Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.07.17

Front Page / Titelseite

ESA Television - Videos - 2017 - 07 - Lisa Pathfinder end of...
The LISA Pathfinder mission ends on 18 July 2017 after a successful demonstration of the technology needed to detect gravitational waves in space. These vibrations in spacetime, first…
ESA Science & Technology: LISA Pathfinder to conclude...
After sixteen months of science operations, LISA Pathfinder will complete its mission on 30 June, having successfully demonstrated the technology to build ESA’s future space observatory of…
LISA Pathfinder Spacecraft ends Communications with Earth after...
ESA’s LISA Pathfinder received its final commands from Earth on Tuesday, marking the end of a highly successful mission of one and a half years that demonstrated the working principle for a…
LISA Pathfinder: Mission erfüllt, Sonde deaktiviert
Die Mission LISA Pathfinder ist Geschichte: Am Dienstagabend wurde vom europäischen Raumfahrtkontrollzentrum in Darmstadt der letzte Befehl an die Sonde geschickt und diese damit…
LISA Pathfinder bereitet den Weg für das...
Am Abends des 18. Juli 2017 ist die Mission LISA Pathfinder nach 16 Monaten wissenschaftlichen Betriebs im Orbit abgeschaltet worden. Damit geht eine anspruchsvolle Technologiedemonstration…
Last command
At 19:57 CEST on 18 July 2017, LISA Pathfinder principal investigator Stefano Vitale sent the final command to the spacecraft, permanently shutting it down after having successfully…
Mission erfüllt: LISA wird abgeschaltet | Alle multimedialen...
Seine Mission hat der kleine Satellit LISA mehr als erfüllt. Er hat den Grundstein gelegt für die weitere Erforschung von Gravitationswellen im All – entstanden beim Urknall.
LIGO und LISA: Wettlauf bei der Suche nach Gravitationswellen |...
Gravitationswellen entstehen, wenn schwarze Löcher miteinander kollidieren. Quasi die gesamte Raumzeit wird dabei zum Wackeln gebracht – so sehr, dass die Messgeräte auf der Erde das…
NASA Video Soars over Pluto`s Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
sing actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of…
New Horizons Unveils New Maps of Pluto, Charon on Flyby...
On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight through the Pluto system – providing the first close-up images of Pluto and its moons and collecting other data…
Zwergplanet Pluto: Sonde "New Horizon" liefert neue Bilder | BR...
Vor zwei Jahren hat die Raumsonde „New Horizon“ den Zwergplaneten Pluto erreicht. Mit Hilfe der Bilder hoffen die Wissenschaftler neue Erkenntnisse über die Beschaffenheit und die…

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 7/05/17 - 7/11/17
The Cassini flight team continues working at full speed, while knowingly going headlong towards a very sudden interruption. On Friday Sept. 15, the spacecraft will become a meteor high in…
Ground stations go dancing with Cassini
In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits – the final chapter of its nearly 20-year mission – the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of kilometers per…
NASA Missions Suggest New Shape of Sun-Galaxy Interaction
New data from three NASA missions show that the heliosphere – the bubble of the sun’s magnetic influence that surrounds the inner solar system – may be much more compact and rounded than…
Why Kill Cassini? Saturn Probe`s Fate Carefully Considered
On Sept. 15, 2017, at 8:08 a.m. EDT (1208 GMT), controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, expect to receive the last signal from the $3 billion…
Cassini erkundet Saturnringe - Die große Leere am Saturn
In dieser Schlussphase rückt die Sonde bei jedem Umlauf bis auf wenige tausend Kilometer an die Wolkenobergrenze heran und wechselt innerhalb des Ringsystems von der Nord- auf die…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Next Space Station Crew Arrives at Baikonur Launch Site
The next three crew members headed to the International Space Station arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday to enter their final 12 days of preparations ahead of an…
Raumflugbericht: Sojus MS-05
Raumflug-Bericht: Sojus MS-05
International Space Station Expedition 52-53 Crew News Conference
Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency conducted a news conference at the…
All About the Human, and New Crew at Launch Site
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 52 astronauts furthered investigative data for NASA’s Human Research Program, collecting in-flight data and blood and urine samples over…
Tim Peake: how to draw blood in space
ESA astronaut Tim Peake shows how to draw blood for research on the International Space Station. Researchers often request samples before, during and after a spaceflight to examine…
"Astronauten kennen kein Alter" / Germany / ESA in your country...
Paolo Nespoli ist der Veteran unter den europäischen Astronauten. Mit 60 Jahren kehrt er zum dritten Mal auf die ISS zurück. Euronews hat die verschiedenen Phasen seines Trainings…
New Science Gear Installed, Cargo Craft Packed for Disposal
Expedition 52 worked throughout Thursday installing new science gear to improve the research capabilities of the International Space Station. A cargo craft is also being loaded with trash…
BB-8 Flies? Japanese Drone Ball Tours Space Station
Space watchers have seen footballs, mini-soccer balls and water balls float through the International Space Station – but never a drone ball. Now, new footage of a spherical Japanese robot…
In Orbit Today: Improving Longer-Duration Space Travel and...
The Expedition 52 crew embarked on tasks Wednesday to further NASA’s eventual journey to Mars and aid researchers in understanding how to stimulate cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer…
@dlr_de: Special #Unboxing Video:...
Special #Unboxing Video: DLR-Raumfahrtmediziner Stefan Leuko öffnet ein Paket mit Proben – frisch von der #ISS: https://t.co/SQcDfmAJXh

