OSIRIS-REx to Launch for Asteroid Bennu Rendezvous and Sample Return
Sep 5 — ISS, LEO: Astronaut Jeff Williams to hand over ISS command to Anatoli Ivanishin, 3 members to return to Earth on Tuesday marking start of Expedition 49, will remain 3-member crew until Sep 23; in near future Russia considering sending 1 less Cosmonaut to ISS for each Expedition to reduce cargo / food / cost; in mid-2020s NASA hopes to pass ISS to commercial entity to continue research in LEO.
Sep 5 — Chandra X-ray Observatory, HEO: Operating in High Earth Orbit for more than 17 years, detecting X-ray sources 100 times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope, data shows most distant galaxy cluster (11.1B LY away) dubbed CL J1001+022 containing 11 massive galaxies with 9 exhibiting stars forming at a rate equivalent to ~3,000 suns per year.
Sep 5 — Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), Mars Orbit: India MOM demonstrator mission to develop technologies for designing, planning, managing interplanetary mission has 5 instruments exploring Mars atmosphere, surface features, morphology, mineralogy; 2nd Mars mission may be launched March 2018.
Sep 5 — Voyager 1, Interstellar Space: NASA spacecraft enters 40th year in space today, launched Sep 5, 1977; farthest spacecraft from Earth, first to reach interstellar space.
Sep 5 — GLXP Team Synergy Moon, Mojave CA / Multiple Locations: International team with groups in more than 15 countries receives official GLXP launch contract verification via Interorbital Systems to fly lander, Tesla Prospector Rover & Tesla Surveyor Rover to surface of Moon on Neptune 8 rocket in second half 2017; team leader Nebojša Stanojević.
Sep 5 — Virgin Galactic, Las Cruces NM: Performing ground tests of SpaceShipTwo (Unity); reaching full flight tests of Unity and WhiteKnightTwo will require much work, time; plan to carry experiment payloads on-board during tests; continues selling human spaceflight tickets at US$250,000.
Sep 5 — Orbital Outfitters, Washington DC, Midland TX, Hollywood CA: Manufacturing & testing space and pressure suits, expects first commercial customer this month for new ~2.5 x 5.2 meter Midland Altitude Chamber Complex which can accommodate 2 people; CEO Jeff Feige.
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| Sep 5-8 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Secure World Foundation, Vienna, Austria: 10th United Nations Workshop on Space Law: Contribution of Space Law and Policy to Space Governance and Space Security in the 21st Century.
Sep 5-9 — University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland: 6th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration.
Sep 5-9 — Torino University Department of Physics, National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Torino, Italy: 25th European Cosmic Ray Symposium (ERCS) 2016.
Sep 5 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PD2: Near-Earth flyby (0.047 AU).
Sep 5 — Apollo Asteroid 2009 ES: Near-Earth flyby (0.048 AU).
Aug 7 – Sep 30 — Airbus, Perlan Project, Teachers in Space, El Calafate, Argentina: Teachers in Space Ground Crew Education Program; team members will fly experiments at 27,500-meter altitudes in air as thin as Mars atmosphere, verify operations and retrieve data for posting to internet.
Aug 28 – Sep 18 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Approaching the Stellar Astrophysical Limits of Exoplanet Detection – Getting to 10 cm/s.
Sep 1-12 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon University, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Quy Nhon, Vietnam: 22nd Vietnam School of Physics (VSOP-22).
Sep 3-11 — Center for Lunar Science and Exploration of LPI, NASA SSERVI, Johnson Space Center, Barringer Crater Company, Meteor Crater Enterprises, Barringer Meteor Crater AZ: Field Training and Research Program at Barringer Meteor Crater.
Sep 4-5 — G20 Summit, Hangzhou, China: G20 Summit for heads of state or heads of government to discuss international economic cooperation; International Lunar Decade Working Group urges Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to include space development at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany July 2017 as innovative, global strategy for building sustainable, long-term future for humanity.
Sep 6 — ISS, Soyuz TMA-20M Undocking, LEO: Expedition 48/49 members Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka, Jeff Williams to return to Earth after 3.5-hour journey from ISS; Williams will break NASA record for cumulative time in Space at 534 days.
Sep 6 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Dr. Louise Prockter to become Director of LPI effective today; will be first woman to serve as LPI Director.
Sep 6 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Triggering Big Bursts of Star Formation in Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxies; Trisha Ashley from Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, 12:00.
Sep 6 — Moon: At apogee (distance 404,622 km), 09:00.
Sep 6 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PR29: Near-Earth flyby (0.047 AU).
Sep 7 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Colloquium: Star Trek and NASA – 50 Years of Inventing the Future Together; Rick Sternbach of International Association of Astronomical Artists / Art Director for Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.
Sep 7-9 — Imperial College London, von Kármán Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Knowledge Transfer Network, London, United Kingdom: 8th European CubeSat Symposium.
Sep 7-9 — Italian Geological Society, Naples, Italy: 88th Congress of the Italian Geological Society.
Sep 7-9 — University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany: Workshop: Heating and Cooling Processes in the Interstellar Medium.
Sep 7 — Amor Asteroid 2016 PD1: Near-Earth flyby (0.059 AU).
Sep 7 — Apollo Asteroid 250458 (2004 BO41): Near-Earth flyby (0.100 AU).
Sep 8 — ISRO, Launch GSLV Mk. 2 / Insat 3DR, Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India: Potential date for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on GSLV-F05 mission in Mk.2 configuration with indigenously-built cryogenic 3rd stage, to launch Insat 3DR geostationary weather satellite.
Sep 8 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / OSIRIS-REx, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission for asteroid sample return expected to launch to asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36), launch window 19:05-21:05.
Sep 8 — Moon: 9.9° N of Antares, 11:00; 3.8° N of Saturn, 12:00.
Sep 8 — 1 Ceres: 0.64° SSW of 18 Melpomene, 14:00.
Sep 9 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: The Invisible Universe Revealed – From Glowing Dust to Spinning Stellar Corpses; Anna Ho, 20:00.
Sep 9 — Moon: At first quarter, 01:49; 7.9° N of Mars, 05:00.
Sep 10 — ESA, Various Locations within 22 ESA Member States: Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe; 2,200 citizens from 22 European countries to participate in consultation on European space program priorities.
Sep 10 — Team Indus, Online / Bengaluru, India: Registration Due for Lab2Moon experiment allowing young adults to compete for project to fly on GLXP Team Indus craft to Moon surface 2017; project should fit inside 330-ml can, weigh less than 250 grams & ‘catalyze the evolution of Humankind as a sustainable Multi-Planetary Species.’
Sep 10-13 — European Space Foundation, Planet PR Agency, Jasionka, Poland: European Rover Challenge.
Sep 10 — Saturn: 6.1° NNE of Antares, 19:00.
Sep 10 — Aten Asteroid 2015 KE: Near-Earth flyby (0.038 AU).
Sep 11-16 — Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, NASA, Sofia University, Bt Development Services – Bulgaria, Golden Sands, Bulgaria: International Symposium on Recent Observations and Simulations of the Sun-Earth System III.
Sep 11 — Moon: 3.2° N of Pluto, 08:00.
Sep 11 — Apollo Asteroid 2009 BK2: Near-Earth flyby (0.076 AU).
Sep 11 — Amor Asteroid 2016 PR26: Near-Earth flyby (0.084 AU).