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July 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA

3 Jul 2020, 20:21 UTC
July 6-12, 2020 / Vol 39, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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SpaceMonth 2020 Celebrates Exploration Achievements with Eye Towards Moon, Mars and Beyond

July is SpaceMonth, marking major advancements of human activity beyond Earth and focusing enthusiasm for innovative new endeavors in space – from LEO to Kuiper belt. Humankind becoming a multi-world civilization with the Apollo 11 Moon landing is commemorated July 20, as is the first successful robotic mission landing on Mars, Viking 1 as Space Exploration Day. Official federal holiday status works its way into law through House Resolution 59, sponsored by Representative Kendra Horn, currently in committee. Appropriately, SpaceMonth 2020 is to see 4 space agency efforts towards robotic missions on and around the Red Planet: Al Amal (Hope), a UAESA / JAXA collaboration, aims for July 14 launch via H-2A to Mars orbit; NASA plans to launch the US$2.1B Mars 2020 July 30 on Atlas V, carrying Cruise stage, EDLS, and Perseverance rover with deployable helicopter drone Ingenuity; CNSA is to launch its Orbiter / Lander / Rover mission Tianwen-1 (Questions to Heaven) on the 23rd using Long March 5 heavy lift rocket. Other notable spaceflight observances in July include third Venus Flyby of Parker Solar Probe on the 11th; Chandra X-Ray Observatory – launched by ...

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