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Anniversary of the Launch of the Kepler Space Telescope

On March 7, 2009 the Kepler Space Telescope was launched by NASA to discover Earth-size planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Named after astronomer Johannes Kepler, the spacecraft was put into into orbit around the Sun trailing the Earth. NASA announced its retirement on October 30, 2018 when its fuel was depleted. The telescope […]

World Wildlife Day

March 3 was declared World Wildlife Day in commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES.) Its aim is to ensure that international trade of animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species in the wild. It offers varying degrees of […]

The Loves of Mars and Venus premiers in 1717

On March 2, 1717, The Loves of Mars and Venus premiered in England. It is considered the first modern ballet. Choreographed by John Weaver, the ballet premiered at the Drury Lane Theater in London. The story of the ballet is derived from Greek mythology, although Weaver’s immediate source was Peter Anthony Motteux’s play, The Loves […]