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Quantum Astronomy Could Create Telescopes Hundreds of Kilometers Wide

Participating Event Horizon Telescopes

Imaged EHT Black Hole

Progressive EMT Black Hole Images

Culminating Imaging

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Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • May 30, 1958: Michael Lopez-Alegria (STS-73, STS-92, STS-113, Exp 14, 2022 – SpaceX Axiom Mission AX-1)
  • June 2, 1930: Pete Conrad (Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 2)
  • June 2, 1956: Mark Polansky (STS-98, STS-116, STS-127)
  • June 4, 1965: Shannon Walker (Expedition 24/25, SpaceX Crew-1 (Expedition 64/65))
  • June 4, 1967: Shane Kimbrough (STS-126, Expedition 49/50, SpaceX Crew-2 (Expedition 65/66))
  • June 5, 1956: Richard A. Searfoss (STS-58, STS-76, STS-90)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Coma Berenices, Bernice’s hair, and Canes Venatici, the hunting dogs.

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


Long March 2F • Shenzhou 12

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Jiuquan, China

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft with multiple Chinese astronauts to rendezvous and dock with the Chinese space station in low Earth orbit. This will be China’s seventh crewed space mission, and the first to the Chinese space station. Delayed from June 10. [May 31]

June 15

Minotaur 1 • NROL-111

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Pad 0B, Wallops Island, Virginia

A U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Delayed from December 2018, 2nd Quarter 2019, late 2019, and March 2021. [May 20]

June 17

Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV05

Launch period: 2200-0100 GMT on 17th/18th (6:00-9:00 p.m. EDT on 17th)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will the U.S. Space Force’s fifth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin. [April 15]



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. Delayed from March 28, April 18, and May 2021. [May 13]

June 23

Atlas 5 • STP-3

Launch time: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The STP-3 rideshare mission will launch the STPSat 6 satellite and several small satellites. STPSat 6 hosts several payloads and experiments, including the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3 (SABRS-3) payload, and NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) experiment. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Feb. 26. [March 31]

June 29

Soyuz • Progress 78P

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 78th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. Delayed from March 19. [March 9]

Late June

Falcon 9 • Transporter 2

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 2 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers. Moved up from July. [May 20]


Electron • STP-27RM

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its first mission from a new launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch customer is the U.S. Air Force, and the mission will launch an experimental mission for the Space Test Program called Monolith with a space weather instrument. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the ability of a small satellite to support large aperture payloads. Delayed from 2nd Quarter of 2019. Delayed from August 2020 and September 2020. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2020. [Nov. 27]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

A new dimension in the quest to understand dark matter

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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