Skynet 5-22-21 “Great Wagers in Physics History” & “Ursa Major & Ursa Minor” 9PM CT

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Great Wagers in Physics History

Waz Up

Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • May 16, 1945: Brewster H. Shaw (STS-9, STS-61-B, STS-28)
  • May 17, 1967: Joseph M. Acaba (STS-119, Exp. 31/32, Exp. 53/54)
  • May 18, 1930: Don Lind (STS-51-B)
  • May 19, 1939: Dick Scobee (STS-41-C, STS-51-L)
  • May 19, 1955: Pierre J. Thuot (STS-36, STS-49, STS-62)
  • May 20, 1944: David M. Walker (STS-51-A, STS-30, STS-53, STS-69)
  • May 20, 1951: Thomas Akers (STS-41, STS-49, STS-61, STS-79)
  • May 20, 1964: Paul W. Richards (STS-102)
  • May 21, 1942: Robert C. Springer (STS-29, STS-38)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the week this week is:

 Ursa Major, the Big Bear and Ursa Minor, the Little Bear.

Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


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. Scrubbed on May 19 and May 20. [May 20]

May 26

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L28

Launch time: 1859 GMT (2:59 p.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 29th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L28. [May 17]

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 

Hubble tracks down fast radio bursts to galaxies’ spiral arms

Hubble Observations

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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