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Discussion Topic of the Evening
Bad Puns in Astronomy
Four Meteor Showers in November, Blue Moon Explained, Mars and Moon in Conjunction, and Jupiter and Saturn in Conjunction.
Space Exploration and Space History
Space Exploration News
Halloween on the ISS
Asteroid Psyche Mineral Content Analysed
NASA SoundCloud Playlist Features Sinister Sounds of Space at NASA.gov.
You may have heard some of the creaks, cracks, and crackling noises of our universe before. Using data from our spacecraft, we’ve gathered a NEW collection of sinister sounds from the depths of space in time for Halloween.
Listen to our SoundCloud Halloween playlist filled with new “moans” and “whistles” from our universe that would scare the most ghoulish of creatures.
Sinister Sounds of the Solar System
October 25, 1935 Rusty Schweickgart. Apollo 9 pilot of the Lunar Module
October 31, 1930 Michael Collins. Pilot of the Apollo 7 Command Module. Also flew on Gemini 10.
October 29, 1656 Edmond Halley. Computed the orbit for Halley’s Comet.
This Week in Space History
First Launch of Saturn I Rocket
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Tonight’s Constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches
Space Flight Now Launch Schedule
This week’s successful launches:
On Oct 28th, Rocket Lab Electron booster launched from the company’s New Zealand pad at 5:21 p.m. EDT (2121 GMT; 10:21 a.m. on Oct. 29 local New Zealand time).
Nine of the 10 payloads are “SuperDoves,” shoebox-sized cubesats built by San Francisco-based imaging company Planet, which operates the world’s largest Earth-observation constellation. More than 350 Planet satellites have reached orbit to date, about 150 of which are currently operational.
SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites and lands first stage at sea.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — California-based rocket builder SpaceX successfully launched its latest fleet of Starlink internet satellites into orbit Saturday (Oct. 24), marking the second such mission this week.
A previously flown two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:31 a.m. EDT (1531 GMT) carrying a set of 60 new Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s ever-expanding megaconstellation. Following an on-time liftoff, the company capped the mission with a successful rocket landing at sea.
Approximately 9 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 booster’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean. The massive ship, Just Read the Instructions, is one of two booster catchers in the company’s fleet of recovery vessels.
Atlas 5 • NROL-101
Launch time: 2258 GMT (5:58 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. The mission was changed from an earlier planned “551” configuration. This will be the first launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with new Northrop Grumman-built GEM-63 solid rocket motors, replacing the Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motors used on previous Atlas 5s. Delayed from September and October. [Oct. 27]
NET Nov. 4
Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV04
Launch window: 2328-2343 GMT (6:28-6:43 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s fourth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. Delayed from October, December, May, July and August. Moved forward from Sept. 30. Delayed from Sept. 29. Delayed from Sept. 30. Scrubbed on Oct. 2 at T-minus 2 seconds. Due to range turnaround limitations, the launch date of Nov. 4 is contingent upon the launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from nearby pad 41 on Nov. 3. [Oct. 27]
PSLV • RISAT 2BR2
Launch time: Approx. 0945 GMT (4:45 a.m. EST)
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. [Oct. 26]
Long March 6 • ÑuSat 9-18
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 6 rocket will launch 10 ÑuSat Earth-imaging satellites for Satellogic, an Argentine satellite manufacturer and remote sensing company. Delayed from Oct. 14. [Oct. 23]
Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-44
Launch period: TBD
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 and Aug. 26. Scrubbed on Aug. 27 by pneumatics issue. Aborted at T-minus 3 seconds on Aug. 29. Delayed from Sept. 26 by swing arm issue. Scrubbed on Sept. 28 due to weather. Scrubbed on Sept. 29 due to hydraulic leak on Mobile Service Tower retract system. Aborted on Sept. 30 at T-minus 7 seconds. Delayed from Oct. 15 and Oct. 23. [Oct. 17]
Recent Astronomical Discoveries
Small Free Floating Exoplanet Discovered
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
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