Skynet 12-18-21 “The Flight of Apollo 17” & “The Star of Bethlehem” 9PM CT

Apollo 17

Apollo 17 on the Moon

Apollo 17 Mission Insignia

Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package

Composition Experiment (LACE)

Gene Cernan×1005.jpg

Crew Photo

Apollo 17 Lift-off

Apollo 17 Recovery

Apollo 17 CM in Houston

 Waz Up

The Star of Bethlehem 

NORAD’s Santa Tracker (Billye KF5PDS)

NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Space Exploration and Space History 
Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Dec. 21

Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 24

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

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

LauncherOne • Above the Clouds

Launch window: 2200-0100 GMT on 22nd/23rd (5:00-8:00 p.m. EST; 2:00-5:00 p.m. PST on 22nd)

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 small satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Test Program, Spire, and the Polish company SatRevolution. [Dec. 14]

Dec. 23

Angara-A5 • Test Flight

Launch time: 1500 GMT (10:00 a.m. EST)

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. [Dec. 14]

Dec. 24

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, Dec. 18, and Dec. 22. [Dec. 14]

Dec. 27

Soyuz • OneWeb 12

Launch time: 1310:37 GMT (8:10:37 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 36 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. [Dec. 14]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

A spacecraft has ‘touched’ the sun for the first time

Illustration of Sun

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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Dec. 19

Dec. 20

Hubble Space Telescope

Dec. 19

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Dec. 19

Dec. 22

Dec. 24