Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More

LAST UPDATED June 23: 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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June 20-24: First Annual Spaceport America Cup  – The international intercollegiate rocket engineering competition takes place at Spaceport America  in New Mexico.

June 23:SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida 2:10-4:10 p.m. EDT (1810-2010 GMT). [Preview | Watch Live ]

June 23: A Russian Soyuz 2-1v rocket will launch an unspecified payload designated 14F150 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).

June 24: A KFC chicken sandwich may launch to the stratosphere on World View Enterprises’ Stratollite balloon system. The launch was delayed on Thursday due to wind conditions.

June 24: NASA will attempt to launch is cloud-spawning sounding rockets from Wallops Island, at Virginia 9:07 p.m. EDT. Watch Live

June 25: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium NEXT (11-20) mobile communications fleet from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 4:24 p.m. EDT (2024 GMT).

June 27-29: NewSpace 2017 Conference  in San Francisco. Private and commercial space industry experts will converge on San Francisco, California for the annual NewSpace conference.

June 28: Arianespace  will launch an Ariane 5 rocket (VA238) with the Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 and GSAT-17 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana at 4:59-6:16 p.m. EDT (2059-2216 GMT).

July 1: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  will launch the Intelsat 35e communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:35-8:35 p.m. EDT (2335-0035 GMT).

July 2: The SpaceX Dragon CRS-11 cargo craft will be released from the International Space Station at 11:43 a.m. EDT (1543 GMT). Live coverage on NASA TV begins at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT). Watch Live

July 2: A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Shijian 18 communications satellite from Wenchang, China.

July 3: Happy Aphelion Day! Earth is farthest from the sun  for the year today at a distance of 94,505,901 miles (152,092,505 km).

July 9: The full moon of July, known as the Full Buck Moon, will occur at 12:07 a.m. EDT (1707 GMT). This full moon is also called the Thunder Moon.

July 14: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Kanopus-V-IK infrared Earth observation satellite along with Russia’s Zond solar research satellite and multiple small spacecraft from U.S. companies from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:36 a.m. EDT (0636 GMT).

July 17-20: International Space Station Research & Development Conference  (Washington, D.C.)

July 21: The new sci-fi film, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ” will be released in movie theaters worldwide.

July 28: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft  to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 52/53 crew, including Randy Bresnik of NASA, Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Liftoff is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. EDT (1540 GMT). They will arrive and dock at the ISS at 6:01 p.m. EDT (2201 GMT). Hatch opening and welcome ceremony will begin at about 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on July 29)

July 28-29: The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks overnight on Friday, July 28. Delta Aquarid meteors will be visible from July 12 to Aug. 23.

Also slated to launch in July (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  will launch the SES-11/EchoStar 105 hybrid communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
  • Sometime this quarter (July–Sept.) SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy rocket  for its first demonstration flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Aug. 1: An Arianespace  Vega rocket will launch with the Optsat-3000 high-resolution reconnaissance satellite from Kourou, French Guiana.

Aug. 2: Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazansky will go for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS Russian EVA-43). 

Aug. 3: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s TDRS-M communications and data relay satellite at 9:02-9:42 a.m. EDT (1302-1342 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

Aug. 7: The full moon of August, also known at the Full Sturgeon Moon, will occur on Monday, Aug. 7 at 2:11 p.m. EDT (1911 GMT). A partial lunar eclipse  will coincide with this full moon and can be seen from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. 

Aug. 7-9: National Astronomy Teaching Summit Conference  (Ft. Meyers, Florida)

Aug. 10: SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket  carrying a Dragon spacecraft  on the 12th cargo delivery mission (CRS-12) to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT).

Aug. 11: A Japanese H-2A rocket (H-2A F35) will launch the Michibiki 3 navigation spacecraft from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan 1:00-10:00 a.m. EDT (0500-1400 GMT).

Aug. 12-13: One of the brightest meteor showers of the year, the Perseid meteor shower peaks on the night of Saturday, Aug. 12 and the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 13. A waning gibbous moon may hamper the view of the meteor shower’s peak this year. Perseid meteors will appear in the sky from July 17 to Aug. 24. [When, Where & How to See It ]

Aug. 14: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-42) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 3:01-7:00 a.m. EDT (0701-1100 GMT).

Aug. 21: The “Great American Total Solar Eclipse ” will sweep across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. The moon will pass before the sun, first casting its shadow over Oregon that will move across the country all the way to South Carolina. Viewers across the continental U.S. who are outside the path of totality will still be able to see the eclipse in its partial form. [Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Path, Viewing Maps and Photo Guide ]

Aug. 25/26: Orbital ATK  will launch a Minotaur IV rocket  on a historic mission for the U.S. military’s Operationally Responsive Space program (ORS-5) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at approximately 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT).

