Events of Interest: Week of May 27-June 1, 2012

Events of Interest: Week of May 27-June 1, 2012

The following events may be of interest in the week ahead.   The Senate is in recess this week.  The House took its Memorial Day recess last week and returns for legislative business on Wednesday.

During the Week

Interest will remain high in SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled to depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday and be recovered in the Pacific Ocean off the U.S. west coast.    It’s a quick visit for Dragon, having berthed with the ISS on Friday.  The ISS crew is busy unloading the supplies brought by Dragon and reloading it with items for return to Earth.  Dragon is the only ISS cargo spacecraft that can return material to Earth.  Russia’s Progress, Europe’s ATV and Japan’s HTV all burn up in the atmosphere during reentry (and usually are filled with trash on the way down, so serve a useful purpose in their own right during reentry).

Meanwhile, the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Washington continues through Monday, and Women in Aerospace will hold its annual one-day conference on Friday.

Sunday-Monday, May 27-28

Thursday, May 31

Friday, June 1

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