ISS Crew Launch and Antares Resupply: Maintaining a Human Presence in Space
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (SW), Mars (SW), Saturn (SW), Uranus (E), Neptune (SE); Morning Planets: Mercury (E), Jupiter (E).
ExoMars 2016 Attempts
Oct 17 — Canadian Space Agency, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada: CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques to visit Inuksuk High School to present educational tool designed to help students better understand the role space and satellites play in their daily lives.
Oct 17 — University of Arizona Department of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ: Focusing the Universe; film on the history of Steward Observatory followed by panel discussion.
Oct 17-20 — National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, European Association for Signal Processing, International Union of Radio Science, et al, Socorro NM: Coexisting with Radio Frequency Interference.
Oct 17-21 — International Astronomical Union, University of São Paulo, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Maresias, Brazil: IAU Symposium 328: Living Around Active Stars.
Oct 17 — Amor Asteroid 2016 SO2: Near-Earth flyby (0.057 AU).
NET Q4 — Interorbital Systems Corp., Launch Neptune 5 (5 CPM) vehicle / 30 Nanosats, Mojave CA: Planning to launch Neptune 5 Common Propulsion Module (CPM) to loft 30 nanosats to LEO, including payloads for GLXP teams Synergy Moon, Part-Time Scientists, Plan B & EuroLuna.
Oct 15 – Sep 4, 2017 — 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.
Oct 16-21 — American Astronomical Society, Pasadena CA: 48th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society / 11th European Planetary Science Conference (DPS 48 / EPSC); at Pasadena Convention Center; Educator Workshop: Journey to the Outer Worlds to be held Oct 16.
Oct 16-21 — Caltech, Carnegie Observatories, Giant Magellan Telescope, IPAC, JPL, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Pasadena City College, Planetary Society, TMT, Pasadena CA: Pasadena Astronomy Week.
Oct 18 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: The Radio Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at the SETI Institute; Gerry Harp of SETI, 12:00.
Oct 18-21 — Italy National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), European Gravitational Observatory, Pisa, Italy: 11th Workshop on Science with the New Generation of High Energy Gamma-ray Experiments.
Oct 18-22 — Astrobiology Institute of Colombia, Municipality of Manizales, University of Manizales, NASA, Manizales, Colombia: 3rd International Astrobiology Congress.
Oct 18-23 — University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC), Varna, Bulgaria: 7th Nanosatellite Symposium, Deorbit Device Competition, 4th Mission Idea Contest, and 4th UNISEC-Global Meeting.
Oct 18 — Mercury: 9.1° S of Pleiades, 05:00; 0.34° NNW of Aldebaran, 20:00.
Oct 18 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 TY55: Near-Earth flyby (0.007 AU).
Oct 18 — Amor Asteroid 2016 TW85: Near-Earth flyby (0.019 AU).
Oct 18 — Aten Asteroid 2014 UR: Near-Earth flyby (0.031 AU).
Oct 18 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 TE55: Near-Earth flyby (0.034 AU).
Oct 19 — Roscosmos State Corporation, Launch Soyuz MS-02 / ISS 48S, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Expedition 49/50 members Robert Kimbrough of NASA, Andrei Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to launch to ISS.
Oct 19 — ExoMars 2016 Orbiter & Schiaparelli, Mars Orbit & Surface: ESA Trace Gas Orbiter expected to enter Mars orbit today, and Entry, Descent & Landing Demonstrator Module (Schiaparelli) to land on surface & collect data for 2-8 Martian days.
Oct 19 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft to conduct Period Reduction Maneuver today, with engine burn of 22 minutes.
Oct 19 — Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division, Washington DC: Lecture: Preparing for the Next Generation of Crewed Planetary Surface Exploration – Incorporating Field Portable Technology; Kelsey Young, 11:30.
Oct 19 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Colloquium: Light to Life; Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University, 15:30.
Oct 19 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: OS Maps Go Out of this World; Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey (OS), 19:00.
Oct 19 — Mars: 3.3° S of Pluto, 04:00.
Oct 19 — Amor Asteroid 2016 TP: Near-Earth flyby (0.080 AU).
NET Oct 20 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Progress 65P, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan: Russia Soyuz rocket to launch Progress 65P resupply ship to ISS.
Oct 20 — Juno, Jupiter Orbit: Spacecraft begins Orbits 2-3 today, will last 23 days.
Oct 20 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Assessing the Geologic Evolution of Greater Thaumasia Mars; Don Hood of Louisiana State University, 15:30.
Oct 20, 21 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Robotic gripping technologies (Gecko-bot); speaker TBA.
Oct 20 — Mars: 5.7° S of M35, 10:00.
Oct 20 — Asteroid 1 Ceres: At opposition, 15:00.
Oct 20 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 TH55: Near-Earth flyby (0.068 AU).
Oct 21 — Northampton Natural History Society, Northampton, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Carl Sagan – Man of the Cosmos; Andrew Lound, UK National Coordinator for the Planetary Society.
Oct 21-28 — National Meteorological Satellite Center (NMSC), Songdo City, Incheon, S Korea: 7th Asia-Oceania / 2nd AMS-Asia / 2nd KMA Meteorological Satellite Users’ Conference.
Oct 21 — Moon: 14.1° S of Castor, 18:00; 10.5° S of Pollux, 23:00.
Oct 21 — Mercury: 3.2° NNE of Spica, 01:00.
Oct 22 — Cassini: Flyby of Telesto (59,000-km altitude).
Oct 22 — Caltech, Carnegie Observatories, Giant Magellan Telescope, IPAC, JPL, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Pasadena City College, Planetary Society, TMT, Pasadena CA: Pasadena Astronomy Festival; at Pasadena Convention Center, 14:00-20:00.
Oct 22 — Satnews, Mansat and Dentons US LLP, Washington DC: 4th Annual Space & Satellite Regulatory Colloquium.
Oct 22 — Moon: At last quarter, 09:14.
Oct 23 — Chang’e-5T1 Service Module, Lunar Orbit: China module collecting data on Lunar surface for future Moon missions reaches 2 full years in Space today, launched 2014.
Oct 23 — Moon: 4.2° S of Beehive Cluster, 00:00.
Oct 23 — Asteroid 18 Melpomene: At opposition, 03:00.
Oct 23 — Apollo Asteroid 2015 HE10: Near-Earth flyby (0.076 AU).
Oct 23 — Apollo Asteroid 2013 UD1: Near-Earth flyby (0.090 AU).