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On this day in 1934 - March 9th - Yuri Gagarin was born.

Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was the first person to orbit the Earth.


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On this day in 1977 - March 10th - rings were discovered around the planet Uranus.

The rings were found by a team of astronomers who were using the occultation by Uranus of star SAO 158687 to study the planet's atmosphere.


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On this day in 1811 - March 11th - French mathematician and astronomer Urbain LeVerrier was born.

LeVerrier's calculations enabled the Berlin Observatory to discover the planet Neptune.


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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.

He was the first person in history to discover a new planet.


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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.


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

Einstein is definitely a man who needs no introduction.


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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 and others were convinced that there was an advanced civilization on Mars.


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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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