orbit: Spacecraft first scientific results expected this month.

NET Jan — Open Space Society, Launch Small Commercial Payload, TBD: Company expects to launch first Small Commercial Payload this month.

NET Jan — International Lunar Observatory Association, Space Age Publishing Co., Antarctica: Galaxy Forum Antarctica 2015: Galaxy Education and Galaxy Enterprise in the 21st Century.

Jan 4-8 — American Astronomical Society, Seattle WA: 225th Meeting of the AAS.

Jan 5-9 — AIAA, Kissimmee FL: 8th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization; AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference; AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference; AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2015); 53rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting; AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference.

Jan 8 — Cassini OTM-400, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #400 today.

Jan 11-15 — American Astronautical Society, AIAA, Williamsburg VA: 25th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics.

Jan 12 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Will begin distant-encounter operations today.

Jan 19-24 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Chemical and Dynamical Evolution of the Milky Way and Local Group Galaxies.

Jan 27 — 48th Apollo 1 Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances / events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, whose lives were lost when a launch rehearsal test resulted in a cabin fire.

Jan 28 — 29th Challenger STS-51L Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident: Commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Astronaut Christa McAuliffe (the 1st Teacher in Space), Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis, Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka (the 1st Asian American Astronaut), Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair.

NET Feb — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft approach imaging of Ceres to begin this month.

Feb 1 — JAXA, Launch H-2B / HTV-5, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: An uncrewed Japan H-2B rocket set to launch 5th H-2 transfer vehicle (Kounotori 5) to deliver supplies to ISS.

Feb 1 — 12th Columbia STS-107 Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss: Commander Richard D. Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (the 1st Israeli Astronaut), Astronauts William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla (the 1st Indian American Astronaut and 1st Indian woman in space).

Feb 3 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 58P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 58th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

Feb 3-14 — World Laboratory for Cosmology and Particle Physics, Cairo, Egypt: Advanced Workshop on LHC Physics and Cosmology; at Cataract Pyramids Resort.

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

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

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

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

Mar 1 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Jason-3 satellite, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Jason-3 satellite will measure ocean topography for U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Europe EUMETSAT.

Mar 7-14 — IEEE, Big Sky MT: 2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference.

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

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

Mar 23 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft to arrive at Ceres today; launched Sep 2007.

Mar 26 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-16M / ISS 42S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 43/44: Gennadi Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko of RSA, Scott Kelly of NASA; Kornieko and Kelly will begin 1 full year mission aboard ISS.

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

NET Apr — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft to enter first observational orbit this month.

Apr 1 — ISS, Attachment of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), LEO: BEAM to be attached to ISS Tranquility mode with Canadaram2 and remain in place until 2017 to test structural integrity, leak rate, radiation dosage, temperature changes.

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

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

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

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

Apr 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 59P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch 59th Progress cargo ship to ISS.

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

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

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

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

May 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-17M / ISS 43S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 44/45: Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Kimiya Yui of JAXA, Oleg Kononenko of RSA.

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Dione flyby scheduled at 516-km altitude.

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

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

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

Jul 14 — New Horizons, Pluto Trajectory: Spacecraft conducts long-awaited encounter with Pluto today; launched Jan 19, 2006.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 30 — RSA, Launch Soyuz TMA-18M / ISS 44S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 45/46; to include Andreas Mogensen of ESA (the 1st Danish Astronaut), Sergi Volkov of RSA, Spaceflight Participant Sarah Brightman of the UK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NET Nov — 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.

Nov 8-13 — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 47th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society; at Gaylord National Harbor Hotel.

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

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

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

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

Dec 6 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Epimetheus flyby scheduled at 2,616-km altitude; Prometheus flyby at 21,000-km altitude.

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

2016

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

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

NET 2016 — ESA, RSA, Launch ExoMars, TBD: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter & Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module to be launched by RSA launch system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 3-7 — American Astronomical Society, Kissimmee FL: 227th Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

NET Feb — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft will search for Earth-sized planets around Proxima Centauri as star passes in front of 2 other stars; sensitive ground and space-based telescopes, such as ESA’s Gaia and ESO’s VLT may search as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter System: Spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Jupiter and complete Orbital Insertion phase; spacecraft will have traveled about 18.7 AU (2.8B km); estimated arrival at 16:29 HST.

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

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

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

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

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

NET Sep — Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), LEO: Spacecraft 3-year mission to hunt for near-Earth objects within 45M km of Earth and support NASA Asteroid Initiative ends today; future observation goals or spacecraft hibernation date to be decided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NET Nov — United Launch Alliance, Launch 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 II rockets from Complex 2.

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

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

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

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

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

2017

NET 2017 — Sierra Nevada Corp., Launch Atlas V / Dream Chaser, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Dream Chaser to begin trips to LEO with humans on board; this advanced vehicle will be built in cooperation with Lockheed Martin through NASA Certification Products Contract.

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

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

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

Jan 8-12 — American Astronomical Society, Grapevine TX: 229th Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NET Jun — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 230th Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 17 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion EM-1, Kennedy Space Center FL: The first test flight of NASA Space Launch System with uncrewed Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and ESA-provided Service Module; to feature configuration for 70-metric-ton lift capacity; Orion spacecraft to perform circumlunar trajectory during the 7-day mission.

2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 7-11 — American Astronomical Society, National Harbor MD: 231st Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019

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

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

Jan 6-10 — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 233rd Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 6-10 — American Astronomical Society, TBD: 235th Meeting of the AAS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021

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

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

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

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

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

2022

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

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

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

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’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io.

2023

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

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

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

2024

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

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.

2029

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

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

2030

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

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’s atmosphere and magnetosphere, moons Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io.

2032

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

2033

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

2036

Apr 13 — Asteroid 99942 Apophis, Earth Near-Miss: 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 fall to Earth, burn up upon atmospheric reentry this year – 65 years after being decommissioned in 2013.

2117

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

2125

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

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