IAF Spring Meetings and SGAC Events in Paris See Accelerated Pace for Space Exploration
Mar 20 — Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS) of International Astronautical Federation, Paris, France: KOSMICA 2017; a series of projects with an evening of performances, video, talks, music to celebrate the rise of the arts in space.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (W), Venus (W), Mars (W), Jupiter (SE); Morning Planets: Saturn (SE).
International Hubble and JWST Planning Meetings Prepare for Next-Gen Science Observations
| Mar 20 — Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society, Santa Clara CA: ERPS – Liquid Fuel Rocket Design and Test; at Hacker Dojo, 20:00.
Mar 20-24 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, NASA, The Woodlands TX: 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC); 17,000 international attendees to discuss latest planetary science research and mission results.
Mar 20-24 — Space Telescope Science Institute, ESA, Institute of Sciences – Language and Arts (Istituto Veneto di Scienze – Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA)), Venice, Italy: Conference: Science with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes V.
Mar 20-24 — ALMA / ESO, IAU, University of Chile, Puerto Varas, Chile: Astrochemistry VII Conference: Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets.
Mar 20 — Spring / Vernal Equinox, Earth / Global: The Sun rises exactly in east traveling through sky for 12 hours, sets exactly in west; every place on Earth experiences a 12-hour day; 00:29.
Mar 20 — Moon: 3.4° N of Saturn, 00:49; at last quarter, 05:58.
Oct 15, 2016 – Sep 4 — Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA: Lunar Attraction Exhibit; featuring 60 Apollo memorabilia, paintings, sculptures, photographs, books, movies, jewelry that illustrate our profound connection to the Moon.
Mar 16-24 — Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, INFN, Trieste, Italy: Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics.
Mar 19-24 — URSI, IEEE, European Association on Antennas and Propagation, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France: 11th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation.
Mar 21 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Flyby of Janus scheduled at 44,000-km altitude, Pan at 55,000 km, Pallene at 107,000 km.
Mar 21 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / OA-7, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket to launch eighth Cygnus cargo freighter (dubbed S.S. John Glenn) on seventh operational cargo delivery flight to ISS for Orbital ATK; carrying many secondary payloads including Mines ParisTech – SpaceCube, Space Laboratory / Herzliya Science Center of Israel – Hoopoe, Belgium Von Karman Institute – QARMAN.
Mar 21 — Arianespace, Launch Ariane 5 / SGDC & Koreasat 7, Kourou, French Guiana: Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA236, to launch SGDC (Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications satellite for Brazil) and Koreasat 7 communications satellites.
Mar 21 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: NASA’s Search for Habitable Planets and Life Beyond the Solar System; Gary Blackwood from NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program at JPL, 12:00.
Mar 21-22 — Applied Technology Institute, Columbia MD: Spacecraft Thermal Control; taught by Carl J. Ercol (Jack) and Gary A. Holtzman (Allan) of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Mar 21-23 — International Astronautical Federation, ESA, Paris, France: IAF Spring Meetings 2017; at New CAP Conference Centre.
Mar 21-23 — Dubai World Trade Centre, Eutelesat, Huawei, Dubai Studio City, et al, Dubai, UAE: Cabsat and Satexpo 2017.
Mar 22-24 — Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, European Union, Tours, France: Conference: GARYFEST – Gravitation, Solitons and Symmetries.
Mar 23 — University of California – Riverside, Riverside CA: Lecture: Mars 2020 & Beyond: Will We Find Life on the Red Planet? Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Mission and Director, Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory, JPL.
Mar 23 — American Astronomical Society, American Astronautical Society, Online: Afternoon Astronomy Coffee Hangout: Found Water: Exoplanet 51 Peg b! with Jayne Birkby (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Remco Dekok (Utrecht University), Matteo Brogi (University of Colorado, Boulder), Henriette Schwarz (University of California, Santa Cruz), 15:00 EDT.
Mar 23 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: Monitoring our Hazardous Earth from Space; Professor Tim Wright.
Mar 23 — Mercury: At perihelion (distance 46,001,200 km), 04:00.
Mar 23 — Amor Asteroid 2017 CR32: Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU).
Mar 24 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / OA-7, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket to launch eighth Cygnus cargo freighter on seventh operational cargo delivery flight to ISS for Orbital ATK; carrying many secondary payloads including Mines ParisTech – SpaceCube, Space Laboratory / Herzliya Science Center of Israel – Hoopoe, Belgium Von Karman Institute – QARMAN; launch 21:00.
Mar 24 — W. M. Keck Observatory, Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation, Kamuela HI: Cosmic Events Lecture: The Restless Universe: Palomar Transient Factory; Dan David Prize Winner, Shrinivas Kulkarni of Caltech, 19:00.
Mar 24-25 — Space Generation Advisory Council, ESA, Paris, France: European Space Generation Workshop 2017 (E-SGW 2017); at ESA Headquarters, held in conjunction with IAF Spring Meetings 2017.
Mar 25 — University of California – Santa Barbara, Kavil Center for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA: Conference: How to catch a gravitational wave: Exploring the universe with LIGO.
Mar 25 — Venus: At inferior conjunction 01:00.
Mar 26 — Daylight Saving Time (Europe): Change clocks forward 1 hour, from Standard Time to Summer Time.
Mar 26-31 — Caltech, Airbus Defence and Space, JPL, Microsoft, Pasadena CA: Caltech Space Challenge.
Mar 26-31 — Aspen Center for Physics, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Aspen CO: Conference: Formation and Dynamical Evolution of Exoplanets.
Mar 26 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 TC25: Near-Earth Flyby (0.020 AU).
Mar 26 — Aten Asteroid 2017 ED3: Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU).