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

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

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time;’ Greenwich, England)

2017

Dec 25 — Mars Express, Mars Orbit: ESA spacecraft begins 15th year in orbit today; will continue to study Mars atmosphere & climate, planet structure, mineralogy, geology, and to search for traces of water.

Dec 26 — Iridium 32 Flare, LEO: Iridium 32 satellite flare to occur over of Hawai`i Island at 19:36:17 HST, magnitude of -6, 20° altitude, distance to satellite will be about 1,752 km.

Dec 26 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Zenit 3F / AngoSat, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Ukraine Zenit rocket with Russia Fregat upper stage to launch AngoSat communications satellite – Angola’s first satellite (built by RSC Energia).

Dec 27 — JAXA, Launch SS-520-5 / TRICOM 1R, Uchinoura Space Center, Japan: Second orbital launch attempt of Japan SS-520 rocket, a modified sounding rocket with added 3rd stage, to launch on experimental demo flight with TRICOM 1R CubeSat.

Dec 27 – Jan 5 — Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Caltech, University of California, Santa Barbara, Jerusalem, Israel: 35th Jerusalem Winter School in Theoretical Physics: The Physics of Astronomical Transients.

Dec 28 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Ken Cameron, adult US$69.95.

Dec 29 — Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo HI: Stargazing LIVE @ ‘Imiloa; view the Mauna Kea night sky from ‘Imiloa planetarium in a guided tour of the night sky, starts 19:00.

Dec 29 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Tom Olson for the annual year end space industry summary discussion.

Dec 29 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Jerry Ross, adult US$69.95.

NET Dec 30 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Cartosat 2ER & NovaSAR-S, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Launch window opens for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle flying on PSLV-C40 mission, to launch India Cartosat 2ER high-resolution Earth observation satellite, NovaSAR-S radar remote sensing satellite for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of UK and ~30 smaller payloads.

Dec 30 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Brian Duffy, adult US$69.95.

Dec 31 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston plans a New Years Resolution Program.

Dec 31 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA / Online: Dollar-for-dollar US$75,000 fundraising challenge deadline ends today; SETI to match every dollar donated to support efforts in search of extraterrestrial life.

Dec 31 — American Astronomical Society, Washington DC / Online: AAS Membership Renewal and Author Discount submissions due.

Dec 31 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Titusville FL: Last Day for Welcome Future Space Explorers | 5th Grade Complimentary Admission.

Dec 31 — Langley Research Center, NASA, Hampton VA / Online: Submissions due for 2018 National Student Art Contest: The Next 100 Years; students grades K-12 invited to submit artwork illustrating innovation, science and technologies over the next 100 years.

2018

NET 2018 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-5, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): CE-5 to collect up to 2 kg of lunar regolith over 2-day period near Mons Rumker Region 40.8° N, 58.1° W and transport back to Earth (Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia) within 1 month from launch; is precursor to CE-6 sample return mission and human missions.

NET 2018 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Inc., Canadensys Aerospace Corp., Launch ILO-1, TBD: Launch of ILOA multifunctional observatory to Moon South Pole; will conduct radio astronomy, scientific & commercial communications, serve as catalyst for lunar base build-out.

NET 2018 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Tianhe-1, TBD, China: China Space Station experimental core module Tianhe-1 (“Heavenly River” / Milky Way) expected to launch on new heavy lift Long March 5 rocket to LEO this year (orbit between 350 – 450 km), followed by launch of laboratory modules in 2020 and 2022.

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

NET Q1 2018 — Rocket Lab, Moon Express, Launch Electron Rocket / MX-1 Lander, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand: Launch of Moon Express lunar spacecraft to advance Moon exploration and commercial development, attempt to win grand prize US$20M from Google Lunar XPRIZE competition; craft to carry ILO-X Moon telescope, MoonLIGHT from the University of Maryland, Celestis Luna-02 mission for cremated remains.

NET Q1 2018 — ISRO, Launch PSLV / Team Indus, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to loft GLXP Team Indus craft to Earth orbit 880 km x 70,000 km; craft will attempt to soft land in Mare Imbrium, deploy rover & travel 500 meters for Google Lunar XPRIZE; also carrying Japan Team Hakuto two small rovers.

NET Q1 2018 — Up Aerospace, Launch SpaceLoft XL / 8th Earth Rise Mission, Las Cruces NM: Up Aerospace to launch 8th suborbital Earth Rise mission (The Starseeker Flight) for Celestis Inc.

NET H1 2018 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon Heavy / LightSail, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX to launch LightSail solar sail mission for Planetary Society.

NET Jan — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 – D2, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: India Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 with lift off mass of more than 640 ton, set to launch second demonstration orbital flight with TBD payload.

NET Jan — SpaceX, Launch Falcon Heavy Demo, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX maiden falcon heavy to launch this month; rocket consists of standard Falcon 9 rocket core with two additional strap-on boosters (total of 27 Merlin engines).

NET Jan — Orbital ATK, Launch Pegasus XL / ICON, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands: Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket to launch NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit

NET Jan — TBA, Celestis, Launch Heritage Flight, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Launch cremated remains to Earth Orbit for customers of Celestis Inc. hosted aboard OTB (Orbital Test Bed) satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology; Earth Orbit Service #7, Celestis Memorial Spaceflight: #16.

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

Jan 1 — Iridium 32 Flare, LEO: Iridium 32 satellite flare to occur over of Hawai`i Island at 05:26:37 HST, magnitude of -4, 45° altitude, distance to satellite will be about 1,050 km.

