Drew Ex Machina 19 Mar 2019, 12:56 UTC Probably one of the more overlooked Apollo missions was that of Apollo 9 launched on March 3, 1969. Coming just a couple of months after the historic voyage of Apollo 8 to the Moon, its mission in low Earth orbit did not seem all that spectacular and generated little public interest even at the time. But this mission, which tested the Lunar Module (LM) in flight with a crew on board for the first time, was a vital stepping stone for the Apollo 11 mission four months later making the successes of this and subsequent Apollo lunar landing missions possible.
SPACE.com 18 Mar 2019, 19:09 UTC Less than three months after the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past a distant, cold space rock, scientists are beginning to piece together the story of how that object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, came to be.
NASA Space Station Blog 18 Mar 2019, 15:19 UTC The Expedition 59 crew is getting ready for the first of three spacewalks just days after the arrival of three new crew members to the International Space Station last week. All six crewmates also reviewed emergency procedures today while the new trio becomes accustomed to life on the orbital lab.
The New York Times 18 Mar 2019, 09:00 UTC Last year, two satellites the size of cereal boxes sped toward Mars as though they were on an invisible track in space. Officially called MarCO A and MarCO B, they were nicknamed Wall-E and EVE, after the animated robots from the Pixar movie, by engineers at NASA. They were just as endearing and vulnerable as their namesakes. The satellites, known as cubesats, were sent to watch over NASA’s larger InSight spacecraft as it attempted a perilous landing on the surface of Mars at the end of November.
Astro Bob 15 Mar 2019, 18:53 UTC Tonight the sun rises over Copernicus, one of the most magnificent craters on the moon. Unlike the gaping potholes waiting to jar your car this season, a smooth ride is guaranteed. At 58 miles (93 km) across and set off by itself like an old oak tree in a big field, it’s easy to see even in binoculars as a bright ring alongside the terminator. The terminator marks the division between day and night on the moon. From new moon to full, as phase of the moon increases, it’s the advancing line of sunrise. After full moon, when the moon’s phase wanes, it’s the advancing line of night.