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Discussion Topic of the Evening.
What causes flashes on the moon?
Space Exploration and Space History
1846 William Lassell’s Discovery of Neptune Moon Triton
Launch of Explorer 22
Salyut 1 deorbited
Launch of Pioneer 1
Launch of Apollo 7
Launch of Soyuz 6
Launch of STS-92
Launch of Voskhod 1
Launch of Soyuz 7
Launch of Shenzhou 6
Launch of TMA-13
Launch of Explorer VII
Launch of Soyuz 8
Birth of Franco Egidio Malerba
– . Nation: Italy. Related Persons: Malerba. Italian biologist payload specialist astronaut 1989-1992. First Italian astronaut. ESA; STS-46 Mission TSS-1. 1 spaceflight, 8.0 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-46 (1992)..
Birth of Dr John Mace Grunsfeld
– . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Grunsfeld. American physicist mission specialist astronaut 1992-2010. 5 spaceflights, 58.6 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-67 (1995), STS-81, STS-103, STS-109, STS-125..
Birth of Rex Joseph Walheim
– . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Walheim. American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1996-2018. 3 spaceflights, 36.4 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-110 (2002), STS-122, STS-135..
Birth of Charles Gordon Fullerton
– . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fullerton. American test pilot astronaut 1966-1986. 2 spaceflights, 16.0 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-3 (1982), STS-51F..
Birth of Edwin Jacob ‘Jake’ Garn
– . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Garn. American senator payload specialist astronaut 1984-1985. 1 spaceflight, 7.0 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-51D (1985)..
Birth of Oleg Viktorovich Novitskiy
– . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Novitskiy. Russian pilot cosmonaut, 2006-on. Lieutenant Colonel, VVS and PVO 4th Army 2 spaceflights, 143.7 days in space. Flew to orbit on Soyuz TMA-06M (2012), Soyuz MS-03..
Birth of Michael Richard Uram ‘Rich’ Clifford
– . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Clifford. American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1990-1997. US Army 3 spaceflights, 27.8 days in space. Flew to orbit on STS-53 (1992), STS-59, STS-76..
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish, and Grus
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches
Space Flight Now Launch Schedule
Long March 2F • Shenzhou 13
Launch time: 1623:44 GMT (12:23:44 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Shenzhou 13 spacecraft with three Chinese astronauts to rendezvous and dock with the Chinese space station in low Earth orbit. This is China’s eighth crewed space mission, and the second to the Chinese space station. [Oct. 14]
Atlas 5 • Lucy
Launch window: 0934-1049 GMT (5:34-6:49 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Lucy spacecraft. Built by Lockheed Martin and led by the Southwest Research Institute, Lucy will fly by seven Trojan asteroids, a unique family of asteroids that orbit the sun in front of and behind Jupiter. 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. [Sept. 30]
KSLV 2 • Test Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Naro Space Center, South Korea
A South Korean KSLV 2 rocket will launch on its first orbital launch attempt. The Korea Space Launch Vehicle 2, or Nuri, rocket was developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. The first KSLV 2 mission will carry a dummy payload. [Sept. 20]
Ariane 5 • SES 17 & Syracuse 4A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA255, to launch the SES 17 and Syracuse 4A communications satellites. Built Thales Alenia Space, the SES 17 communications satellite will provide internet connectivity to airline passengers over the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean for SES of Luxembourg. The Syracuse 4A spacecraft, also built by Thales Alenia Space, will provide communications services for the French military. [Sept. 10]
Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with a batch of Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission is expected to deploy 51 Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. Delayed from Oct. 17. [Oct. 14]
H-2A • QZS 1R
Launch window: 0200-0300 GMT on 25th (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT on 24th)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch a replacement satellite for Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which provides regional navigation services over the Asia-Pacific Region. The QZS 1R satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., will replace the aging QZS 1 satellite launched in 2010. The H-2A rocket will fly in the “202” configuration with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. [Sept. 10]
Soyuz • Progress 79P
Launch time: 0000 GMT on 28th (8:00 p.m. EDT on 27th)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 79th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. Delayed from Aug. 21. [Oct. 14]
Falcon 9 • Crew 3
Launch time: 0643 GMT (2:43 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its fifth flight with astronauts. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, and NASA mission specialist Kayla Barron will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. [Sept. 30]
Recent Astronomical Discoveries
How the Sun’s Magnetic Field Affects Gas Particles
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
You can use the http://www.heavens-above.com website to find out what’s in orbit and
where to look during fly-overs
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