Skynet 2-23-19 NASA Analog Missions: NEK Isolation Habitation 9PM CT


SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The NASA Analog Missions: The NEK Isolation Habitation Facility”  and “Tour of the Constellation Cancer the Crab”

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Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Gattica” (1996)

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

The NASA Analog Missions: The NEK Isolation Habitation Facility

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East, One Hour After Sunset

Southeast, 75 Minutes Before Sunrise

Southeast, 75 Minutes Before Sunrise (Feb. 27th – March 2nd)

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.


Skymap – Constellation Cancer the Crab

Photo #1 The Beehive Cluster Praesepe (M44/NGC 2632)

Photo #2 Open Cluster (M67/NGC 2682)

Photo #3 Unbarred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 2775)

Recent Astronomical discoveries

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Space Exploration and Space History

Space Exploration News

Hayabusa 2 has touched an asteroid!

The privately-build Beresheet Israeli lander will take two months to reach moon, but on its way.

Mars has a public weather station, if you’re curious about what to wear when you leave the habitat tunnels.

Space-Related Birthdays

1964 February 21st: Siblings in Space

Identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly were born in Orange, NJ, on this day in 1964. They are the only siblings to have both travelled in space.


This Week in Space History

1930 February 18: Clyde Tomaugh discovers Pluto

1962 February 20: Godspeed, John Glenn

1965 February 20: Ranger 8 hits the moon

1969 February 21: The first N-1 goes kaboom!

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

Tiangong 2

Feb. 26

North Korean Satellite

Mar. 1

Mar. 5

Hubble Space Telescope

Feb. 26


Feb. 25

Feb. 27

Mar. 2