June 6-12, 2016 / Vol 35, No 23 / Hawai`i Island, USA

International Astronautical Federation Hosts GLIS 2016 in Geneva

Calendar feature - IAF GLIS

The Global Conference on Space and the Information Society is the newest major event under the annual IAF global program, co-organized with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva Switzerland on June 6-7, and directly preceded by an informal “SpaceUp” conference on June 5. There are 5 Plenary Sessions: The ITU and its Impact on Space Activities, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Contributions of Satellite Communications, Space Economy Meets Information Economy, Space Services and Security, and Big data – Information Society. The Opening Ceremony includes remarks by Houlin Zhao (ITU), Kiyoshi Higuchi and Chris Welch (IAF) as well as Keynote Addresses by Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at Germany Federal Foreign Office Karsten Geier, VP from Lockheed Martin Jennifer Warren, Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Badri Younes, and President of CNES Jean-Yves Le Gall. A Women in Aerospace – Europe Breakfast before the Opening Ceremony is moderated by WIA-E Executive Director Elena Feichtinger and includes a welcome by WIA-E President and Head of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs Simonetta di Pippo. On a related note, June 16 marks the 53rd observation of the 1st Woman in Space, Valentina Tereshkova of the former Soviet Union, who orbited Earth 49 times in 1963 aboard Vostok 6. (Image Credit: IAF, NASA)


Jun 6 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 47 preparing for Orbital ATK OA-6 craft release and Expedition 47/48 Change of Command Ceremony next week, using Dose Tracker Application to track & assess effectiveness of medications taken in Space, BEAM undergoing temperature and pressure checks after two attempts / 7.5-hour inflation process, Astronauts to enter module several times a year over next 2 years.

Jun 6 — Rosetta, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Orbit: Craft ‘unambiguously detecting amino acid Glycine on comet’ states Katherin Altwegg PI of ROSINA instrument, along with organic molecules & phosphorus, which supports the theory comets / asteroids deliver key molecules for life throughout Solar System.

Jun 6 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: In 236th orbit around Saturn, changing trajectory to climb higher over planet poles from equator / ring plane in preparation for final observations before planned Sep 2017 atmospheric impact.

Jun 6 Blue Origin LLC, Kent WA: NewSpace company to launch New Shepard vehicle on 4th flight, executing additional maneuvers to increase vehicle accuracy and test capsule safety / landing with deliberately failed parachute; BE-4 engine may be ready for flight by 2019.

Jun 6 — Canadensys Aerospace Corp., Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Reviewing Lunar Lander Site Characterization work for ILOA ILO-1 craft, working on Advanced Thermal & Energy Storage Technologies for Survival & Operations of Low-Cost Missions in Deep Space for Canadian Space Agency, providing hardware & support to Canada students to track / receive images from STMSAT-1 satellite.

Jun 6 — Planet Labs, San Francisco CA: Working to have more than 100 Dove satellites in orbit to image the entire Earth every day, 24 remaining satellites from Flock 2e and Flock 2e’ to be deployed from ISS over coming months, has launched 135 satellites successfully; CEO Will Marshall.

Jun 6 — Women in Aerospace – Europe, Geneva, Switzerland: WIA-E Networking Breakfast at GLIS 2016.

JUNE - AUGUST 2016 = All times

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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mars (SE), Jupiter (SW), Saturn (SE); Morning Planets: Mercury (E), Uranus (E), Neptune (SE).

2016 International Lunar and Planetary Science Symposium Furthering Data Exchange at Wuhan, China

China ISLP

The International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Science is being held Jun 9-10 in Wuhan, China at the Kingdom Hotel in Optical Valley by National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Geosciences, and Macau University of Science and Technology. Distinguished international speakers, conference co-chairs and speakers include (L-R) Ziyuan Ouyang (NAOC), Aoao Xu (Macau University), James Head III (Brown University), Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame), Noriyuki Namiki (NAOJ), Young-Jun Choi (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute), Chunlai Li (NAOC), Wing-Huen Ip (Macau University), Mark Wieczorek (IPGP, Paris), Long Xiao (University of Geosciences, Wuhan), Goro Komatsu (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy) and Timothy D. Glotch (Stony Brook University). Data from LRO, Kaguya, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, Chang’e program, Dawn, Hayabusa, Rosetta, Stardust-NExT and Cassini will be discussed in 8 Sessions, 3 of which focus on the Moon, 2 on Mars, and 1 each on Small Bodies, Mineralogy and Geochemistry, and Atmosphere and Space Physics. The pre-conference Summer School for Planetary Science and Exploration in East Asia will be mostly led by Clive Neal and James Head on June 5-8 for students and early career scientists. China’s path to deep space is strategically placed with Tiangong-1 being deactivated and Tiangong-2 human space lab to launch end of 2016, Chang’e Moon missions advancing from orbiters to sample return and Moon pole research, and plans for Human Moon missions, Mars, asteroids and Jupiter missions. (Image Credit: NAOC/CAS, Office of Zhongshan Municipal Government, NASA/Sean Smith, ND, NOAJ, JPL, LPI, Washington University)

Jun 6 — National Science Foundation, Online / Arlington VA: Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC); at NSF room 1060.

Jun 6 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Extreme Makeover – Titan Edition; Catherine Neish from University Western Ontario.

