Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.07.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Explore the International Space Station with Google Street View
Aspiring astronauts can now pretend to float on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to Google. The company worked with astronauts on the orbiting complex to provide a Google…
Sommerferien für den ExoMars-TGO " Go for Launch " SciLogs -...
ExoMars-TGO, der neue große Mars-Orbiter der ESA, wird wahrscheinlich bis in das Jahr 2018 hinein mit Aerobraking beschäftigt sein. Das ist die aerodynamische Abbremsungsphase. Der…
Marsmissionen: Keine neuen Befehle für Curiosity & Co
Die Rover auf der Marsoberfläche und die Sonden im Marsorbit sind bis Anfang August auf sich allein gestellt: Seit dem Wochenende sendet die amerikanische Raumfahrtbehörde NASA keine…
Könnte man nicht mit einem zusätzlichen Satelliten die...
Könnte man nicht mit einem zusätzlichen Satelliten die Kommunikation während einer Konjunktion des Mars gewährleisten?

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 7/12/17 - 7/18/17
Finishing preparations around the world for Cassini’s final dedicated Radio Science experiment was one of this week’s tasks. Late on Tuesday July 18, while Cassini was on approach for its…
Cassini`s Last Class
For more than 22 years, since before Cassini even launched, flight controllers have invited summer interns to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to help make the mission happen. But with the…
Ground Stations Go Dancing With Cassini
Note: The full story is available on ESA’s ESA’s Rocket Science Blog. In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits – the final chapter of its nearly 20-year mission – the spacecraft travels in an…
Saturn surprises
New views from Cassini’s weekly dives between Saturn and its rings
Saturn: Cassini liefert überraschende Messdaten
Saturn ist der einzige Planet im Sonnensystem, dessen Rotationsperiode nicht exakt bekannt ist. Daher hofften die Planetenforscher, in der Schlussphase der Mission Cassini, bei der die…
How Long Is a Day on Saturn? Cassini Is Racing to Find Out in...
How long is a day on Saturn? The answer is still unclear as the Cassini spacecraft approaches its „Grand Finale“ plunge into the ringed planet’s atmosphere. Cassini has dived between Saturn…
Ring-Bow
Photojournal: PIA21339 Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn. From equatorial locations on the planet, they’d appear very thin since they…
ESA Science & Technology: Has Cassini found a universal driver...
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s…
Imagine All the People: When Cassini Looked Back at Earth
Whatever disagreements may plague humanity, the international Cassini-Huygens mission has proved that we are capable of great collaboration. On July 19, 2013, during an orbit into the…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Exclusive: Here`s What It`s Like to Spend a Year in Space
This story appears in the August 2017 issue ofNational Geographic magazine. Looking down at the planet from 200 miles in space, I feel as though I know the Earth in an intimate way most…
On Atlantis` anniversary, USA`s future space fleet closing in on...
July 21, 2017 by Chris Bergin The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set…
CASIS Announces Significant ISS News But Forgets To Mention NASA
Michael J. Fox Foundation and CASIS Announce Partnership to Grow Key Parkinson’s Protein on International Space Station „The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and…
Weekly Recap (07/17/2017) From the Expedition Lead Scientist
Expedition 52 is hard at work 200-plus miles above us! Catch this week’s research highlights here.
Launch Preps in Kazakhstan; Cancer Therapies Researched on...
A new International Space Station crew is less than a week away from beginning a 4-1/2 month mission living and working in space. The trio from the United States, Russia and Italy is in…
NASA TV Coverage Set for Next International Space Station Crew...
Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on Friday, July 28.
Crew Tests Lower Body Suit to Protect Vision; Soyuz Rocket Rolls...
One of the effects of living in space is the tendency of fluids to shift upward towards an astronaut’s head. This results in the common „puffy face“ appearance astronauts experience when…
Galileo arrives on the Space Station
If one’s good, two are better, and this is especially true when it comes to developing new applications for navsat systems like Galileo and GPS. That’s why an experiment on the…
Crew Conducts Research to Mitigate the Human Body`s Response to...
The crew of Expedition 52 wrapped up an intensive week of research on Friday, concentrating on studies in the field of human health and performance. On Thursday, the crew conducted their…
Progress MS-05 Departs ISS en-route to Fiery Re-Entry after...
The Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Thursday after a stay of five months facilitating the delivery of 2.4 metric tons of supplies to the orbiting…

Earth / Erde

@dlr_de: Der Unterschied zwischen einem...
Der Unterschied zwischen einem geostationären Orbit und Multimissionssatelliten einfach am Modell erklärt. #TdoTWH https://t.co/pkKDoQkRFy
Vega is prepared for the twin Earth observation payloads to be...
Final checkout is underway for the Vega launcher that will lift off on Arianespace Flight VV10 on August 1
@dlr_de: Was machen eigentlich unsere...
Was machen eigentlich unsere Satelliten TerraSAR-X und TanDEM-X? Auf dem #TdoTWH wird’s erklärt 🛰 https://t.co/bgxavA5fod

