Skynet 1-1-22 “Gravity Passes Toughest Test Yet” & Constellations Pisces and Cetus 9PM CT

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

With Double Pulsar, Theory of Gravity Passes Toughest Test Yet

Pulsars, Gravity Wells, and Max Planck

https://www.science.org/cms/10.1126/science.acz9882/asset/7297c9ea-ba42-4c32-9d5c-1155315fb12b/assets/science.acz9882.fp.png

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays:

  • December 29, 1958: Nancy Currie-Gregg (STS-57, STS-70, STS-88, STS-109)
  • December 29, 1962: Barry Wilmore (STS-129, Exp 41/42; Boe CFT scheduled – commander)
  • December 30, 1931: Charles Bassett (assigned as pilot for Gemini 9 with Elliot See, but died in T-38 crash)
  • December 30, 1953: Daniel Barry (STS-72, STS-96, STS-105)
  • December 30, 1958: Steven Smith (STS-68, STS-82, STS-103, STS-110)
  • December 31, 1956: Martin Fettman (STS-58)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Pisces, the Fish or Fishes and Cetus, the Sea Monster

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

January

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 small satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Test Program, Spire, and the Polish company SatRevolution. Delayed from Dec. 22. [Dec. 22]

January

Electron • BlackSky 16 & 17

Launch time: TBD

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 December. [Nov. 29]

Jan. 10

Falcon 9 • Transporter 3

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 3 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers. Delayed from December. [Dec. 14]

Jan. 21

Atlas 5 • USSF 8 (GSSAP 5 & 6)

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 8 mission with the fifth and sixth satellites for the Space Force’s Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, designed to help the military track and observe objects in geosynchronous orbit. The rocket will fly in the 511 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2020, March, August, and early September. [Dec. 14]

January

Falcon 9 • CSG 2

Launch time: Approx. 2311:12 GMT (6:11:12 p.m. EST)

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, or CSG 2, radar surveillance satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The spacecraft was built by Thales Alenia Space. Delayed from Nov. 18 and Dec. 14. [Nov. 17]

Jan. 27

Soyuz • OneWeb 13

Launch time: TBD

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 

Earth and Mars Were Formed From Inner Solar System Material

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/12/211222153019.htm

Inner Solar System Dynamics Schematic

https://www.science.org/cms/10.1126/sciadv.abj7601/asset/e3fd8919-360f-4acc-908a-51869615e5c7/assets/images/large/sciadv.abj7601-f1.jpg

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

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

ISS

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST#google_vignette

Jan. 7

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=25544&mjd=59586.5132158452&type=V

Jan. 9

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=25544&mjd=59588.5132700689&type=V

Tiangong

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=48274&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Jan. 3

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=48274&mjd=59582.515799149&type=V

Envisat

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=27386&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Jan. 4

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59583.4784816191&type=V

Jan. 7

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59586.4704467918&type=V

Jan. 9

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59588.487977137&type=V