Astronomical calendar for March 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — March 1: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the GOES-T weather satellite for NASA and NOAA.

It lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida during the two-hour launch window that opens at 21:38 GMT.

March 2: New Moon at 17:34 GMT.

March 3: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of Starlink broadband Internet satellites from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 17:42 GMT.

March 4: An Arianespace rocket on a Soyuz rocket will launch 36 internet satellites for OneWeb. The OneWeb 14 mission will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 22:41 GMT.

March 12: Conjunction of Venus and Mars. The two planets will be about 4 degrees apart in the dawn sky. Look for a couple in the constellation Capricorn before sunrise.

March 19: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) mission to the Moon from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

March 18: The March Full Moon, known as the Worm Moon, occurs at 07:18 GMT.

March 18: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a crewed Soyuz MS-21 mission to the International Space Station with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveev and Sergei Korsakov. The mission will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 15:55 GMT.

March 20: Spring equinox. Today marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

March 20: NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will embark on its first uncrewed test flight of the Orion crew capsule for the mission known as Artemis 1. The Orion spacecraft will orbit the Moon before returning to Earth for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

March 27-29: Mars, Venus and Saturn form a small triangle in the predawn sky near the waning crescent. Look for the trio in the constellation Capricorn before sunrise.

March 30: Axiom Space will launch Ax-1, the first private mission to the International Space Station. The four crew members will fly to the space station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and stay in orbit for eight days. The mission lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 18:46 GMT.

Also scheduled to launch in March:

The Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for the BlackSky Global earth observation fleet. It will take off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

SpaceX’s Starship may launch on its first orbital test flight from a Starbase facility near the village of Boca Chica in South Texas.

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