Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.07.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Juno Reveals Solar System`s Largest Storm Like Never Seen Before
Last Monday, July 10, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot for the first time, providing the closest views ever of this gigantic storm system which is much…
NASA Juno Captures Jupiter`s Great Red Spot Like Never Before
NASA’s faraway Juno spacecraft had its eighth close encounter with Jupiter this week and has since sent back spectacular imagery and a treasure trove of data looking at Jupiter’s most…
JunoCam : Processing | First raw Pictures from Fly By
JunoCam : Processing | First raw Pictures from Fly By
Download raw imagery from JunoCam and upload your processed imagery to the gallery!
Raumsonde Juno: Tiefflug über den Großen Roten Fleck
Größer als die Erde, stellt der Große Rote Fleck auf Jupiter eines der größten Rätsel des Riesenplaneten dar. Der Wirbelsturm wird seit rund 300 Jahren auf Jupiter beobachtet, aber…
NASA`s Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter`s Great Red...
This science pass offered front-row seats to the planet’s most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot.
NASA Reviews Options for Dawn Extended Mission
WASHINGTON – NASA expects to make a decision within the next two months whether to keep the Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the largest body in the main asteroid belt or have it fly past…
SOFIA to Make Advance Observations of Next New Horizons Flyby...
On July 10, researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will attempt to study the environment around a distant Kuiper Belt Object, 2014 MU69, which…
SOFIA In Right Place At Right Time to Study New Horizons` Flyby...
NASA’s airborne observatory, SOFIA, was in the right place at the right time to study the environment around a distant Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for…
GAIA WISHES NEW HORIZONS SUCCESS
GAIA WISHES NEW HORIZONS SUCCESS
After its successful visit to Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons mission is currently on its way to its next flyby target, a Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69. On 1 January 2019, the spacecraft will be passing MU69 …
NASA Pluto Probe`s Next Target May Actually Be `Swarm` of Objects
The frigid, faraway body that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zoom by 18 months from now may actually be a cluster of small objects, new observations suggest. New Horizons – which…
The Case of the Dog that Didn`t Bark in the Night
Last month I was part of a big observing campaign to catch an occultation of 2014MU69. It was an adventure on many different levels and the whole process was fascinating (not always fun,…
@sofiatelescope: We`re going to search for rings or...
We’re going to search for rings or debris around @NASANewHorizons‘ next flyby object: https://t.co/PoGOc0Qi8L #mu69occ #NASA747 https://t.co/4LWybBTc8w
Zwergplanet in Opposition - Pluto und die Ziele dahinter
Inzwischen hat die Sonde schon mehr als die Hälfte des Weges zum nächsten Ziel zurückgelegt: Am Neujahrstag 2019 soll „New Horizons“ 2014 MU69 passieren. Über dieses Trans-Neptun-Objekt…
An Unexpected Journey to the Southern Hemisphere?
Normally my work life is not too exciting from an outdoors adventure standpoint. I mostly sit behind a computer writing code, writing papers, writing proposals, and writing recommendation…
Raketenmitflug: DLR-Forschungsrakete Mapheus-6
Sechs Minuten und 19 Sekunden lang schwebten die Experimente an Bord der Forschungsrakete Mapheus-6 in der Schwerelosigkeit, die vom Raketenstartplatz Esrange in Nord-Schweden startete. An…