Jan 2 — Earth: At Perihelion (distance 0.98329 AU), 20:00.

Jan 2-7 — CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, Skeikampen, Norway: 25th Nordic Particle Physics Meeting (Spatind 2018); lectures on particle physics, gravity, gravitational waves, dark matter, dark sector, future circular colliders.

Jan 3-7 — Indian Science Research Organization Association, Hyderabad, India: 105th Indian Science Congress: Reaching the Unreached Through Science and Technology; thousands of delegates analyze, interact on matters of science; at Osmania University.

Jan 4 — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / Zuma, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch Zuma payload, built by Northrop Grumman for U.S. government.

Jan 4 — Frontier Development Lab (FDL), NASA, Online: FDL 2018 Challenges Virtual Briefing; slated to run Jun 25 – Aug 17, FDL is an AI R&D accelerator that tackles knowledge gaps useful to NASA space program; 2018 topics are space resources, orbital debris, NEOs, Earth observation, space weather, astrobiology.

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

Jan 5 — Inspiration Mars Foundation, Launch Humans for Mars Flyby, USA: Original date company planned to send 1 woman and 1 man on 501-day round trip to come within 161 km of Mars; alternate date / attempt to be set to 2021 for Venus flyby followed by a Mars flyby.

Jan 6 — Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea HI (2,800 meters): Star Gazing program, 18:00-22:00, weather permitting, free.

Jan 7 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Model Rocket Launches; held first Sunday of every month, weather permitting 13:00.

Jan 7-13 — University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Applied Physics Laboratory, Peking University, Kona HI: Conference: Fundamental Physical Processes in Solar-Terrestrial Research and Their Relevance to Planetary Physics 2018.

Jan 8-12 — American Astronomical Society, Washington DC: 231st Meeting of the AAS; at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Jan 8-12 — AIAA, Orlando FL: 2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2018); AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference; Space Flight Mechanics Meeting; at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

Jan 10-12 — LEAG, NASA SSERVI, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA: Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop; to produce priority targets for near-term landed missions on Moon, primarily from commercial exploration firms interested in pursuing ventures on the Moon.

Jan 11 — NRAO, National Science Foundation, Associated Universities, Inc., National Harbor MD: The Very Large Array Today and Tomorrow: First Molecules to Life on Exoplanets; and NRAO Town Hall.

Jan 12 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: 198th Observation of RAS founding (1820).

Jan 13 — Virginia Living Museum, Newport News VA: Virginia Skies program; staff astronomer will discuss seasonal constellations above VA as well as planets and celestial happenings.

Jan 13 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena CA: Educator Workshop: The Math of NASA Missions.

Jan 14 — Tucson L5 Space Society – NSS Chapter, Tucson AZ: Tucson L5 Space Society monthly meeting.

Jan 15-19 — International Space Science Institute, Project MiARD – Multi Instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data, Bern, Switzerland: Workshop: Comets – Post 67P Perspectives.

Jan 15-19 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: The Growth of Galaxies in the Early Universe – IV.

Jan 15 – Feb 16 — International Space University, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia: 2018 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program; intensive, five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy.

Jan 16-18 — Boston University, NASA, Boston MA: Workshop: Dwarfs Stars and Clusters with K2.

Jan 16-19 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Caltech, Pasadena CA: Workshop: The Architecture of LISA Science Analysis – Imagining the Future.

Jan 17-18 — SBAG, Ames Research Center, NASA, Moffett Field CA: 18th Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) Meeting.

Jan 18 — Thelma Parker Library, NASA, Kamuela HI: NASA@ My Library Program; free STEM series promoting science for students and families; today’s event “Windstreamer”, 10:30-12:00.

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

Jan 19 — International Astronautical Federation, Online / Bremen, Germany: Due: Call for Plenary Events and Highlight Lectures for 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018); to be held Oct 1-5.

Jan 20 — SSERVI, NASA, ESA, DLR, ASI, University of Amsterdam, University of Toulouse, The Open University, IRAP, Online / Toulouse, France: Abstract Submissions Due for 2018 European Lunar Symposium (ELS); to be held May 13-16.

Jan 21-24 — Pacific Telecommunications Council, Honolulu HI: 40th Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC 2015).

Jan 21-26 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Chemical and Dynamical Evolution of Galaxies.

Jan 23-24 — National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Space Studies Board of US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Guangzhou, China: 7th Forum for New Leaders in Space Science; to provide opportunities for select group of young scientists to discuss their research activities.

Jan 23-25 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Satellite Communications Design; instructor Chris DeBoy of JHU/APL.

Jan 25 — Opportunity, Mars Surface: Rover begins 15th year on Mars; holds “off-world” record for having driven the greatest distance; launched 2003, landed 2004.

Jan 26 — Cuyahoga Valley Space Society (CVSS) – National Space Society Chapter, Parma OH: Monthly meeting of Cuyahoga Valley Space Society; Parma Library, 18:45-20:45.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 51st Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members lost during a launch pad test: Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee.

Jan 27, 28 — National Philharmonic, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Bethesda MD: Orchestral Concert featuring Sea and Space: Debussy’s La Mer and Holst’s The Planets.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 32nd Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident 28 January 1986: Commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Astronaut Christa McAuliffe (the 1st ‘Teacher in Space’), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, along with Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis.

Jan 29 – Feb 5 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 55th UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) Scientific and Technical Subcommittee.

NET Feb — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Proton / Blagovest No. 12L, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Proton Rocket set to launch Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite.

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

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

NET Feb — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 69P (MS-08), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 69P resupply ship to ISS.

