Skynet 3-20-21 “The Mighty SLS” & Constellation Puppis, the Poop Deck” 9PM CT

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The Mighty SLS

NASA Mega Moon Rocket Passes Key Test, Readies for Launch

SLS Launch Comparison

Hot Fire Test

SLS on Pad

SLS Core

SLS Launch

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Space Exploration and Space History 

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Mars Exploration Rover mission.

NASA’s Juno Reveals Dark Origins of One of Jupiter’s Grand Light Shows

Space-Related Birthdays

Kalpana Chawla Mar 17, 1962

Gene Cernan Mar 14, 1934

Frank Borman Mar 14, 1928

Alan Bean Mar 15, 1932

Ken Mattingly Mar 17, 1936

James Irwin Mar 17, 1930

Walter Cunningham Mar 16, 1932

Michael Fincke Mar 14, 1967

James F. Reilly Mar 18, 1954

William B. Lenoir Mar 14, 1939

Michael J. Bloomfield Mar 16, 1959

This Week in Space History

What is an astronaut?

Vanguard 1

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellation: Puppis, the Poop Deck

 Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

March 23

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L22

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

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 23rd batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L22. Delayed from March 21 and March 22. [March 18]

March 24/25

Soyuz • OneWeb 5

Launch time: 0247 GMT on 25th (10:47 p.m. EDT on 24th)

Launch site: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 36 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Feb. 25. [March 18]

March 28


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, 2020. [March 9]

April 9

Soyuz • ISS 64S

Launch time: 0742 GMT (3:42 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [March 9]


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 and December 2019. Delayed from January and December 2020. [March 9]

April 19/20

Vega • Pléiades Neo 1

Launch time: 0150 GMT on 20th (9:50 p.m. EDT on 19th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV18, will launch the Pléiades Neo 1 Earth observation satellite for Airbus. Pléiades-Neo 1 is the first of four Pléiades-Neo high-resolution Earth observation satellites built, owned, and operated by Airbus. The Vega rocket will also launch multiple rideshare payloads. Delayed from February after VV17 launch failure. Delayed from late March. [March 9]

April 22

Falcon 9 • Crew 2

Launch time: 1011 GMT (6:11 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its second operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from March 30 and April 20. [March 5]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

What Happened to Mars’s Water? (Hint: It’s Still Trapped There)

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

 All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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