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:

EVENT: November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) – 4-5:30PM Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium (6100 Main Street, Houston, TX) –
https://scientia.rice.edu/panoply
“Origins: Our Universe, Planet, Life,” featuring three Rice professors giving brief talks about their research.
Mustafa Amin
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Andrea Isella
​Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Luay Nakhleh
J.S. Abercrombie Professor or Computer Science, Professor of Biosciences, and Department Chair of Computer Science 
Where did “it” all come from? These three talks will focus on three different “it”s. Mustafa Amin will report on our current understanding of the origin of structure and matter in our cosmos — taking us from the Big Bang to the formation of stars and galaxies. Andrea Isella will then speak about how planets, like our own might have formed around stars like our sun. Luay Nakhleh will explore the challenges of inferring the origins of life on Earth from molecular data.

EVENT: November 20, 2019 (Wednesday) – 7-9PM – Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library (16616 Diana Ln, Houston, TX) – Special Screening of the 2019 Cinespace Short Film Contest –
CineSpace 2019: https://www.cinemahtx.org/event/cinespace-2019/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/961425060881731/

EVENT: November 20-21, 2019 -George R. Brown Convention Center –
SpaceCom Expo (https://spacecomexpo.com/about/ )

ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVING EVENT: November 21, 2019 – 10:50PM Look for an intense meteor outburst expected from Alpha Moncerotids Meteor Shower. Expect to see as many as 400 meteors over a short period of between 15 to 40 minutes.

LAUNCH: November 22, 2019 – Ariane 5 – TIBA 1 & Inmarsat 5 F5 (3PM CST – Launch Site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA250, to launch the TIBA 1 and Inmarsat 5 F5 communications satellites. The TIBA 1 satellite for the Egyptian government was manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, with a secure communications payload supplied by Thales Alenia Space. The Inmarsat 5 F5 satellite is owned by Inmarsat of London and was built by Thales Alenia Space. Inmarsat 5 F5 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. (https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ )

LAUNCH: November 23, 2019 – Long March 3B • Beidou
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket and a Yuanzheng upper stage will launch two Beidou navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit.
(https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ )

LAUNCH: November 24, 2019 – Electron • “Running Out Of Fingers” Launch site: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New ZealandA Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its 10th flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage will place the ALE-2 microsatellite into orbit for ALE Co. Ltd. of Japan to create human-made shooting stars by simulating re-entering meteor particles. Also on the launch are six spacecraft comprised of 5-centimeter PocketQube picosatellites from satellite manufacturer and mission management provider Alba Orbital. The mission is nicknamed “Running Out Of Fingers.” (https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ )

LAUNCH: November 26, 2019 – PSLV • Cartosat 3
Launch time: Approx. 0400 GMT on 27th (10 p.m. CST on 26th)
Launch site:
 Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, IndiaIndia’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C47, will launch the first Cartosat 3-series Earth-imaging and mapping satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization, along with 12 SuperDove Earth-observing nanosatellites for Planet and the Meshbed tech demo CubeSat for Analytical Space. The launch vehicle will fly in the “PSLV XL” configuration with six strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from mid-2019, October and Nov. 20.
(https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ )

DEADLINE: Dec. 2, 2019 – Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship (https://matthewisakowitzfellowship.org/)

EVENT: December 3, 2019 (Tuesday) 7-8PM – Rice University (6100 Main St.; Houston, TX) – Herring Hall, Room 100 – “Becoming Martian: How Settling Space Could Change the Human Body and Mind.”
Part of the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture series (http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/) of the 2019-20 season, the Rice Space Institute (http://rsi.rice.edu/) presents Scott Solomon, Ph.D., associate teaching professor in the Rice Biosciences Department
Description: “Efforts are already underway to create human settlements beyond Earth. If these efforts are successful, how will subsequent generations of humans by affected by life on other planets, like Mars? Studies of astronauts on the International Space Station have provided a wealth of information about the effects of spaceflight on the human body and mind. Likewise, the biological basis for adapting to new environments is well understood by the biologists that study isolated populations of plants and animals here on Earth. By combining these two fields of study we can make meaningful predictions about how each generation born on Mars will be better adapted to life on the red planet than those that came before.” Scott Solomon’s Rice faculty page: https://solomon.rice.edu/

EVENT: December 6, 2019 (Friday) – 6:30 PM – Trini mendenhall Community Center (1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055) – Houston Astronomical Society – Potluck & Speaker: Rob Pettingill – ( https://www.astronomyhouston.org/ )

DEADLINE: December 9, 2019 – The Science Ambassador Scholarship (
A full-tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.) https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org/

EVENT: December 9, 2019 – Space Center Houston – Galaxy Lights featuring reduced stimulation – https://spacecenter.org/event/galaxy-lights-featuring-reduced-stimulation/?event_date=2019-12-09

EVENT: Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting. Featured Speaker: Trent Martin from Intuitive Machines

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

DEADLINE: January 6, 2020 – Lunar and Planetary Institute Internship Program – The LPI invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to participate in cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences as a summer intern. The 10-week program begins June 1, 2020 and ends August 7, 2020. Selected students will receive a $6300.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students receive a $1000.00 travel stipend and foreign nationals receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement. (https://www.lpi.usra.edu/features/100819/interns )

EVENT: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting. Featured Speaker: Alex Stuckey – Science Reporter for the Houston Chronicle

EVENT: Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting. Featured Speaker: Kaci Heins – University Director at Space Center Houston.

EVENT: March 3-22, 2020 – NRG Park, Houston, TX – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ( https://www.rodeohouston.com/)

EVENT: March 16-20, 2020 – The Woodlands, TX – 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2020/ )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.