Skynet 11-26-22 “The Polaris Program” & Constellations “Sculptor and Phoenix” 9PM CT

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The Polaris Program and the Polaris Dawn mission:

Polaris Dawn Mission Patch

Polaris Dawn Crew: Jared Isaacman, Scott Poteet, Sarah Gillis, and Anna Menon

Civilian Space Walk

Crew Dragon Resilience (Dragon C207) – Docked at ISS

Starship Mission III

Waz Up
Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Astronaut Snoopy

Artemis Update


Space-Related Birthdays

James Dutton   Nov 20, 1968 STS-131

Henry Hartsfield  Nov 21, 1933 STS-4, STS-41-D, STS-61-A

Guion Bluford Nov 22, 1942 STS-8, STS-61-A, STS-39, STS-53

Owen Garriott  Nov 22, 1930 Skylab 3, STS-9

Richard R. Arnold  Nov 26, 1963 STS-119, Soyuz MS-08 (Expedition 55/56)

This Week in Space History

Skylab 4

Nov. 22, 1973 -The first #Thanksgiving in space happened. Skylab 4 astronauts Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson, and William Pogue celebrated after a grueling 6.5 hour spacewalk! n”).×360

Apollo 12 

After a 10-day trip to the Moon and back, Apollo 12 splashed down in the Pacific on November 24, 1969.

November 22, 2014

 Expedition 42 launched to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-15M.×900

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellations: “Sculptor, the Sculptor’s Workshop” and “Phoenix, a Very Special Bird”

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Nov. 27

Soyuz • Glonass M

Launch time: Approx. 1400 GMT (9:00 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite for Russia’s independent positioning, navigation, and timing network. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Nov. 22]

Nov. 29

Long March 2F • Shenzhou 15

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Jiuquan, China

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Shenzhou 15 spacecraft with three Chinese astronauts to rendezvous and dock with the Chinese space station in low Earth orbit. This is China’s 10th crewed space mission, and the fourth to the Chinese space station. The crew members have not been officially named. [Nov. 22]

Nov. 30

Falcon 9 • ispace Mission 1

Launch time: 0839 GMT (3:39 a.m. EST)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first commercial lunar lander for ispace, a Japan-based company that competed for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is now developing a series of robotic lunar landers. The first lunar lander, called ispace Mission 1, was assembled in partnership with ArianeGroup and carries a package of international and commercial payloads, including two small lunar rovers from the United Arab Emirates and Japan. The mission will target a landing in the Lacus Somniorum region of the moon. NASA’s Lunar Flashlight CubeSat will be a rideshare payload on this launch. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Delayed from mid-November, Nov. 22, and Nov. 29. [Nov. 24]

Early December

Falcon 9 • OneWeb 15

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 40 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing and deploying a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. This will the first launch of OneWeb satellites with SpaceX. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. [Nov. 2]


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]


Vega-C • Pléiades Neo 5 & 6

Launch time: 0147 GMT (9:47 p.m. EST)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega-C rocket will launch the Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 Earth observation satellites for Airbus. Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 are the third and fourth members of the four-satellite Pléiades Neo constellation built, owned, and operated by Airbus. Delayed from Nov. 21, Nov. 23, and Nov. 24. [Nov. 24]


Falcon 9 • Starlink 4-37

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 October and November. [Nov. 22]

Dec. 12

Falcon 9 • SWOT

Launch time: 1146 GMT (6:46 a.m. EST; 3:46 a.m. PST)

Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission for NASA. SWOT is a science mission jointly developed by NASA and CNES, the French space agency, to measure how much water is in Earth’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base. [Nov. 22]

Dec. 14

Ariane 5 • Galaxy 35, Galaxy 36, and MTG-I1

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA259, to launch the Galaxy 35 and 36 communications satellites for Intelsat, and the MTG-I1 weather satellite for Eumetsat. Galaxy 35 and 36, built by Maxar, will provide C-band television and video broadcast services over the United States. The first Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite, MTG-I1, will provide weather imagery over Europe for the European weather satellite agency, Eumetsat. [Oct. 26]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Astronomers observe intra-group light — the elusive glow between distant galaxies

Intra-group Light “Glow Between Distance Galaxies”

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

All times are “local” (Dallas) time.


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