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Dec. 7, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

CRS-19 Dragon Berthing

International Space Station International Space Station Falcon 9 Block 5 | SpX CRS-19

Following its launch atop a Falcon 9, the CRS-19 Dragon will rendezvous and berth with the ISS, bringing crew supplies as well as experiments.

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Dec. 9, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Progress MS-13 Docking

International Space Station International Space Station Soyuz 2.1a | Progress MS-13 (74P)

The Progress MS-13 spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously dock to the ISS's Pirs module.

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Static Fire
Jan. 1, 2020, midnight

SLS Green Run

Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

The core stage of the 'Space Launch System' will undergo a 'Green Run' test, where the stage and major components will be tested as a full stack to ensure safety of the vehicle. Part of the testing will involve a 8 minute static fire of the core stage, demonstrating performance similar to an actual launch.

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Spacecraft Event
July 4, 2020, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Collection

101955 Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission. The mission's main goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis. Rehearsals will be performed before the sampling event, during which the solar arrays will be raised into a Y-shaped configuration to minimize the chance of dust accumulation during contact and provide more ground clearance in case the spacecraft tips over (up to 45°) during contact. The descent will be very slow to minimize thruster firings prior to contact in order to reduce the likelihood of asteroid surface contamination by unreacted hydrazine propellant. Contact with the surface of Bennu will be detected using accelerometers, and the impact force will be dissipated by a spring in the TAGSAM arm. Upon surface contact by the TAGSAM instrument, a burst of nitrogen gas ...

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Dec. 1, 2020, 5 a.m.

Hayabusa-2 Sample Returns to Earth


When Hayabusa-2 flies past Earth in December 2020, it will release the capsule spinning at one revolution per three seconds. The capsule will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at 12 km/s and it will deploy a radar-reflective parachute at an altitude of about 10 km, and eject its heat-shield, while transmitting a position beacon signal. The sample capsule will land at the Woomera Test Range in Australia.

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Sept. 1, 2023, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Return


In September 2023 the OSIRIS-REx return capsule will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and land under a parachute at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range

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