India Continues Impressive Development of Space Infrastructure and Expertise
Nov 17 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 42 Wilmore (NASA), Samokutyaev (RSA), Serova (RSA) preparing for 42/43 crew arriving Nov 25, installing hardware for Aniso Tubule experiment, disassembling Zebrafish habitat, continuing studies with blood pressure, heart rate, space headaches, muscle & bone mass, nutrition.
Nov 17 — Venus Express, Venus Orbit: ESA spacecraft at 460-km altitude in final leg of science operations with fuel running low; mission team preparing for atmospheric destruction.
Nov 17 — Philae Lander, Site Agilkia, Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko Surface: ESA spacecraft ~480M km from Earth, the 1st to soft land on comet, to collect data on surface features & composition of surface materials, analyze material from 23-cm deep drill sample; solar panels attempting to recharge secondary battery.
Nov 17 — Swiss Space Systems (S3), Payerne, Switzerland: Planning 5,000-meter drop-test flights of fully-equipped reduced-scale SOAR suborbital shuttle mock-up in spring 2015.
Nov 17 — SpaceX, Hawthorne CA: In discussion with WorldVu Satellites Ltd to develop & launch ~640 broadband satellites under 114 kg.
Nov 17 — Chandra X-Ray Center, Cambridge MA: Joint Chandra Calibration/CIAO Workshop.
Nov 17-21 — Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA, Space Weather Working Team, Liège, Belgium: 11th European Space Weather Week.
Nov 17-21 — National Research Foundation, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: Workshop: Dark Side of the Universe 2014.
Nov 17 — Saturn: At conjunction with Sun, 23:00.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mars (SW); Morning Planets: Mercury (ESE), Jupiter (ENE).
12th Reinventing Space Conference Focuses on Low-Cost Access and Utilization of Space
Oct 20 – Dec 12 — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space Frontier Foundation, Online: Commercial Space Executive Leadership Training Course; with instructors Dan Rasky and Bruce Pittman.
Nov 11-25 — Christie’s Inc., Online / Multiple Locations: Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites sale.
Nov 16-19 — Morgan State University, Baltimore MD: Symposium: Unified Field Mechanics – Natural Science Beyond the Veil of Spacetime.
NET Nov 18 — ESA, Launch Vega / Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, Kourou, French Guiana: Vega rocket, designated flight VV04, to launch IXV project to test critical technologies for future reentry vehicles; will reach 420-km altitude, splashdown in Pacific Ocean.
Nov 18 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Rise of the Machines: Mining the Kepler Data for Astrobiology; presented by Lucianne Walkowicz from Princeton University, 12:00 PST.
Nov 18-19 — Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Aerospace Summit; at Ottawa Convention Centre.
Nov 18-20 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: 12th Reinventing Space Conference: Low Cost Space – From Imagination to Reality; at the Royal Society.
Nov 18-20 — University of Maryland, College Park MD: 2014 Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) Workshop.
Nov 18-21 — Saclay Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, Saclay, France: Workshop: Star-Planet Interactions and the Habitable Zone.
Nov 18-21 — Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC), Boston MA: 6th Chandra Science Symposium: Fifteen Years of Science with Chandra.
Nov 19 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Kamuela HI: Galaxy Forum Hawaii – Waimea 2014; at Anna Ranch, 16:30 – 18:30 HST.
Nov 19 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson AZ: LPL Evening Lecture: Imaging Exoplanets; presented by Dr. Travis Barman.
Nov 19 — University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: Space Drafts Public Talk Series: Watching stars grow up with the Hubble Space Telescope; presented by Megan Reiter.
Nov 19-21 — Confederation of Indian Industry, ISRO, Antrix Corporation Ltd., Bengaluru, India: 4th Bengaluru Space Expo 2014.
Nov 19-21 — International Lunar Observatory Association, Kamuela HI: ILOA 2014 Board of Directors Meeting.
Nov 19 — Moon: 2.7° NE of Spica, 09:00.
Nov 19 — Asteroid 2014 UZ56: Near-Earth flyby (0.069 AU).
Nov 20 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Glonass K, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Soyuz rocket to launch Glonass K navigation satellite.
Nov 20 — American Astronautical Society, Secure World Foundation, Washington DC: Beyond the Flare: An SWF-AAS Briefing on Space Weather; at Russell Senate Office Building.
Nov 20 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Panel: UK Spaceports Evening; featuring Mark Hempsell, Bob Waters, Dan Lewis, George Whitesides, Chad Anderson.
Nov 20 — JAXA, Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Electric Rocket Propulsion Society, Online / Kobe, Japan: Abstract Due for 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference & 6th Nano-Satellite Symposium.
Nov 21 — Cassini OTM-396, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #396 today.
Nov 21 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Stellar Engines Ltd. One Day Reverse Engineering Workshop; course covers Solar Sails, laser sails, nuclear fusion, antimatter, more.
Nov 21 — Space Center Houston, Houston TX: Lunch with an Astronaut, Tom Jones; US$49.95 adult.
Nov 21 — Moon: 2.1° NNE of Mercury, 10:00; 1.6° NNW of Saturn, 18:00.
Nov 21 — Asteroid 2009 BS5: Near-Earth flyby (0.090 AU).
Nov 22 — Arizona State Parks, Superstition Mountain Astronomical League, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park Star Party.
Nov 22 — Moon: New Moon, 02:31; 3.9° N of Venus, 14:00; 8.6° N of Antares, 19:00.
Nov 23 — The Space Show, Tiburon CA / Online: Dr. David Livingston talks with National Space Biomedical Research Institute about “Visions for Mars Challenge: A Unique Opportunity for Ophthalmology Companies.”