Jun 6-7 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria: Intersessional Meeting of the Working Group on the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

Jun 6-7 — International Astronautical Federation, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, Switzerland: Global Conference on Space and the Information Society – GLIS 2016.

Jun 6-10 — Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Albena, Bulgaria: 1st Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) General Symposium.

Jun 6-11 — National Observatory of Athens, Crete, Greece: Conference: Supernova Remnants – An Odyssey in Space after Stellar Death.

Jun 6 — Venus: At superior conjunction with Sun (1.735 AU from Earth), 11:00.

Jun 6 — Aten Asteroid 2006 JF42: Near-Earth flyby (0.092 AU).

Continued from…

May 23 – Jul 29 — The Lunar and Planetary Institute, Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.

May 29 – Jun 24 — Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo, Italy: 2016 Summer School in Astrophysics: Water in the Solar System and Beyond.

Jun 1-8 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, ALMA, Associated Universities Inc., National Science Foundation, New Mexico Tech, The University of New Mexico, Socorro NM: 15th Synthesis Imaging Workshop.

Jun 5-8 — National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Macau University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China: Summer School for Planetary Science and Exploration in East Asia (SSPSEEA 2016); preceding International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Science.

Jun 5-10 — ESA, International Society for Gravitational Physiology, CNES, Toulouse, France: ESA/ISGP/CNES Joint Life Sciences Meeting 2016: Life in Space for Life on Earth.

Jun 5-18 — Science Center Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Spain: Astro-GR@Benasque: Dense Stellar Environments as a Probe of Astrophysics and General Relativity.


Jun 7 — Westminster Business Forum, UKspace, London, United Kingdom: Forum: Developing the Potential of the UK Space Industry – Strategy, Infrastructure and Competitiveness.

Jun 7-9 — Space Resources Roundtable (SRR), Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS), Lunar and Planetary Institute, Golden CO: 2016 SRR/PTMSS; at Colorado School of Mines.

Jun 7-9 — Small Payload Ride Share Association, Seattle WA: 8th Annual Small Payload Rideshare Symposium; at Museum of Flight.

Jun 7-17 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: 4th Space Weather Bootcamp – REDI.

Jun 7 — Moon: 14.3° S of Castor, 05:00; 10.7° S of Pollux, 10:00.

Jun 7 — Comet 73P-AY/Schwassmann-Wachmann: Near-Earth flyby (0.036 AU).


Jun 8 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / EchoStar 18 & BRIsat, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA230, to launch EchoStar 18 and BRIsat communications satellites.

Jun 8 — International Launch Services, Launch Proton / Intelsat 31/DLA-2, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: ILS to launch Intelsat 31/DLA-2 communications satellite, 13:10 local time.

Jun 8 — American Bar Association, Washington DC: American Bar Association (ABA) Space Law Symposium: Current and Future Issues.

Jun 8-17 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria: 59th Session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; at United Nations Office at Vienna.

Jun 8 — Moon: 4.5° S of Beehive Cluster, 11:00.

Jun 8 — Amor Asteroid 2016 JV: Near-Earth flyby (0.042 AU).


Jun 9 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Delta 4-Heavy / NROL-37, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch classified spy satellite cargo for U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Jun 9-10 — National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Macau University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China: International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Science (ISLPS).

Jun 9-12 — Novaspace, Tucson AZ: Spacefest VII; featuring Astronauts Jim Lovell, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Fred Haise, Walt Cunningham, Rhea Seddon, Michael Collins, space artists, authors, panels, speakers; at Starr Pass Resort.

Jun 9 — Aten Asteroid 2009 KR4: Near-Earth flyby (0.094 AU).


Jun 10 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Lecture: Black Holes Don’t Suck; Chiara Mingarelli, 20:00.

Jun 10-12 — American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), GSFC, NASA, Abilene TX: Student CanSat Competition.

Jun 10 — Moon: 1.9° SSW of Regulus, 04:00.


Jun 11 — Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, LEO: Spacecraft with Large Area Telescope & Gamma-ray Burst Monitor instruments entering 9th year of operations in Space; launched 2008.

Jun 11 — Cassini OTM-452, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #452 today.

Jun 11 — Miami Valley Astronomical Society, Dayton OH: 46th Annual Apollo Rendezvous; starting at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery followed by John Bryan State Park Observatory.

Jun 11-12 — Glenn Research Center / Plum Brook Station, NASA, Sandusky OH: Glenn Research Center 75th Anniversary “Open House”.

Jun 11-12 — Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Laurel MD: IPPW Short course – Destination Venus: Science, Technology and Mission Architectures; preceding the IPPW-13.

Jun 11 — Moon: 1.4° SSW of Jupiter, 09:00; at first quarter, 22:10.

Jun 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 KL: Near-Earth flyby (0.015 AU).


Jun 12-15 — ESA, Cobham Gaisler Facility, Airbus, TESAT, Atmel, et al, Gothenburg, Sweden: 6th International Workshop on Analogue and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits for Space Applications.

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

Jun 12 – Jul 3 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Testing the Laws of Gravity with Cosmological Surveys.

Jun 12 — Mars: At heliocentric conjunction with Saturn, 21:00.

Jun 12 — Aten Asteroid 2002 LY1: Near-Earth flyby (0.051 AU).