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

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 15th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss: Commander Richard D. Husband, Mission Specialist Laurel Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon (the ‘1st Israeli astronaut’) and Astronauts: William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown and Kalpana Chawla (the ‘1st Indian American astronaut’ and ‘1st Indian woman in space’).

Feb 1-2 — Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore: Global Space and Technology Convention 2018; and GSTC 10th Year Celebration Dinner.

Feb 3 – Mar 19 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 4 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.

Feb 5-8 — Applied Technology Institute, Albuquerque NM: ATI Course: Space Systems Fundamentals; instructor Mike Gruntman, Professor of Astronautics at University of Southern California.

Feb 5-9 — Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS), American Meteorological Society (AMS), Sydney, Australia: AMOS / AMS Joint Annual Meeting.

Feb 6-9 — National Tsing Hua University, NRAO, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), Hsinchu, Taiwan: Magnetic Fields or Turbulence: Which is the critical factor for the formation of stars and planetary disks?

Feb 7 — Juno, Perijove 11 / 10th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 11, its 11th close flyby of Jupiter and 10th science flyby with instruments turned on.

Feb 9 — Royal Astronomical Society, London, United Kingdom: Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting; From the Outer to the Inner Solar System – The Origin and Evolution of Comets; The Epoch of Reionisation – UK Community Update.

Feb 11— International Astronautical Federation, Online: Applications Due for 2018 IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme, held in conjunction with 69th International Astronautical Congress to be held Oct 1-5.

Feb 12-16 — ESA, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Space Optics.

Feb 12-16 — University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: Workshop: Water During Planet Formation and Evolution.

Feb 13-15 — Canadian Space Commerce Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 2018 Canadian SmallSat Symposium: SmallSat Responsible Revolution.

Feb 15 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-10, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on 10th operational flight to the ISS.

Feb 16 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2018 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Dog.

Feb 17 — Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS), LEO: Three satellites in magnetosphere (two in Moon orbit – now called ARTEMIS) begin 12th year in space today; launched 2007.

Feb 17-18 — University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Women in Planetary Science and Exploration (WPSE) Conference 2018.

Feb 18-20 — UCLA, Los Angeles CA: Dark Matter Advanced Training Institute.

Feb 21-23 — UCLA, Los Angeles CA: UCLA Dark Matter 2018 Symposium.

Feb 22, 23 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Looking Deep – The InSight Mission to Mars; Troy Lee Hudson Technologist at JPL.

Feb 25 – Mar 2 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon, Vietnam: 2nd Rencontres du Vietnam on Exoplanetary Science.

Feb 25 – Mar 2 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Exploring Star Formation in the Remote Universe.

Feb 26-28 — Danish Ministry for Science and Higher Education, ESO, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), ESA, Copenhagen, Denmark: Big Science Business Forum 2018 (BSBF2018).

Feb 26 – Mar 2 — Basic Sciences Development Program (PEDEClBA), La Plata, Argentina: 9th Planetary Science Workshop.

Feb 27-28 — ESA, Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Madrid, Spain: Workshop: From Mars Express to Exomars.

Feb 27-28 — Committee on Space Research, NASA, ESA, Houston TX: 2nd COSPAR Workshop on Refining the Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Missions.

Feb 27 – Mar 1 — Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Space Florida, Economic Development Commission of Florida Space Coast., Cape Canaveral FL: 45th Space Congress: The Journey: Future Exploration for Universal Opportunities.

Feb 27 – Mar 1 — NASA, Denver CO: Deep Space Gateway Science Workshop; to actively engage the scientific community in early stages of determining ways Deep Space Gateway concept could be used to facilitate science.

Feb 28 – Mar 1 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Symposium: Mars in the Age of New Space Launchers; two-day symposium to explore emerging possibilities for human Mars exploration and settlement, as NASA SLS rocket approaches its first flight and as competing plans from private industry take shape.

Feb 28 – Mar 1 & 3 — MEXT, METI, JAXA, Space Generation Advisory Council, Tokyo, Japan: Second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2) ministerial-level meeting to build support for global cooperation in space exploration, and meetings Y-ISEF for young professionals and I-ISEF for industries.

NET Mar — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-08 / ISS 54S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 55/56 to ISS, Ricky Arnold and Andrew Feustel of NASA.

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

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

NET Mar — ISRO, Launch PSLV CA / Cartosat 3, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch sixth satellite of ISRO Cartosat series, the current generation of Indian remote sensing satellites.

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

Mar 2-12 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Galaxy Interactions and Mergers Across Cosmic Time.

Mar 3 — International Space Exploration Forum, Tokyo, Japan: 2nd International Space Exploration Forum; international representatives to advance shared objectives for Human exploration of space.

Mar 5-9 — ESO, Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Diversis Mundi – The Solar System in an Exoplanetary Context.

Mar 6 — Dawn, Main Asteroid Belt: Spacecraft begins 4th year at Ceres today; launched Sep 2007 and arrived March 2015 after orbiting Vesta in 2011.

Mar 6-8 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Satellite Communications Systems – Advanced; instructor Bruce Elbert, founder of Application Technology Strategy LLC.

Mar 7 — Kepler, Heliocentric Orbit: Craft searching for exoplanets begins 10th year in space today; operating in K2 extension mission after two reaction wheels failed altering original mission goals; launched 2009.

Mar 10 — Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Orbit: NASA spacecraft begins 13th year in Mars orbit today, continues to study seasonal changes on planet circling at 300-km near-polar orbit; launched Aug 12, 2005, entered orbit Mar 10, 2006.

Mar 11-16 — Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Galaxy Interactions and Mergers Across Cosmic Time.

