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NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sounding-rockets/missions/index.html

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Scientists want to build a new, very different Arecibo Telescope to replace fallen icon

Arecibo Observatory’s massive radio dish

https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/KA3rd9gt8uAUZetpr92zHB-970-80.jpg

CYMI: The James Webb Space Telescope recently cleared three milestones!

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p526x296/220950980_10159196548280049_3712457833987107575_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=9267fe&_nc_ohc=1FQ2GT__PwcAX-1Rv3P&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=241c0512db742580861472002c9f4790&oe=612250A6

Space-Related Birthdays

John Glenn Jul 18, 1921 Mercury-Atlas 6, STS-95, First American to orbit the Earth

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/John_Glenn_Low_Res.jpg

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Elliot See Jul 23, 1927 No missions. Part of the second astronaut group and would have flown on Gemini 

9. Died in a plane crash in 1966.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Elliot_See_-_S64-29933.jpg

Josh A. Cassada Jul 18, 1973 Boeing Starliner-1

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/side_image/public/thumbnails/image/12774511164_97ba5aaf9a_o.jpg?itok=9fAWNGMx

Scott D. Tingle Jul 19, 1965 Soyuz MS-07

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/side_image/public/thumbnails/image/jsc2017e108570.jpg?itok=qErVDlqA

Roy D. Bridges Jr. Jul 19, 1943 STS-51-F

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Roy_Bridges.jpg

This Week in Space History

55 Years Ago: Gemini X Soars to New Heights

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/thumbnails/image/gemini_x_1_crew_photo_s66-44601_cropped.jpg?itok=T6XcVlYQ

45 years ago: Viking 1 Touches Down on Mars

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/thumbnails/image/viking_1_3_launch_aug_20_1975.jpg?itok=sGzyg-b5

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

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

July

Falcon 9 • Starlink

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch on the first dedicated mission with Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission will deploy an unspecified number of Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. [June 7]

July 27

Ariane 5 • Star One D2 & Eutelsat Quantum

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA254, to launch the Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum communications satellites. Owned by the Brazilian operator Embratel Star One, the Star One D2 was built by Maxar and will deliver telecommunications, direct-to-home television services, and fast broadband to customers in South America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. The Eutelsat Quantum satellite was built by SSTL and Airbus Defense and Space under the auspices of a public-private research and development project between the European Space Agency, Eutelsat and Airbus. Designed for coverage over the Middle East and North Africa, the software-defined satellite can be reprogrammed for new communications missions in orbit. Delayed from January, February, March 4, and May. [June 7]

July 30

Atlas 5 • CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2

Launch time: 1853 GMT (2:53 p.m. EDT)

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-082, will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on second unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station. This mission was added after Boeing’s decision to refly the Starliner’s Orbital Flight Test before proceeding with the Crew Flight Test. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from 3rd Quarter. Delayed from Jan. 4. Moved forward from March 29, April 2 and May. [May 13]

Aug. 2

Soyuz • OneWeb 9

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 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]

Aug. 10

Antares • NG-16

Launch time: 2155 GMT (5:55 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 17th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-16. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230+ configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from July and Aug. 1. [July 13]

Mid-August

Vega • Pléiades Neo 4

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV19, will launch the Pléiades Neo 4 Earth observation satellite for Airbus. Pléiades Neo 4 is the second 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 June and July. [June 18]

Aug. 18

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 23

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 23rd mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. [Feb. 23]

Aug. 26

Soyuz • OneWeb 10

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 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]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Martian global dust storm ended winter early in the south

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210722195003.htm

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

ISS

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

July 31

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=25544&mjd=59427.145410327&type=V

X-37B

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=45606&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

July 29

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59424.4569746054&type=V

July 30

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59425.4164786081&type=V

Aug 1

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59427.4030397097&type=V

Hubble Space Telescope

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=20580&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

July 24 (10:02 – 10:07 PM tonight)

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59420.1297253585&type=V

July 25

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59421.1220762874&type=V

July 26

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59422.114435135&type=V

July 27

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=20580&mjd=59423.1067862289&type=V