Skynet! 8-15-20 “Animals in Space” 9PM CT

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

Animals in Space

Miss Baker, a Squirrel Monkey road a Jupiter IRBM in 1959

V2 No. 47 Carried Monkey Albert II into Space June, 1949

Enos Became the Only Chimpanzee and Third Primate to Orbit the Earth

First Spider Web Built in Space

Astronaut Donald Thomas Examine a Newt on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1994 Mission

Space Exploration and Space History 


August 12, 1919 

Margaret Burbridge

British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist. In the 1950s, she was one of the founders of stellar nucleosynthesis and was first author of the influential B2FH paper. During the 1960s and 70s she worked on galaxy rotation curves and quasars, discovering the most distant astronomical object then known.  She passed away April 5, 2020 at the age of 100.


Solar Cycle 25 is coming to life. As a result, amateur astronomers are noticing increasing numbers of prominences springing up around the edge of the sun.  Prominences are clouds of hydrogen held up by solar magnetic force fields. Today is the first day in 25 without sunspots.

August 19 is National Aviation Day. 


August 12, 1877, Mars’ moon Deimos was discovered by Asaph Hall at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. 

Deimos means dread, and both Deimos and Mars’ second moon Phobos are named for sons of the god of war Ares (the Greek counterpart of the Roman god Mars).  

May 10, 1966: Lunar Orbiter 1 (the first of five) launched to the Moon on a mission to photograph landing sites for the Apollo lunar landing missions.

Waz Up/Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Chaz’s parole officer called and said he wouldn’t be available tonight…

Earth, August 2020, Dawn

Venus Before Sunset, August 7

Venus at ½ Illumination, August 10th

Moon Phases

Bird’s-Eye View of the Sun, Earth and Venus

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Aug. 15

Ariane 5 • Galaxy 30, MEV 2 & BSat 4b

Launch window: 2133-2220 GMT (5:33-6:20 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA253, to launch the Galaxy 30 communications satellite, the second Mission Extension Vehicle satellite servicing spacecraft, and the BSat 4b broadcasting payload. Galaxy 30 is owned by Intelsat, and will provide video and television broadcast services over the United States. Galaxy 30 also hosts a navigation augmentation payload for the Federal Aviation Administration to support civilian air travel. MEV 2 is the second robotic servicing vehicle for Space Logistics LLC, and will dock with the Intelsat 1002 communications satellite in geostationary orbit to extend its commercial life. BSat 4b will provide direct-to-home 4K and 8K ultra HD broadcast services over Japan and neighboring regions for the Japanese operator B-SAT. Galaxy 30 and MEV 2 were built by Northrop Grumman, and BSat 4b was manufactured by Maxar. Delayed from July 28 to perform additional checks under the fairing. Scrubbed on July 31 by liquid hydrogen tank sensor issue. Delayed from Aug. 14 due to unfavorable upper level winds. [Aug. 14]

Aug. 18

Falcon 9 • Starlink 10/SkySats 19-21

Launch time: 1431 GMT (10:31 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 58 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 10. Three SkySat Earth-imaging satellites for Planet will launch as rideshare payloads on this mission. Delayed from late July. [Aug. 11]

Aug. 26

Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-44

Launch period: 0550-1025 GMT (1:50-6:25 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from June. [Aug. 11]

Late August

Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1B

Launch time: 2319 GMT (7:19 p.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2019, January and February. This mission was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Delayed from March 30 due to coronavirus pandemic. [July 24]

Late August

Rocket 3.1 • Test Flight

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will make its first orbital launch attempt. Astra says there will be no payloads on this test flight. Scrubbed on Aug. 2 due to upper level winds and boat in range. Scrubbed on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6. [Aug. 7]

Aug. 31/Sept. 1


Launch time: 0151:10 GMT on 1st (9:51:10 p.m. EDT on 31st)

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. Scrubbed on June 27 and June 28 by high-altitude winds. Delayed from Aug. 17. [Aug. 11]



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]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Scientists Probe the Weird, Alien Water Inside of Uranus and Neptune

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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