Space Calendar 2019: Launches, Sky Events & More

LAST UPDATED March 25: 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 collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others.

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March

March 27: OneSpace, a private Chinese company, will launch the first test flight of its OS-M1 rocket with the Lingque 1B remote sensing CubeSat for ZeroG Lab, a Beijing-based satellite manufacturer that aims to deploy a fleet of Earth-observing nanosatellites. 

March 27: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch the Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration spacecraft, also known as R3D2, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It will lift off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. (The mission was scrubbed on March 24 due to a video transmitter issue.) The 4-hour launch window opens at 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT). 

March 29: NASA astronauts Christina Koch will and Nick Hague will take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. This was initially scheduled to be the first all-female spacewalk in history with NASA astronaut Anne McClain, but spacesuit sizing issues led NASA to swap the crewmembers. NASA TV will begin airing live coverage at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT), and the spacewalk is expected to last about 7 hours. [Watch Live]

March 29: Moon occults Saturn. For the second time this month, the moon will pass in front of the ringed planet. Skywatchers in southern Africa, Madagascar and eastern South America can see the occultation, while those watching from other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

March 31: India will launch an electronic intelligence-gathering spacecraft called EMISat from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India at 11:57 p.m. EDT (0357 GMT on April 1).  

Also launching in March (from Spaceflight Now): 


April

April 4: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Progress cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:01 a.m. EDT (1101 GMT). It will dock with the station at 10:24 a.m. EDT (1424 GMT). [Watch Live] 

April 4: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch four communications satellites for O3b Networks from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 12:31 p.m. EDT (1631 GMT). 

April 5: New moon. 

April 6-7: The Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), the world's largest astronomy and space exposition, takes place at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York.  

April 7: SpaceX may launch its Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite. This will be the second flight of the Falcon Heavy following its debut last February. It will lift off from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A at 6:36-8:35 p.m. EDT (2236-0035 GMT). Two of the three boosters will land at Cape Canaveral, and the third will attempt a drone-ship landing nearby. 

April 8-11: The 35th Space Symposium takes place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

April 8: NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques will take a 7-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station. NASA TV will begin airing live coverage at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT). [Watch Live] 

April 9: Conjunction of the moon and Mars. See the Red Planet make a close approach to the moon in the sky this evening. 

April 17: A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 4:45 p.m. EDT (2045 GMT). [Watch Live]  

April 19: The Northrop Grumman Cygnus CRS-11 cargo spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station. 

April 19: Full Moon. The "Pink Moon" will reach full phase at 7:12 a.m. EDT (1112 GMT). 

April 21-22: The Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight. 

April 25: Moon occults Saturn. The moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for skywatchers in Australia, New Zealand and South America, while those stargazing from other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

April 25:SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-17 cargo mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, at 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT). [Watch Live] 

April 29–May 3: The International Academy of Astronautics will hold its 6th biannual Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Also launching in April (from Spaceflight Now):

  • India will launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon. It will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.  

May

May 4: Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you. 

May 4: New moon. 

May 5: National Astronaut Day

May 6-7: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. 

May 10: An Ariane 5 rocket provided by Arianespace will launch the DirecTV 16 and Eutelsat 7C communications satellites from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. 

May 16:SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Canadian Space Agency's Radarsat Constellation Mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

May 17: A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Blagovest No. 14L communications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

May 18: Blue Moon. The Full Flower Moon will reach full phase at 5:11 p.m. EDT (2111 GMT). It will be the third full moon in one season, making it a "Blue Moon." 

May 22: Moon occults Saturn. The moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for skywatchers in Australia, southern Africa and Antarctica. Meanwhile, skywatchers in other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

May 27: SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Amos 17 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. [Watch Live]  

May 31: A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Yamal 601 communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

Also launching in May (from Spaceflight Now):

  • An International Launch Services Proton rocket will launch the Eutelsat 5 West B communications satellite and the first Mission Extension Vehicle, both for Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. The mission will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 
  • A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Glonass M navigation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. 

June

June 3: New moon.

June 17: Full Moon. The "Strawberry Moon" will reach full phase at 4:31 a.m. EDT (0831 GMT). 

June 19: Moon occults Saturn. The moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for skywatchers in parts of South America and southern Africa. Meanwhile, skywatchers in other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

June 21: Solstice. Today marks the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. 

June 21: A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Spektr-RG X-ray observatory from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

June 27:United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the U.S. military. 

June 30: Asteroid Day

Also scheduled to launch in June (from Spaceflight Now):

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 
  • A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Spektr-RG X-ray observatory from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 rocket to launch the Intelsat 39 and GSAT 30 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana. 
  • Arianespace will use a Vega rocket to launch the Falcon Eye 1 Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. It will lift off from Kourou, French Guiana. 
  • A Russian Rockot rocket will launch three Gonets M communications satellites from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

July

July 2: A total solar eclipse will be visible from South America. [Solar Eclipse Guide 2019: When, Where & How to See Them]

July 5: Three new Expedition 60 crewmembers will launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft: NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov. They will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket. 