Feature – Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Timeline
Cassini is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration. A joint endeavour of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, Cassini is a sophisticated spacecraft exploring the…
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: 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…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Orbit Guide
In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits – the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission – the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of miles per hour…
Cassini Significant Events 6/28/17 - 7/04/17
Many, but not all, members of the Cassini Flight Team in the U.S. were able to take a few days off during a weekend combined with a Fourth-of-July holiday. The spacecraft cooperated, and…
Cassini`s latest dive through Saturn`s rings reveals spectacular...
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Dawn at Saturn | EarthSky.org
The Cassini spacecraft – which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004 and is now in its final year – captured this image of the planet with its wide-angle camera on February 25, 2017. Cassini…
The 7 Biggest Mysteries of Saturn
Author Bio Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space…
Saturn`s moon Titan could be a great landing spot for future...
One of #Saturn’s largest moons, Titan, is one of the most popular moons in the region because it is said to have the right chemistry for life. But today, it was discovered that the moon…
Halfway Home
Time is running out for Cassini. In April, the Cassini spacecraft began the mission’s Grand Finale – a series of 22 dives through the 1,500-mile (2,000-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its…
Dawn`s Early Light
Photojournal: PIA21336 The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet’s wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings. The light has traveled around 80 minutes since it…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Weekly Recap (07/03/2017) From the Expedition Lead Scientist
Expedition 52 is hard at work 200-plus miles above us! Catch this week’s research highlights here.
Alexander Gerst`s Earth timelapses (2017 reissue)
This is a reissue of Alexander Gerst’s highly popular Earth timelapses clip, originally published in December 2014. In line with ESA’s Open Access Policy, a new soundtrack has been added…
Crew Studies Space Impacts on Humans and Tech
Expedition 52 continued exploring today how microgravity impacts humans and technology to improve future spaceflight and benefit life on Earth. The trio also conducted an array of…
Magnetic Cell Studies and AC Repairs on Orbit Today
The orbiting Expedition 52 trio continued exploring magnetized cell structures today and worked on advanced repair tasks. Also, a new crew is in Moscow getting ready for its launch in less…
@astro_alex: Heute zum ersten Mal meinen neuen...
Heute zum ersten Mal meinen neuen #Raumanzug anprobiert. 2 Std unter 0.4 bar Druck, so lernt man sich kennen… 😉 #HORIZONS #Soyuz-MS09
Squeezing Innovation Out of the NASA Twins Study
Squeezing Innovation Out of the NASA Twins Study: Pipetting and Cell Isolation in Space
Crew Researches Exercise, Protein Crystals and High Temps
A pair of astronauts explored new space exercise techniques today to stay healthy and fit on long duration missions. The crew also observed protein crystals and high temperatures to…
Expedition 52
NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the…
New Crew in Final Training Before Late July Launch
Three new Expedition 52 crew members are in Star City, Russia, this week completing final exams ahead of their July 28 launch to the International Space Station. After launch, they’ll take…
Crew Starts Week with Emergency Drill and Magnetic Cell Study
The three Expedition 52 crew members practiced evacuating the International Space Station today in the unlikely event of an emergency. The trio also set up an advanced life science study…

Earth / Erde

Defenders of Planet Earth: Asteroid Hunters Scour Night Skies...
To commemorate last week’s celebration of Asteroid Day on June 30, NASA released three videos that describe the hunt for potentially dangerous asteroids. The short videos discuss the…
If Earth Were 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here
To many people, mankind’s „giant leap“ is synonymous with Neil Armstrong’s „small step“ onto the surface of the Moon. NASA astronaut, chemical engineer, and renaissance man Donald Pettit…
Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path
Thanks to LRO and NASA Earth topography data, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date.
Proceedings | 7th European Conference on Space Debris
At the south end of the Altiplano plateu in the central Andes, lies Bolivia’s Salar de Uynui, captured here in an image from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite on…
Trillion-Ton Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded, packing about a trillion tons of ice or enough to fill up two Lake Eries, has just split off from Antarctica, in a much anticipated, though not…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

