Launch of the Falcon 9 (Image:SpaceX)
Welcome to the GeekDad Space Report for the week of June 7, 2010! We had a busy week of launches last week and all of them, with the exception of the Cartosat-2B successfully made it to orbit. The Cartosat-2B launch has been delayed with a new launch time still to-be-determined. There was also a launch that was not on the schedule for last week. China successfullyÂ launched a Beidou navigation satellite aboard a Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C) from the Xichang Launch Facility.
Wednesday, June 9
Launch Site: Naro Space Center, South Korea (Map View)
Launch Vehicle: Naro-1
Launch Time: 08:00 GMT
Notes: South Korean mission to study the Earth’s atmosphere. Second launch attempt of the Naro-1 launch vehicle. The first attempt, in August of 2009, was intended to launch the STSAT-2A but half of the payload fairing failed to separate.
Interesting Hubble Observations
In many ways, all of the Hubble observations are interesting, but here is a list of some of the standouts in the coming week. A more complete list can be found at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) This Week On HST Website.
This is a small list of the overall observations. You may also see some of these observations popping up in other weeks as many observation programs consist of several observations over time.
The SpaceX corporation successfully launched the Falcon 9 vehicle this week, marking a major advancement in the idea of commercial launch services to carry payloads to the International Space Station. SpaceX has a video of the launch that I highly recommend viewing. Always a beautiful site to see.
This week, three members of the Expedition-23 crew returned from the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz capsule. Among the crew that returned is Soichi Noguchi (@Astro_Soichi), who has had some remarkable tweets from the ISS, including many captivating images.
Have a great week everyone!
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The GeekDad Space Report for June 7, 2010
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