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Space Launch Calendar 2019: Sky Events, Missions & More

LAST UPDATED Nov. 20: 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.

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November

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

Nov. 20-21: SpaceCom 2019, the annual commercial space conference and exposition takes place in Houston.

(Image credit: SpaceCom)

Nov. 21: The legendary Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower will have a very brief outburst at about 11:50 p.m. EST (0450 GMT on Nov. 22). 

Nov. 22: NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will take an approximately 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station to continue repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer[Watch it live]

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, at 4:08-5:43 p.m. EST (2108-2243 GMT). [Watch it live]

Nov. 22: A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch two Beidou navigation satellites  from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 7:45 p.m. EST (0045 GMT on Nov. 23).

Nov. 24: India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the first Cartosat 3 series Earth observation satellite. It will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Nov. 25).

Nov. 25: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch the ALE-2 microsatellite into orbit along with six PocketQube picosatellites. The ALE-2 microsatellite will create artificial "shooting stars" by simulating the reentry of meteor particles. The mission, nicknamed "Running Out of Fingers," will lift off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand at 2:57-4:22 a.m. EST (0757-0922 GMT). [Watch it live]

Nov. 25: A Russian Soyuz 2-1v rocket will launch an unspecified payload, likely for the Russian Ministry of Defense, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at approximately 12:30 p.m. EST (1730 GMT). 

Nov. 26: New moon.

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.

December

Dec. 1: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Progress cargo delivery spacecraft to the International Space Station. [Watch it live]

Dec. 3: Russia's Progress cargo spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station at 8:40 a.m. EST (1340 GMT). [Watch it live]

Dec. 4: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-19 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:51 p.m. EST (1751 GMT). [Watch it live]

Dec. 7: The SpaceX Dragon CRS-19 cargo vessel will arrive at the International Space Station at approximately 5:55 a.m. EST (1055 GMT). [Watch it live]

Dec. 9: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will give an Artemis program update with core stage of Space Launch System at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, beginning at 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT). [Watch it live]

Dec. 10: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

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. [Watch it live]

Dec. 16: China's Long March 4B rocket will launched the CBERS 4A remote sensing satellite from Taiyuan, China, at 10:21 p.m. EST (0321 GMT on Dec. 17).

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). [Watch it live]

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

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

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 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the RISAT 2BR1 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization.
  • India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C49, will launch the RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. 
  • A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Shijian 20 communications satellite from Wenchang, China.

Coming in 2020

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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