Solar Orbiter, a mission led by the European Space Agency with NASA participation, is scheduled to launch on Feb. 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Rocket launches used to be the realm of national governments, but with the rise of private spaceflight companies more rockets are launching into space than ever before. While most rockets launch satellites into orbit, some like Russia's Soyuz, carry astronauts on missions into space. SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will fly Americans into orbit, while Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will launch space tourists on short suborbital trips. SpaceX and Blue Origin even land their rockets after launch for later reuse. See news, photos and videos of the latest rocket launches from around the world here.
Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2020, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule returned to port Sunday night (Jan. 19), hours after it flawlessly executed a test of its built-in, launch-escape system and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX successfully conducted an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon crew capsule on Jan. 19 to test the emergency escape system for astronauts. See photos of the test here!
SpaceX just took a giant leap in its quest to launch astronauts, successfully showcasing the Crew Dragon capsule's launch escape system during flight.
SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a critical abort test Saturday morning (Jan. 18), and you can watch it live online.
SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a critical abort test Sunday morning (Jan. 19), and you can watch it live online.
In its first launch of the year, Arianespace successfully used an Ariane 5 rocket to launch two new communications satellites into orbit for Eutelsat and India. See photos of the mission here!
Arianespace flew a pair of communications satellites safely into space Thursday (Jan. 16) during its first launch of 2020.
The European launch provider Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 rocket to launch two new communications satellites into orbit today (Jan. 16), and you can watch it live online.
China successfully sent four satellites into orbit early on Wednesday (Jan. 15) with the country's second launch of 2020.
China's first rocket launch of 2020 was a mystery payload, with Chinese state media and independent analysts making different claims about the goal of the mission.
SpaceX launched its third batch of 60 Starlink satellites on Jan. 6, 2020, on a Falcon 9 rocket. See photos of the mission here!
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink broadband internet satellites into orbit and landed back on Earth, making SpaceX the operator of a record-breaking 180 satellites in orbit today.
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink internet satellites to join its growing megaconstellation in orbit today (Jan. 6), and you can watch it live online.
The first launch of Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket has pushed to April 2020 as the company prepares for a very busy year.
The final Rockot booster converted from an intercontinental ballistic missile launched into space Friday (Dec. 27) carrying a trio Russian satellites and a military payload into orbit.
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