Skynet 9-11-21 Archaeoastronomy and a Look at Pleiades” & Constellations “Vulpecula” & “Sagitta” 9PM

Online Article: The Pleiades: the celestial herd of ancient timekeepers.

The Nebra Sky Disk

The Celestial Herd Cave Painting and comparison with Nighttime Skies

Waz Up

 Constellations “Vulpecula, the Little Fox” & “Sagitta, the Arrow” 

Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

  • September 6, 1946: Bryan O’Connor (STS-61-B, STS-40)
  • September 6, 1955: Carl Walz (STS-51, STS-65, STS-79, STS-108, Exp 4, STS-111)
  • September 7, 1939: David Griggs (STS-51-D)
  • September 9, 1952: Lee Morin (STS-110)
  • September 10, 1945: Mike Mullane (STS-41-D, STS-27, STS-36)
  • September 11, 1937: Robert Crippen (STS-1, STS-7, STS-41-C, STS-41-G)
  • September 11, 1967: Randolph Bresnik (STS-129, Exp 52/53)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Tonight “Vulpecula, the Little Fox” & “Sagitta, the Arrow” 

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Sept. 13

Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-1

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. Delayed from July and Aug. 10. [Sept. 10]

Sept. 14

Soyuz • OneWeb 10

Launch time: 1807 GMT (2:07 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. 26. [Sept. 10]

Sept. 15/16

Falcon 9 • Inspiration4

Launch window: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the first all-private orbital mission without any government-employed astronauts. The mission, known as Inspiration4, is organized to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission is commanded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who will be joined by scientist and educator Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux, and mission specialist Christopher Sembroski. Delayed from Sept. 14/15. [Sept. 10]

Sept. 23

Atlas 5 • Landsat 9

Launch time: 1811 GMT (2:11 p.m. EDT; 11:11 a.m. PDT)

Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite for NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Built by Northrop Grumman, Landsat 9 will continue the series of Landsat images of Earth dating back nearly 50 years. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Sept. 16 by liquid oxygen shortage. [Aug. 27]


Long March 7 • Tianzhou 3

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 7 will launch the Tianzhou 3 resupply ship to dock with the Chinese space station. The automated cargo craft is the second resupply freighter for the Chinese space station. [June 18]

Sept. 30/Oct. 1

Epsilon • RAISE 2

Launch time: 0048-0059 GMT on 1st (8:48-8:59 p.m. EDT on 30th)

Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

A Japanese Epsilon rocket will launch the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2, or RAISE 2, technology demonstration satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Eight smaller rideshare payloads will also be on this launch. [Aug. 23]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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