Events of Interest: Weeks of November 18-December 1, 2012

Events of Interest: Weeks of November 18-December 1, 2012

The following events may of interest in the coming two weeks.  This is a combined edition because it’s Thanksgiving week and things are rather quiet in the near-term. Congress is in recess for the holiday.  Activity resumes its usual pace next week, though.

During the Week

Two important events will happen this week, however.   First, three International Space Station (ISS) crew members return to Earth tonight (Sunday) at 8:53 pm Eastern Standard Time aboard their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.  NASA TV will cover the undocking and landing live.   The three returning crew members are NASA’s Suni Williams, Japan’s Aki Hoshide, and Russia’s Yuri Malenchenko.

Second, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Ministerial Council will meet in Italy to decide the near-term future of Europe’s space program.   MInisterial Council meetings take place every 3-4 years, bringing together the relevant government ministers from each of ESA’s member countries.   Twenty countries now belong to ESA — Poland just joined.  Even with so many countries participating, finding money is a challenge and this meeting will determine the fate of a number of ESA’s programs.

Sunday, November 18 (Eastern Standard Time)/Monday, November 19 (local time in Kazakhstan)

Tuesday-Wednesday, November 20-21

Monday, November 26

Tuesday, November 27

Wednesday, November 28

Wednesday-Thursday, November 28-29

Wednesday-Friday, November 28-30

Friday, November 30

Friday-Saturday, November 30 – December 1




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