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July 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 29 / Hawai`i Island, USA

17 Jul 2020, 20:27 UTC
July 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 29 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Multiple Launches to Mars Orbit and Surface, ISS, LEO Scheduled for Space Week

JAXA / UAE, CNSA, Astra Space, NASA, Roscosmos and SpaceX all have upcoming missions: UAE Hope Probe is now scheduled to launch to Mars on JAXA H2A on July 20. The same day, Zhongguo / China opens its launch window for Tianwen-1 from Wenchang SLC, Hainan Island — newest and most equatorial China Spaceport. Tianwen-1 includes a remarkable configuration for an initial foray into interplanetary exploration with an orbiter, lander and rover. Similar in scope to NASA Mars 2020 mission, currently set for launch window beginning July 30 from Cape Canaveral, Tianwen-1 is preparatory for future sample return and astrobiology investigations. NASA US$2.7B Mars 2020 consists of ULA Atlas 5, Cruise stage, Entry / Descent / Landing module and 1,025-kg Perseverance Rover, which itself contains 1.8-kg Ingenuity drone helicopter to be deployed for aerial reconnaissance. Alameda CA-based Astra Space fittingly opens launch window on Global Space Exploration day, July 20, to LEO from Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island AK. Soyuz 2.1a rocket is to lift cargo vessel Progress MS-15 (76P) from Baikonur Cosmodrome to ISS with supplies on July 23. Space week is also to see ...

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