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Space Launch Calendar 2019: Sky Events, Missions & More

LAST UPDATED Oct. 17: 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, RoscosmosSpaceflight Now and others.

Watch NASA webcasts and other live launch coverage on our "Watch Live" page, and see our night sky webcasts here. Find out what's up in the night sky this month with our visible planets guide and skywatching forecast

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October

Oct. 18: NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will take a 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station to replace a battery charge/discharge unit that failed after astronauts replaced a battery during another spacewalk last week. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT). This will be the first all-female spacewalk in history. [Watch Live]

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

Oct. 21-25: The 70th annual International Astronautical Congress takes place in Washington, DC. 

Oct. 27: New moon.

Oct. 28: Uranus at opposition. Now is a great time to spot Uranus! 

Oct. 31: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. This Halloween, look up to see the moon pass about one degree to the north of Jupiter in the evening sky!

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

  • India will launch the first Cartosat 3-series Earth observation satellite. 
  • A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A rocket will launch a small satellite to join the Jilin 1 Earth observation constellation.
  • Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket may make its first orbital test flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

November

Nov. 1: Japan's HTV-8 cargo spacecraft will depart the International Space Station after delivering more than 4 tons of cargo to the crew of Expedition 61, who then loaded it with trash. It will burn up safely in Earth's atmosphere. [Watch Live]

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. 2: 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 at 9:59 a.m. EDT (1359 GMT). [Watch Live]

Nov. 3: Daylight saving time ends. Set your clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. — and maybe enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Nov. 4: The Cygnus NG-12 cargo spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station. Astronauts will use the station's robotic arm to capture it at 5:45 a.m. EST (1045 GMT). [Watch Live]

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. 

Nov. 22: Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the TIBA 1 and Inmarsat 5 F5 communications satellites. It will lift off from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana.

Nov. 26: New moon.

Nov. 29: A Russian Rockot launch vehicle will launch three Gonets M communications satellites from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Nov. 29: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waxing crescent moon will pass less than a degree to the south of Saturn. Catch the pair together in the evening sky.

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

  • India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the RISAT 2BR1 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. 
  • 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. 
  • An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch the United Arab Emirates' Falcon Eye 2 Earth observation satellite from Kourou, French Guiana. 

December

Dec. 1: Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket may launch the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission with 14 cubesats. A Boeing 747 named "Cosmic Girl" will air-launch the rocket over the Pacific Ocean after taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Dec. 2: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Dec. 6: 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. 15: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Dec. 17: 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 at 3:54 a.m. EST (0854 GMT).

Dec. 17: The Boeing CST-100 Starliner will launch an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) at approximately 7:45 a.m. EST (1245 GMT).

Dec. 19: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 32 satellites for OneWeb's global satellite internet constellation. It will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

Dec. 21: Solstice. Today marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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

Dec. 22: Conjunction of the moon and Mars. Watch the moon pass about 3 degrees to the north of Mars in the dawn sky. 

Dec. 24: Russia will use a Proton rocket to launch the Elektro-L 3 geostationary weather satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

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. 

Dec. 28: Conjunction of the moon and Venus. See the slender crescent moon pass within 1 degree of the "evening star" tonight. 

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

  • India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. It will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

More coming in 2019...

  • 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. 
  • China's Long March 4B rocket will launched the CBERS 4A remote sensing satellite from Taiyuan, China. 
  • India's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first commercial mission with four Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global. It will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

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