Skynet 12-11-21 “Apollo 8: The Greater Leap” & “Andromeda, the Princess” 9PM CT

Apollo 8: The Greater Leap


The Less Famous Black and White Photo of Earthrise

Bill Anders in Orbit

Apollo 8 Crew Posing in Front of Flight Simulator

Frank Gorman Hours Before Launch

Apollo 8 Launch, Dec. 21, 1968

Obsession on Earth

ATS-3 First Color Image of Whole Earth

NASA Gateway Station

Borman, Lovell and Anders on the USS Yorktown after Slashdown

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

NASA Launches New Mission to Explore Universe’s Most Dramatic Objects

Snoopy is going to space


Dec 8, 1990

The Galileo spacecraft made its first flyby of Earth

Mars Pathfinder and the Sojourner rover launched to the Red Planet 5 years ago this week.


Apollo 17

Apollo 17 (December 7 – 19, 1972)

Space-Related Birthdays

December 8, 1922 John B. McKay – Flew 30 X-15 flights. Received astronaut wings (posthumously) because he flew the X-15 above 50 miles.

Robb Kulin  Dec 07, 1983 no flights

Francisco Rubio Dec 11, 1975 no flights, NASA Group 22

Matthew Dominick Dec 07, 1981 no flights, NASA Group 22

Bruce E. Melnick Dec 05, 1949 STS-41, STS-49

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week


Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

DecemberLauncherOne • 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. 12

Proton • Express AMU3 & Express AMU7

Launch time: 1209 GMT (7:09 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. [Dec. 5]

DecemberFalcon 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. [Dec. 5]

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 

Evidence emerges for dark-matter free galaxies

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

 All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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