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Why Does Earth Have Magnetic Poles?
Earth Magnetic Poles
Earth’s Core Illustrated
Planetary Densities in the Solar System
SWARM Sat. Magnetic Variation
Magnetic Variation Over the Decades
Magnetic Pole Reversal
Space Exploration and Space History
Space Exploration News
The US Postal Service will be releasing a stamp commemorating the return to Earth of OSIRIS REx on September 22, 2023.
One of the iconic symbols of Alabama’s role in space exploration is coming down. Crews are currently working to deconstruct the 224-foot-tall Saturn 1B Rocket at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 65 in Ardmore.
Webb telescope finds signs of life on faraway exoplanet
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that a planet outside of our solar system may be able to support life.
Charles Simonyi Sep 10, 1948 Soyuz TMA-10/TMA-9, Soyuz TMA-14/TMA-13
Mike Mullane Sep 10, 1945 STS-41-D, STS-27, STS-36
Randolph Bresnik Sep 11, 1967 STS-129, Soyuz MS-05 (Expedition 52/53)
Robert Crippen Sep 11, 1937 STS-1, STS-7, STS-41-C, STS-41-G
Roger K. Crouch Sep 12, 1940 STS-83, STS-94
Anousheh Ansari Sep 12, 1966 Soyuz TMA-9/8
Eugene H. Trinh Sep 14, 1950 STS-50
John Herrington Sep 14, 1958 STS-113
Warren Hoburg Sep 16, 1985 SpaceX Crew-6 (Expedition 68/69)
Kevin R. Kregel Sep 16, 1956 STS-70, STS-78, STS-87, STS-99
This Week in Space History
JFK at Rice
“We choose to go to the Moon”, officially titled the Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort, is a September 12, 1962.
Mercury-Atlas 4 was an uncrewed spaceflight of the Mercury program. It was launched on September 13, 1961.
On Sept. 15, 1968, the Soviet Union launched the Zond 5 spacecraft on a mission to loop around the moon and return to Earth.
Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week
Constellations “Delphinus, the Dolphin” and “Equuleus, the Horse”
Space Launches For This Week
Space Coast Launches
Space Flight Now Launch Schedule
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
October Atlas 5 • Project Kuiper Protoflight
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: September 11
October 4/5 Vega • THEOS-2 & FORMOSAT-7R/TRITON
Launch time: 10:36 p.m. GMT on Oct. 4(9:36 p.m. EST Oct. 4, 0136 UTC on Oct. 5)
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will launch a Vega rocket, designated VV23, sending a collection of 12 satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit. The main payload is the THailand Earth Observation System-2 (THEOS-2), which is an Earth-observing satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space on behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand. It’s designed to complement THEOS-1, which launched in 20008. The secondary payload is FORMOSAT-7R/TRITON, which was developed by the Taiwanese Space Agency (TASA). It’s Global Navigation Satellite System-Reflectometry (GNSS-R) tool will help meteorologists gather wind data over oceans to help with forecasting the trajectory and intensity of typhoons.
Updated: August 31
October 5 Falcon Heavy • Psyche
Launch time: 1438:37 GMT (10:38:37 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch NASA’s Psyche asteroid mission. The Maxar-built spacecraft will travel to the metallic asteroid Psyche, where it will enter orbit in 2029. This is the first spacecraft to explore a metal-rich asteroid, which may be the leftover core of a protoplanet that began forming in the early solar system more than 4 billion years ago. The Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will return to Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for recovery. The center core will be expended. Delayed from 2022 due to payload software issues. Moved forward from Oct. 10, 2023.
Updated: April 01
October Falcon 9 • O3b mPOWER 5 & 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third 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. Delayed from March, June 9 and Aug. 27.
Updated: August 22
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9. Recent Astronomical Discoveries
Discovery of two potential Polar Ring galaxies suggests these stunning rare clusters might be more common than previously believed | ScienceDaily
Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
You can use the http://www.heavens-above.com website to find out what’s in orbit and
where to look during fly-overs