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Enterprise Has Wings – Literally
Shuttle Free Flight
Cast of Star Trek with Enterprise
Move to Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Space Exploration and Space History
Space Exploration News
Russian space officials try to blame NASA astronaut for Soyuz air leak in 2018
Martian dirt was too powdery for Perseverance to collect.
Spacesuit delay means 2024 lunar landing is not an option.
Scientists fine-tune the miniscule odds that asteroid Bennu would hit Earth in 2300.
No new launch date for Starliner, nine out of 13 valves repaired.
1940 August 8
Birth of Dennis Anthony Tito
1948 August 8 – .
Birth of Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya
1971 August 9
Birth of Roman Yuriyevich Romanenko
1961 August 11 – .
Birth of Frederick Wilford ‘Rick’ Sturckow
1951 August 12 – .
Birth of Charles Eldon Jr Brady
1943 August 14 – .
Birth of Jon Andrew McBride
1952 August 14 – .
Birth of Mark Charles Lee
This Week in Space History
1978 August 8
Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched from Cape Canaveral LC36A
1989 August 8
Launch of STS-28
2007 August 8
Launch of STS-118
1976 August 9
Launch of Luna 24
1966 August 10
Launch of Lunar Orbiter 1
2001 August 10
Launch of STS-105
1962 August 12
Launch of Vostok 3 and 4
1960 August 12
Launch Echo 1
1977 August 12
2005 August 12
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Launches
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Sagittarius the Centaur.
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches
Space Flight Now Launch Schedule
Atlas 5 • CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2
Launch time: TBD
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. Delayed from July 30 and Aug. 3. [Aug. 3]
Antares • NG-16
Launch time: 2156 GMT (5:56 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]
GSLV Mk.2 • EOS 3
Launch time: 0013 GMT on 12th (8:13 p.m. EDT on 11th)
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, officially named EOS 3. The EOS 3 spacecraft, previously known as GISAT 1, 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. [Aug. 5]
Vega • Pléiades Neo 4
Launch time: 0150 GMT on 16th (9:50 p.m. EDT on 15th)
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. [July 27]
Soyuz • OneWeb 9
Launch time: 2233 GMT (6:33 p.m. EDT)
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. Delayed from Aug. 2. [Aug. 5]
Rocket 3.3 • STP-27AD1
Launch time: 2100 GMT (4:00 p.m. EDT; 12:00 p.m. AKDT)
Launch site: Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska
A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will launch a test payload for the U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program. [Aug. 5]
Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 23
Launch time: Approx. 0730 GMT (3:30 a.m. EDT)
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. Delayed from Aug. 18. [Aug. 5]
Recent Astronomical Discoveries
Black Hole Size Revealed by Its Eating Pattern
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days
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