Time to spring ahead

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Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney honored Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts with an award for his life achievements in a ceremony on Friday, March 3. The event featured 12 writers of the Boys and Girls Club, who recently penned the new children’s book “Derrick Pitts, Astronomy Superstar.”

Out of the new administration comes a directive that NASA initiate a study to determine if the first test flight of NASA’s new heavy-lift launch vehicle, scheduled for late 2018, can be converted into a manned circumnavigation of the moon in 2019. Meanwhile, SpaceX has announced its plan to send two paying astro-tourists on a one-week flight around the moon next year.

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