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Meet NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance, Launching this Summer

Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Kathy Lueders, NASA’s First Female Spaceflight Chief Will Guide a US Return to the Moon

Mars Helicopter Ready for Launch

Space-Related Birthdays

June 16


Birth of Dr Taylor Gun-Jin Wang – . 


Birth of Jeffrey Shears ‘Bones’ Ashby – . 

June 17

Death of John Marvel Whiteside ‘Jack’ Parsons

June 18


Birth of Vitali Mikhailovich Zholobov

This Week in Space History

June 14th


Vostok 5 Launch 


Mariner 5 Launch 


Venera 11 Launch Baikonur LC 81/24 using a Proton Heavy Lift Rocket

June 15


First Launch of Titan IIID Space Booter from Vandenberg AFB


Launch of Soyuz 29 from Baikonur LC1 using an R-77


Oscar 13 Launched


Soyuz TMA-19 Launched to ISS


Launch of Vostok 6, Baikonur LC1 


Launch of Shenzhou 9 Jiuguan SLS 

Waz Up/Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

June 22/23


Launch time: 0151:10 GMT on 19th (9:51:10 p.m. EDT on 18th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV16, will launch on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept mission with around 50 microsatellites, nanosatellites and CubeSats for commercial and institutional customers. This rideshare launch is the first flight of a multi-payload dispenser funded by the European Space Agency to allow the Vega rocket to deliver numerous small satellites to orbit on a single mission. Delayed from August, Sept. 10 and February. Delayed from March 23 due to coronavirus outbreak. Delayed from June 18 due to unfavorable high-altitude winds. [June 15]

June 23

Falcon 9 • Starlink 9/BlackSky Global 5 & 6

Launch time: 2158 GMT (5:58 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the tenth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 9. Two Earth observation microsatellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based company, will launch as rideshare payloads on this mission. Moved forward from June 24. [June 16]


Long March 3B • Beidou

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network toward geostationary orbit. Delayed from May. [June 15]

June 30

Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV03

Launch window: 1955-2010 GMT (3:55-4:10 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s third third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. The Air Force previously planned to launch the second GPS 3-series satellite on this mission. Delayed from October, December, January and March. [June 2]



Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), designated GSLV-F10, will launch India’s first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. The GISAT 1 spacecraft will provide continuous remote sensing observations over the Indian subcontinent from geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above Earth. Delayed from Jan. 15, February and March 5. [March 13]


SSLV • Demonstration Launch

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September, December and January. [Jan. 25]



Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C49, will launch the RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The PSLV will also launch four Kleos Scouting Mission radio surveillance nanosatellites for Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based company, and multiple Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from December. [Feb. 11]

July 3

Electron • “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen”

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its 13th flight on a rideshare mission. The Electron rocket will carry the CE-SAT-IB Earth-imaging satellite for Canon Electronics, five SuperDove Earth observation CubeSats for Planet, and the Faraday 1 CubeSat for In-Space Missions. Rocket Lab nicknamed the launch “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen.” [June 16]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Researchers Shed New Light on Solar Flares

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

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Hubble Space Telescope

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