If you love space (and we know you do it), tomorrow it will be an epic day.
There are no less than two missiles planned for Thursday (April 4th), along with a spacecraft docking, moon orbiting and bombing with asteroids from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2. And of course, you can watch a great deal of Space.com's space action here.
The day begins early with the launch of a Russian ship "Progress 72" (aka 72P) by the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Takeoff is scheduled for 7:01 AM EDT (1101 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmos in Kazakhstan. NASA's Web site will start at 6:45 pm EDT (1
While Israel advances the International Space Station, a small Israeli spacecraft will pursue the moon. If all goes well, he will arrive on the moon at 10:15 am EDT (1415 GMT) when he manages the engine to enter the elliptical lunar orbit. You will be able to follow the live event via official Twitter on the mission: @TeamSpaceIL .
The 5-foot (1.5 meters) land called Beresheet is Israel's first spacecraft ever to be fired at the moon. It is also the world's first private lunar apparatus built by Israeli SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) for $ 100 million.
Beresheet launches on the SpaceX Falcon 9 moon on February 21 and is constantly growing. its orbit around the Earth to reach the moon. If the engine maneuver on Thursday is successful, Beresheet will continue to refine its orbit until it is in place to arrive on April 11 on the moon in the sea of tranquility.
SpaceIL originally designed the Beresheet cabin (its name means "at the beginning," according to the team) as a contender for the $ 30 million Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) for private lunar ports. This race ended in 2018 without a winner.
Last week, the organizer of the GLXP X Prize Foundation announced that SpaceIL could still win a $ 1 million "MoonShot Award" if Beresheet successfully landed on the Moon.
We have not finished yet. The epic day of space on Thursday continues with the planned 12:30. EDT (1630 GMT) launches Arianespace Soyuz carrier carrier, which carries four orbital communication satellites in orbit to the SES satellite communications provider. Launching the Arianespace website will begin about 20 minutes before the start and you will be able to watch it at Space.com, courtesy of the European vendor. You can also watch it directly from Arianespace.
The four satellites 03b will join 16 other satellites already in orbit for the growing SES constellation to provide the ability to link video and data to customers on the spot.
Hayabusa2 creates an asteroid crater
And finally we get to the fireworks. Literally.
On Thursday evening, the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) will provide live broadcast at 9am. EDT (0100 April 5 GMT) when the Hayabusa2 spacecraft triggered a projectile at the Ryugu asteroid to create an artificial crater. The actual impact of the asteroid is scheduled for 10:36. EDT (0236 April 5th GMT)
As with all Thursday activities, you can watch JAXA's asteroid crash at Space.com. You can also watch directly from JAXA here.
Hayabusa2 will break his little portable blow in Ryugu to peer into rock and look at his composition. Hayabusa2 will release the striker from a distance of 1,640 feet (500 meters), then retreat to a safe zone behind Ryugu when the striker crashes into the asteroid and raises huge amounts of debris. Hayabusa2 at the crater site to investigate the site in more detail. Hayabusa2 has already dropped three small jumps of Ryugu and landed on the asteroid to collect his first test.
JAXA launches the $ 150 million Hayabusa2 mission in December 2014. The spacecraft has to return to Earth this December to return samples to Earth.
But wait, there's more!
As rockets, moon arrivals and asteroidal explosions are not enough, there is still something to be traced to cosmic fans.
NASA Parker Solar Prob is about to make its second near sunshine on Thursday when it reaches the perihelion, its closest approach to the sun, for the second time. The spacecraft is on a bold mission to fly through the most remote areas of the solar atmosphere and has already survived a pass through the region on November 5 last year. In general, the spacecraft will make 24 passes through the solar atmosphere to help scientists better understand how our closest star works.
Falcon Heavy static fire?
Finally, Spaceflight Now reports that space space company SpaceX can test Falcon Heavy's second rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The so-called static fire test is a standard check on SpaceX if its missiles before each mission.
While SpaceX has not officially announced Falcon Heavy launch date, some media reports speculate that Sunday, April 7, may be the primary goal. This mission will be Falcon Heavy's second SpaceX flight and the first to carry a commercial cargo for a customer. Heavy missile rocket will carry the Arabsat 6A heavy communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabsat.
Whew! That's a lot of things happening the same day. Not from last year's "Four Wheeler Day", we were so excited. (Spyler Warning: All four shots were delayed.)
If even half of the planned disappear as planned, Thursday should be an exciting day in space. Visit Space.com all day for full coverage of events!