July 8: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon cargo spacecraft (CRS-18) on a mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

July 16: Full Moon. The "Buck Moon" will reach full phase at 5:38 p.m. EDT (2138 GMT). 

July 16: A partial lunar eclipse will be visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

July 20: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

July 25: Crew Dragon Demo 2: SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to take its first crewed test flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board.  This will be the Crew Dragon's first test flight with astronauts on board following the uncrewed Demo-1 mission in March.  

July 25: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the second GPS 3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

July 31: Black Moon. The moon will reach new phase for the second time in one month at 11:13 p.m. EDT (0313 GMT on Aug. 1). 

July 31: Russia will launch a Progress cargo spacecraft on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket. 

Also scheduled to launch in July (from Spaceflight Now):

  • Japan will launch the HTV-8 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from the Tanegashima Space Center on a Japanese H-2B rocket. 
  • China will launch the Shijian 20 communications satellite from Wenchang, China on a Long March 5 rocket.

August

Aug. 9: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The gas giant will meet up with the moon in the evening sky. At 6:53 p.m. EDT (2253 GMT), the moon will be about 2 degrees to the north of Jupiter. 

Aug. 12: Moon occults Saturn. The moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for skywatchers in Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia. Meanwhile, skywatchers in other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

Aug. 13: The Perseid meteor shower peaks. 

Aug. 15: Full Moon. The "Sturgeon Moon" will reach full phase at 8:29 a.m. EDT (1229 GMT). 

Aug. 17:  Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will take its first Crew Test Flight to the International Space Station. It will lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, NASA astronaut Eric Boe and NASA astronaut Nicole Mann.  

Aug. 22: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rather than delivering a crew to the International Space Station, as Soyuz spacecraft are designed to do, this Soyuz will be used to test a newly modified launch abort system. 

Also scheduled to launch in August (from Spaceflight Now):

  • An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) proof-of-concept mission with multiple small satellites from Kourou, French Guiana. 

September

Sept. 14: Full Moon. The "Harvest Moon" will reach full phase at 12:33 a.m. EDT (0433 GMT). 

Sept. 23: Equinox. Today is the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Sept. 25: Three new Expedition 61 crewmembers will launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft: NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, Russian cosmonaut  Oleg Skripochka and Hazza Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates. They will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket.  

 Also scheduled to launch in September (from Spaceflight Now): 

  • Japan will launch the HTV-8 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from the Tanegashima Space Center on a Japanese H-2B rocket. 

October

Oct. 13: Full Moon. The "Hunter's Moon" will reach full phase at 5:08 p.m. EDT (2108 GMT). 

Oct. 15: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch the first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG 1) radar surveillance satellite for the Italian space agency. Flying as a secondary payload is the European Space Agency's Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS). The mission will lift off from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. 

Oct. 19: Northrop Grumman will launch the Cygnus NG-12 cargo mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from Wallops Island, Virginia on an Antares rocket. 

Oct. 21-22: The Orionid meteor shower peaks. 

Also scheduled to launch in October (from Spaceflight Now):

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third GPS 3 satellite for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

November

Nov. 2: Moon occults Saturn. The moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for skywatchers in New Zealand. Meanwhile, skywatchers in other parts of the world will see the two bodies make a close approach, or a conjunction. 

Nov. 3: Daylight Saving Time.

Nov. 11-12: Mercury transits the sun. Skywatchers (wearing proper eye protection) can see the small planet Mercury pass in front of the sun. 

Nov. 12: Full Moon. The "Beaver Moon" will reach full phase at 8:34 a.m. EDT (1334 GMT). 

Nov. 17-18: The Leonid meteor shower peaks. 

 Also scheduled to launch in October (from Spaceflight Now): 

  • An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch the United Arab Emirates' Falcon Eye 2 Earth observation satellite from Kourou, French Guiana. 

December

Dec. 4: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Progress cargo delivery spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Dec. 12: Full Moon. The "Cold Moon" will reach full phase at 12:12 a.m. EDT (0512 GMT). 

Dec. 13-14: The Geminid meteor shower peaks. 

Dec. 21-22: The Ursid meteor shower peaks. 

Dec. 25-26: An annular solar eclipse will be visible from the Arabian Peninsula to Indonesia. A partial solar eclipse will be visible  across much of Asia, the Middle East, Australia and western Africa. 

Also scheduled to launch in December (from Spaceflight Now):

  • The U.S. Air Force's super-secret X-37B space plane will launch on its sixth classified mission. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

More coming in 2019...

  • Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket will make its first orbital test flight.
  • China will launch the Chang'e 5 mission to return samples from the moon. It will be the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976.
  • NASA aims to launch the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission after extensive delays caused by problems with the Pegasus XL rocket.
  • The European Space Agency will launch the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SMSS) proof-of-concept mission on an Arianespace Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. 

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