Mar 13-15 — American Astronautical Society, Greenbelt MD: 56th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium.

Mar 16 — National Space Club and Foundation, Washington DC: 61st Annual Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner; at Hilton Washington.

Mar 26-27 — International Academy of Astronautics, International Astronautical Federation, International Institute of Space Law, Paris, France: IAA 2018 Spring Meetings.

Mar 26-29 — University of Coimbra (CITEUC), European Commission – Portugal 2020, Coimbra, Portugal: Workshop: The Transneptunian Solar System.

Mar 26-30 — Nagoya University, Career Development Project for Researchers of Allied University, Nagoya, Japan: Conference: Circumplanetary Disks and Satellite Formation.

Mar 27-28 — Applied Technology Institute, Littleton CO: ATI Course: Vibration Testing of Small Satellites; instructor Tom Sarafin.

Mar 27-29 — International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France: IAF Spring Meetings 2018; at the CAP Convention Center.

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

Mar 28-29 — International Union of Radio Science (URSI), Meudon, France: URSI France 2018 Workshop.

NET Apr — Gaia, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: ESA spacecraft next data release expected this month, on mission to map 1 Billions Stars.

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

NET Apr — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 70P (MS-09), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 70P resupply ship to ISS.

Apr 1 — Juno, Perijove 12 / 11th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 12, its 12th close flyby of Jupiter and 11th science flyby with instruments turned on.

Apr 2-6 — UCLA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Los Angeles CA: Conference: Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes.

Apr 9-12 — American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Aerospace Division, Cleveland OH: Earth and Space 2018: 16th Biennial ASCE International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments; short course and conference.

Apr 9-20 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 57th UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS) Legal Subcommittee.

Apr 10-12 — Applied Technology Institute, Littleton CO: ATI Course: Space Mission Structures; instructor Tom Sarafin, President and Chief Engineer of Instar Engineering and Consulting.

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

Apr 12 — 37th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: As NASA works on next gen Space Launch System to send Humans to Moon, Mars and Beyond, commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

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

Apr 16-19 — Space Foundation, Colorado Springs CO: 34th Space Symposium: 2018 Premier Global Space Conference; space leaders to discuss critical issues affecting all space sectors; at Broadmoor Hotel.

Apr 21 — The Astronomical League, Global: Spring Astronomy Day 2018; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

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

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 29th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

Apr 24-26 — NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, St. Louis MO: Conference: Planetary Science Informatics and Data Analytics.

Apr 30 – May 2 — California Polytechnic State University, Advanced Technology Laboratories, JPL, NASA, San Luis Obispo CA: CubeSat Developers Workshop 2018; in conjunction with LunarCubes Workshop, and Interplanetary Smallsat Conference.

NET May — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-09 / ISS 55S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 56/57 to ISS, Jeanette Epps of NASA (to become first African-American space station member).

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

NET May – Jun — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-4 Orbiter, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Orbiter for Chang’e-4 communications relay to launch to Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 this period to support upcoming lander / rover mission launching NET October to Moon South Pole / Aitken basin with reconfigured / advanced instruments; will carry DSLWP-A1 and A2 microsatellites (50x50x40 cm3, mass of ~45 kg) intended for 200 x 9,000 km lunar orbit for low frequency radio astronomical observation.

May 1 — Orbital ATK, Launch Antares / OA-9, Wallops Island VA: Upgraded Antares rocket to launch 10th Cygnus cargo freighter on 9th operational flight to the ISS.

May 1-2 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

May 1-3 — NASA, Columbia MD: Meeting: Mercury – Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet.

May 3-4 — California Polytechnic State University, Advanced Technology Laboratories, JPL, NASA, San Luis Obispo CA: 7th Annual LunarCubes Workshop.

May 4 — International Space Day 2018, Worldwide: Events and presentations to promote STEM education and inspire people to continue the work of Space explorers; originally began as ‘National Space Day’ in 1997 by Lockheed Martin Corp.

May 5-13 — Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Mars Society, Edwards Air Force Base CA: FAR-MARS Student Rocketry Teams Competition; team whose bi-propellant liquid-fueled rocket comes closest to reaching 13,716 meters will receive $50,000; team that comes closest to hitting same altitude with rocket-powered by liquid-methane and liquid-oxygen will receive $50,000.

May 7-8 — Caltech, JPL, NASA, Pasadena CA: Interplanetary Smallsat Conference 2018.

May 8-10 — George Washington University, Washington DC: 2018 Humans to Mars Summit.

May 13-18 — MPIA, Tegernsee, Germany: Meeting: The Early Phase of Star Formation (EPoS 2018): Archetypes; at Ringberg Castle.

May 14-16 — SSERVI, NASA, ESA, DLR, ASI, University of Amsterdam, University of Toulouse, The Open University, IRAP, Toulouse, France: 2018 European Lunar Symposium (ELS); preregistration and reception on May 13.

May 14-18 — Institute of Nuclear Sciences (UNAM), ICN, Cozumel, Mexico: Conference: Interstellar – The Matter.

May 14 – Jun 8 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany: Workshop: Near-Earth Objects – Properties, Detection, Resources, Impacts and Defending Earth.

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

May 15-17 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Satellite Communications Design; instructor Chris DeBoy of JHU/APL.

May 21-23 — International Academy of Astronautics, American Astronautical Society, Chinese Society of Astronautics, CNSA, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Changsha, China: 4th IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DYCOSS).

May 21-24 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Exoplanets; instructor Michael Summers, Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University.

