Events of Interest: Week of October 22-26, 2012–UPDATE

Events of Interest: Week of October 22-26, 2012–UPDATE

UPDATE:   This update highlights the Solar System Exploration @ 50 events taking place this week in the “During the Week” section.

The following events may of interest in the coming week.  Congress continues to be in recess (except for pro forma sessions) until after the elections.

During the Week

Among the interesting activities this week, three new crew members will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.  They will join the three astronauts already there and return the ISS crew complement to six (three Russians, two Americans, and one Japanese).  NASA TV coverage of the 6:51 am ET launch will begin at 5:30 am ET.  NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Evgeny Tarelkin will dock with the ISS two days later (October 25) at 8:35 am ET.   The following day, October 26, NASA will hold a press conference to discuss an upcoming contingency spacewalk to fix an ammonia leak on one of the ISS radiators.   NASA astronaut and ISS commander Suni Williams and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide will conduct the spacewalk on November 1.  The sixth ISS crew member is Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko.

Also this week, NASA and the National Geographic are holding events to celebrate 50 years of planetary exploration — Solar System Exploration @ 50.   In 1962, NASA launched its first two planetary probes — Mariner 1 and Mariner 2.  Mariner 1 was lost in a launch accident, but Mariner 2 flew by Venus in December of that year, setting the stage for 50 years of discoveries (so far) by U.S. robotic probes.  A panel discussion sponsored by the National Geographic at its offices in Washington, DC on Wednesday night, and a 2-day NASA History Office-sponsored conference all day Thursday and Friday at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia, will discuss not only what we’ve learned over the past 50 years and plans for the future, but how decisions are made on which missions to launch, international cooperation, the Soviet/Russian planetary program, and public perceptions.  Click on the links to the events below for registration information.

Monday, October 22

Tuesday, October 23

 Wednesday, October 24

Thursday-Friday, October 25-26

Friday, October 26

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