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: May 22, 2020 – Soyuz – EKS 4; Approx. 0700 GMT (2:00 a.m. CDT), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia; A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the EKS 4 early warning satellite for the Russian military. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites fly in highly elliptical tundra orbits. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage.

LAUNCH: Wednesday, May 27 – Falcon 9 – Crew Dragon Demo 2 – 2033 GMT (3:33 p.m. CDT) – LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will fly on the Demo-2 mission. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. – First time that American Astronauts, have launched on an American Rocket from American soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. Space Center Houston’s blog on May 27 Launch Watch Party Guide: https://spacecenter.org/may-27-launch-watch-party-guide/ NASA will stream the Demo-2 Launch on May 27 live on their NASATV link: www.nasa.gov/nasalive

EVENT: Saturday, June 6, 2020- 2:00-4:00 PM – ONLINE – 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.

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.