Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 29.06.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Juno vs. Cassini: Battle of the Planetary Probes
Two of NASA’s most sophisticated probes are circling two of the solar system’s most fascinating planets. Juno arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and will study the giant planet until February 2018….
Space News Webcasts: Used SpaceX Rocket Launching Bulgarian...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that has launched once before will make its second flight Friday, June 23, to launch BulgariaSat-1 from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,…
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches & Lands Again (BulgariaSat-1 Mission)
Launch Updates: http://spaceflight101.com/falcon-9-bulgariasat-1/ A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday at 19:10 UTC,…
SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving...
June 23, 2017 by William Graham SpaceX launched Bulgaria’s first communications satellite on Friday – the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days – via the company’s second…
SpaceX Doubleheader Part 2 - Falcon 9 set for Iridium NEXT-2...
June 24, 2017 by William Graham Just over two days after its successful launch of BulgariaSat-1, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will make another launch Sunday to carry ten Iridium-NeXT…
Iridium-2 Launch Webcast
SpaceX is targeting launch of Iridium-2 from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The instantaneous launch window is at 1:25 p.m. PDT, or 20:25 UTC,…
Liftoff! SpaceX Nails Second Launch in Three Days
SpaceX nailed its second launch in three days today (June 25) with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 satellites owned by Iridium…
Jupiter: Juno Perijove 06
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran Music by Ligeti Original: https://youtu.be/AuOy-shbQuM More Jupiter: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1dt5Mz More space stuff, mostly Mars:…
Kia Ora SOFIA: fliegende Sternwarte wieder in Neuseeland zu Gast
Stratosphären-Observatorium von DLR und NASA erforscht mit drei Instrumenten den Südhimmel Landung von SOFIA am Flughafen Christchurch Am 23. Juni 2017 um 1:05 Uhr mitteleuropäischer…
SOFIA: Kia Ora für das Flugzeugteleskop
Kia Ora – so begrüßen die Māori, das indigene Volk Neuseelands, traditionell ihre Gäste. Am 23. Juni 2017 um 1.05 Uhr MESZ (11:05 Uhr Ortszeit) war es wieder einmal Zeit für diese…
Elon Musk Publishes Plans for Colonizing Mars
Elon Musk has put his Mars-colonization vision to paper, and you can read it for free. SpaceX’s billionaire founder and CEO just published the plan, which he unveiled at a conference in…
What`s Elon Musk`s Plan For Life On Mars?
If you know Elon Musk like we know Elon Musk-that is, creepily obsessed from a distance-you know how passionate he is about colonizing Mars. In his own words, „I would like to die on Mars….


Feature – Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Overview
After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. Between April and September 2017, Cassini will…
Countdown to Cassini`s Grand Finale
After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini-Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the…
NASA at Saturn: Cassini`s Grand Finale
The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Where is Cassini Now?
The maximum speed clocked by Cassini was 98,346 mph (44 kilometers per second) relative to the sun on June 25, 1999. Relative to Saturn, the spacecraft reached 68,771 mph (30.7 kilometers…
Cassini Significant Events 6/07/17 - 6/13/17
Cassini Significant Events 6/07/17 – 6/13/17 Cassini traveled from apoapsis to apoapsis this week, starting and completing its Orbit #278 of Saturn. From the top of its ellipse on…
`Crashing` into Saturn: Cassini`s mission and its grand finale
Just under 20 years ago, the magnificent result of 17 countries‘ expertise, collaboration and tireless effort took to the skies from Cape Canaveral, USA, in one of the most ambitious…
Witness Cassini`s Finale at Saturn Live from JPL
Social media users may apply for access to a two-day event culminating in the triumphant end of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn after nearly 20 years in space. Up to 25 selected…

International Spacestation (ISS) / Internationale Raumstation

Crew Explores Cardiac Research and Tiny Satellites Today
The Expedition 52 trio worked throughout Friday on human research studying cardiac biology and the microbes that live on humans. Tiny satellites inside the International Space Station were…
Crew Studies Bone Loss Reversal and Unloads New Cargo
Expedition 52 is continuing to explore a new drug therapy today that may keep humans healthier in space. The trio onboard the International Space Station also worked on standard maintenance…
Crew Researching Mice and Microbes to Understand Human Impacts
The three orbiting crew members living on the International Space Station today explored the effects of microgravity on mice and microbes to understand how living in space impacts humans….
SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 Rocket Photobomb Each Other`s Selfies...
It’s official: SpaceX’s rockets and spaceships have caught the selfie bug in the final frontier. When SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station this month, the…
Farewell, ROSA! Space Station Lets Go of Roll-Out Solar Array...
After a week of tests on the end of the International Space Station’s robotic arm, the Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) was safely jettisoned. While the rollable solar panel unfurled…
@space_station: After a successful week of Roll...
After a successful week of Roll Out Solar Array research, ROSA is jettisoned after the array failed to retract. https://t.co/9drcEknqKt https://t.co/nI6FxHnHYK
Dragon Packing Ahead of Weekend Departure
Onboard the International Space Station today, the Expedition 52 crew continued packing the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship for its departure Sunday morning. The crew is loading Dragon all week…
Dragon Packing and BEAM Checks Onboard Station Today
The Expedition 52 crew is loading the SpaceX Dragon with cargo for return back to Earth in less than two weeks. BEAM, the experimental habitat, also received a new radiation shield today…
Aging and Heart Research Lead Station Science Today
Expedition 52 explored the aging process in space today and measured the lighting conditions on the International Space Station. The crew is also getting spacesuits ready for an upcoming…
Cargo Ship Ready for Launch as Robotic Arm Unloads Dragon...
Russia’s Progress 67 (67P) cargo craft stands at its launch pad in Kazakhstan ready for liftoff Wednesday at 5:20 a.m. EDT. NASA TV will broadcast the launch live from the Baikonur…
Russian Rocket Launches on Two-Day Cargo Delivery to Station
Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 cargo craft launched at 5:20 a.m. EDT (3:20 p.m. local time…
Russian Cargo Craft Delivers Over Three Tons of Supplies
Traveling about 250 miles over the Philippine Sea, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 Russian cargo ship docked at 7:37 a.m. EDT to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module of the International…

