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:

LAUNCH: Friday, January 27, 2020 – 7:49 AM Central – SpaceX Launch (60 Starlink satellites): https://www.spacex.com/webcast

EVENT: Monday, January 27, 2020 – 7PM – Barbara Bush Library – 2020 Space Communicator Program Workshop – Work together on your speech.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2020 – Watts Scholarship $1,000 to help you learn to fly at United Flight Systems located at Hooks Airport. Apply at https://www.unitedflight.com/wattsscholarship

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest – Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. No entry fee. No reprints. Open to all https://www.baen.com/contest-jbmssa

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Program ( PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 2001: April 10-15, 2020. Webinars start on 3 March) https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/scientist-astronaut-program/

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Advanced PoSSUM Space Academy (April 13-17, 2020 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL) https://projectpossum.org/science-programs/possum-space-academy/

DEADLINE: February 1, 2020 – Mars Desert Research Station – Team (various sessions throughout the year): Apply at: http://mdrs.marssociety.org/apply-to-field-season/

EVENT: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 2:00-4:00 PM – Barbara Bush Library – Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting. Group Discussion “Why we must explore space” – using Robert Zubrin’s book “The Case for Space” part 2 as a guide.

DEADLINE: February 3, 2020 – NASA’s Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest Challenge

LAUNCH: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – Atlas 5 • Solar Orbiter – Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-087, will launch the Solar Orbiter spacecraft for NASA and the European Space Agency. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Solar Orbiter, or SolO, will travel inside the orbit of Mercury to study how the sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the vast bubble of charged particles blown by the solar wind into the interstellar medium. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

LAUNCH: February 7, 2020 – Soyuz • OneWeb 2Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, KazakhstanA Russian Soyuz rocket will launch approximately 32 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: February 9, 2020 – Antares • NG-13Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia – A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 14th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-13. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage.

EVENT: Friday, February 14, 2020 – 7:30PM – Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting – at Lunar and Planetary Institute – 3600 Bay Area Blvd. – http://www.jscas.net/

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Space Settlement Design Contest (Grades 7-12) https://space.nss.org/settlement/nasa/Contest/index.html

LAUNCH: Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Minotaur 4 • NROL-129Launch site: Pad 0B, Wallops Island, Virginia – A U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman Minotaur 4 rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. 

EVENT: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1PM – 5PM – Rice University – Duncan Hall, SEDS Rice is hosting the 2nd Owls in Space Symposium with NASA Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer as our Keynote Speaker. The Symposium is hosted by students for students to engage with space culture and industry. The Symposium supports SEDS Rice’s purpose to empower undergraduate and graduate students to explore and engage in space disciplines both at Rice and abroad. http://seds.rice.edu/owls-in-space-symposium-2020/

EVENT: Saturday, February 22, 2020 -6:30PM-8:30PM – The Lunar and Planetary Institute (3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058) – Sky Fest:Venus and Volcanism – 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/

LAUNCH: Sunday, March 1, 2020 – Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 20Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 22nd Dragon spacecraft mission on its 20th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

DEADLINE: March 2, 2020 – Texas Space Grant Consortium – LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars – weeklong (June 21-26, 2020) professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. For 5-12 Grade Classroom Teachers: http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/ (free for Texas teachers to enter)

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

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.

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 8, 2020 – Applications due for NASA Summer 2020 Internships: https://intern.nasa.gov/

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/

EVENT: Saturday/Sunday, March 14-15, 2020 – Microsymposium 61 (FREE and Open to the Public) – The Woodlands Waterway Marriott (1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX) – Organizers: Jack Mustard (Brown University and Vlad Stamenkovic (JPL) – The program will be a mix of invited and contributed papers and will convene on Saturday, March 14, 2030 (1 PM-6 PM) and Sunday, March 15, 2020 (8:30 AM-12 Noon). The Microsymposium will emphasize an open discussion format and will be anchored by invited overviews, commentaries and posters. If you are interested in participating in Micro 61, please save these dates and be alert for our next announcements.

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

LAUNCH: March 20, 2020 – Soyuz • ISS 62SLaunch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan – A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. 

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.