Skynet 9-17-22 “How Do Planets Get Rings?” & Constellations “Vulpecula” and “Sagitta” 9PM CT

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Discussion Topic of the Evening.

How Do Planets Get Rings?

Saturn Fully Formed Rings (Cassini’s Wide Field Camera, April 25, 2016)

https://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/web/assets/pictures/_1200x685_crop_center-center_82_line/20170410_saturn-rgb-apr-25-2016-2.jpg.webp

Rings of Neptune 

https://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/web/assets/pictures/_1200x947_crop_center-center_82_line/20150728_PIA01493.jpg.webp

Jupiter Rings

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.M4IQWeN6GxS3hTNthznxSQHaEu%26pid%3DApi&f=1

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

NASA requests proposals for 2nd moon lander for Artemis astronauts

https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/ryZumw4vtSscXnoHB5NFWP-1920-80.png.webp

A massive solar flare knocked out radio in Africa and the Middle East Friday

https://images.hindustantimes.com/tech/img/2022/09/16/960×540/faintyoung_(2)_1639373804152_1663323743057_1663323743057.jpg

China tests new engine for huge Long March 9 moon rocket

https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/rd3wbyxYeM3TgyTSennVfT-1920-80.jpeg.webp

Space-Related Birthdays

Robert Crippen Sep 11, 1937 STS-1, STS-7, STS-41-C, STS-41-G 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6c/Robert_Crippen.jpg/220px-Robert_Crippen.jpg

Randolph Bresnik Sep 11, 1967 STS-129, Soyuz MS-05 (Expedition 52/53) 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Randolph_J._Bresnik.jpg/220px-Randolph_J._Bresnik.jpg

Anousheh Ansari Sep 12, 1966 Soyuz TMA-9/8 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/AnoushehAnsari.jpg/220px-AnoushehAnsari.jpg

Roger K. Crouch Sep 12, 1940 STS-83, STS-94

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d5/Roger_Crouch.jpg/220px-Roger_Crouch.jpg

John Herrington Sep 14, 1958 STS-113

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/Herrington.jpg/220px-Herrington.jpg

Eugene H. Trinh Sep 14, 1950 STS-50

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/23/Gene_Trinh_%2829028720973%29.jpg/220px-Gene_Trinh_%2829028720973%29.jpg

Warren Hoburg Sep 16, 1985 SpaceX Crew-6 (Expedition 68/69)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Warren_Hoburg_portrait.jpg/220px-Warren_Hoburg_portrait.jpg

Kevin R. Kregel Sep 16, 1956 STS-70, STS-78, STS-87, STS-99 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/KevinRKregel.jpg/220px-KevinRKregel.jpg

Samuel T. Durrance Sep 17, 1943 STS-35, STS-67, STS-61-E 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7b/Samuel_Durrance.jpg/220px-Samuel_Durrance.jpg

Pamela Melroy Sep 17, 1961 STS-92, STS-112, STS-120

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/Pam_Melroy_in_2022_at_JSC_02.jpg/220px-Pam_Melroy_in_2022_at_JSC_02.jpg

Thomas P. Stafford Sep 17, 1930 Gemini 6A, Gemini 9A, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f1/Thomas_Stafford.jpg/220px-Thomas_Stafford.jpg

Edgar Mitchell Sep 17, 1930 Apollo 14

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/59/Edgar_Mitchell_cropped.jpg/220px-Edgar_Mitchell_cropped.jpg

This Week in Space History

September 15, 2017

Casini spacecraft ends its mission when it crashed into the surface and we lost contact.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FcuL5pwWIAMU9TM?format=png&name=small

Xena re-named

On September 14, 2006, the International Astronomical Union announced the dwarf planet previously known as Xena would be named Eris after the Greek goddess of discord.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FcoLYXuX0AE0Pq8?format=jpg&name=small

Kennedy’s Speech at Rice University

On Sept. 12, 1962, President Kennedy addressed a large crowd at Rice University in Houston during a two-day tour of space facilities across the country. 

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/full_width/public/thumbnails/image/jfk_rice_speech_3_speech_to_congress_closeup_may_25_1961.jpg?itok=-GYDjZnI

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellations Vulpecula the Little Fox & Sagitta the Arrow

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Late September

Falcon 9 • Starlink 4-35

Launch time: TBD

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. Delayed from Sept. 19 in ripple effect from Starlink 4-34 delays. [Sept. 16]

Sept. 21

Soyuz • ISS 68S

Launch time: 1354 GMT (9:54 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft to the International Space Station with the next team of three cosmonauts and astronauts to live and work on the complex. The crew is led by commander Sergey Prokopyev, who will be joined by Russian flight engineer Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Aug. 31]

Sept. 24

Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-91

Launch time: 2050-2312 GMT (4:50-7:12 p.m. EDT; 1:50-4:12 p.m. PDT)

Launch site: SLC-6, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency. This will be the final Delta 4 launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Delayed from August. [Sept. 13]

NET 

Sept. 27

Space Launch System • Artemis 1

Launch window: 1537-1647 GMT (11:37 a.m.-12:47 p.m. EDT)

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

NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket will launch on its first test flight with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft. The mission, known as Artemis 1, will place the Orion spacecraft into orbit around the moon before the capsule returns to Earth for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Ten small CubeSat rideshare payloads will also launch on the Artemis 1 mission. Delayed from February, March, April, May, and June. Scrubbed on Aug. 29 by engine cooling issue. Scrubbed on Sept. 3 by hydrogen leak. Delayed from no earlier than Sept. 23 to allow more time to prepare for tanking test. [Sept. 13]

Late September

Falcon 9 • Starlink 4-36

Launch time: TBD

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. Delayed from Sept. 26 in ripple effect from Starlink 4-34 delays. [Sept. 16]

Sept. 29

Alpha • Demo Flight 2

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A Firefly Alpha rocket will launch on its second test flight with a rideshare payload consisting of multiple small satellites. Delayed from May. Scrubbed due to drop in helium pressure on Sept. 11 and scrubbed due to bad weather on Sept. 12. Delayed from Sept. 19 due to poor weather forecast and range unavailability. [Sept. 16]

Sept. 30

Atlas 5 • SES 20 & SES 21

Launch window: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the SES 20 and SES 21 communications satellites for SES of Luxembourg. SES 20 and 21 will provide C-band television and data services over the United States. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from August. [Sept. 9]

Check-ins or comments

At this point we should be reaching our 90 minute cut-off point, so NCS can decide whether to cut any of these topics due to lack of time.

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Astronomy: Is “Overeating” to Blame for Bulges in Milky Way Bar?

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220909094542.htm

The “Milky Way Bar”

https://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/kunder-figure-lg.jpg

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.

Tiangong

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

Sept. 18

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=48274&mjd=59840.4507520247&type=V

X-37B

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=45606&lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST

Sept. 22

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59844.4673893033&type=V

Sept. 23

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=45606&mjd=59845.4816184756&type=V

Envisat

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

Sept. 19

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59841.4662720785&type=V

Sept. 20

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59842.4406442731&type=V

Sept. 22

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59844.4580741824&type=V

Sept. 25

https://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=33.0462&lng=-96.9942&loc=Lewisville&alt=0&tz=CST&satid=27386&mjd=59847.4498567985&type=V