: Germany's first woman in space could be the first second-gen German astronaut. Die Astronautin, a private effort to launch a German woman to the International Space Station, announced its six finalists on Wednesday (March 1), including the daughter of a German who flew on the space shuttle. Two women will be selected to train, with the intent to launch one to orbit before 2020.
: Winco, a NASA lapel pin supplier, has created commemoratives to mark the milestone of 50 expedition crews to live and work aboard the International Space Station. Underway since October, Expedition 50 is set to continue through April. The "50 Expeditions" pin and medallion incorporate metal flown on board the station.
: Author Dennis Jenkins' new, three-volume tome not only documents the history of NASA's space shuttle, but also spans his own career as an engineer serving the program. "Space Shuttle: Developing an Icon, 1972-2013" chronicles the formation, technical details and flight campaign of the reusable launch vehicle within its 1,584 pages, including 4,000 photographs and diagrams.
: When SpaceX launches its first private passengers on a trip around the moon, the company and its lunar-bound clients will be able to claim they have done something only a few others have ever done. But Jim Lovell, who as a NASA astronaut was on the first mission to fly to the moon in 1968, says it won't be like Apollo 8. "It's not a Lewis and Clark expedition of some sort — it is just a ride that goes around the moon," he said.
: The first American to orbit the Earth will be heading back to space — at least in name – atop a modern version of the rocket on which he made history. Orbital ATK on Thursday (March 9) revealed that its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been christened the S.S. John Glenn. The ship, named for the late Mercury astronaut and U.S. Senator, will deliver science experiments and supplies to the station.
: Budweiser has announced its long-term commitment to brew the first beer on Mars. The company revealed its "Bud On Mars" ambitions at a panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday (March 11). In the short term, Anheuser-Busch has begun exploring ways to use the space station to both advance its Mars goal and improve its beer here on Earth.
: Fifty-four years after she made history as the first woman to fly in space, Valentina Tereshkova helped open a new exhibit at the Science Museum, London dedicated to her life and career. The exhibit, "Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space," which runs through Sept. 16, tells the cosmonaut's story using artifacts and photos from before and after her Vostok 6 mission that orbited the Earth 48 times over three days in June 1963.
: He didn't know it at the time, but as Dave Scott walked on the moon in 1971, he had on him a secret stash of U.S. flags. Hidden by an engineer in Scott's oxygen purge system, the small flags were only discovered after he came back to Earth. Now, 46 years later, RR Auction is set to sell one of the flags, along with the bracket-mounted pouch in which it was stowed.
: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has the next year to assess how best to "protect and preserve" the Apollo moon landing sites per the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 signed into law on Tuesday (March 21). The bill calls for the OSTP director to consult with other federal agencies to identify the risks and advise on additional legislation and international treaties needed to ensure the Apollo sites and artifacts on the moon are not disturbed or destroyed.
: In the new film "LIFE," opening in theaters on Friday (March 24), the International Space Station takes on a new role: haunted house. The sci-fi horror movie from director Daniel Espinosa follows a crew of astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Ryan Reynolds) as they bring on board and study a sample from Mars. Although "LIFE" is fictional, the filmmakers strove for reality in their depiction of the ISS.
: "LIFE" director Daniel Espinosa said in an interview that his new science fiction thriller "has tons of small secrets," including references to classic sci-fi movies. But as the film takes place on board the International Space Station, he was also able to include references ("easter eggs") to space exploration history and nods to astronauts and other real-life orbiting outposts.
: Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3), a docking tunnel used to attach two space shuttles to the International Space Station, was relocated at the complex on Sunday (March 26) to be used by Boeing and SpaceX crewed spacecraft. The move, commanded by flight controllers using the space station's robotic arm, was the sixth time that PMA-3 was repositioned since its launch on the space shuttle Discovery's STS-92 mission in 2000.
: Orbital ATK on Tuesday (March 28) formally confirmed its donation of space shuttle-era solid rocket boosters to the California Science Center for display with the space shuttle Endeavour. The twin boosters include parts that launched more than 80 shuttle missions, including the first flight to use components previously flown. The announcement came as SpaceX is preparing to launch its first flown and recovered Falcon 9 rocket first stage.
: Expedition 50 flight engineer Peggy Whitson set two world-wide records while out on a spacewalk at the International Space Station Thursday (March 30). Whitson, who was joined on the EVA by Shane Kimbrough, broke the records set in 2012 by NASA astronaut Suni Williams for the cumulative career time and total number of spacewalks conducted by a woman.
: SpaceX on Thursday (March 30) successfully launched a communications satellite into Earth orbit using a flight proven Falcon 9 rocket first stage. The launch of the SES-10 satellite marked "a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability as the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket," said SpaceX. The reused stage successfully landed on an ocean-based drone ship.
: SpaceX plans to retire its first flight proven, twice flown Falcon 9 rocket first stage as a gift to the Cape, said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. "This one has some historic value," he said on Thursday (March 30) soon after the stage launched and landed, "[so] the Cape might like to have it as something to remember the moment." The stage is one of eight SpaceX has recovered to date and will be the second recovered booster to be put on display.
: A Swiss watchmaker is crowdfunding new timepieces made out of the metal from a Russian rocket. Werenbach on Friday (March 31) launched its Kickstarter project to fund the Earth Collection, a limited edition series of watches, each featuring a dial cut from the flown boosters of the Soyuz MS-02 rocket that lifted off with a crew to the International Space Station in October 2016.