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July 1-7, 2019 / Vol 38, No 26 / Hawai’i Island, USA

28 Jun 2019, 20:48 UTC
July 1-7, 2019 / Vol 38, No 26 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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July Space Month 2019 Begins with ARTEMIS Craft Observation, Orion Test, Galaxy Forum USA

Apollo 11 semicentennial observations are accelerating at the start of July ‘Space Month’ with hundreds of events and billions of people looking to the next 50 years of human accomplishment in Space, on the Moon and toward the Stars. NASA twin ARTEMIS spacecraft will begin their 9th year in lunar orbit on July 2 and July 17, having launched as part of THEMIS constellation in 2007. USA is now planning its Artemis program science payloads, robotic missions, cislunar gateway and landing women and men at the Moon South Pole ~2024. Vital for the development of Artemis, the Orion capsule Critical Ascent Abort AA-2 test is scheduled for July 2 at Cape Canaveral SLC 46. Participants include (L-R) Orion program manager Mark Kirasich, test conductor Jenny Devolites, and Astronaut Randy Bresnik. The 3-minute test will boost ~10,000 kg test version of Orion craft to 9.6 km at which point the abort sequence will be triggered to carry it away from the Northrop Grumman rocket. On July 4, Galaxy Forum USA 2019 in Silicon Valley CA themed “The 7th and 8th Continents: Antarctica, the Moon and Beyond” will ...

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