Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Few Classics from Mars Express

Images credit & copyright: ESA/Mars Express. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express mission entered Martian orbit on December 25, 2003 with its lander, Beagle 2 (RIP). Although Beagle 2 landed successfully, only two of its four solar panels deployed … Continue reading

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Expedition 54/55 Crew Ready for Flight

Image credit & copyright: NASA/Joel Kowsky. Launch Alert! Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 02:21 EST (07:21 UTC & 13:21 Baikonur time) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-07 (ISS 53S or Soyuz 55) will lift off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at … Continue reading

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Ariane 5 to Launch 4 Galileo Navigation Satellites

Image credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: Tuesday, December 12 2017 at 1836 UTC (13:36 EST) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA240 carrying four Galileo navigation satellites (19, 20, 21 & 22) from … Continue reading

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Milky Mouse

Image credit & copyright: Mark Gee. Looking almost like a bolt of lightning, the Milky Way seems to strike this lone African tree; showering the air with glowing embers in the form a few thousand stars on an otherwise blackened … Continue reading

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December’s Geminids are Getting Warmed Up

Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka of a 2011 Geminid. Basics: The night of Wednesday, December 13 and the morning of Thursday, December 14, 2017 the annual Geminids meteor shower will reach its peak.  As with all meteor showers there’s … Continue reading

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SpaceX to Fly Used Booster & Dragon on CRS-13 ISS Resupply

Images credit & copyright: SpaceX. Live streaming links and mission information at the bottom. Check back for updates. LAUNCH ALERT! Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:36 EST (15:36 UTC), a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9 (core 1035.2) will rise from … Continue reading

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Soyuz to Launch Russian Lotos Spy Satellite

Images credit & copyright: Roscosmos. Launch Alert! Friday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30 UTC (05:30 EST) a Soyuz 2-1B will lift off from Pad 4/Site 43 at Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the Lotos Spy Satellite. Plesetsk Cosmodrome: Plesetsk Cosmodrome is … Continue reading

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