Last update: July 2nd-These dates are subject to change and will be updated throughout the year as more certain dates appear. Don’t plan your itinerary based on the dates you see here. Launch date collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now, etc.
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July
July 5th: Happy afar! The earth is the furthest from the sun today.
July 6: SpaceX’s Dragon CRS22 cargo spacecraft will leave the International Space Station at 11:05 am. US Eastern Time (1505 Greenwich Mean Time). Live broadcast
July 9th: Mercury reaches the highest point in the morning sky, glowing brightly with a brightness of 0.3 magnitude. See it above the southeast horizon before sunrise.
July 9th: The new moon arrives at 9:16 pm. EDT (0116, July 10, Greenwich Mean Time).
July 11: Virgin Galactic will make its first manned space flight on its VSS Unity space plane, and company founder Richard Branson will be on board. The
global live event started at 9 am. US Eastern Time (1300 Greenwich Mean Time). Watch live
July 12: The conjunction of the moon and Venus. The new moon will pass approximately 3 degrees north of Venus.
July 15th: The Russian Proton Rocket will launch the Nauka Science Module to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:16 pm. US Eastern Time (1716 Greenwich Mean Time). Watch the live broadcast
June 17: The Progress 77 cargo ship will be disconnected from the International Space Station and will be equipped with retired Pirs docking components. The shipbreaking time is scheduled at 10:46 in the morning. US Eastern Time (1446 Greenwich Mean Time). Watch live
July 20: Blue Origin will launch the first manned spaceflight of its New Shepard rocket and capsule combination. The company’s CEO Jeff Bezos and his brother, auction champion and Mercury 13 pilot Wally Funk will fly into space in a capsule. View Live
July 23: Russia’s new Nauka module will dock to the International Space Station at 12:28 pm. US Eastern Time (1628 Greenwich Mean Time). Watch live stream
July 23: The full moon of July, the full moon, arrives at 10:37 at night. EDT (July 24, 0237 Greenwich Mean Time).
July 24: The conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The full moon will swing about 4 degrees south of Saturn in the dawn sky.
July 25: The conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. In the dawn sky, the waning moon will swing about 4 degrees south of Jupiter.
July 27: Ariane Aerospace will use the Ariane 5 ECA rocket numbered VA254 to launch the Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum communications satellites from the Guyana Space Port near Kuru, French Guiana. Watch live
July 30: Starliner OFT2-The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing’s CST100 Starliner spacecraft after a partial failure in December 2019 for its second unmanned mission to the International Space Station. Test Orbital Flight 2 (OFT2 mission) will depart from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 2:53 pm Eastern Time (1853 GMT). Live View
is also scheduled to launch in July (from Spaceflight Now): India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch India’s RISAT 1A radar earth observation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
Aug
Aug 1: The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus NG16 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will take off from Platform 0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. Watch live
August 2: Arianespace will use Soyuz rockets to put 34 satellites of the Internet constellation OneWeb into orbit. The mission called OneWeb 9 will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live broadcast
August 2: Saturn hedges. This ring-shaped planet will face the sun in the earth’s sky, about the same time of the year when it is closest to the earth. This means it will appear at the biggest and brightest time of the year. Saturn will reach the highest point in the night sky at midnight.
August 8: The new moon arrives at 9:50 AM EST (1350 GMT)
August 11: The moon and Venus conjunct. The first quarter of the moon will pass approximately 4 degrees north of Venus. Look for the pair on the western horizon after sunset.
August 1112: The annual Perseid meteor shower is active from mid-July to late August, peaking at night.
August 18: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon Cargo Refueling Mission (CRS23) to the International Space Station. It will launch from Launch Site 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. See live
August 19: Jupiter hedges. This gas giant planet will face the sun in Earth’s sky at around the same time it is closest to Earth this year. This planet will shine at its brightest and highest speed tonight and will be visible all night.
August 20: The conjunction of the Moon and Saturn. In the evening sky, the waxy gibbous moon will swing about 3 degrees south of Saturn.
August 22: The August full moon, also known as the sturgeon full moon, occurs at 8:02 a.m. Eastern Time (1202 GMT). This will also be called the “blue moon” because it is the third full moon in a season with four full moons.
August 22: The conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The blue sturgeon moon will oscillate about 4 degrees south of Jupiter in the night sky. August
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