Skynet 9-2-23 “Cyberattack Shutters NSF-Funded Telescopes 9PM CT

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“Cyberattack Shutters Major NSF-funded Telescopes for More Than 2 weeks”

Gemini North Telescope on Mauna Kea Shuttered

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Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

NASA Completes Last OSIRIS-REx Test Before Asteroid Sample Delivery

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Amateur astronomers spot new impact on Jupiter

Space-Related Birthdays

Leroy Chiao Aug 28, 1960 STS-65, STS-72, STS-92, Soyuz TMA-5 (Expedition 10)

Thomas Marshburn Aug 29, 1960 STS-127, Soyuz 07M (Expedition 34/35), SpaceX Crew-3 (Expedition 66/67)

Jack Swigert Aug 30, 1931 Apollo 13

K. Megan McArthur  Aug 30, 1971 STS-125, SpaceX Crew-2 (Expedition 64/65)

Christopher Ferguson Sep 01, 1961 STS-115, STS-126, STS-135

Christa McAuliffe Sep 02, 1948 STS-51-L (Challenger disaster.)

This Week in Space History

September 1, 1979 – Pioneer 11 encounter with Saturn

Mariner 2

This week in 1962 (August 27), Mariner 2 was launched, becoming the first successful mission to explore another planet – the enigmatic, intimidating Venus – in December that year. This mission set the stage for future Venus explorations, including those made by the Magellan space probe during the 1990s.

Nimbus launch

On August 28, 1964, the first Nimbus satellite was launched, which provided unprecedented images of Earth’s weather systems, allowing for early storm preparations. At right, Hurricane Gladys was imaged by Nimbus 1 in September 1964.

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Vulpecula the Little Fox and Sagitta the Arrow

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

September 3/4 Falcon 9 • Starlink 6-12

Launch time: Approx 7:07-11:37 p.m. EDT (2307-0337 UTC)

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch another batch of second-generation Starlink V2 Mini internet satellites. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Updated: August 30


Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Pad 1, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F47, will launch the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission, or XRISM, a joint project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA. XRISM is a replacement for the Hitomi X-ray astrophysics observatory, which failed about one month after launch in 2016. XRISM will perform high-resolution X-ray spectroscopic observations of the hot gas plasma wind that blows through the galaxies in the universe. These observations will enable us to determine flows of mass and energy, revealing the composition and evolution of celestial objects. JAXA’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, mission will fly as a rideshare on this launch, heading to the moon to test precision landing technology. The H-2A rocket will fly in the 202 configuration with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from 2nd Quarter after H3 launch failure. Delayed from Aug. 27 and 28.

Updated: August 31

TBD Atlas 5 • NROL-107

Launch time: TBD

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

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the NROL-107 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The NROL-107 mission will launch a classified payload known as Silentbarker. The mission is a partnership between the NRO and the U.S. Space Force, which have disclosed little information about the payload other than it will focus on satellite threat intelligence and space situational awareness.

Updated: August 30

September 15 Soyuz • Soyuz MS-24

Launch time: 1544 UTC

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The mission will carry Russian commander Oleg Kononenko, Russian flight engineer Nikolai Chub, and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara into orbit for a long-duration flight on the space station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration.

Updated: August 20

NET September 26 Atlas 5 • Project Kuiper

Launch time: TBD

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

The first two demonstration satellites for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband constellation will launch on an Atlas 501 rocket. These satellites were originally scheduled to fly on the first Vulcan rocket.

Updated: August 20

NET September 29 Falcon 9 • USSF-124

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch a mission for the U.S. Space Force and Missile Defense Agency.

Updated: August 20

TBD Falcon 9 • WorldView Legion 1 & 2

Launch time: TBD

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first pair of 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. The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base for landing. Delayed from April and June.

Updated: August 20

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

Webb reveals new structures within iconic supernova

New Webb Photo of SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days. 

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