Earth / Erde

Planetary Defense
The Planetary Society recognizes the threat that asteroids and comets-known as Near-Earth Objects (NEOs)-represent. While an asteroid strike could have devastating effects, the good news is…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Colorful Clouds on Jupiter by Juno
As NASA’s Juno spacecrafts zoomed away from Jupiter after its seventh close pass, it captured image data of the planet’s south polar region using the probe’s JunoCam instrument. By…
Stunning Juno Approach Video shows Cosmic Ballet of Jupiter`s...
NASA celebrated the successful orbital insertion of the Juno spacecraft Monday night, becoming the second to enter orbit around the Gas Giant after the Galileo mission flown in the 1990s….
Juno Flies by Earth and Moon (music by Vangelis)
When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016,…
Moon Mining Mission To Be Launched By Private Company For First...
One private company is aiming to be the first to mine for materials on the moon – and they want it to happen in just a few years. Privately owned Moon Express said it planned to have a…
NASA Eyes Close-Up Mission to Uranus, Neptune
New NASA mission ideas would study the gassy environments of Uranus and Neptune, two planets on the edge of the solar system that spacecraft have visited only once. The agency has several…
No, NASA Hasn`t Found Alien Life
NASA is not preparing to drop an alien-life bombshell, despite what you may have heard. Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on YouTube suggesting that the space agency is…
Mars Science Laboratory: Curiosity Mission Updates
Written by Abigail Fraeman on This past weekend, Curiosity continued to journey east along the contact between the lower portion of Vera Rubin Ridge and the Murray formation with a drive…
Wäre es vernünftig, Treibstoff und Nahrung für eine...
Wäre es vernünftig, Treibstoff und Nahrung für eine Marsmission vorauszuschicken?
Catalog Page for PIA21614
Dawn’s mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…
Catalog Page for PIA21411
Dawn’s mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…

Cosmos / Kosmos

Artificial brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars
With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key…
New Branch in Exoplanet Family Tree
This sketch illustrates a family tree of exoplanets. Planets are born out of swirling disks of gas and dust called protoplanetary disks. The disks give rise to giant planets like Jupiter as…
NASA`s Kepler Space Telescope Finds Hundreds of New Exoplanets,...
This story was updated at 2:45 p.m. EDT. NASA has unveiled the complete set of data from the first four years of the agency’s Kepler Space Telescope mission, which stared at a single patch…

Politics / Politik

Die ESA und die Europäische Raumfahrtindustrie bündeln ihre...
Die ESA und die Europäische Raumfahrtindustrie bündeln ihre Kräfte für die Initiative „Satelliten für 5G“ Unterzeichnung der gemeinsamen Erklärung zur Initiative „Satelliten für…
Grünes Licht für europäisches Weltraumteleskop PLATO
ESA-Mission PLATO für die Suche nach extrasolaren Planeten erreicht nächsten Meilenstein PLATO schlägt ein neues Kapitel der Suche nach Exoplaneten auf Seit 1995 wurden über…
ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025 -...
Europe’s Space Rider reusable spaceplane is three years or so from its debut, but the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle. ESA officials…
Congress Pushes Back (Again) On Trump`s NASA Budget Cuts
„Trump proposed a substantial cut for NASA in his FY2018 budget request — from the $19.653 billion provided by Congress in FY2017 to $19.092 billion for FY2018 and the same total for each…