See Juno Probe`s Amazing Up-Close Views of Jupiter`s Great Red...
You can now feast your eyes on the first up-close photos of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot ever taken. On Monday night (July 10), NASA’s Juno spacecraft zoomed just 5,600 miles (9,000…
Jupiter: Der Große Rote Fleck im Visier
Der Große Rote Fleck ist ein riesiger ovaler Wolkenwirbel, der mindestens schon seit Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts bekannt ist. Manche glauben sogar, dass er bereits Ende des 17….
Forscher rätseln über roten Fleck am Jupiter
Bilder aus dem Weltraum sind immer beeindruckend, aber diese ganz besonders: Der „Große Rote Fleck“ auf dem Gas-Planeten Jupiter sieht aus wie ein Kunstwerk mit spektakulären Farben, ein…
NASA`s Juno craft all set for historic close encounter with...
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech New Delhi: NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make its sixth flyby over Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops on Monday – this time concentrating on the planet’s Great…
Catalog Page for PIA21773
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers…
Catalog Page for PIA21772
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers…
Catalog Page for PIA21395
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers…
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination | Mars...
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain’s slope. Since before…
Junger Vulkanismus und hydrothermale Minerale auf dem Mars
DLR-Planetenforscher entdeckt in Kooperation mit internationalen Wissenschaftlern Vulkanismus im Inneren der Valles Marineris auf dem Mars. Die Studie geht davon aus, dass die Vulkankegel…
Will Mars Go Mute? NASA`s Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long...
A cry for help has come from planetary scientists pleading for a Next Mars Orbiter-or NeMO for short. Researchers say the spacecraft fleet currently orbiting the Red Planet are aging and…
@netti811: Die Chromosphäre vom 7.Juli 2017...
Die Chromosphäre vom 7.Juli 2017 via SDO im Timelapse Video https://t.co/fEcNGKmIgS
ESA Science & Technology: BepiColombo
The quest to win a $30 million race to the moon is just the first part of Moon Express‘ grand plan. The Florida-based company is developing an entire family of spacecraft designed to help…
Uranus May Have Odd, Strobe-Like Magnetic Field
The planet Uranus just keeps getting weirder. The icy gas world that strangely orbits the sun on its side may also have a wonky magnetic field that constantly flickers on and off, new…
VMC data archive
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers…
Saturn`s `Potato` Moon Epimetheus Bears Scars of Past Collisions...
It’s a hard-knock life for Saturn’s moon Epimetheus. The pale-gray moon, which NASA’s website describes as „potato-shaped,“ is covered in craters from eons of merciless collisions with…
Catalog Page for PIA21413
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…
Lutetia and Saturn
At a distance of 36000km the OSIRIS Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) took this image catching the planet Saturn in the background.
VMC data archive
Tweet Welcome to the VMC RAW data archive The files are arranged in folders (Year/Month) as zip archives, oldest to newest, with one archive for each individual observation. Scroll below…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Hubble`s Hidden Galaxy
Although IC 342 is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way’s disk, thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dust.
Hubble pushed beyond limits to spot clumps of new stars in...
Hubble pushed beyond limits to spot clumps of new stars in distant galaxy
`Fireworks` Images from Hubble Telescope Capture Stars Forming...
A natural magnifying glass has sharpened images captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, revealing a distant galaxy that contradicts existing theories about early star formation. By…

Politics / Politik

Pence Calls for Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Trump administration will seek a heavier emphasis on human-spaceflight efforts, including crewed missions to the moon and Mars, Vice President Mike Pence said…
Congressional Committee Proposes US Military Establish a...
A staple element of science fiction may soon become reality as a congressional committee has proposed the creation of a new branch of the United States military – one dedicated to defending…

Technology / Technologie
Photos & Video: Soyuz Rocket rolls to Baikonur Launch Pad for...
A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket with Fregat-M upper stage rolled out to Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 11, 2017 in preparation for liftoff with a total of 73…
JAXA, NASA approve replacement for failed Hitomi astronomy...
The Japanese space agency is moving ahead with a smaller-scale X-ray astronomy satellite to replace the failed Hitomi observatory, which spun out of control about a month-and-a-half after…
DARPA Trying to Launch Smallsat Experiment on an Indian Rocket
WASHINGTON – Citing delays with its original launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is trying to launch an experimental small satellite…
Lunar Rescue: Astronauts Can Move Fallen Comrades with New Tool
Space is a harsh, unforgiving environment, so there’s a good chance of an astronaut being injured at some point while exploring the formidable landscapes on the moon or Mars. To help cope…
Plato mission brings opportunities for UK space sector
Plato (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) was adopted at the European Space Agency’s Science Programme Committee meeting today (20 June 2017), following its selection in February…
BepiColombo spacecraft stack
BepiColombo, a joint ESA and JAXA mission to Mercury, has completed its final tests in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the…
Elektronik für den Weltraum: Der Latchup im Labor
„Die kosmische Strahlung, die aus sehr schnellen Ionen besteht, wirkt auf elektronische Bauteile wie Gift“, so Voß. „Ein einzelner Treffer eines schweren Ions kann im Bauteil einen…
Falcon 9 Outperforms Expectations in Recent Orbital Delivery...
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was able to show off its impressive performance this week and exceeded expectations when lifting the heavy Intelsat 35e communications satellite into a high-energy…
Quantenkommunikation mit einem Satelliten
Was als exotische Forschung in physikalischen Labors begann, könnte bald die weltweite Kommunikation sensibler Daten verändern: die Quantenkryptografie. Die jüngste Arbeit, die ein Team…
SLS Test Hardware Loaded into NASA`s Super Guppy Aircraft
NASA engineers load a structural test version of the Orion Stage Adapter for NASA’s Space Launch System onto NASA’s Super Guppy Aircraft at the Redstone Arsenal Airfield in Huntsville,…
Wieso können die Voyager-Sonden noch immer Daten liefern?
Geplant war das nicht, dass die beiden Voyager-Sonden knapp 40 Jahre nach ihrem Start noch immer Daten zur Erde funken. Doch die Wissenschaftler sind natürlich dankbar für jede…
NASA Closes Chamber A Door to Commence Webb Telescope Testing
The vault-like, 40-ton door of Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A sealed shut on July 11, 2017, signaling the beginning of about three months of cryogenic testing for NASA’s James…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

