Skynet 8-25-18 NASA Analog Missions (Part 2) & Constellation Aquila 9PM CT

Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Desert Testing in Flagstaff, ArizonaSKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA Analog Missions (Part 2)”  and “Tour of the Constellation Aquila”

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

NASA Analog Missions (Part 2)

What can you see in the sky over the next couple of weeks?


Time Exposure Moon Rise

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Constellation Aquila The Eagle

Photo #1 Phantom Streak Nebula (NGC 6741)

Photo #2 Open Cluster (NGC 6709)

Photo #3 Open Cluster (NGC 6755)

Photo #4 Triple Cave (B143-4)

Photo #5 Planetary Nebula (NGC 6781)

Photo #6 Glowing Eye (NGC-6751)

Recent Astronomical discoveries

Light From Ancient Quasars Helps Confirm Quantum Entanglement

Water-worlds are Common: Exoplanets May Contain Vast Amounts of Water

Space Exploration and Space History

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.


Aug. 27th

Aug. 30th

Sept. 2nd


In space exploration news:

The Parker Solar Probe is well on its way: its first trajectory correction maneuver was completed this week, and it’s heading for its first Venus flyby, on October 3rd, 2018.

Steve has been in the news! not your friend Steve, not your neighbor Steve, but Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. Steve has long been observed by citizen scientists, but has only been attracting professional interest since the late 2000’s. New research has made it clear that these blue-white jets, hundreds of miles long, are not auroras at all. They might be a phenomenon taking place in the ionosphere.

NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope turns 15 today! This orbital infrared observatory “has observed some of the most distant galaxies in the universe, helped astronomers tease out the details of star birth and compiled one of the most complete maps of the Milky Way ever constructed.

The telescope has also been instrumental in the discovery of a number of alien worlds, including the seven rocky planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, which lies a mere 39 light-years away from Earth.” —

Perhaps you’d like to combine space exploration with ham radio? A special event station in honor of Captain James Cook will be on the air this year. Captain Cook’s voyage was one of the great exploration feats of the 18th century, and it was triggered by the desire to establish the true size of the solar system by timing the transit of Venus across the sun in 1768.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spied its target, asteroid Bennu, for the first time. OSIRIS-REx is expected to return samples from this asteroid to Earth in (about) 2023.

In the world of famous birthdays, engineer Maxime “Max” Faget was born on August 26, 1921. Max Faget was the designer of the Mercury spacecraft and a major contributor to the design of the Gemini and Apollo capsules. His work also played a part in the creation of the Space Shuttle. He’s also known as the inventor of the launch escape rocket, a quirky American idea that the Soviet space program copied, so as not to seem backward . He had a unique opportunity to be thanked by cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strelakov in 2001; their Soyuz 7K-ST spacecraft was pulled from a disastrous launchpad fire on September 26th, 1983, by Faget’s invention.