LAST UPDATED Nov. 13: 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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Nov. 11-12: The Taurid meteor shower peaks.
Nov. 13: NASA and Northrop Grumman will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) to discuss the science experiments and other cargo heading to the International Space Station with the Cygnus CRS-10 mission scheduled to launch on Nov. 15. [Watch Live]
Nov. 14: NASA and Northrop Grumman will hold a prelaunch news conference at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) to discuss the status of the Cygnus CRS-10 cargo resupply mission scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Nov. 15. [Watch Live]
Nov. 14: India will launch the GSAT 29 communications satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
Nov. 15: A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft from Wallops Island, Virginia at 4:49 a.m. EST (0949 GMT) for a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. [Watch Live]
Nov. 15: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Es'hail 2 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:46-5:29 p.m. EST (2046-2229 GMT). [Watch Live]
Nov. 15: Conjunction of the moon and Mars. The Red Planet and the moon will be less than one degree apart in the night sky. Look for them above the southeast horizon after dusk.
Nov. 17-18: The Leonid meteor shower peaks.
Nov. 18: Two uncrewed cargo spacecraft are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station today. A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft will arrive at 4:35 a.m. EST (0935 GMT), and a Russian Progress spacecraft will arrive at 2:29 p.m. EST (1929 GMT). [Watch Live]
Nov. 19: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Spaceflight's SSO-A rideshare mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:32 p.m. EST (1832 GMT). [Watch Live]
Nov. 19: A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch two satellites for the country's Beidou navigation network from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China.
Nov. 20: An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch Morocco's Mohammed VI-B Earth observation satellite from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana at 8:42 p.m. EST (0142 GMT on Nov. 21).
Nov. 23: Full moon. The Beaver Moon, also known as the Frost Moon, will become full at 12:39 a.m. EST (0539 GMT).
Nov. 26: NASA's Mars InSight lander will touch down on the Red Planet.
Nov. 26: India will launch the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) and some small secondary payloads from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
Nov. 29: A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite (NROL-71) for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. [Watch Live]
Nov. 29: Venus reaches its greatest brightness (magnitude -4.7) at 9:23 p.m. EST (0223 GMT). The "morning star" is best seen before sunrise. Although it will appear as a crescent, its close proximity to Earth will make it appear larger, and both of these factors account for its apparent brightness as seen from Earth.
Also slated to launch in November (from Spaceflight Now):
- A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Shijian 20 communications satellite from Wenchang, China.
Dec. 3: NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko will launch to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:31 a.m. EST (1131 GMT). They will dock at the space station approximately 6 hours later. [Watch Live]
Dec. 3: NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will arrive at asteroid Bennu.
Dec. 4: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:38 p.m. EST (1838 GMT) for a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.
Dec. 4: An Ariane 5 ECA rocket will launch India's GSAT 11 communications satellite and GEO-Kompsat 2A, South Korea's first native geostationary weather satellite, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Dec. 6: SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station at approximately 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT). [Watch Live]
Dec. 8: A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Chang'e 4 mission to attempt the first robotic landing on the far side of the moon.
Dec. 13: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev are scheduled to undock their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the International Space Station and land in Kazakhstan.
Dec. 13-14: The Geminid meteor shower peaks.
Dec. 14: Italy's first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG 1) radar surveillance satellite and the European Space Agency's Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) will launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket.
Dec. 15: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force's first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS 3-01) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:24-9:50 a.m. EST (1424-1450 GMT).
Dec. 16: Comet 46P/Wirtanen will make its closest approach to the sun, and it will be visible to the naked eye just after dusk. [See Two Bright-Green Comets in 2018's Night Sky: How, Where and When to Look]
Dec. 18: France's first Composante Spatiale Optique military reconnaissance satellite (CSO-1) will launch from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket.
Dec. 21: Winter solstice. Beginning at 5:09 p.m. EST (2209 GMT), it will officially be winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere. It will also be the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.
Dec. 22: Full moon. The Cold Moon, also known as the Long Nights moon, will become full at 12:49 p.m. EST (1749 GMT).
Dec. 25: A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Blagovest No. 13L communications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:12 p.m. EST (2212 GMT).
Dec. 25: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch two Kanopus-V Earth observation satellites from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia.
Dec. 27: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the EgyptSat-A Earth-observation satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Dec. 30: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium Next satellites (66-75) from Vandenberg Air Foce Base in California.
Also slated to launch in December (from Spaceflight Now):
- A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its fourth flight from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It will loft into orbit 10 cubesats for NASA and other U.S. research institutions.
Also coming in 2018...
- A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch two SaudiSat Earth observation satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Coming in 2019...
- On Jan. 1, 2019, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which flew by Pluto in 2015, will reach its next target: Ultima Thule.
- On Jan. 30, 2019, India will launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon.
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing's first CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an unpiloted Orbital Test Flight to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth. (This test flight was delayed from August 2018 to mid-2019.)
- A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A.
- A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
- 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.
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