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March 1, 2022

/ 3:45 p.m. CT (2145 GMT)

From moonwatch to debris track:

Omega, which is famous for making the first watch worn on the moon, is now providing its time keeping skills toward tracking of every item in orbit. Omega has partnered with Privateer on the launch of Wayfinder, an open-access and near real-time visualization of satellites and debris. Led in part by the co-founder of Apple, Privateer is working to enhance the way data is collected and processed about space objects.

March 2, 2022

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

LEGO launches Artemis sets:

LEGO has released four new sets inspired by NASA's Artemis program. The kits include a LEGO version of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, a lunar space station based on the Gateway, a lunar research base and a lunar roving vehicle. Each set highlights its real-world inspiration, while adding elements of play designed to engage children (of all ages). Some of the kits include astronaut minifigures of the same style launching on NASA's Artemis I mission to the moon.

March 8, 2022

/ 1:30 p.m. CT (1930 GMT)

Scobee Space Medal of Honor:

Fallen NASA astronaut Francis "Dick" Scobee will be memorialized with a new $2.5 million exhibit about his life and his posthumous Congressional Space Medal of Honor at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of the late space shuttle Challenger commander, joined her family in presenting the award to the center on Tuesday (March 8).

March 10, 2022

/ 5:25 p.m. CT (2325 GMT)

Armstrong Air & Space medallions:

Brass and silver medallions are now available from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum marking the monument's 50th anniversary serving as a tribute to the world's first moonwalker. The limited edition commemoratives feature an engraving of the moon base-inspired museum located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, hometown of the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong.

March 15, 2022

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

340 days and counting:

Six years (to the month) after Scott Kelly claimed the title for the single longest space mission by a U.S. astronaut, his record of 340 days, 8 hours and 42 minutes was set to be broken. Mark Vande Hei, a NASA astronaut on board the International Space Station, floats past Kelly's time on Tuesday (March 15), on his way to flight lasting just 10 days shy of a year.

March 17, 2022

/ 10:15 p.m. CT (0315 GMT Mar 18)

Rocket rollout:

NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket emerged from the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the first time on Thursday (March 17), beginning its overnight rollout to the launchpad. The debut of the Artemis I rocket evoked a similar scene 56 years ago when the first Saturn V rolled out of the same building. Both vehicles' first moves represented a major step towards missions to the moon.

March 18, 2022

/ 11:05 a.m. CT (1605 GMT)

Soyuz MS-21 launches:

For the first time in more than 20 years, a Soyuz spacecraft has launched into orbit with only Russian career cosmonauts on board. Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov lifted off on Soyuz MS-21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan for the International Space Station. The launch marked the 150th flight of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft since 1967.

March 21, 2022

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2130 GMT)

Sally Ride in circulation:

The United States Mint on Monday (March 21) began shipping a new coin honoring Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to launch into space. Part of the new American Women Quarters program, the Dr. Sally Ride 25-cent piece should start regularly appearing in circulation by mid- to late-April. The U.S. Mint is also selling numismatic items featuring the Ride quarter, though early demand has claimed a number of the products in advance.

March 23, 2022

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)

'Freedom' to fly again:

The astronauts set to fly on SpaceX's next new Crew Dragon spacecraft have named their ride "Freedom." According to commander Kjell Lindgren, the name is a nod to "Freedom 7," which lifted off with Alan Shepard on the first U.S. spaceflight in 1961. "We are honored to bring Freedom to a new generation!"

March 24, 2022

/ 12:20 p.m. CT (1720 GMT)

Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch:

Fifty years after it was first worn on the moon, Omega's Speedmaster Professional is crossing a new frontier: the consumer market. Launching on Saturday (March 26), the MoonSwatch offers the look of the Moonwatch with a more affordable price tag. The new collection includes 11 open-edition models, each in a color palette inspired by the bodies in our solar system.

March 28, 2022

/ 11:55 p.m. CT (0455 GMT Mar 29)

Contingency sale:

Four years after a lunar sample return bag sold for $1.8 million, the microscopic moon dust that was found inside the bag is heading to auction. Bonhams will offer what it is calling "the first lunar sample collected by humanity" (or particles thereof) as a part of its Space History Sale to be held on April 13 in New York. The specks, which were released by NASA after a series of lawsuits, are estimated to sell for $800,000 to $1.2 million.

March 29, 2022

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)

40 years of M&M's in space:

Four decades after they claimed the "first candy in space," the company that makes M&M's appears to be confused about its space history. From a popular print ad to a store display at Disney, Mars Inc. has said that its M&M's first lifted off with the first space shuttle crew in 1981. NASA's and Mars' own records show differently, though, with the real first launch on board the third flight of orbiter Columbia 40 years ago this month.

March 30, 2022

/ 7:05 a.m. CT (1205 GMT)

Soyuz MS-19 lands:

Russia's Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft returned to Earth on Wednesday (Mar 30), bringing cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov home with astronaut Mark Vande Hei. The landing demonstrated that cooperation in space continues even as tensions grow over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Vande Hei set a record for the longest single mission by an American, logging 355 days living and working on the International Space Station.

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