Earth / Erde

Sentinel-Satellit zeichnet Entstehung eines riesigen Eisbergs auf
Im Verlaufe der letzten Monate war ein Teil des Larsen C-Eisschelfs in der Antarktis vom Auseinanderbrechen bedroht, da sich ein tiefer Riss durch das Eis gezogen hatte. Wie die…
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice. Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, a…
Antarktis: Riesen-Eisberg abgebrochen
Klimawandel oder natürlicher Vorgang? In der Antarktis könnte durch einen großen Abbruch der viertgrößte Eisschelf des eisigen Kontinents destabilisiert worden sein In der Antarktis…
See Europe from Above in Breathtaking Ultra-HD Video from Space
Now anyone can see Europe from an astronaut’s point of view with this epic video shot from the International Space Station. Captured with a 4K ultra-high-definition camera, the video shows…
Pilanesberg, South Africa
The circular structure dominating this Sentinel-2 image is Pilanesberg, the result of geological activity over more than a billion years. Once a massive volcanic complex towering over 7000…
Vesuvius on fire - News - Sentinel-2 - ESA Missions - Earth...
Vesuvius on fire 14 July 2017 With Italy suffering high temperatures and drought, wildfires have broken out…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

NASA Is Still Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars
„Now, finally, the agency appears to have bended toward reality. During a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics on Wednesday, NASA’s chief of human…
NASA Planning August Release of Mars Robotic Exploration...
With time running out to start work on a 2022 Mars orbiter, a NASA official said July 10 the agency plans to have a „coherent Mars architecture“ for future robotic Mars missions ready for…
NASA prepares its Martian explorers for solar conjunction radio...
For more than twenty years, has had explorers surveying the Red Planet. Dutifully, the stalwart robotic travelers have followed commands beamed from their Earth-bound handlers and returned…
Sol 1756: Closing time | Mars News
Today marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for nearly a month.
Funkstille am Mars
Der Mars ist längst nicht mehr allein: Gleich mehrere menschengemachte Raumsonden und Fahrzeuge sind Dauergäste auf dem Roten Planeten. Auf seiner Oberfläche sind zurzeit zwei fahrende…
Eingeständnis der NASA: Nicht genug Geld für bemannte...
Seit Jahren spricht die NASA davon, in den 2030er Jahren die ersten Menschen zum Mars schicken zu wollen. Aber dafür reicht das derzeitige Budget überhaupt nicht, hat der zuständige Chef…
Touring Mars: Cool Data Visualization Lets You Visit the Red...
Have you ever wished you could go to Mars without taking on the long-term commitment and risks associated with spaceflight? Now you can explore the surface of Mars without leaving the…
Great Red Spot, Spotted! Citizens Create Incredible Images of...
The swirling, twirling, crimson clouds of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot are more hypnotic than ever thanks to images created by citizen scientists using data from NASA’s Juno probe at Jupiter….
Planetenerkundung: Roboter sollen mutiger werden
Ein System, mit dem Roboter in Weltraumeinsätzen selbstständig Entscheidungen treffen, daran forscht seit dem 1. Juli 2017 ein Team um den Arne Rönnau am FZI Forschungszentrum…
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun | Mars...
This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from…
Exploring Jupiter
It may still be five years away from launch, and over a decade before our Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer reaches the gas giant and its icy moons, but preparations are well under way. This new…
Juice`s journey to Jupiter
This animation shows the proposed trajectory of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explore (Juice) mission to Jupiter. Based on a launch in June 2022, the spacecraft will make a series of…

