This Week in Space - January 5-11, 2015


This Week in Space - January 5-11, 2015.

Here are some of the highlights for the coming week. As always, you can add an event to our events calendar by using this form. You can also take advantage of low advertising pricing, starting at $75/mth, to further promote your event or product on the SpaceRef network of websites.

Monday, January 5, 2014

- NASA Highlights Astrophysics Discoveries at American Astronomical Society Meeting
NASA researchers will present a wide range of new astrophysics findings at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS meeting runs Sunday, Jan. 4 through Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle. Media registration for the event is open. All briefings will be streamed on AAS's website and accessible to registered journalists. NASA scientists and their colleagues will present briefings on noteworthy discoveries, including newly-validated exoplanets, an interesting X-ray phenomenon from the black hole in our Milky Way, and never-seen-before images.

For detailed information on the AAS meeting, visit:

- AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2015 (SciTECH 2015)
Join us at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech 2015) when we discuss the science, technologies, policies, and regulations that are shaping the future of aerospace.Join us at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech 2015) when we discuss the science, technologies, policies, and regulations that are shaping the future of aerospace.

- NASA CRS-5 News Briefings
1) 12 p.m. EST - NASA ISS Earth Science Briefing: Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS)
2) 1:30 p.m. EST - NASA ISS Research and Technology Briefing
3) 4 p.m. EST - SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) -5 Prelaunch News Conference

Tuesday, January 6, 2014

- SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of ISS CRS-5 (11:18 GMT - 6:18 a.m. EST)
Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services Flight (CRS-5) will deliver cargo and crew supplies to the International Space Station. It will also carry CATS, a laser instrument to measure clouds and the location and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, and other particulates in the atmosphere.

LIVE coverage starts at 5:00 a.m.

- 114th Congress Convenes
Republicans now control both the House and Senate. The Hill has a New Members Guide.

- 12th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
The 12th NASA SBAG (Small Bodies Assessment Group) meeting will be held January 6-7, 2015, in Tempe. The Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) is NASA's community-based forum designed to provide science input for planning and prioritizing the exploration of small bodies throughout the Solar System for the next several decades. It also provides input on how small bodies can be utilized in support of human space activities.

Note: You can attend the meeting virtually.

Wednesday, January 7, 2014

- NASA FISO Telecon: Additive Manufacturing in Space
The next Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon colloquium will be Wednesday, January 7, when we will host Jim Bredt (MIT/Viridis3D)), who will speak on "Additive Manufacturing in Space."

- NASA Cube Quest Challenge Summit
The Cube Quest Challenge, sponsored by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate Centennial Challenge Program, offers a total of $5 million to teams that meet the challenge objectives of designing, building and delivering flight-qualified, small satellites capable of advanced operations near and beyond the moon. At NASA Ames Research Centre.

Thursday, January 8, 2014

- SpaceX CRS-5 Arrives at the International Space Station
NASA TV coverage of grapple begins at 4:30 a.m. EST with grapple at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST. Berthing with the ISS is scheduled for at 8:15 a.m. EST.

- AstroRecon 2015: Conference on Spacecraft Reconnaissance of Asteroid and Comet Interiors
We have entered an era of detailed spacecraft reconnaissance of asteroids and comets. This exploration is motivated by a growing curiosity about our closest celestial neighbors, the hazards these bodies present, our desire to understand how planets form, and our vision for a human future in space. The goal of AstroRecon is to identify and evaluate the best technologies for spacecraft robotic reconnaissance of comets, asteroids, and small moons -- paving the way for advanced science missions, exploration, sample return, in situ resource utilization, hazard mitigation, and human visitation.

- 2nd International Space Conference 2015 (ISC 2015)
India is now rising up as one of the main contenders in Space Market with successful launch of satellites of other countries with continuous R&D growth. As the most important emerging space market with continuous growth in R&D and so, it is important for our country to empower not only R&D organisation , but also private, commercial and education sectors, to take the lead on not just at Asia-Pacific front but at global platform.

Friday, January 9, 2014

- NASA Advisory Council Heliophysics Subcommittee Meeting (2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m)
The meeting will be open to the public up to the capacity of the room. This meeting will also be available telephonically.

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