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Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #918749
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On this day in 1835 – March 12th – Canadian-American mathematician and astronomer Simon Newcomb was born.

Newcomb made important contributions to international timekeeping and other fields in applied mathematics such as economics and statistics. He was a professor at the United States Naval Observatory and at Johns Hopkins.


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On this day in 1781 – March 13th – William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.

All of the other planets known at that time had been known since antiquity.


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On this day in 1855 – March 13th – Percival Lowell was born.

Lowell was an American businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer. He founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and began the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death. Lowell was also convinced there were canals on Mars.


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On this day in 1855 – March 14th – Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli was born.

Schiaparelli produced the most detailed map of Mars ever published, and it became a standard reference in planetary cartography. When he referred to canali (channels) on Mars, it was translated into English as canals, and Percival Lowell was convinced that there was an advanced civilization on Mars.


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On this day in 1879 – March 14th – Albert Einstein was born.


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On this day in 1935 – March 14th – Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan was born.

Cernan, the commander of Apollo 17, was the last man on the Moon.


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On this day in 2016 – March 14th – part 1 of the ExoMars astrobiology mission was launched.

ExoMars is a joint ESA/Roscosmos mission. The launch of the spacecraft containing ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli lander was successful. (TGO is now in orbit around Mars, but the lander crashed.)


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On this day in 1932 – March 15th – Apollo astronaut Alan Bean was born.

Bean was the Apollo 12 lunar module pilot, and the fourth person to walk on the Moon.


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On this day in 1713 – March 15th – French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille was born.

Lacaille was one of astronomy's greats. He surveyed nearly 10,000 stars in the southern hemisphere, and invented fourteen new constellations still in use today.


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On this day in 1750 – March 16th – Caroline Herschel was born.

Caroline Herschel was an assistant to her brother William. She also discovered eight comets and a number of deep-sky objects. Caroline Herschel was also the first woman to be awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society for her work.


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