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March 2, 2021

/ 10:15 p.m. CT (0415 GMT Mar 3)


Sign up for dearMoon

: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is seeking eight people to join him on a flight around the moon in 2023. Originally reserved for artists of Maezawa's choosing, now anyone who is creative and is open to collaboration can sign up to be considered for the dearMoon mission. Maezawa is paying for the flight, which will launch on SpaceX's Starship, now under development.


March 3, 2021

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Pole to pole, space and now deep

: A copy of "Hubert's Hair Raising Adventure," a 1959 kids' book, has now become one of the most well-traveled books in history. Astronaut and explorer Richard Garriott has taken the book on all of his adventures, including trips to both poles and to the International Space Station. The book was again with Garriott on Monday (March 1), when he dove to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, becoming the first person to span the planet, orbit and reach the lowest point on Earth.


March 4, 2021

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)


'Project Hail Mary' patch

: In author Andy Weir's new book, "Project Hail Mary," a lone crew member finds himself on a spaceship with no memory of how he got there or what he is to do — until he discovers a crest with a clue. You can get your own "Project Hail Mary" mission patch by being among the first 400 to register for one of six events on Weir's newly-announced virtual book tour.


March 7, 2021

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)


'Good Night Oppy'

: A new documentary will look back at the 15-year journey of a robot on Mars and the bond that grew between the wheeled explorer and the people who built it. Now in production, "Good Night Oppy," from Amazon, Amblin and director Ryan White, will tell the story of NASA's Opportunity rover, with cooperation from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and visual effects created by ILM to transport viewers to the Red Planet, alongside Opportunity.


March 10, 2021

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)


'A Man on the Moon' anew

: The book that the astronauts called the definitive account of the Apollo program, Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon," has now been released as a richly illustrated, two volume set. The Folio Society's "A Man on the Moon" features a new intro by Chaikin and nearly 200 carefully curated photographs, including eight fold-out pages in each volume.


March 10, 2021

/ 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)


Peregrine patch

: Astrobotic has revealed its mission patch for what is set to become the first commercial lunar landing. The Peregrine Mission One (PM1), slated to launch as soon as this year, is represented on the patch by a peregrine falcon, similar to the American bald eagle on the Apollo 11 insignia. The PM1 emblem also includes nods to the NASA and other payloads aboard the Astrobotic lander.


March 11, 2021

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)


Moon Registry

: Twenty-one missions have landed on the moon to date, and even more have impacted the lunar surface. The total record of human heritage on Earth's natural satellite is now being catalogued by the For All Moonkind Moon Registry. The new online resource has entries for all lunar missions and invites the public to help complete the record of every object that rests on the moon.


March 12, 2021

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)


Duct tape tool

: The astronauts on board the International Space Station now have a one-handed tool for dispensing an indispensable item: duct tape. Devised by HUNCH, or High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, the new tape dispenser solves a sticky problem by freeing up one of the crewmember's hands while cutting off strips of duct or Kapton tape. Astronauts use the tape in everyday activities just like on Earth, but also in repairs and to keep items from floating away in microgravity.


March 15, 2021

/ 5:25 a.m. CT (1025 GMT)


Vostok evoked

: Russia's next Soyuz rocket to lift off will sport a new look inspired by the first launch of a cosmonaut 60 years ago. In a rare change of color, the Soyuz-2 is trading its gray and orange paint pattern for a white and blue livery that evokes the frosted-over Vostok booster that Yuri Gagarin rode into space in April 1961. GK Launch Services chose the palette, pulling the blue from in its logo and that of the state space corporation Roscosmos.


March 16, 2021

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)


Cosmonaut Barbie

: Anna Kikina, Russia's only woman in its active cosmonaut corps, now has her very own one-of-a-kind Barbie doll. Mattel chose Kikina for its "You Can Be Whoever You Want" campaign, which uses Barbie dolls styled after role models to inspire young girls to pursue the career of their dreams. The Anna Kikina doll will not be sold, but given away in a contest in celebration of the 60 anniversary of human spaceflight.


March 17, 2021

/ 3:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)


Astronauts' asteroids

: A team of scientists and students associated with NASA's Lucy probe to study Trojan asteroids has named 27 small bodies in the asteroid belt after trail-blazing astronauts. The namesakes include active and former NASA astronauts, Air Force candidates and a Soviet-era cosmonaut of African American, Hispanic and Native American descent. The new designations join about 40 asteroids previously-named for space explorers.


March 18, 2021

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)


8 minutes closer to the moon

: The world's largest rocket stage ignited for a successful, full-duration hot fire on Thursday (March 18), bringing NASA 8 minutes closer to returning astronauts to the moon. The Space Launch System (SLS) core stage burned its four RS-25 engines for the same time they would during a launch but while bolted down on an Apollo-era test stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. With the "Green Run" tests complete, the focus will now turn to launching the Artemis I mission.


March 19, 2021

/ 8:40 p.m. CT (0140 GMT Mar 20)




Glynn Lunney (1936-2021)

: One of NASA's first four flight directors, Glynn Lunney died Friday (March 19) at the age of 84. Lunney joined the agency as the youngest member of the Space Task Group and led the Gemini flight dynamics branch before heading Mission Control as "Black Flight." It was his team that came on console just as Apollo 13 "had a problem." Lunney later held management positions before leaving NASA in 1985 and then worked on the space shuttle at Rockwell and United Space Alliance.


March 22, 2021

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)




LEGO Discovery

: Just in time to mark the 40 years that have passed since the winged spacecraft's first launch, LEGO revealed its new NASA Space Shuttle Discovery set. On sale April 1, the brick-built orbiter is based on Discovery's STS-31 mission, complete with the Hubble Space Telescope. Details include deployable landing gear, moving elevons and a multi-level crew cabin. Designed for adults, astronaut Kathy Sullivan called the set "just super."


March 23, 2021

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)


Delta in the garden

: Two-and-a-half years after lifting off for a final time, the last Delta II has taken root in the iconic rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) retired rocket, with its trademark "Delta Blue" finish, stands out among the mostly black-and-white boosters on display.


March 23, 2021

/ 12:00 p.m. CT (1700 GMT)


'Gagarin' flies again

: Continuing a tradition, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that is set to launch just days before the 60th anniversary of human spaceflight in April has been given the name of the first cosmonaut. The "Yu.A. Gagarin" will fly with cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, together with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, to the International Space Station. The crew's rocket will also be decorated with a 60th anniversary commemorative logo.


March 28, 2021

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


The 'Wright' stuff on Mars

: It has flown to the moon, to Earth orbit and the International Space Station; now a swatch of fabric from the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft is set to take flight again, this time on Mars. Muslin from the Wright brothers' Flyer is attached to NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter, which will soon become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet.


March 30, 2021

/ 6:30 a.m. CT (1130 GMT)


SpaceShip III

: The mirror-like finish on VSS Imagine, Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShip III, serves both as a thermal coating and reflects "our inherent human fascination with space." Revealed Tuesday (March 30), the new ship and its next-to-be-built sister ship, "VSS Inspire," feature a more modular design than the previous SpaeShipTwo in an effort by Virgin Galactic to increase its flight rate.


March 30, 2021

/ 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT)


Four for Inspiration4

: An analog astronaut and a former Space Camp counselor will join a billionaire and a pediatric cancer survivor on the crew of the first all-civilian spaceflight. Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski won seats aboard the SpaceX Dragon that will launch with benefactor Jared Isaacman and St. Jude's physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux. The Inspiration4 mission will orbit the planet for 3 days at an altitude above the International Space Station.



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