Skynet 12-26-20 “Why Does the New Year Begin on January 1st?” 9PM CT

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“Why Does the New Year Begin on January 1st?”


5.  Waz Up


Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

FAA ives Santa a Space License

NASA Helps Bring Airport Communications into the Digital Age

Perseverance Helicopter (Ingenuity)

Spinoff Brochure

Asteroid Ryugu Samples×768.jpg

Space-Related Birthdays

December 25, 1959 – Michael P. Anderson

December 14, 1960 – Catherine Coleman

December 18, 1951 – Andy Thomas

December 23, 1937 – Karol J. Bobko

December 21, 1945 – Millie Hughes-Fulford

December 18, 1957 – Michael E. Fossum

December 14, 1936 – Robert A. Parker

December 19, 1951 – Frederick W. Leslie

December 22, 1935 – John L. Finley

December 19, 1935 – Laurence R. Young

This Week in Space History

December 26, 1974. Salyut 4 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and entered an orbit 217 miles above the Earth. 

Salyut 4 Launched

December 24, 1968

Three NASA astronauts had a Christmas like no one on Earth in 1968.

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

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Dec. 28

Soyuz • CSO 2

Launch time: 1642 GMT (11:42 a.m. EST)

Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS25, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry into polar orbit the second Composante Spatiale Optique military reconnaissance satellite for CNES and DGA, the French defense procurement agency. The CSO 2 satellite is the second of three new-generation high-resolution optical imaging satellites for the French military, replacing the Helios 2 spy satellite series. The Soyuz-2.1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from April 10 in ripple effect from Falcon Eye 2’s launch delay. [Dec. 11]


LauncherOne • ELaNa-20

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California

A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its second flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The flight will be conducted under contract to NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Program, carrying 14 CubeSats to orbit for NASA field centers, U.S. educational institutions and laboratories on the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission. Delayed from Aug. 1, Sept. 1, November, Dec. 1, mid-February, July 1 and Aug. 14. Delayed from Dec. 19 due to COVID-19 concerns. [Dec. 12]

Jan. 4/5

Falcon 9 • Turksat 5A

Launch window: 0127-0529 GMT on 5th (8:27 p.m.-12:29 a.m. EST on 4th/5th)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5A communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turkish 5A satellite will provide Ku-band television broadcast services over Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Delayed from Nov. 30 and December. [Dec. 19]


Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L16

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 17th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L16. [Dec. 12]



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]


Falcon 9 • Transporter 1

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 1 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers. Delayed from Dec. 16. [Nov. 17]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

The Upside of Volatile Space Weather

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


Dec. 24

Hubble Space Telescope

Dec. 29

Dec. 30

Dec. 31


Dec. 25

Dec. 27

Dec. 27

Dec. 28

Dec. 30