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Top Questions About Comets

Comet Halley

Comet Hale Bopp

Comet Halley

Halley’s Comet 2004 Orbital Path

Comet Tail Development

Comet Neowise

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Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Orion, the Hunter

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

\Feb. 11/12H3 • ALOS 3

Launch window: 0137:55-0144:15 GMT on 12th (8:37:55-8:44:15 p.m. EST on 11th)

Launch site: Launch Pad 2, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H3 rocket will launch on its first test flight with the Advanced Land Observing Satellite 3, or ALOS 3, Earth observation satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. ALOS 3, also named Daichi 3, will capture high-resolution, wide-swath images of all of the world’s land surfaces, providing data for applications in disaster management, land use, urban sprawl, scientific research, and coastal and vegetation environmental monitoring. The H3 rocket for Test Flight 1, or TF1, will fly in the H3-22S configuration with two first stage engines, two strap-on solid rocket boosters, and a short payload fairing. [Jan. 13]

Feb. 19/20

Soyuz • Soyuz MS-23

Launch time: 0157 GMT on 20th (8:57 p.m. EST on 19th)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the uncrewed Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The mission was originally supposed to carry Russian commander Oleg Kononenko, Russian flight engineer Nikolai Chub, and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, but managers removed the crew from the mission in order to use the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft as a replacement for the damaged Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the space station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Jan. 13]

Feb. 18

Falcon 9 • Inmarsat 6 F2

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Inmarsat 6 F2 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. [Jan. 31]

Feb. 26

Falcon 9 • Crew 6

Launch time: 0707 GMT (2:07 a.m. EST)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the program’s ninth flight with astronauts. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, Warren “Woody” Hoburg, UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from Feb. 19. [Jan. 19]

Late February

Falcon 9 • O3b mPOWER 3 & 4

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second pair of O3b mPOWER broadband internet satellites into Medium Earth Orbit for SES of Luxembourg. The satellites, built by Boeing, will provide internet services over most of the populated world, building on SES’s O3b network. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. [Jan. 13]

Early 2023

Falcon 9 • SES 18 & SES 19

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch SES 18 and SES 19 communications satellites for SES of Luxembourg. SES 18 and 19, built by Northrop Grumman, will provide C-band television and data services over the United States. [May 24]

1st Quarter

Falcon 9 • WorldView Legion 1 & 2

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first two WorldView Legion Earth observation satellites for Maxar Technologies. Maxar plans to deploy six commercial WorldView Legion high-resolution remote sensing satellites into a mix of sun-synchronous and mid-inclination orbits on three SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Delayed from January and September 2021. Delayed from March, May, June, July, and September 2022. Delayed again from 4th Quarter 2022. Delayed from January 2023. [Jan. 8]

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