NASA’s next launch dates

By Phil Plait | April 18, 2007 1:40 pm

NASA has set new launch dates for the Shuttle and other missions:

Next Shuttle (STS 117): June 8

Dawn (mission to asteroids Ceres and Vesta, and nearly killed last year): June 30

Phoenix (Mars lander): August 3

Next two Shuttle launches (STS 118 and 120): August 8 and October 20

GLAST (the mission for which I am doing education work — for the next few weeks, at least): December 14

Not all of these are new, but they’re new to me at least, and maybe you too.

Tip of the nose cone to Damaris B. Sarria.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, NASA

Comments (6)

  1. shoeshine boy

    That’s “minor planet” Ceres to you. ūüėČ

  2. shoeshine boy

    …or maybe “dwarf planet.”

  3. Woohoo! GLAST! Less than a year now. Beats window shopping at Macy’s though.

  4. StevoR

    I presume that’s 2007 for all these?

    Never mind “Minor planet /dwarf planet” though they’re all planets to me!

    If they’re round like a planet, orbiting the sun independently like planets & not burning nuclear fuel like stars, well thats planetary enough as far as I’m concerned! If that means the solar system consists of 50 planets rather than 8 well so much the merrier then!

  5. Troy

    Yay! DAWN finally making it. I wish Ceres was first. Interesting bit of trivia while Pluto was downgraded to dwarf planet status Ceres was upgraded to dwarf planet status and DAWN will actually get to Ceres before New Horizons gets to Pluto.
    I hadn’t heard of Phoenix, I like the logo though. The poles are definently something we should check out especially with the loss of Mars Polar Lander (and two impactors) in 1999.
    Glast is new to me, sounds interesting. Orbiting observatories have been such a boon to astronomy.


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