May 22-23— Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: ATI Course: Space Environment – Implications for Spacecraft Design; instructor Dr. Alan Tribble, who has been teaching courses on space environments and effects since 1992.

May 22-24 — .SPACE, Orbital ATK, MDA, Ascent Aerospace, SmarterShows, Pasadena CA: Space Tech Expo.

May 24 — Juno, Perijove 13 / 12th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 13, its 13th close flyby of Jupiter and 12th science flyby with instruments turned on.

May 24-27 — International Space Development Conference, Los Angeles CA: ISDC 2018; Astronauts, Space leaders and experts meet for plenary sessions, keynotes, exhibit hall, workshops on next-gen space developments.

May 25-26 — Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore: ActInSpace 2018 (#AIS2018).

May 27 – Jun 1 — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL: Conference: Galactic Rings: Signposts of Secular Evolution in Disk Galaxies.

May 29-30 — iCubeSat 2018 Organising Committee, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, JA Initiative, Paris, France: iCubeSat 2018 – the 7th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop; addressing the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats.

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

NET Jun — SpaceX, Launch Falcon / Dragon V2 (Crew Dragon) Demo 2, KSC FL: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft crewed test flight to launch to ISS for NASA commercial crew program.

NET Jun — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-10 / ISS 56S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 57/58 to ISS.

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

NET Jun — SpaceX, Launch Falcon 9 / 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 via SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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

Jun 3-7 — American Astronomical Society, Denver CO: 232nd Meeting of the AAS; at Sheraton Denver Downtown.

Jun 3-8 — Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), Honolulu HI: Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 15th Annual Meeting.

Jun 4 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Spacecraft to awaken from hibernation today to prepare for KBO flyby 1 Jan 2019; approach officially begins in August.

Jun 4-8 — Flatiron Institute, NYU, Harvard, New York NY: 2018 New York City Gaia Sprints; bringing together people who have an interest in timely scientific investigation and use of Gaia Data.

Jun 4-8 — NASA Astrobiology Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, ELSI Origins Network, Atlanta GA: Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon).

Jun 8-10 — American Astronautical Society, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Lockheed Martin, Tarleton State University, et al: Stephenville TX: 2018 Student CanSat Competition.

Jun 11 – Jul 6 — Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Munich, Germany: Program: The Extragalactic Distance Scale in the Gaia Era.

Jun 12-15 — Resources Roundtable (SRR), Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS), Golden CO: 9th Joint SRR / PTMSS Meeting 2018; focusing on ISRU activities for Moon, Mars, and asteroids from space agencies, private sector, academic institutions, and from recent legislation introduced for space-resource commercial exploitation.

Jun 16 — 55th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 16-21 — Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Geological Association of Canada, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada: Conference: Resources for Future Generations 2018.

Jun 18 — 35th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 20-21 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPOUS), Vienna, Austria: UNISPACE+50; first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE) was held 1968.

Jun 20-29 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria: 61st session on UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Jun 23 – Jul 1 — Petnica Science Center, Petnica, Serbia: Workshop in Geology and Geophysics of the Solar System.

Jun 25-28 — NSMMS, CRASTE, Madison WI: National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS)/Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE).

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

Jun 25 – Aug 17— Frontier Development Lab (FDL), NASA, Online: FDL 2018 Challenges; an AI R&D accelerator that tackles knowledge gaps useful to NASA space program; 2018 topics are space resources, orbital debris, NEOs, Earth observation, space weather, astrobiology.

Jun 26-29 — NRAO, Associated Universities Inc., Portland OR: Astrophysical Frontiers in the Next Decade and Beyond: Planets, Galaxies, Black Holes, and the Transient Universe.

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

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2018; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

Jul 2-6 — University of Cambridge, Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom: Exoplanets II Conference.

Jul 2-6 — Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste Observatory, Trieste, Italy: Conference on Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes.

Jul 2-6 — ASI, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), INFN, Sexten, Italy: Conference: Paving the Way for Next Generation of Cosmological Surveys – New Results and New Methods in Galaxy; Conference: The early growth of Super Massive Black Holes (SMBH).

Jul 3-6 — French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (SF2A), Bordeaux, France: French Astronomy Week 2018.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 2nd full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until 2020 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

Jul 9-11 — AIAA, Cincinnati OH: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2018).

Jul 12-13 — National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Space Studies Board of US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Pasadena CA: 8th Forum for New Leaders in Space Science; to provide opportunities for select group of young scientists to discuss their research activities.

Jul 14 — International Academy of Astronautics, Pasadena CA: IAA Academy Day.

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

Jul 16 — Juno, Perijove 14 / 13th Science Close Flyby, Jupiter Orbit: NASA craft in 53-day orbit to come within ~3,500 km of Jupiter cloud tops during Perijove 14, its 14th close flyby of Jupiter and 13th science flyby with instruments turned on; last planned flyby before possible mission extension plans, craft could operate until July 31, 2020.

Jul 20 — Frontiers of Flight Museum, The Moon Society, National Space Society of North Texas, Dallas TX: Moon Day 2018.

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

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

Jul 22-26 — Gemini Observatory, NSF, National Research Council Canada, San Francisco CA: Conference: Science & Evolution of Gemini Observatory.

Jul 22-27 — Meteoritical Society, V.I. Vernadsky Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, V. I. Vernadsky Geological State Museum, Ural Federal University, Kazan Federal University, Moscow, Russia: 81st Annual Meeting of The Meteoritical Society.

Jul 23-26 — American Astronautical Society, NASA, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), San Francisco CA: 2018 International Space Station Research & Development Conference.

Jul 23-27 — University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX: 21st European White Dwarf Workshop.

