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No Earlier Than Friday, Dec. 21Live coverage of Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital rocket launch with nine NASA technology payloads.

Monday, Dec. 31New Horizons media briefing and spacecraft final approach before flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper belt object (KBO).

Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper belt object.

Thursday, Jan. 17: SpaceX-1 Commercial Crew demonstration mission. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be the first uncrewed test flight of the Commercial Crew Program and will provide data on the performance of the rocket, spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as on-orbit, docking and landing operations. The flight test also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX’s crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

TBD: ICON launch. Managers and engineers are assessing an issue to determine the cause of the problem and when they next can attempt to launch NASA’s ICON satellite. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. ICON will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket. Pegasus XL is a winged, three-stage solid propellant rocket built by Northrop Grumman, carried aloft for launch by a L-1011 jet called the “Stargazer.”

In Case You Missed It: Previous Events

In Case You Missed It:

On Friday, Dec. 7, NASA held a media teleconference on the InSight Mars lander and its recordings of wind vibrations on Mars
Watch a replay of the teleconference on NASA JPL’s YouTube channel. Associated graphics, images and audio files are available at

On Nov. 29, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced new Moon partnerships with American companies. Working with U.S. companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

On Nov. 26, NASA’s InSight spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars. Watch a replay of the landing broadcast.
News releaseInSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface to Learn What Lies Beneath

At 3 p.m. EST on Oct. 30, NASA held a media teleconference on status of the Kepler Space Telescope.
News release: NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

The Expedition 57 crew is safe after a launch abort on Oct. 11, 2018. Story: Expedition 57 Soyuz Status: Astronaut, Cosmonaut Safe After Abort During Launch to International Space Station
News Release: NASA Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

JAXA’s HTV-7 cargo spacecraft launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 1:52 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 22 (2:52 a.m. Sept. 23 Japan standard time). HTV-7 is loaded with more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments for the crew aboard the International Space Station. 

ICESat-2 launched from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on the final launch of a ULA Delta II rocket at 9:02 a.m. EDT (6:02 a.m. PDT). ICESat-2 will provide precise measurements of the changing height of Earth’s glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice.

In Case You Missed It: On Friday, Aug. 24, NASA hosted a teleconference on OSIRIS-REx, the agency’s first mission to return an asteroid sample to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is now preparing to conduct the necessary approach maneuvers to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3. 

Vice President Pence talks future human space exploration. On Aug. 23, Vice President Mike Pence, with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine), visited NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to discuss the future of human space exploration and the agency’s plans to return to the Moon as a forerunner to future human missions to Mars.

Parker Solar Probe Launch. NASA’s mission to “touch the Sun” lifted off aboard a Delta-IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 3:31 a.m. Eastern time. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it.

New Public-Private Space Tech Partnerships: On Aug. 8, NASA announced new public-private partnerships that will develop commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA exploration missions. The selected U.S. companies are developing 10 “tipping point” technologies. News release: NASA Announces New Partnerships to Develop Space Exploration Technologies

Commercial Crew Astronauts: On Aug. 3, NASA announced the astronauts assigned to crew the first flight tests and missions of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon, and begin a new era in American spaceflight. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine presided over the event.
News Release: NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft

Astrophysics findings: NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole. The National Science Foundation held a press conference on July 12 at 11 a.m. on astrophysics findings led by NSF’s IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

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