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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More
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By SPACE.com Staff |  January 29, 2018 10:00am ET



LAST UPDATED Jan. 29: 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. Please send any corrections, updates or suggested calendar additions to hweitering@space.com.

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January

Jan. 30: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:25–6:46p.m. EST (2125–2346 GMT).

Jan. 31: A blue blood moon...or a bloody blue moon? The blue moon will coincide with a blood moon for the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in 150 years. The eclipse will be visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and western North America. It will be the second full moon in January and the second "supermoon" of 2018.

Jan. 31/Feb. 1: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome with the Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites at 9:07 p.m. EST on Jan. 31 (0207 GMT on Feb. 1).


February

Feb. 1: A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite, also known as Zhangheng 1, and several secondary payloads from Jiuquan, China.

Feb. 2: Two Russian cosmonauts will take a 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station starting at 10:34 a.m. EST (1534 GMT). NASA TV will provide a live broadcast of the spacewalk beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT).

Feb. 3: Japan's SS-520-5 rocket will launch on an experimental demonstration flight from the Uchinoura Space Center with the TRICOM 1R spacecraft at 12 a.m. EST (0500 GMT).

Feb. 6: SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy rocket for its first demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:30-4:30 p.m. EST (1830-2130).

Feb. 10: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:22 a.m. EST (1422 GMT).

Feb. 11: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 69th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station at 3:58 a.m. EST (0858 GMT). The Progress spacecraft is expected to arrive at the space station at 7:24 a.m. EST (1224 GMT). NASA TV will provide live coverage of the launch, docking and installation.

Feb. 14: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Feb. 15: A partial solar eclipse will be visible in southern South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic and Antarctica.

Feb. 24/25: A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch an Information Gathering Satellite from Japan'sTanegashima Space Center at between 11 p.m. EST on Jan. 24 and 1 a.m. EST on Jan. 25 (0400-0600 GMT on Jan. 25).

Also slated to launch in February (from Spaceflight Now):
• Two Expedition 54 astronauts will take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in mid-February. The spacewalk was rescheduled from Jan. 29 following a technical issue with the station's robotic arm.
• NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station and land in Kazakhstan.
• A Russian Proton rocket will launch the Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


March

March 1: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center in South America carrying four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries.

March 1: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch GOES-S, the second next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:02 a.m. EST (1002 GMT).

March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. EST. This time we'll "spring forward" and move the hour hands on our clocks one hour into the future, losing an hour of nighttime.

March 13: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-14 spacecraft on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

March 15: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with members of the Expedition 55/56 crew: NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemtyev.

March 18: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 11:19 a.m. EDT (1519 GMT).

March 20: Spring equinox. This is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it is the first day of fall (the autumn equinox).

March 20: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Also slated to launch in March (from Spaceflight Now):
• NASA will launch its GRACE-FO (Follow-On) mission to track Earth's gravty and water movement. It is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of an Iridium commercial satellite launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9.
• A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
• India will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission to the moon from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.
• Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the Hylas 4 and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana.
• India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission, India's second mission to the moon.
• A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.


April

April 18: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC 11 mission for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

April 22/23: The Lyrid meteor shower will peak overnight between Sunday, April 22 and Monday, April 23.

April 30: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of military and scientific research satellites.

Also slated to launch in April (from Spaceflight Now):
• A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 12 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


May

May 1: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-9) to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia.

May 5: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA's InSight Mars lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:10 a.m. EDT (1110 GMT).

May 6: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak early in the morning (before dawn) on Sunday, May 6. Meteors from this shower will be visible from mid-April to the end of May.


June

June 1: Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will reach the asteroid Ryugu, where it will attempt to collect a sample and return it to Earth in 2020.

June 6: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with members of the Expedition 56/57 crew: European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopev.

June 9: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-15 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.

June 13: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 70th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

June 21: Summer solstice. In the nothern hemisphere, this is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. In the southern hemisphere, June 21 is the winter solstice, or the first day of winter, and the shortest day of the year.


July

July 13: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from southern Australia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

July 27/28: A total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," will be visible from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

July 29/30: The southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak overnight on Sunday, July 29 into the early morning hours of Monday, July 30. Meteors from this shower will be visible from mid-July to the end of August.

July 31: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:07 a.m. EDT (1407 GMT).

Also slated to launch in July (from Spaceflight Now):
• Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ES rocket to launch four Galileo satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation. The rocket will launch from Kourou, French Guiana.


August

Aug. 11: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Europe, Asia, Canada, Greenland, the Atlantic and the Arctic.

Aug. 13: The Perseid meteor shower will peak before dawn in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 13.

Aug. 27: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 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 to landing in the Western United States after an orbital shakedown cruise ahead of a two-person Crew Test Flight.

Also slated to launch in August (from Spaceflight Now):
• SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
• A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the seventh H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV -7), an uncrewed cargo vehicle that will deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.


September

Sept. 12: A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch NASA's ICESat-2 satellite to measure ice sheet elevation and ice sheet thickness changes linked to climate change, along with measurements of Earth's vegetation biomass.

Sept. 14: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 57/58 crew: NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Nikolay Tikhonov.

Sept. 26: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Also slated to launch in September (from Spaceflight Now):
• An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch with the Aeolus satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first ever satellite to deliver wind profiles on a global scale and on a daily basis.


October

Oct. 5: Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the BepiColombo mission for the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. BepiColombo will begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.

Oct. 9: The Draconid meter shower will peak before dawn on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Oct. 11: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 71st Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station.

Oct. 18: The U.S. military will launch its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. It will launch from pad SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


November

Nov. 1: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite.

Nov. 10: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch the 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 10th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.

Nov. 15: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew.

Nov. 16: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. 

Also coming in 2018...
• An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will send NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
• A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A.
• India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) will launch the GSAT 29 communications satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
• A Chinese Long March 5 rocket 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.
• A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS 3-01).


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