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

Jul 29 – Aug 3 — Boston University, MIT, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Cambridge / Boston MA: Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun (COOL STARS 20).

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

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

Aug 7-9 — Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, SSERVI, NASA, LRO, Laurel MD: Lunar Polar Volatiles 2018.

Aug 19-23 — American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Snowbird UT: AAS / AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference.

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 42nd year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

Aug 20-22 — Space Telescope Science Institute, ESA, NASA, CSA, Vienna, Austria: Meeting: James Webb Space Telescope – Launch, Commissioning, and Cycle 1 Science.

Aug 20-31 — International Astronomical Union, Vienna, Austria: 30th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union; also includes Symposium 343: Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars – A Continuing Challenge through Cosmic Time; 344: Dwarf Galaxies – From the Deep Universe to the Present; 345: Origins – From the Protosun to the First Steps of Life.

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

Aug 27-30, 31 — International Astronomical Union, Vienna, Austria: IAU Symposium 348: 21st Century Astrometry – Crossing the Dark and Habitable Frontiers; IAU Symposium 349: Under One Sky – The IAU Centenary Symposium; IAU Symposium 346: High-mass X-ray Binaries – Illuminating the Passage from Massive Binaries to Merging Compact Objects.

Aug 28-30 — American Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria: 2018 IAU General Assembly for a Focus Meeting – celebrating the centennial of the discovery of asteroid families.

NET Sep — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-11 / ISS 57S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 58/59 to ISS, Nick Hague of NASA and 2 Cosmonauts.

Sep 3-7 — ESO, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (CAMK-PAN), Warsaw, Poland: ESO Workshop: A Revolution in Stellar Physics with Gaia and Large Surveys.

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

Sep 9-16 — Association of Space Explorers, Minsk, Belarus: 31st Planetary Congress of the ASE.

Sep 11-14 — International Venus Science Community, JAXA, Center for Planetary Science, Hokkaido, Japan: International Venus Conference 2018; covering all areas of Venus science with special focus on new results from JAXA Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki”.

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

Sep 17-19 — AIAA, Orlando FL: AIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2018); at Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Sep 17-22 — ESA, Europlanet, EPSC Organizing Committee, Riga, Latvia: European Planetary Science Congress 2017.

Sep 23-28 — Les Houches Advanced School for Physics, Grenoble, France: Cloud Academy: Cloud Formation and Properties in Extrasolar Planets.

Sep 30 — International Academy of Astronautics, Bremen, Germany: IAA Academy Day.

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

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

NET Oct — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-12 / ISS 58S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 59/60 to ISS, including Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA.

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

NET Oct — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / BepiColombo, Kourou, French Guiana: BepiColombo mission – European Space Agency / JAXA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) to launch today; craft expected to reach Mercury polar orbit 2025 to map planet, investigate magnetosphere.

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

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

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

NET Oct — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 71P (MS-10), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 71P resupply ship to ISS.

Oct 1-3 — Lunar and Planetary Society, USRA, Houston TX: Late Mars Workshop.

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

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2018; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 61st observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 51st observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

Oct 13 — The Astronomical League, Global: Fall Astronomy Day 2018; astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, observatories sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops.

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

NET Nov InSight, Mars Surface: Potential date for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft to land on Mars surface and study deep interior; scheduled end of operations Nov 2020.

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

Nov 7-8 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

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

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

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

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

Dec 11-13 — SpaceCom, Houston TX: Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom Expo 2018).

NET Dec 15 — Kepler, Heliocentric Orbit: Exoplanet hunter in K2 mission expected to run out of fuel near this date; launched 2009.

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

2019

NET 2019 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Orion Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), Kennedy Space Center FL: The first test flight of NASA Space Launch System with uncrewed Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and ESA-provided Service Module; to feature configuration for 70-metric-ton lift capacity; Orion spacecraft to perform circumlunar trajectory during 21-day mission; will carry 13 science experiments.

NET 2019 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz 2 / Luna-25, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-25 (formerly Luna-Glob) lander to launch to Boguslavsky crater near Moon South Pole.

NET 2019 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Orbiter to Moon; will operate at 100-km altitude for at least one year; to be followed by Moon lander & rover; may have 4 science instruments (15 kg & US$15M total) sponsored by NASA aboard to search for / quantify lunar resources for increasing effectiveness.

NET 2019 — JAXA, Launch H2A / Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) and X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM), Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: SLIM Moon mission potentially could launch this year with X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) for studying galactic plasma; will test technologies for future lunar missions, including SELENE-2 and Human Missions.

NET 2019 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Astrobotic Peregrine Lander & Multi-Payload, TBD: ULA to launch Astrobotic Peregrine Lander to attempt to reach Moon with 35 kilograms of customer payloads from commercial companies, international space agencies, customers.

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

Jan 1 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 Flyby: Craft expected to fly by KBO 2014 MU69 at 05:07 PDT (02:07 HST), distance of 3,500 km or closer; KBO is 4B miles (~6.437B km) from Earth; will be farthest spacecraft encounter ever performed.

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

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

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 52nd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further information.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 33rd Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2018 for more detail.

NET Feb — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-13 / ISS 59S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 60/61 to ISS.

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

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 16th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2018 for more detail.

Feb 5 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2019 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Pig.

NET Mar — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-14 / ISS 60S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 61/62 to ISS.

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

NET Mar — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 72P (MS-11), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 72P resupply ship to ISS.

Mar 3-5 — Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Starship Century, Tau Zero Foundation, TBD: 2019 Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW).

