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Discussion Topic of the Evening.

How Would Humanity React If We Really Found Aliens?  From

Scene from the movie “Arrival.”,1792,quality,70

From the movie “Contact”

“Dark Side of the Moon – Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

“Wow!” Signal Printout

Breakthrough Listen Radio Telescope

Pioneer 10 and 11 Plaque

Voyager Record

Arecibo Message (Nov. 16, 1974)

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Astronaut Birthdays 

  • March 6, 1927: Gordon Cooper (Mercury-Atlas 9, Gemini 5)
  • March 7, 1936: Loren Acton (STS-51-F)
  • March 10, 1961: Laurel Clark (STS-107)
  • March 11, 1956: Curtis Brown (STS-47, STS-66, STS-77, STS-85, STS-95, STS-103)
  • March 12, 1923: Wally Schirra (Mercury-Atlas 8, Gemini 6A, Apollo 7)
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Gemini: The Twins

Space Launches For This Week

NET March 13

Rocket 3.3 • S4 CROSSOVER

Launch time: 1522 GMT (11:22 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: LP-3B, Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska

A commercial small satellite launch vehicle developed by Astra will launch a non-deployable demonstration payload for NearSpace Launch. The commercial payload is named S4 CROSSOVER and will remain attached to the Astra rocket’s second stage after entering orbit, testing communications instruments and gathering data on the space environment. [March 9]

NET March

Electron • BlackSky 16 & 17

Launch window: 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. Rocket Lab has nicknamed this mission “Without Mission a Beat.” Delayed from September, December. Delayed from Feb. 4 and Feb. 13 by payload issues. [Feb. 14]

March 18

Soyuz • ISS 67S

Launch time: 1555 GMT (11:55 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the crewed Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft to the International Space Station with the next team of three cosmonauts to live and work on complex. The crew is led by commander Oleg Artemyev, with flight engineers Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Jan. 28]

March 18/19

Falcon 9 • Starlink 4-12

Launch time: Approx. 0130 GMT on 19th (9:30 p.m. EDT on 18th)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with another batch of Starlink internet satellites. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. [March 9]

March 30

Falcon 9 • Axiom Mission 1

Launch time: 1846 GMT (2:46 p.m. EDT)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its sixth flight with astronauts. The commercial mission, managed by Axiom Space, will be commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría. Paying passengers Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe will also be on-board for the 10-day mission to the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from Feb. 21. [Feb. 7]


Falcon 9 • Transporter 4

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 4 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers. [Jan. 23]


Soyuz • Galileo 29 & 30

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designed VS28, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz-2.1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from late March and April 5. [March 8]


SSLV • Demonstration Launch

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September and December 2019. Delayed from January and December 2020. Delayed from April. [March 31]


SSLV • BlackSky Global

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first commercial mission with four Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based company. The rideshare mission for BlackSky is being arranged by Spaceflight. Delayed from November, late 2019 and early 2020. Delayed from early 2021 and July. [March 31]


Starship • Orbital Test Flight

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas

A SpaceX Super Heavy and Starship launch vehicle will launch on its first orbital test flight. The mission will attempt to travel around the world for nearly one full orbit, resulting in a re-entry and splashdown of the Starship near Hawaii. Delayed from early 2022. [March 9]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Powerful warm winds seen blowing from a neutron star as it rips up its companion

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

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