July 26 – August 1, 2010 / Vol 29, No 30

Joint AAS, CSA, JRS ISCOPS Event to Advance Space Exploration

The American Astronautical Society (AAS), Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the Japanese Rocket Society (JRS) will hold the 12th International Space Conference of Pacific-basin Societies (ISCOPS) on July 27-30 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Space experts, scientists and industry leaders from around the world will gather to discuss topics related to this year’s theme, ‘Applications of Space Technology for Humanity,’ and exchange ideas regarding space technology and the future of space development within the Pacific basin. Session topics will include national and international space programs and technical sessions covering satellite communications, remote sensing,  space transportation and propulsion and Moon, Mars and Robotic Exploration. Yukio Koyari of JAXA and Yunlong Lin of York University will co-chair a session on ‘Human Space Flight, Space Station and Pacific Space Ports and Lunar Research and Exploration,’ which will also feature a paper presentation by Trevor Sorensen of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The event also includes an International Student Conference and Competition, awards banquet and a half-day technical visit to the Canadian Space Agency. Regional representatives in attendance include AAS Professors Peter Bainum and Arun Misra (TR), Zhang Chi of CSA and Yasuhiro Morita (CR) of JRS. (Credit: AAS, CSA, JRS, California Science Center, Moondaily.com, pbrc.soka.edu, china-defense-mashup.com)

EJSM 4th Instrument Workshop to Review Technical Challenges Posed by Jovian System

NASA and ESA will hold the 4th Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM) Instrument Workshop on July 26-29 in Pasadena CA. EJSM consists of 2 primary flight elements operating in the Jovian System: the NASA-led Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) and the ESA-led Jupiter Ganymede Orbiter (JGO). Scheduled to launch NET 2018, JEO and JGO will carry 11 and 10 complimentary instruments, respectively, to monitor dynamic phenomena, map the Jovian magnetosphere and characterize water oceans beneath the ice shells of Europa and Ganymede (BL). Topics to be addressed at the workshop include Jovian radiation models, radiation shielding modeling results and the planned JEO and JGO architecture. Potential instrument providers for the spacecraft are encouraged to attend, as the workshop will provide information on the instrument Announcement of Opportunity, which is expected to be released in early 2011. Along with 2.5 days of plenary sessions, the workshop will include 2 short courses. The first course, taught by Henry B Garrett, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on July 26, will focus on limiting the effects of the space environment on spacecraft systems. On July 29, Catharine Conley (BR), of NASA Headquarters, will teach a short course on planetary protection policy and requirements for outer planets missions. (Credit: NASA)

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Weekly Planet Watch – Morning Planets: Jupiter (SE) / Evening Planets: Mercury (W), Venus (W), Mars (W), Saturn (W).


Jul 26 — International Space Station, LEO: E-24 flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail Kornienko prepare for 6-hour spacewalk scheduled to begin today at 23:45 EDT.

Jul 26 — NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Orbit: LRO operating nominally in low polar orbit (50km) and continues to return global data of lunar surface.

Jul 26 — Mars Odyssey, Red Planet: Scientists continue to monitor spacecraft after an unexpected performance by an electronic encoder caused it to go into safe-mode.

Jul 26 — American Astronautical Society, Online: AAS Award Nominations deadline to recognize the excellence and professional service of AAS members of the space community.

Jul 26 — Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, NASA, Washington DC: Public invited to a discussion with STS-132 shuttle crew at 18:30 EDT.

Jul 26-29 — NASA, ESA, Pasadena CA:Europa Jupiter System Mission: 4th Instrument Workshop.’

Jul 26-30 — NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Pasadena CA:2010 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop: Stars as Homes for Habitable Planetary Systems.’

Jul 26-30 — The Meteoritical Society, New York City NY:MetSoc 2010: 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society.’

Jul 26-Aug 1 — Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., Oshkosh WI:EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.’

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Jan 30 — Museum of Science and Industry, Confucius Institute / University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom: Exhibition: From Gunpowder to Space Rockets – The China Space Program,’ includes models of ancient rockets, recent satellites, rockets, space ships and a lunar rover; through Aug 7.

Jun 26 — International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and Stuttgart, Germany:ISU Summer Session Program;’ through Aug 27.

Jul 22Girl Scouts of Northern California, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA:Girl Scout Destination: The Future is Green,’ program to offer girls an opportunity to explore how green technology in astronomy, environment and robotics can help save Earth; through Aug 1.

Jul 25 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nashville TN:8th Annual International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference / 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit;’ through Jul 28.


Jul 27-30 — American Astronautical Society, The Chinese Society of Astronautics, Japanese Rocket Society, Montréal, Quebec, Canada:12th International Space Conference of Pacific-Basin Societies (ISCOPS).’

Jul 27-Aug 2 — Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, San Diego CA:SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation: Observational Frontiers of Astronomy for the New Decade.’

Jul 27Mercury: .29° SSW of Regulus; 12:00.

Jul 27Moon: 4.3° NNW of Neptune; 16:00.


Jul 28 — The SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Colloquium Series Lecture: ‘Exploring Mars for Evidence of Habitable Environments and Life,’ David Des Marais.

Jul 28-29 — NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, Cape Canaveral FL: ‘2nd Annual Space Grant Faculty Senior Design Training.’

Jul 28-30 — The National Academies, Woods Hole MA: ‘Meeting: Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.’

Jul 28South Delta-Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak: Meteor shower radiates from constellation Aquarius and best viewed in the pre-dawn hours.

Jul 28Moon: At Apogee (Distance 63.62 Earth-Radii); 14:00.


Jul 29 — International Space University, Strasbourg, France:Heavy-Lift Horror Stories,’ Gary Flandro.

Jul 29 — Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Online: Challenger Center to sponsor webcast to explore modeling and simulation for space systems with NASA simulation software manager Rebecca Mazzone.

Jul 29-31 — Association of Lunar and Plantary Observers, Jacksonville FL: ‘2010 Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Conference.’

Jul 29-Aug 7 — NASA, National Science Teachers Association, Houston TX: ‘Reduced Gravity  Education Flight Week Program‘ for teachers from AL, DE, GA, MO, NY, NC and WA.


Jul 30Mars: 1.8° SSW of Saturn; 20:00.

Jul 30Moon: 5.9° NNW of Uranus, 12:00; 6.6° NNW of Jupiter; 16:00.


Jul 31-Aug 4 — Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Boulder CO:122nd ASP 2010 Meeting,’ includes ‘Cosmos in the Classroom 2010: A Hands-on Symposium on Teaching Introductory Astronomy” and ‘Making Connections In Education and Public Outreach: A Symposium for Those Working in EPO.

Jul 31 — Asteroid 1994 CB: Near-Earth Flyby (0.091 AU).


Aug 1Cassini Equinox Mission, Deep Space: Scientists continue to investigate new images showing icy particles in Saturn’s F ring clumping into giant snowballs the gravitational pull of the moon Prometheus sloshes ring material around, creating wake channels that trigger formation of objects as large as 20 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter.

Aug 1-21 — International Astronomical Youth Camps (IAYC), Klingenthal, Germany:IAYC 2010.’

Aug 1Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower Peak: Radiating from Constellation Capricornus, this meteor shower produces some of the brightest meteors of the major showers.