February 2023

Wednesday February 1

All Day
It’s been 20 years since the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

After 17 days in space, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during its return to Earth. The seven astronauts aboard all died: Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David M. Brown, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon and Kalpana Chawla. The disaster led to the decision to retire the remaining space shuttle fleet, transforming American human spaceflight. Read more about the disaster here:Β https://nyti.ms/3vdmKSd

Thursday February 2

All Day
Watch the green comet in night skies

A green-hued comet from the outer solar system, known also asC/2022 E3 (Z.T.F.),is set to swing through Earth’s neighborhood for the first time in 50,000 years. It makes its closest approach on Feb. 2, although the weekend of Jan. 21-22 may also offer favorable viewing opportunities with a pair of binoculars when the new moon creates darker skies.Read more about the green comet here:https://nyti.ms/3Xoiufe

March 2023

Wednesday March 1

All Day
Intuitive Machines may launch a commercial lunar lander mission

NASA has relied on private companies to create new capabilities for the government agency, such as building spacecraft to carry astronauts and cargo to orbit. It is now trying a similar approach for transporting scientific instruments to the moon. A Houston company, Intuitive Machines, may launch its IM-1 mission, using its Nova-C spacecraft to carry payloads to the lunar surface. Intuitive Machines, flying on a SpaceX rocket, says it will launch from March through May. We will provide a more precise launch date for this mission when the company announces one. Read more about the NASA program:Β https://nyti.ms/3Wr1Tqv

Monday March 20

All Day
Vernal equinox

The vernal equinox is one of two points in Earth's orbit where the sun creates equal periods of daytime and nighttime across the globe. Many people mark it as the first day of the spring. See what it looks like from space here:http://nyti.ms/2hL6k0p

Friday March 31

All Day
Japan could launch a space telescope and a small lunar lander mission

A Japanese rocket could launch the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission, or XRISM (pronounced chrism), a space observatory that uses X-ray spectroscopy to study plasma in space. The telescope will help scientists better understand the composition of the universe and how it was formed. Along for the ride will be a moon mission called SLIM, the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon. The 420-pound spacecraft will test lunar landing techniques for future missions. We will provide a more precise launch date for this mission when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announces one.

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