As March 2023 draws near, there are a number of exciting events happening in space that are sure to capture the attention of space enthusiasts around the world. From the launch of a new space mission to the observation of a rare celestial event, here is a look at some of the most notable space events taking place in March 2023.
On March 5th, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its first mission to the Martian moon Phobos. This mission, called the ExoMars Phobos Sample Return (ESPR), will send a robotic spacecraft to collect samples from the surface of the moon and return them to Earth. This mission is part of the ESA’s broader exploration of the Solar System and is sure to be an exciting event for space fans everywhere.
On March 15th, a rare celestial event will take place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth. This event, known as a transit of Venus, only occurs twice in a century and is a must-see for those interested in astronomy.
On March 25th, the Chinese space agency will launch its first mission to the Moon since 2013. This mission, called Chang’e-7, will be the first Chinese mission to land on the Moon since Chang’e-3 in 2013. The mission is expected to explore the unexplored regions of the Moon and will be a major step forward in China’s space exploration program.
Finally, on March 31st, the Japanese space agency (JAXA) will launch its first mission to the asteroid Ryugu. This mission, called Hayabusa-2, will be the second Japanese mission to the asteroid and will be used to collect samples from the asteroid’s surface.
These are just a few of the exciting space events taking place in March 2023. With so much happening, it’s sure to be an exciting month for space fans everywhere.