Space Events

If you know of a space event that is happening in the Houston area please email nathan.price@gmail.com.

The following list is compiled from many sources including:

CANCELLED: EVENT: Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 6:30PM – Rice University –
Discovering the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet System
FREE EVENT: For its 20th Anniversary Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture (http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/), the Rice Space Institute (http://rsi.rice.edu/) presents Dr. Susan Lederer, Rotational Deputy Branch Chief, XI-5, Optical Measurements Lead, ODPO, NASA Johnson Space Center, in a talk titled “Discovering the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanet System.”
http://www.trappist.one/

EVENT: Friday, March 13, 2020 – 7:30PM – Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting – at Lunar and Planetary Institute – 3600 Bay Area Blvd. – http://www.jscas.net/

LAUNCH: March, 14, 2020 – Falcon 9 • Starlink 5
Launch site:
 LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, FloridaA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the sixth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 5.

EVENT: March 15-19, 2019, Washington, D.C. – Join NSS and the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) in our 2020 March Storm congressional advocacy blitz. March Storm is the premiere citizen-run space advocacy event of the year. From March 15th – 19th, join fellow space enthusiasts from around the country to advocate for the 2020 Citizens’ Space Agenda. Developed by the Alliance for Space Development, our policy points were developed by our member organizations including the National Space Society, Space Frontier Foundation, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and many others. This year, the Alliance will advocate for three policy points:Support planetary defense by funding NASA’s NEOSM mission.
https://space.nss.org/march-storm-2020-congressional-visits/

LAUNCH: March 16, 2020 – Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch site:
 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket with a Fregat upper stage will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The Soyuz rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration.

LAUNCH: March 19, 2020 – Atlas 5 • AEHF 6
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FloridaA United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

LAUNCH: March 21, 2020 – Soyuz • OneWeb 3
Launch site:
 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage.

LAUNCH: March 23, 2020 – Vega • SSMS POC
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French GuianaAn Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV16, will launch on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept mission with 42 microsatellites, nanosatellites and CubeSats for commercial and institutional customers. This rideshare launch is the first flight of a multi-payload dispenser funded by the European Space Agency to allow the Vega rocket to deliver numerous small satellites to orbit on a single mission.

LAUNCH: March 30, 2020 – Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1B
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, FloridaA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. 

LAUNCH: March 31, 2020 – Proton • Express 80 & Express 103
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, KazakhstanA Russian government Proton rocket and Block DM upper stage will launch the Express 80 and Express 103 communications satellites for the Russian Satellite Communication Company. Express 80 and Express 103 will provode fixed and mobile communications, digital television and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access and data transmission services across Russia. The satellites are built by ISS Reshetnev in Russia, with communication payloads supplied by Thales Alenia Space from Europe.

EVENT: Saturday, April 4, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

EVENT: Friday, April 10, 2020 – 7:30PM – Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting – at Lunar and Planetary Institute – 3600 Bay Area Blvd. – http://www.jscas.net/

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: April 10-15, 2020 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. – PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001. Webinars start on 3 March (DEADLINE: February 1, 2020) For those holding a B.S. Degree from an accredited university, the PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Qualification Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a five-day, fully immersive training program that will provide the skills required to effectively conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles as part of Project PoSSUM. Designed and instructed by former NASA astronaut instructors and PoSSUM team scientists, the PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Qualification Program combines three weeks of webinar instruction followed by one-week of intensive training including high-G training, crew resource management training, spacesuit training, high-altitude training, biometric analysis, and PoSSUMCam operations. You will also receive comprehensive instruction on noctilucent cloud science, observational history, research methods from some of the world’s leading noctilucent cloud scientists, then learn to use real PoSSUM Instruments on customized simulations of actual PoSSUM research flights, using the most modern training facilities available. Upon graduation, you will be fully trained and qualified to participate in PoSSUM graduate specializations, become a PoSSUM educator, or to fly to space as a PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut! https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/scientist-astronaut-program/

EVENT: Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Yuri’s Night – Multiple events celebrating the first person to orbit the earth: https://yurisnight.net/

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: April 13-17, 2020, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. – Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy. Similar to the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program but taught at a more qualitative level, the Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy at Embry-Riddle is a hands-on and immersive program designed for advanced high-school and undergraduate students interested in upper-atmospheric research, bioastronautics, science communication, and human space flight operations. Graduates may enroll in all PoSSUM Graduate Programs. DEADLINE: February 1, 2020 ( https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/possum-space-academy/ )

EVENT: Saturday, April 18, 2020 -6:30PM-8:30PM – (Location to be Announced) Sky Fest:Earth Day – open to explorers of all ages, and includes hands-on activities, scientist presentations and night-sky viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). With assistance from the JSC Astronomy Society, Sky Fest events are offered approximately four times a year. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/skyfest/