Aug. 31: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-52) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Aug. 31: Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA239, to launch the Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a communications satellites.

Also slated to launch in August (from Spaceflight Now ): 

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. military’s X-37B , a spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program’s fifth mission.
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium NEXT (21-30) mobile communications fleet from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Sept. 6: The full moon of September will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 3:03 a.m. EDT (0803 GMT). September’s full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon.

Sept. 12: Expedition 53/54 crewmembers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will launch atop a Russian Soyuz rocket on a mission to the International Space Station.

Sept. 12: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket  will launch the Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-8) to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Sept. 15: NASA’s Cassini orbiter will plunge into Saturn , ending a nearly 20-year mission.

Sept. 17-22: European Planetary Science Congress 2017  (Riga, Latvia)

Sept. 21: A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System, NOAA’s next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather observatories. Launch window: 5:47:03-5:48:06 a.m. EDT (0947:03-0948:06 GMT)

Sept. 21: A Eurockot Rockot launch vehicle with the Sentinel-5 Precursor Earth observation satellite will launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Sept. 23: A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System , NOAA’s next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather observatories. 

Also slated to launch in September (from Spaceflight Now ): 

  • An Orbital ATK  Minotaur-C rocket will launch six SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Skybox Imaging.

Oct. 5: The full moon of October occurs on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 2:40 p.m. EDT (1940 GMT). It is also known as the Full Hunter’s Moon.

Oct. 8The Draconid meteor shower will peak on Sunday, Oct. 8. Draconid meteors will appear Oct. 6-10 and are best viewed in the early evening hours.

Oct. 11: 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. 

Oct. 12: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 68th Progress cargo delivery mission  to the International Space Station. 

Oct. 15: Occultation of Regulus  – The brightest star in the constellation Leo will be covered by a crescent moon in the early morning of Sunday, Oct. 15. The occultation will be visible from the United States and the Caribbean. 

Oct. 18: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

Oct. 19: Uranus  will be at opposition in its closest approach to Earth, and the planet’s face will be fully illuminated by the sun. This the best time to observe Uranus, though a telescope is required to do so.

Oct. 21-22: The Orionid meteor shower  peaks on the night of Friday, Oct. 20 and the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 21. Orionid meteors will be visible from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7.

Oct. 26: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 54/55 crew: Scott Tingle of NASA, Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. 

Oct. 27: An Atlas 5 rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance will launch the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 4) for missile early-warning detection.

Also slated to launch in October (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  will launch the 15th Dragon spacecraft  on the 13th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (CRS-13) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Nov. 4: The full moon of November will occur on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12:23 a.m. EDT (0523 GMT). It is also known as the Full Beaver Moon.

Nov. 4-5The Taurid meteor shower  will peak on the night of Saturday, Nov. 4 and the early morning of Sunday, Nov. 5. Taurid meteors will be visible from Sep. 7 to Dec. 10. This is a minor meteor shower with 5-10 meteors per hour, and light from the full moon may obstruct the view during the meteor shower’s peak.

Nov. 5: Occultation of Aldebaran . For the second time this year, the moon crosses in front of the bright star Aldebaran on Nov. 5. This time the waning gibbous moon will be nearly full. The occultation will be visible from most of North America in the early evening. [Watch the Moon Play ‘Peekaboo’ with Bright Star Aldebaran

Nov. 13A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets  will be extremely close, appearing only 0.3 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.

Nov. 14: An air-launched Orbital ATK  Pegasus XL rocket will send NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. 

Nov. 17-18: The Leonid meteor shower  peaks between Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18. But Leonid meteors will be visible in the sky throughout the month of November.

Nov. 17: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket  will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-9) to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Also slated to launch in November (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket  carrying the Crew Dragon  spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.
  • A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5 mission to return samples from the moon
  • Arianespace  will use an Ariane 5 rocket to launch four Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation from the Guiana Space Center.
  • 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.
  • An Arianespace  Vega rocket, designated VV11, will launch with the ADM-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.

Dec. 3: The full moon of December, also known as the Full Cold Moon, occurs at 10:47 a.m. EDT (1547 GMT) on Monday, Dec. 3. This will also be the only “supermoon ” of 2017. [How to Photograph the Supermoon: NASA Pro Shares His Tips

Dec. 5-7: SpaceCom 2017  (Space Commerce Conference and Exposition) in Houston, Texas.

Dec. 13-14: The Geminid meteor shower  peaks on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 13 and the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 14. Geminid meteors will be visible Dec. 7-16.

Dec. 13: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

Dec. 21-22: The Ursid meteor shower  peaks on the night of Thursday, Dec. 21 and the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 22. Ursid meteors will appear in the sky Dec. 17-25.

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