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

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

Apr 12 — 38th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: As NASA working on next gen Space Launch System to send Humans to Moon, Mars and Beyond, commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

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

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 30th year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

Apr 30 – May 1 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Washington DC: Space Studies Board Meeting.

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

NET May — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-15 / ISS 61S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: An RSA Soyuz rocket set to launch members of Expedition 62/63 to ISS.

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

NET May — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz / Progress 73P (MS-12), Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 73P resupply ship to ISS.

May 3 — International Space Day 2019, Worldwide: Events and presentations to promote STEM education and inspire people to continue the work of Space explorers; originally began as ‘National Space Day’ in 1997 by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Jun 16 — 56th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 36th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2019; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 3rd full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until 2020 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

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

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

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

Aug 20 — Voyager 2, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft begins 43rd year in space today, launched Aug 20, 1977 – seventeen days before Voyager 1; expected to send data to Earth until ~2025 when power may run out.

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

NET Sep — James Webb Space Telescope, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Full science operations to begin this month – continue through at least 5 years.

Sep 3-6 — International Academy of Astronautics, TBD: 2nd IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites (IAA LASSS).

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

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

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

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

Oct 4-10 — World Space Week Association, Global: World Space Week 2019; to celebrate international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition; Oct 4 is 62nd observation of 1st Space mission Sputnik One launched by Soviet Union 1957; Oct 10 is 52nd observation of Outer Space Treaty going into effect 1967.

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

Oct 14-18 — Association of Space Explorers, Houston TX: 32nd Planetary Congress of the ASE.

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

Oct 20 — International Academy of Astronautics, Washington DC: IAA Academy Day.

Oct 20-25 — International Astronautical Federation, AIAA, IAA, IISL, Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington DC: 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

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

Nov 6-7 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

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

NET Dec — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter, Mars Orbit: End of scheduled ESA science mission at Mars, future science plans to be determined, will support ExoMars 2020 rover & lander mission starting Apr 2021 and operate until at least Dec 2022; entered Mars orbit Oct 2016, began science operations Dec 2017.

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

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

2020

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

NET 2020 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-26, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 0 (Luna-Resurs Orbiter) to launch to polar orbit for 1 year at 100-150 km altitude, 2 years at 500-700 km altitude; will provide communications relay capabilities for following South pole missions.

NET 2020 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft planned mission ends this year after reaching Pluto, Charon and designated Kuiper Belt object(s); future trajectory / mission plans to be determined; expected to operate until at least mid-2030s.

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

NET 2020 — 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 2020 — KARI, Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 / Moon Lander & Rover, Naro Space Center, South Jeolla, South Korea: South Korea to launch Moon lander & rover to look for signs of rare minerals on Moon surface between 2020-2025.

NET 2020 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / SELENE-2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: JAXA to launch Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2 (SELENE-2) 700-kg orbiter, 1,000-kg lander (with 200-kg of total payloads), 100-kg rover to Moon.

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

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

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

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

NET 2020 — UAE Space Agency, Launch Hope Probe, TBD: UAE plans to launch Hope mission to Mars this year to study planet atmosphere, potentially with ISRO collaboration, in celebration of 50th observation of nation’s founding.

NET 2020 — Association of Space Explorers, Budapest, Hungary: 33rd Planetary Congress of the ASE.

NET Jan — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 / Chang’e-6, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): CE-6 planned to land near edge of Shackleton crater at Moon South Pole; after collection of lunar samples craft will attempt to launch 8 April 2020 to return to Earth; may be last robotic mission before China Human Moon missions.

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

Jan 25 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2020 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Rat.

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 53rd Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 34th Observation, Nationwide USA: Educational and ceremonial events held worldwide to advance space technology / education and honor 7 crew members killed in shuttle accident, see 28 Jan 2018 for more detail.

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 17th Observation, Nationwide USA / Global: Annual international conferences and events take place to further space exploration efforts in remembrance of Columbia 7 loss, see 1 Feb 2018 for more detail.

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

Apr 12 — 59th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 39th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2020; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 31st year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least 2022.

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

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

Jun 16 — 57th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 37th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2020; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Jul / Aug — ULA, Launch Atlas 5 / Mars Rover, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: NASA Mars robotic rover with 7 science instruments to launch in 2020 to explore planet / advance development of Human Mars missions projected for 2030s.

Jul 4 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft reaches 4th full year at Jupiter today, planned to continue operations at least until July 31 before controlled impact to ensure Juno does not impact Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

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

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

Jul 31 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Extended mission planned deorbit maneuver (lasting 132 hours / 5.5 days) and plunge into Jupiter to ensure no accidental impact of Europa, Ganymede, Callisto; one-way transmission signal to Earth is 48 minutes.

NET Aug — CNSA, Launch Mars Orbiter, Lander & Rover Mission, TBD, China: China expects to launch Orbiter, Lander & Rover mission this month to arrive at Mars low latitude area in northern hemisphere 7 months later; 200-kg rover to have 6 wheels and carry 13 payloads, lander payloads TBD; planning sample return mission in 2030.

Aug 4, 5 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Jupiter atmospheric impact, total distance traveled including orbits around Jupiter estimated at 22.66 AU (3.39B km).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 4-5 — Space Studies Board of the National Academies, Irvine CA: Space Studies Board Meeting.

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

2021

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

NET 2021 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 3 / Crewed Mission, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 expected to launch crewed mission this year.

NET 2021 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-27, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 1 lander expected to launch to Moon South Pole to target frozen volatiles in sub surface; expected to carry ESA Lunar ice drill.

