Skynet 12-2-21 “Galaxy Collisions” & Constellation “Andromeda” 9PM CT

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Colliding Galaxies

Spooky Galaxy

Galaxy Merging Sequence

NGC 2207 and IC 2163 Colliding

Irregular Galaxies – Collection

Merging Galaxies

 Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays

November 29: Kenneth Cameron (STS-37, STS-56, STS-74)

December 1: Terry Virts (STS-130, Exp 42/43)

December 3: Steven Swanson (STS-117, STS-119, Exp 39/40; distinguished educator in resident – BSU)

December 4: Ronald Sega (STS-60, STS-76)

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

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule


LauncherOne • Above the Clouds

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California

A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its fourth flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The mission will be Virgin Orbit’s second operational launch, carrying eight small satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Test Program and two small satellites for the Polish company SatRevolution. [Nov. 29]

Dec. 5

Atlas 5 • STP-3

Launch window: 0904-1104 GMT (4:04-6:04 a.m. EST)

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, June 23, early September, Nov. 22, and Dec. 4. [Nov. 29]

Dec. 6/7

Electron • BlackSky 12 & 13

Launch time: 0040 GMT on 7th (7:40 p.m. EST on 6th)

Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small second-generation satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Delayed from September and October due to COVID-relayed restrictions. Delayed from November. [Dec. 2]

Dec. 8

Soyuz • ISS 66S

Launch time: 0738 GMT (2:38 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft to the International Space Station on a 12-day flight with cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and space tourists Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. Delayed from Sept. 22. [Nov. 17]

Dec. 9

Falcon 9 • IXPE

Launch window: 0600-0730 GMT (1:00-2:30 a.m. EST)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer. IXPE exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes. Delayed from Nov. 17. Moved forward from Dec. 13. [Oct. 19]

Dec. 12

Proton • Express AMU3 & Express AMU7

Launch time: Approx. 1220 GMT (7:20 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket will launch the Express AMU3 and Express AMU7 communications satellites for the Russian Satellite Communications Company. Built by ISS Reshetnev, the satellites will provide advanced communications, television and radio broadcasting services for millions of users in Russia and other countries. Thales Alenia Space supplied the telecom payloads on the satellites. Delayed from Dec. 6. [Nov. 20]


Falcon 9 • Starlink 2-3

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]

Dec. 18/19

Falcon 9 • Turksat 5B

Launch window: 0358-0528 GMT on 19th (10:58 p.m.-12:28 a.m. EDT on 18th/19th)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turksat 5B satellite will provide broadband services over a wide coverage area, including Turkey, the Middle East and large regions of Africa. Delayed from June. [Nov. 17]

Dec. 20

Angara-A5 • Test Flight

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Angara-A5 rocket will launch on its third orbital test flight with a Perseus, or Persei, upper stage derived from Russia’s venerable Block DM upper stage. Russian officials have not identified a payload for the mission. [Nov. 17]

Dec. 21

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 24

Launch time: 1006 GMT (5:06 a.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 24th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Dec. 4. [Nov.1]

Dec. 21

H-2A • Inmarsat 6 F1

Launch window: 1433:52-1633:26 GMT (9:33:52-11:33:26 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Inmarsat 6 F1 communications satellite for London-based Inmarsat. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, the satellite carries L-band and Ka-band payloads to provide mobile communications services to airplanes and ships. The H-2A rocket will fly in the “204” configuration with four strap-on solid rocket boosters. [Nov. 4]

Dec. 22

Ariane 5 • James Webb Space Telescope

Launch window: 1220-1250 GMT (7:20-7:50 a.m. EST)

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA256, to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, a flagship observatory developed by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency. JWST is the largest space telescope ever built, with a deployable mirror measuring 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) in diameter and four scientific instruments to observe the universe in infrared wavelengths. The mission will study the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets. The Ariane 5 ECA rocket will launch JWST on a trajectory toward its operating position at the L2 Lagrange point nearly a million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. Delayed from Oct. 31, November, and Dec. 18. [Nov. 29]

Dec. 27

Soyuz • OneWeb 12

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. [Oct. 14]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Stella Cocoon with Organic Molecules at Edge of Galaxy

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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Dec. 7

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