EVENT: Tuesday, April, 28, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – Space Tourism Conference http://spacetourismconf.com/

EVENT: Saturday, May 2, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

EVENT: March 5, 2020 – 7:30 PM Lunar and Planetary Institute – 3600 Bay Area Blvd – Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series – Looking Inside the Moon: From Apollo to GRAIL and Beyond – Dr. Walter Kiefer https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/cosmic-explorations/

EVENT: Friday, May 8, 2020 – 7:30PM – Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting – at Lunar and Planetary Institute – 3600 Bay Area Blvd. – http://www.jscas.net/

EVENT: May 22-24, 2020 – George R. Brown Convention Center – Comicpalooza (https://www.comicpalooza.com/ )

EVENT: May 28-31, 2020 – Dallas, TX – International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2020 – https://isdc2020.nss.org/

EVENT: Saturday, June 6, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

EVENT: Saturday, June 27, 2020 -6:30PM-8:30PM – The Lunar and Planetary Institute (3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058) – Sky Fest:Asteroid Day/Planetary Defense – open to explorers of all ages, and includes hands-on activities, scientist presentations and night-sky viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). With assistance from the JSC Astronomy Society, Sky Fest events are offered approximately four times a year. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/skyfest/

EVENT: Saturday, July 11, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

LAUNCH: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan-A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 76th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station.

LAUNCH: Friday, July 17, 2020 – Atlas 5 • Mars 2020Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to the Red Planet. After landing in February 2021, the Mars 2020 rover will study Martian geology, search for organic compounds, demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, and collect rock samples for return to Earth by a future mission. The rocket will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

EVENT: Saturday, July 18, 2020 -6:30PM-8:30PM – The Lunar and Planetary Institute (3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058) – Sky Fest:Mars 2020/Astrobiology – open to explorers of all ages, and includes hands-on activities, scientist presentations and night-sky viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). With assistance from the JSC Astronomy Society, Sky Fest events are offered approximately four times a year. https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/skyfest/

DEADLINE: Saturday, August 1, 2020 – PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Program ( PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001: September 18-23, 2020. Webinars start on 31 August) https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/scientist-astronaut-program/

DEADLINE: Saturday, August 1, 2020 – Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy ( September 18-25, 2020, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. ) https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/possum-space-academy/

EVENT: Saturday, August 1, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

LAUNCH: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 – Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 21Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its first cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 21st mission by SpaceX conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

EVENT: Saturday, September 5, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: September 18-23, 2020 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. – PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001. Webinars start on 31 August (DEADLINE: August 1, 2020) For those holding a B.S. Degree from an accredited university, the PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Qualification Program at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a five-day, fully immersive training program that will provide the skills required to effectively conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles as part of Project PoSSUM. Designed and instructed by former NASA astronaut instructors and PoSSUM team scientists, the PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Qualification Program combines three weeks of webinar instruction followed by one-week of intensive training including high-G training, crew resource management training, spacesuit training, high-altitude training, biometric analysis, and PoSSUMCam operations. You will also receive comprehensive instruction on noctilucent cloud science, observational history, research methods from some of the world’s leading noctilucent cloud scientists, then learn to use real PoSSUM Instruments on customized simulations of actual PoSSUM research flights, using the most modern training facilities available. Upon graduation, you will be fully trained and qualified to participate in PoSSUM graduate specializations, become a PoSSUM educator, or to fly to space as a PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut! https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/scientist-astronaut-program/

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: September 18-25 , 2020, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. – Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy. Similar to the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program but taught at a more qualitative level, the Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy at Embry-Riddle is a hands-on and immersive program designed for advanced high-school and undergraduate students interested in upper-atmospheric research, bioastronautics, science communication, and human space flight operations. Graduates may enroll in all PoSSUM Graduate Programs. DEADLINE: August 1, 2020 ( https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/possum-space-academy/ )

EVENT: September 26, 2020 – International Observe the Moon Night (http://Moon.NASA.gov/Observe)

HACKATHON: October 2-4, 2020 – NASA International Space Apps Challenge https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/

EVENT: Saturday, October 3, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

EVENT: October 4-10, 2020 – World Space Week – Multiple events celebrating space: https://www.worldspaceweek.org/

EVENT: October 12-16, 2020 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – http://iac2020.org/

EVENT: Friday/Saturday, November 6-7, 2020 – Austin, TX – New Worlds Conference – https://earthlightfoundation.org/newworlds/

EVENT: Saturday, November 7, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.

EVENT: Saturday, December 12, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting.