On 31 January 1961 a trailblazing Chimp maned Ham was launched into space in the Mercury Redstone 2 mission.
The launch of the third successful moon landing mission, Apollo 14, was launched 31 January 1971.
ISRO PSLV-C31 launched the fifth satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System IRNSS-1E from Sriharikota on 19 January 2016 at 09:30 local time. This was the 33rd flight of PSLV launch vehicle. IRNSS-1E is the fifth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, comprising seven satellites.
In case you missed the Jason-3 launch via SpaceX in California.
Landing the first stage failed (apparently) because one of the legs on the rocket did not lock in. I still find the idea pretty cool and they have proven they can do it.
The launch is about 21 minutes into the video.
Watch the SpaceX launch of Jason 3 scheduled for 18:42 UTC / 13:42 EST / 10:42 PST.
The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex 4 East is targeted for 10:42:18 a.m. PST (1:42:18 p.m. EST) at the opening of a 30-second launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on the Western Range on Jan. 18 at 10:31:04 a.m. PST (1:31:04 p.m. EST).
Jason-3 will maintain the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts. Data from Jason-3 will support scientific, commercial and practical applications related to ocean circulation and climate change. Additionally, Jason-3 data will be applied to fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world’s oceans.
The mission is planned to last at least three years with a goal of five years.
Jason-3 is a four-agency international partnership consisting of NOAA, NASA, the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), and EUMETSAT (the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites). Thales Alenia of France built the spacecraft.
NOAA in collaboration with the international European partners is responsible for the Jason-3 mission. JPL is responsible for NASA Jason-3 project management. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida provides launch management. SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, is NASA’s launch service provider of the Falcon 9 rocket.
There was a launch earlier of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station:
and there was a EVA from the International Space Station here is a bit of the video:
I tried to post live links but technical problems made that impossible.
In case you missed it, here is the Soyuz launch replay. Beautiful launch and now the Soyuz is berthed to the International Space Station.
NASA at UStream.
Launch coverage begins at 10:00 UTC / 0500 EST
Launch is scheduled to occur at 11:03 UTC / 06:03
Expedition 45 Crew: NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency returned to Earth on 11 December from the International Space Station. They landed safely in Kazakhstan after 141 days in orbit.
In the mean time Expidition 46/47 members: Tim Peake of the ESA, Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos and Tim Kopra of NASA prepare to launch on 15 December. Launch time is 11:03 UTC / 06:03 EST from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The third time was the charm as they say and the Cygnus cargo ship has launched.
The Cygnus cargo ship should be installed onto the ISS on Wednesday with coverage starting at 09:30 UTC / 04:30 EST. I will post a link to the live video.