2019 in spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launches Israeli communications satellite Amos-17 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch was provided by SpaceX for free following the destruction of Spacecom's Amos-6 satellite in 2016.

2019 in spaceflight

The European Space Agency successfully launches the German Aerospace Center-operated EDRS-C laser communication satellite on a Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

Optical links will pull pictures and data from other spacecraft and then speed them to the ground.


Scientists at the Spring, Texas, Arch Mission Foundation confirm that tardigrades in a cryptobiotic state were added to the payload of the failed SpaceIL "Beresheet" lander that crashed on the Moon on 11 April 2019, and may have survived the crash.

Scientists believe the Beresheet’s unusual cargo may be alive and well on the moon

Crisis in Venezuela

The Argentine government says it has already received "hundreds" of reports of human rights abuses and criminal accusations against the Venezuelan government, days after Argentina invited Venezuelans in the country to file reports against the Venezuelan government.

Florida Governor

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis orders law enforcement to handle a criminal probe of Jeffrey Epstein's jail release in the late 2000s.

Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the state law enforcement department to launch an inquiry into "other irregularities" surrounding an earlier state probe and plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

India–Pakistan relations

Kashmir remains on lockdown, with the internet out and nearly all phone lines severed.

The prime minister says that eliminating Kashmir’s autonomy was just a reorganization. Others see an attack on India’s secular identity and a historic blow to its democracy.

India–Pakistan relations

China, which administers the Kashmir territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract, voices opposition to this "unacceptable" Indian move and, along with Turkey, reaffirms their support for a peaceful resolution.

After the US President offered to mediate on the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, China and Turkey reaffirmed their support to seek a peaceful resolution to the even-lasting Kashmir issue. China especially backed Donald Trump’s recent offer of mediation between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir dispute. China Assures Stable Ties With India; Warn...

India–Pakistan relations

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan vows to fight India's unilateral decision to revoke Indian-administered Kashmir's autonomy, including in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. Mr. Khan stated this move is a breach of international law, adding he feared the possibility of ethnic cleansing in the Muslim-majority region.

Imran Khan says he could take India's decision to revoke autonomy to the UN Security Council.

United States–Venezuela relations

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order freezing all assets and interests of the Venezuelan government as contained within the United States, a severe escalation from recent industry sanctions and verbal rhetoric. Twenty-one exceptions are issued, for companies providing services including oil, aid, and telecommunications. The expanded sanctions are widely criticized as likely to worsen the conditions for people in Venezuela.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said Washington was ready ...

War in Donbass

Four Ukrainian Ground Forces soldiers are killed in an attack by pro-Russian separatists, near the village of Pavlopil in the war-torn eastern Donetsk Oblast.

Kyiv says four Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives in the latest clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east.