Skynet 5-15-21 “What’s UP with the Webb Space Telescope” 9PM CT

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

James Webb Space Telescope

Launch Configuration

Deployed in Orbit (1)

Deployed in Orbit (2)

Support Personnel Next to Full Scale Model

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Brenda WB5OZL

Space Exploration News

Death of Graeme Ferguson

Bennu’s samples coming home

Space-Related Birthdays

May 9, 1931

Vance Brand

May 10

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin 1900

Lisa Novak, 1963

May 12, 1962

Gregory Johnson

May 14

Jessica Watkins 1988

William Gregory 1957

James Kelly 1964

Donald McMonagle 1952

May 15

Williamina Fleming born 1857

Anthony England 1942

Frank Culbertson Jr. 1949

This Week in Space History

Morse Code on Mars

May 10, 1967 M2-F3 crash

May 13, 1963: Faith 7 launched, last Mercury program flight

May 14, 1973: Skylab launched

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Crater, the cup and Corvus, the crow or raven

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

May 17

Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 5

Launch time: 1735 GMT (1:35 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force’s fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 5, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [May 8]

May 20

Long March 7 • Tianzhou 2

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 7 will launch the Tianzhou 2 resupply ship to dock with the Chinese space station. The automated cargo craft will be the first resupply freighter for the Chinese space station. [May 13]

May 27

Soyuz • OneWeb 7

Launch time: 1743 GMT (1:43 p.m. EDT)

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. [May 13]

May 27

Long March 3B • Fengyun 4B

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Fengyun 4B geostationary weather satellite, the second in a new generation of Chinese meteorological observatories. [May 13]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

How Planets Form

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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