Technology / Technologie

SpaceX Is Set for 3rd Falcon 9 Launch in Less Than 10 Days
This Sunday (July 2), SpaceX is scheduled to launch its third Falcon 9 rocket in just under 10 days, following launches on June 23 and 25. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off from Launch…
@spaceflight101: Ariane5 successfully lifts two...
Ariane5 successfully lifts two Telecommunications Satellites for three Operators – https://t.co/vpiMZOtzzt
Ariane 5 is cleared for its June 28 launch with Hellas Sat...
Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Flight VA237 with Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN and GSAT-17 is approved for liftoff on June 28.
Ariane 6 bekommt neuen Schub
Produktion der neuen Vinci-Schubkammer in Ottobrunn angelaufen Schubkammer – Herz des Vinci-Triebwerks Das Herz des gesamten Triebwerks – die Schubkammer – wird im bayerischen Ottobrunn…
Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 undock, enter free flight phase
China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft and the Tiangong-2 space lab have undocked in orbit following two successful tests of rendezvous and on-orbit refuelling procedures, and have entered a…
Chinese Tianzhou-1 Cargo Craft & Tiangong-2 Space Lab engage in...
China’s Tiangong-2 space laboratory and Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft spent five hours apart on Monday in a deliberate maneuver to undock the resupply ship and fly it around the ‚Heavenly…
Eine Rakete, 31 Satelliten - und was für welche!
Nach Monaten Konfusion und immer wieder neuen Startterminen steht es nun auf dem First Launch Pad des Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR im indischen Sriharikota und wird bereits betankt: das…
ROBEX Teil 1: Mission in der Lava-Landschaft
Der Weg zum Mond ist heute beschwerlich – immer hinter einem Schwertransporter her, der sich langsam und behäbig durch die engen und kurvigen Straßen oberhalb vom sizilianischen Catania…
ROBEX Teil 2: Ein Lander auf dem Serviertisch
500. 350. Und 80. Das sind am Freitag die Zahlen, die den Takt vorgeben. 500 Kilogramm wiegt der Lander. 350 Meter liegen zwischen seinem alten und seinem zukünftigen Standort, an den er…
ROBEX Teil 3: Hammerschläge für die Wissenschaft
Für die Planetenforscher des Projekts ROBEX ist der Ätna ganz nah am Mond: Hier gibt es vulkanisch-basaltisches Material in Mengen, dessen Entstehung dem Mondmaterial ähnlich ist. Hinzu…
Deutsche Satellitenkommunikations-Mission
DLR und OHB System AG unterzeichnen Vertrag für Bau, Test und Start des Satelliten Vertragsunterzeichnung zur Heinrich Hertz-Mission Am 28. Juni 2017 unterzeichneten Dr. Gerd Gruppe,…
The Mars Robot Making Decisions on Its Own
Here’s how Curiosity’s cameras see the Martian landscape with AEGIS. The targets outlined in blue were rejected, the red are potential candidates. The best targets are filled in with green,…
MUSES Facility Enables Investigation Opportunities For Future...
The Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) will inspire and enable numerous branches of research and science through its ability to support many different kinds of…
Lunar Laser Link: Virtual Reality from the Moon
The world’s first laser communication link … from the Moon! A laser communications terminal on a private firm’s upcoming mission to the Moon has been announced during this week’s Paris…
NASA`s Webb Telescope Gets Freezing Summertime Lodging in Houston
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A on June 20, 2017, to prepare for its final three months of testing in a cryogenic vacuum that…

World / Welt

Air Force budget reveals how much SpaceX undercuts launch prices
In 2014, the US Government Accountability Office issued a report on cost estimates for the US Air Force’s program to launch national security payloads, which at the time consisted of a…
ESOC by the numbers
ESA’s mission control centre has operated 77 spacecraft since 1967. ESOC missions have arrived at comets, flown past asteroids, orbited other planets, peered deep into our Universe and kept…
Treating Space Access As A Consumer Product
SpaceX’s final Falcon 9 design coming this year, two Falcon Heavy launches next year, SpaceNews „We are flying Block 3s right now,“ Shotwell said. „Block 4s start flying shortly, and then…
Astronaut Dan Inspires Cork Public at Space Studies Program...
Crowds of excited space enthusiasts descended on Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) on Tuesday evening for the International Space University’s annual Gerald D. Soffen Memorial Lecture….
Stephen Hawking: Humans Should Ride a Beam of Light to Other...
Humanity should focus its efforts on exploring other worlds that we might inhabit, and to get there, Earthlings may need to ride on a beam of light, famed physicist Stephen Hawking says….
Deutsche Astronauten und ihre Missionen - DLR Portal
Elf Deutsche wurden bisher in das Europäische Astronautenkorps berufen und forschten während verschiedener Missionen im Weltall.
A commercial astronaut training site and its massive pool are...
If you’re an astronaut – or just a lover of outer space – these are nervous times to be in the UK. The vote for Britain to leave the European Union has potentially scuppered Britain’s…

Science / Wissenschaft

Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission...
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class…
Susan Thompson Talks About Creating Kepler Planet Catalogs
A conversation with Susan Thompson, Kepler research scientist for the SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
Kepler Has Taught Us That Rocky Planets Are Common
Rocky planets are probably a whole lot more common in our galaxy than astronomers previously believed – according to the latest release of Kepler Space Telescope data last week – a scenario…

History / Geschichte

This Beautiful Short Film Recreates the Moon Landing Using...
There’s no shortage of archival film footage of the moon landing-arguably one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But graphic designer Christian Stangl didn’t use any of it to create this…
Today in Space! June 24, 1999: Cassini Flies by Venus
Welcome to „Today in Space,“ where we peer back in our archives to find great moments in spaceflight and astronomy. So enjoy a blast from the past with Space.com’s Hanneke Weitering to look…
Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years.
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