LAST UPDATED Nov. 23: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Launch dates are collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others.
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Nov. 24: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 GMT).
Nov. 24: Russia will use a Soyuz rocket to launch a new module to the International Space Station. The Uzlovoy Module, also known as Prichal, will dock with Russia's Nauka science module and will serve as a docking port for Russian vehicles. The mission will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 8:06 a.m. EST (1306 GMT).
Nov. 24: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch an unspecified payload from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The payload might be the Russian military's EKS 5 early warning satellite, according to Spaceflight Now. It is scheduled to lift off during a two-hour launch window that opens at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 Nov. 25 GMT).
Nov. 26: Russia's Prichal module will dock with the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT).
Nov. 27: Rocket Lab will use an Electron rocket to launch two Earth observation satellites for the Seattle-based company BlackSky Global. The mission will lift off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.
Nov. 30: NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron will take an approximately 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station to replace a communications antenna. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m. EST (1210 GMT).
Nov. 30: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation. It will lift off from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:35 p.m. EST (0035 Dec. 1 GMT).
Also scheduled to launch in November (from Spaceflight Now):
- Astra will use its Rocket 3 to launch a test payload for the U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program. It will lift off from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will use an Epsilon rocket to launch the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2 (RAISE 2), a technology demonstration mission. It will lift off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Japan.
Dec. 1: SpaceX will launch another batch of approximately 53 Starlink satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, at 6:20 a.m. EST (2320 GMT).
Dec. 4: The only total solar eclipse of the year (and the last total solar eclipse until 2023) will be visible from Antarctica. Skywatchers in South Africa, Namibia, the southern tip of South America and some islands in the South Atlantic will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse, with the moon blocking a portion of the sun from view.
Dec. 4: The new moon arrives at 2:44 a.m. EST (0744 GMT).
Dec. 4: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the STP-3 rideshare mission for the U.S. Space Force. It will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, during a two-hour launch window that opens at 4:04 a.m. EST (0904 GMT).
Dec. 6: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. The waxing crescent moon will pass about 2 degrees to the north of Venus. Look for the pair above the western horizon after sunset.
Dec. 7: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Saturn in the evening sky.
Dec. 8: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-20 crew capsule to the International Space Station with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and video producer Yozo Hirano. It will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:38 a.m. EST (0738 GMT).
Dec. 9: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Jupiter in the evening sky.
Dec. 9: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, during a 90-minute launch window that opens at 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT).
Dec. 12: A Russian Proton rocket will launch two new satellites for the Russian Satellite Communications Company. The mission will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT).
Dec. 13-14: The annual Geminid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks overnight. The Geminids are active Dec. 4-17 often produce up to 50 visible meteors per hour, but this year the 78% full moon will outshine the fainter meteors.
Dec. 18: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to lift off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana at 7:10 a.m. EST (1210 GMT), on an Ariane 5 ECA rocket.
Dec. 18: The full moon of December, known as the Full Cold Moon, occurs at 11:37 p.m. EST (0437 Dec. 19 GMT).
Dec. 18: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a 90-minute launch window that opens at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 Dec. 19 GMT).
Dec. 20: Russia's Angara-A5 rocket will launch on its third orbital test flight, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
Dec. 21: The solstice arrives at 10:59 a.m. EST (1559 GMT), marking the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Dec. 21: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo resupply mission (CRS-24) to the International Space Station. It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, at 5:06 a.m. EST (1006 GMT).
Dec. 21: A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Inmarsat 6 F1 communications satellites from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, during a two-hour launch window that opens at 9:33 a.m. EST (1433 GMT).
Dec. 21-22: The annual Ursid meteor shower peaks overnight. Typically active around Dec. 17-26, the Ursids produce about five to 10 visible meteors per hour on the morning of the peak.
Dec. 27: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 34 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb internet constellation. The mission, called OneWeb 12, will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
More coming in 2021...
TBD: India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the Indian RISAT 1A radar Earth observation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
Q4: India's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. The mission was delayed from April 2021.
Q4: India's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch its first commercial mission with four Earth observation satellites for the Seattle-based company BlackSky Global. It will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
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