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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. She was the first woman to be awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society for her work.


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On this day in 2011 - March 17th - NASA's Messenger spacecraft went into orbit around Mercury.

Messenger was the first craft ever to orbit Mercury.


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On this day in 1930 - March 17th - Apollo astronaut Jim Irwin was born.

Irwin was the Apollo 15 lunar module pilot and eighth person to walk on the Moon.


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On this day in 1965 - March 18th - the Soviet spacecraft Voskhod 2 was launched.

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to leave a spacecraft for a "spacewalk".


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On this day in 1865 - March 21st - Antonia Maury was born.

The American astronomer was best known for her work at Harvard College Observatory.


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On this day in 1997 - March 22nd - Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth.

The two-tailed comet was probably the most widely observed comet of the twentieth century. It's also known as the Great Comet of 1997.


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On this day in 1749 - March 23rd - Pierre-Simon Laplace was born.

Laplace was a brilliant French mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is sometimes called "France's Newton". He accounted for the observed deviations of planets from their theoretical orbits by applying Newton's theory of gravitation to the problem.


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