Politics / Politik

No, Congressman, There`s No Evidence of an Ancient Mars...
In case you were wondering, there’s no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a panel of planetary…
Congressman Asks NASA About Those Secret Ancient Martians
„The hearing was respectable, with on-point witnesses and mostly incisive questions. That is, until California Republican Dana Rohrabacher had his turn at the microphone. After asking a…
As the World Embraces Space, the 50-Year-Old Outer Space Treaty...
This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The Outer Space Treaty (OST) is the…
Space Corps Moves Forward Despite Opposition From Mattis, White...
(Image: The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned spaceplane that orbits for hundreds of days at a time on classified missions.) Perhaps the biggest question regarding the National Defense…
Only Congress Likes That Space Corps Idea
„The House moved forward with its plans to create a Space Corps this week when it passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). But the proposal faces a long road…

Technology / Technologie

Photos: Soyuz Races into clear Skies with 73 Satellites
Russia’s Soyuz rocket thundered into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, embarking on an all-day ascent mission with an impressive stack of 73 payloads hidden under its…
Photos: Soyuz Races into clear Skies with 73 Satellites
A Russian Soyuz 2-1A / Fregat-M launch vehicle lifted off from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 6:36:49 UTC on July 14, 2017 on a lengthy ascent mission with 73…
@s101_live: Today`s #Soyuz mission features a...
Today’s #Soyuz mission features a complex design, targeting three distinct orbits for a mission duration over 8 hrs: https://t.co/QBqdFQjhzx
Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches 73 Satellites Into Orbit
WASHINGTON – A Soyuz rocket successfully launched 73 satellites, including spacecraft for four companies‘ cubesat constellations, July 14. The Soyuz-2.1a lifted off from the Baikonur…
Soyuz launches 73 satellites - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – A Soyuz rocket successfully launched 73 satellites, including spacecraft for four companies‘ cubesat constellations, July 14. The Soyuz-2.1a lifted off from the Baikonur…
Photos & Video: Soyuz Rocket Assembly for large Cluster Launch
A Soyuz 2-1A rocket completed assembly on July 10, 2017 to set the stage for liftoff with a cluster of 73 satellites, the most ever launched by a Russian-built rocket. The custom-made…
Kanopus V-IK - Soyuz - 73 Satellites
Kanopus-V-IK is a Russian Remote Earth Sensing Satellite carrying a multi-instrument package for high-resolution imaging, color imaging, multi-spectral data collection and specialized…
Secondary Payloads - Soyuz - 73 Satellites
Meet the Secondary Payloads Riding into Orbit with Soyuz On Friday, July 14, a Soyuz rocket will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the largest number of satellites ever lifted by…
Astronauts Test Orion Spacecraft Exit Methods in the Gulf of...
If NASA wants to safely send astronauts on missions into deep space in the new Orion space capsule, the space agency must first tackle some critical safety tests while its astronauts bob…
In Gulf of Mexico, NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and…
Orion Spacesuits Put to a Vacuum Test at NASA (Photos)
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…
@nasawebb: Webb will be powerful in the IR,...
Webb will be powerful in the IR, giving us a deeper view of stars hidden by dust, both in our galaxy and in others. https://t.co/1qkXYeDzrW
@cubeconnects: Ooo! CUBE startup @zero2infinity...
Ooo! CUBE startup @zero2infinity have released the final designs of Bloon, the pod that will take humans to #space https://t.co/7EvrNepTG2
Chinese TV broadcasting satellite reaches operational orbit...
The Chinasat 9A communications satellite has arrived at its operational perch more than 22,000 miles over the equator after a Long March rocket deployed the craft in a lower-than-planned…
Die Kleinsatelliten "TechnoSat" und "Flying Laptop" starten...
Die Missionsziele sind die Erprobung von Technologien im Weltraum sowie die wissenschaftliche Erderkundung. Die Missionsdauer des Satelliten „Flying Laptop“ beträgt mindestens zwei Jahre…
NASA - Because space is vast and full of mysteries, NASA...
Because space is vast and full of mysteries, NASA is developing a new rocket, a new spacecraft for astronauts and new facilities to launch them from. Our Space Launch System will be unlike…
Robotic landers could start mining the moon as early as 2020
A permanent robotic mining outpost on the moon could be on the cards as early as 2020. The Florida-based company Moon Express has raised over $45 million in funding for three expeditions…
TDRS-M Launch Date in Question after potential Damage to...
The launch date of NASA’s TDRS-M communications satellite was called into question on Friday when the 3,450-Kilogram satellite suffered possible damage to one of its critical antennas…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Rise to Mars! New Anthem Expresses Hope for Red Planet...
If you’re excited about the possibility of Mars exploration, there’s now a theme song just for you: The Mars Society has released a new anthem calling for humanity to explore the Red…
William Shatner Narrates History of NASA`s 100-Year-Old Langley...
Space, the final frontier? We couldn’t get there without airplane research. „Star Trek“ captain William Shatner narrates a new 45-minute documentary about NASA’s Langley Research Center,…