`Planetarium` Record Collaborators Explore the Solar System...
Earth’s solar system has influenced countless artists through the ages, but very few have produced an entire album literally dedicated to it. That’s what you’ll find with the new record…
`Kingdom of Saturn`: New Documentary Dives Deep into NASA`s...
A new documentary looks back at the triumphs of the Cassini probe – which has spent more than a decade revealing the secrets of Saturn – ahead of the spacecraft’s scheduled death dive into…

World / Welt

Kühne Ideen und mutige Pioniere
Kühne Ideen und mutige Pioniere Ein Dorf auf dem Mond oder Energiegewinnung und Rohstoffabbau auf anderen Himmelskörpern? Innovative Ideen für eine neue Ära der Weltraumnutzung und…
XCOR Aerospace Lays Off Remaining Employees
WASHINGTON – XCOR Aerospace, a company developing rocket engines and a suborbital space plane, has laid off its remaining employees but is continuing efforts to raise funding to maintain at…
Why NASA Says It`s OK That VP Mike Pence Touched Orion Cover
It’s A-OK that Vice President Mike Pence touched a piece of titanium equipment destined for outer space, despite a sign on it that stated, „Critical Space Flight Hardware, Do Not Touch,“…
Gründung eines ESERO-Büros in Deutschland
ESA und DLR suchen gemeinsam eine geeignete Einrichtung mit Erfahrung im MINT-Bereich und Interesse an Aufbau und Leitung eines nationalen European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)…
Poland is about to launch a fake Mars colony on a hilltop
A group affiliated with the United Nations is launching a fake Mars and moon colony. Called M.A.R.S., the faux habitat is located in the remote countryside of southern Poland. Six volunteer…
EDEN-ISS: Innovatives Gewächshaus vor Bewährungsprobe
Die Versorgung von Astronauten auf Langzeitmissionen mit frischem Obst und Gemüse ist eine große Herausforderung. Eine Lösung wäre ein möglichst autarkes Gewächshaus, in dem…
Why China`s Long March 5 is crucial to its space ambitions
China’s second launch of its Long March 5 rocket suffered an anomaly that resulted in the loss of the large, experimental Shijian-18 satellite on Sunday. The launch is a blow to China, as…
Iridium Satellites Keep The Fireworks Coming ... But Not Forever
The crackle of firecrackers and thump of cannons echoed through the neighborhood last night, the fourth of July. But a whole different kind of fireworks was happening 483 miles overhead -…
Red Planet Housing: NASA Awards $200,000 in 3D-Printed Habitat...
Human travelers to Mars will require shelter from the harsh environment. To help generate ideas for how to build those Martian habitats, NASA recently awarded over $200,000 to citizen…

Science / Wissenschaft

Why calm methane lakes matter for NASA missions to Saturn`s...
Gigantic lakes of liquid methane on Saturn’s moon, Titan, could power off-world colonies and provide safe landing zones for probes, but sadly they aren’t suitable for surfing, according to…
Soyuz set to launch 72 smallsats - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – A Soyuz launch scheduled for July 14 will carry more than 70 small satellites, including spacecraft for four separate commercial remote sensing and weather constellations. The…
Space tourism could help boost science and health research -...
The announcement of the draft Spaceflight Bill in the Queen’s Speech will allow the development of spaceports in the UK. This could see members of the paying public launched into space as…
Experience the Launch of NASA`s Newest Communications Satellite
Social media users are invited to register to attend a two-day NASA Social for the launch of NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M.
@lunarorbiter: Four volunteers will live in a...
Four volunteers will live in a sealed lab for 200 days as China preps for its first manned moon mission https://t.co/LVHvyB8WJV

History / Geschichte

Exiting Countdown & T-31 hold - Launch Last Space Shuttle STS-135
The last launch of the Space Shuttle era, incl cockpit communication ..It almost goes wrong when the GOX Vent Hood arm, or „beanie cap“ retraction wasn’t confirmed ( Starts with launch…
Styx - In Depth | Planets - NASA Solar System Exploration
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered icy dwarf planet Pluto’s fifth moon in 2012. In 2013, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named the tiny satellite Styx. Styx…

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