NET 2021 — Inspiration Mars Foundation, Launch Humans for Venus and Mars Flyby, USA: Company hopes to send 1 woman and 1 man on round trip for Venus flyby followed by a Mars flyby.

NET 2021 ExoMars 2020 Lander & Rover, Mars Surface: ESA Carrier and Rover (“Mars Yard”), Roscosmos Descent Module and Surface Platform to land on Mars surface; to be supported by ExoMars 2016 Orbiter communications relay.

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

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

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

Jan 27 — Apollo 1 54th Observation, Nationwide USA: Increasing space awareness and education, remembrances and events honor three Apollo 1 crew members, see 27 Jan 2018 for further detail.

Jan 28 — Challenger STS-51L 35th 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 2018 for more detail.

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

Feb 1 — Columbia STS-107 18th 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 2018 for more detail.

Feb 12 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2021 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Ox.

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

Apr 12 — 60th Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 40th Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2021; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

Apr 24 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with 2.4 meter diameter main telescope begins 32nd year in space today, launched Apr 24, 1990; expected to continue operations until at least Jun 30.

Jun 16 — 58th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 38th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2021; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

NET Aug — 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.

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

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

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

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

2022

NET 2022 — Predicted Collision of 2 Stars (KIC 9832227), Constellation Cygnus: Scientists predict two stars, jointly named KIC 9832227, will merge & collide causing an increase in its brightness ten thousand fold, it would be visible to the naked eye; predicted date + / – one year.

NET 2022 — Hubble Space Telescope, LEO: Veteran spacecraft with 2.4-meter mirror expected to continue operations until this year and perhaps beyond; launched April 24, 1990.

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

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

NET 2022 — Mars One, Launch of Mars Rover & Communication Satellite, TBD: Commercial company plans to launch rover and trailer to help find best location for human settlement ~2031, clear areas for arrival of cargo; communications satellite to be placed in orbit.

NET 2022 — Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp., Mauna Kea HI: Original planned date for TMT to begin scientific operations.

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

Feb 1 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2022 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Tiger.

Apr 12 — 61st Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 41st Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2022; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

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

Jun 16 — 59th Observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Global: Public events and commemorations occur to celebrate the first female to fly in Space, Valentina Tershkova of the former Soviet Union; in 1963 she orbited Earth 49 times in Vostok 6.

Jun 18 — 39th Observation of the 1st American Woman in Space, Nationwide USA / Global: Celebrating the first American woman to fly in Space, Sally Ride of USA on space shuttle Challenger STS-7 mission in 1983.

Jun 30 — Asteroid Day Ltd., Global: Asteroid Day 2022; education, events, films and entertainment hosted by organizations and individuals to increase awareness about asteroids.

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

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

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

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

2023

NET 2023 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Launch SLS / Human Asteroid Mission, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Potential launch of Astronauts via Space Launch System to planned relocated 500,000-kg Asteroid orbiting Moon.

NET 2023 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-28, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 2 expected to launch to Moon South Pole for return sample mission.

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

NET 2023 — 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.

Jan 22 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2023 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Rabbit.

Apr 12 — 62nd Commemoration of Human Spaceflight / Cosmonautics Day, Worldwide: Celebrating Yuri Gagarin of Russia, the 1st human to orbit Earth on Vostok 1 spacecraft in 1961; the flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph and 327 km above Earth.

Apr 12 — 42nd Observation of STS-1 Columbia Flight, Nationwide USA: Commemorations occur today in honor of 1st ever NASA Space Shuttle Columbia carrying John Young and pilot Robert Crippen around Earth on 54.5-hour mission in 1981.

Apr 12 — Yuri’s Night Celebrations, Global: Yuri’s Night 2023; annual worldwide party to celebrate Yuri Gagarin’s 1st flight into space and promote space exploration.

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

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

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

2024

NET 2024 — ISS, LEO: Standard funding of International Space Station ends this year; mission extension to at least 2028 is expected; future goals and scientific, engineering, utilization, education potential to be determined.

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

NET 2024 — James Webb Space Telescope, Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange Point: Planned end to 5-year primary mission; spacecraft expected to operate for at least another 5 years.

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.

Feb 10 — China Lunar New Year, Zhong Guo / Worldwide: China Lunar New Year 2024 Spring Festival marks the Year of the Dragon.

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

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

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

2025

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

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

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

NET 2025 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Luna-29, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia: Roscosmos Luna-Resurs 3 Moon South Pole lander and rover mission goals / landing site TBD, will support future Human base.

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

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

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

NET Dec — 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.

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.

NET Dec — 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.

2027

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

2028

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

2029

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

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

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

NET Jul — Chang’e-2, Deep Space: Spacecraft expected to come within 7M km of Earth this year after reaching 300M km apogee.

2030

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

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

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

NET 2030 — New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Object Trajectory: Spacecraft expected to continue exploring Kuiper Belt until at least middle of this decade.

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

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

2031

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

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

2032

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

2033

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

2036

NET 2036 — CNSA, Launch Jupiter Spacecraft, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): China planning to launch first probe to Jupiter this year.

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

2046

NET 2046 — CNSA, Launch Uranus Spacecraft, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): China planning to launch first mission to Uranus this year.

2060

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

2061

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

2078

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

2084

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

2117

NET 2117 — UAE Space Agency, Mars Surface: UAE plans to have city on Mars fit for habitation completed by this year, with first development starting in 2020 with launch of Hope satellite to study Mars atmosphere.

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

2125

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

2123

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

2168

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

2287

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

2391

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

2600

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

2650

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

2729

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

3000

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

40272

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

8401976

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

4000002000

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