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02 Mar 15  

 Curt Michel, Scientist-Astronaut Who Left NASA After Losing the Moon, Dies at 80 SPACE.com
F. Curt Michel, an astrophysicist who was among NASA's first scientist-astronauts but who resigned after it became clear he would not fly to the moon, died Feb. 23, 2015. He was 80.
 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit SPACE.com
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
 Dwarf Planet Ceres to Be Revealed in 'Stunning Detail' by NASA Probe SPACE.com
NASA's Dawn probe is scheduled to slip into orbit around Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) Friday, wrapping up a deep-space chase that lasted two-and-a-half years.
 Dawn Over Ceres - NASA Probe To Arrive At Dwarf Planet | Images and Visualization SPACE.com
Inserted into Ceres orbit on March 6th, 2015, the Dawn mission has been sending progressively better imagery to Earth since December 2014. Ceres is by far the largest body in the Main Belt of asteroids.
 4 NASA Satellites to Seek Energy Eruptions in Earth's Magnetic Field SPACE.com
In less than two weeks, NASA will launch a new group of satellites to study the sometimes beautiful, sometimes dangerous phenomenon of magnetic reconnection. This energetic event can wreak havoc on satellites and power grids, or create amazing auroras.
 Disney's 'Miles from Tomorrowland': A Space Romp for Kids with Real Science SPACE.com
A new animated show from Disney is letting the imaginations of the little space fans of tomorrow run wild through the far reaches of the universe, and it's even trying to teach them a little space science along the way.
 Best Night Sky Events of March 2015 (Sky Maps) SPACE.com
See what's up in the night sky for March 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
 5 Cool Things We Saw at the 2015 Toy Fair SPACE.com
Space.com attended this year's Toy Fair to find the best space-based toys on the market. Here are some of the most awesome things we saw there.
 Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres Not Explained Yet | Video SPACE.com
NASA's Dawn Mission sent back the best imagery yet showing many craters and unusual bright spots. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists believe they reveal how the planet "formed and whether its surface is changing."
 SpaceX Rocket Launches 2 Communications Satellites Into Orbit (Video) SPACE.com
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a pair of communications satellites to space yesterday (March 1), and you can see amazing videos and photos of the liftoff.
 Four Probes to 'Catch' Gigantic Energy Bursts In Space | Video SPACE.com
In NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, 4 identical space craft will study 'magnetic reconnection' when magnetic fields lines from the Sun cross paths with Earth releasing bursts of energy toward the ground.
 SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches ABS/Eutelsat-1 Satellites | Video SPACE.com
The ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Mar. 1st, 2015.
 NASA Administrator Lauds Senator Mikulski for Championing America’s Space Program NASA Breaking News
Statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday’s announcement by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski of her plan to retire from Congress in 2016.
 NASA Astronauts on Space Station to Speak Live with Dallas Students NASA Breaking News
NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will speak with students and faculty from the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas at 12:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. CST) Thursday, March 5.
 NASA Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival NASA Breaking News
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6.
 Russia Will Spin-Off ISS Parts for New Space Station SPACE.com
Russia says it will support U.S. plans to keep the International Space Station operating through 2024, but then wants to split off three still-to-be launched modules to form a new orbital outpost.
 Amazing Photo of Green Comet Lovejoy Captured by Dark Energy Camera SPACE.com
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile snapped a spectacular photo of Comet Lovejoy, formally known as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on Dec. 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey.
 March Skywatching: Spot the Celestial Ship Argo SPACE.com
As the calendar shifts into March, skywatchers' ship will really come in. The ship in question is the constellation Argo Navis, which can be seen at around 10 or 11 p.m. local time throughout March, low in the night sky near the southern horizon.
 Simulating space for JWST ESA Space Science news

Space Science Image of the Week: Instruments for JWST have been tested in a vacuum chamber to ensure they can withstand the intense cold of space
01 Mar 15  

 Astronauts Add Antennas, Cables to Space Station in 3rd Spacewalk SPACE.com
The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.