Worldwide Space Schedule May 21'
Worldwide Space ScheduleVia Space.com
May 3: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The last-quarter moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Saturn in the dawn sky.
May 4: Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter. The waning crescent moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Jupiter in the dawn sky.
May 4: Star Wars Day. (May the Fourth be with you.)
May 4: SpaceX may launch its Starship SN15 prototype from the company's Starbase test site in South Texas. Local road closures are currently scheduled for Tuesday (May 4) and Wednesday (May 5) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time (1 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT; 1700-0100 GMT). Watch it live
May 4: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 60 Starlink satellites for the company's broadband network in a mission designated Starlink 25. It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, at 3:01 p.m. EDT (1901 GMT). Watch it live
May 4-5: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is active from mid-April to the end of May, peaks overnight.
May 11: The new moon arrives at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).
May 15: Mercury reaches its highest point in the evening sky, shining brightly at magnitude 0.3. See it just above the western horizon right after sunset.
May 16: Conjunction of the moon and Mars. The waxing crescent moon will swing about 2 degrees to the south of Mars in the evening sky.
May 17: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force's fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 5) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Watch it live
May 17: Mercury at greatest elongation east. The innermost planet will reach its greatest eastern separation from the sun, shining brightly at magnitude 0.3. Catch the elusive planet above the western horizon shortly after sunset.
May 26: The full moon of May, known as the Full Flower Moon, arrives at 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT). It will also be the closest "supermoon" of the year. That night, a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "Blood Moon," will be visible from Australia, parts of the western United States, western South America and Southeast Asia.
May 27: Arianespace will use a Soyuz rocket to launch 36 satellites into orbit for the OneWeb internet constellation. The mission, called OneWeb 7, will lift off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia. Watch it live
May 30: Conjunction of the moon and Saturn. The waning gibbous moon will swing about 4 degrees to the south of Saturn in the dawn sky.
Also scheduled to launch in May (from Spaceflight Now):
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 60 Starlink satellites for the company's broadband network in a mission designated Starlink 25. It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Watch it live
- India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (designated GSLV-F10) will launch India's first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. It will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
- China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover will touch down on the Red Planet.
- A Chinese Long March 7 rocket will launch the Tianzhou 2 cargo resupply ship on the first cargo delivery mission to the Chinese space station. It will lift off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China's Hainan province.