World / Welt

Ausstellung: Weltraum-Sonderausstellung im Technik-Museum Kassel
Im Technik-Museum Kassel präsentiert der Astrofotograf Sebastian Voltmer spektakuläre Einblicke ins Weltall, faszinierende Perspektiven unseres Mondes und interessante Kometen. Zudem…
Wächter im All, virtuelle Rover-Missionen und ein hüpfender...
DLR präsentiert seine Forschung bei der Moskauer Messe MAKS 2017 Das DLR präsentiert Beispiele seiner Raumfahrtforschung auf der Moskauer Messe MAKS. Die Exponate sind auf über 120…
NASA Could Reach Mars Faster with Public-Private Partnerships,...
Commercial space companies today (July 13) urged legislators to extend NASA’s successful public-private partnerships for International Space Station transportation to future programs,…
SpaceX goes there-seeks government funds for deep space
During the last decade, NASA has invested billions of dollars into programs with private companies to carry cargo and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. These…
Orbital Loses Bid to Stop DARPA Satellite-Servicing Project
Spaceflight provider Orbital ATK this week lost its bid to stop the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) from moving ahead with a partnership with a competing company, Space…
Einblicke ins Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt in...
Von Heidemarie A. Hechtel Erlebt das E-Auto den Durchbruch? Kommt die Super-Batterie mit großer Reichweite? Und wie wird man mit Weltraumschrott fertig? Antworten dazu gab’s nun im…
Hearing- Planetary Flagship Missions: Mars Rover 2020 and Europa...
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – 10:00am Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Subcommittees: Subcommittee on Space (115th Congress) Planetary Flagship Missions: Mars Rover 2020 and…
Space Debris Removal Startup Astroscale Raises $25 Million
WASHINGTON – Astroscale, a Singapore-based startup focused on space debris mitigation, has raised $25 million from investors in Japan, including aviation company ANA Holdings and industrial…
Das ägyptische Forschungsministerium will enger mit dem DLR...
Ägyptens Forschungsminister zu Gast im DLR Am 12. Juli 2017 besuchte der ägyptische Minister für Bildung und Forschung, Prof. Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und…
SpaceX Building Catches Fire in Florida
A SpaceX building on the Florida coast caught fire over the weekend, but firefighters put out the blaze before it damaged the spaceflight gear inside, company representatives said.

Science / Wissenschaft

Chinesische Forscher melden Teleportation bis in den Weltraum
Das Team hinter dem Satelliten Micius mit seinem hochempfindlichen Photonen-Empfänger berichtet über erste Ergebnisse. Demnach sind mehrere Quanten-Teleportationen vom Boden ins All…
Chinese Scientists Just Set the Record for the Farthest Quantum...
Chinese scientists have just shattered a record in teleportation. No, they haven’t beamed anyone up to a spaceship. Rather, they sent a packet of information from Tibet to a satellite in…
Ten Ways That Astronauts are Helping You Stay Healthy
Space travelers on the International Space Station are developing gems that could help grow new medications for use on Earth. Here are ten human services innovations that have as of now…

History / Geschichte

Today in Space - July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon
Hosted by Hanneke Weitering On July 16, 1969, NASA astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins blasted off on their famous mission to land and walk on the moon. Apollo 11…
Legenden der Raumfahrt: das Apollo-Programm
In unserer Mini-Serie „Legenden der Raumfahrt“ erinnern wir an große Momente und Persönlichkeiten der Raumfahrt. Diesmal der große Sprung der Menschheit: das Apollo-Programm. Die Arbeit…
The faith of the Apollo 11 moon-walk mission astronauts
„Godspeed, John Glenn,“ radioed backup-pilot Scott Carpenter from the blockhouse as the rockets fired up on Feb. 20, 1962. Astronaut John Glenn piloted Friendship 7, America’s first mission…
@clearskiessw: Was für ein Inferno! Hätten wir...
Was für ein Inferno! Hätten wir uns oben in die Spitze gesetzt…? https://t.co/acBniQ47I0
Intercontinental ballistic missiles and their long shared...
Dr David Baker: You most certainly can compare them because the earlier satellites and much of the space hardware that has been launched over the decades since the dawn of the space age…
Apollo 11 moon dust-stained lunar sample bag may set sale record...
A small, empty cloth bag is set to rocket past three space capsules and a wristwatch worn on the moon to become the most expensive space artifact to sell at auction. Sotheby’s on July 20…

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