Space Schedule

Space Schedule

Feb. 9: The United Arab Emirates' first mission to Mars, the Hope orbiter, will arrive at the Red Planet. 

Feb. 10: China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission, which consists of an orbiter and a lander, will arrive in orbit around the Red Planet. (The rover won't land until May 2021).

Feb. 11: The new moon arrives at 2:06 p.m. EST.

Feb. 18: NASA's newest Mars rover Perseverance will arrive at the Red Planet. The rover is expected to touch down inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater at approximately 3 p.m.

Feb. 18: Conjunction of the moon and Mars. Just one day before reaching first quarter phase, the waxing crescent moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Mars in the evening sky.

Feb. 27: The full moon of February, known as the Full Snow Moon, arrives at 3:17 a.m. 

Feb. 28: Mercury reaches its highest point in morning sky, shining brightly at magnitude 0.1. See the innermost planet above the eastern horizon shortly before sunrise.