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Wow! See New Horizons` Next Flyby Target Blot Out a Star`s Light
The New Horizons spacecraft’s next flyby target blocked the light of an unnamed star on July 17, and mission scientists got a great look at the brief event. New Horizons – which famously…
New Horizons team obtains wealth of data from 2014 MU69...
NASA’s captured crucial data on Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU 69 – the spacecraft’s second target – during a third organized observation of the KBO occulting a star on Monday, July 17,…
BepiColombo: Flug in den Pizzaofen
Wer dem Patienten nahekommen will, muss einen Mundschutz anlegen. Er muss sich eine Haube über den Kopf ziehen, selbst wenn dort kaum noch Haare vorhanden sind. Er muss in einen blauen…
Scientists spy new evidence of water in the Moon`s interior
Using satellite data, Brown researchers have for the first time detected widespread water within ancient explosive volcanic deposits on the Moon, suggesting that its interior contains…
Chandrayaan-1: Feuchtgebiete auf dem Mond
Der Mond ist unser ständiger Begleiter, stoisch umkreist er die Erde seit rund 4,5 Milliarden Jahren. Doch obwohl vor rund einem halben Jahrhundert schon Menschen auf seiner Oberfläche…
Catalog Page for PIA21414
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…
Volcanic Eruptions Rocked Mars` Huge Canyon, Study Finds
Volcanoes erupted inside Mars‘ enormous equatorial canyon in the not-too-distant past, a new study suggests. Photos taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reveal 130 small…
Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater...
The Curiosity rover’s first five years on Mars have been full of drama and scientific accomplishment. Within months of its hair-raising landing inside the huge Gale Crater on the night of…
@netti811: Mars rover sends home spectacular...
Mars rover sends home spectacular panorama (via @NewsfusionApps #NASA News) https://t.co/Ug3eBze7qU

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

@werabot: Hubble View: Smoke Ring for a Halo...
Hubble View: Smoke Ring for a Halo #AstroInfos via @WeRaBot
@hubble_space: Hubble has embarked upon compiling...
Hubble has embarked upon compiling the first Hubble ultraviolet „atlas“. @ESA #Hubble Picture of the Week https://t.co/KwAEJKM64L

Politics / Politik

Senate Gives NASA More Money Than Trump Did
„The Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee approved $19.5 billion for NASA in FY2018 according to a committee press release. The figure was rounded, but the…

Technology / Technologie

SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on...
SpaceX decided against the company’s previous plan of having their next generation Dragon spacecraft return to Earth via a powered landing to bring back cargo and crews from the…
SpaceX drops plans for powered Dragon landings - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – SpaceX no longer plans to have the next version of its Dragon spacecraft be capable of powered landings, a move that has implications for the company’s long-term Mars plans.
@spaceflight101: SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered...
SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on Commercial Crew – https://t.co/9kZw0j0shK
SpaceX`s Big New Rocket May Crash on 1st Flight, Elon Musk Says
Elon Musk is tamping down expectations about the maiden launch of SpaceX’s huge new Falcon Heavy rocket. There’s a „real good chance“ the vehicle won’t make it to orbit during the liftoff,…
@ooyuzspacenews: SpaceX plans to relaunch a rocket...
SpaceX plans to relaunch a rocket just 24 hours after it lands.. Related Articles: https://t.co/cInKJ5Twnu
Multi-Payload Soyuz Launch Captured by Satellites in Orbit,...
Using its telescopic imaging payload, the Dove captured one still image per second, continuing to slew to compensate for its own orbital motion to keep the launch pad in view – clearly…
@dlr_de: Prototyp des Boostergehäuses der...
Prototyp des Boostergehäuses der #ARIANE 6 hat in erfolgreichen Tests seine Belastbarkeit unter Beweis gestellt https://t.co/Z85HluD1Me
Spitzer Space Telescope May Be Up For Grabs
Keith’s note: It would seem that the precedents set by GALEX and ISEE-3 Reboot have found resonance at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. I wonder how one might apply to take over Spitzer?…
Shuttle-Era Cargo Module to Become Deep Space Habitat Prototype
A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA’s space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep space habitat. Lockheed Martin announced it will refurbish the Donatello…
Ariane 6: Neuer Kunststoff-Booster besteht Tests
Mit der Trägerrakete Ariane 6 will Europa einen wettbewerbsfähigen Zugang zum All schaffen, der auf bewährter Technologie des Vorgängers, aber auch auf neue Elemente setzt. Dazu gehört…
China Exclusive: Data of China`s first X-ray space telescope to...
BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) — China’s first X-ray astronomical satellite, launched in mid June, is expected to start regular observation in November and its data will be open to scientists…
LightSail 2 updates: Prox-1 mission changes, new launch date
Jason Davis * July 21, 2017 As Earth’s northern hemisphere passes through summer solstice, the news cycle tends to slow down. Schools close, people go on vacation, and things usually get a…
TDRS-M Needs Repairs
NASA TDRS-M Status Update July 20, 2017 „NASA and Boeing are reviewing plans to safely replace an antenna on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). The satellite’s Omni S-band…
Mishap to delay launch of NASA communications satellite -...
WASHINGTON – NASA announced July 21 that the launch of a communications satellite previously scheduled for early August will be postponed to replace an antenna damaged during launch…
Wenn die Kameras der Voyager-Sonden deaktiviert sind, wie...
Die beiden Voyager-Sonden verfügen zum Feststellen der eigenen Lage im Raum über einen Sonnensensor, mit dem sie die Sonne am Himmel aufspüren können und einen „Star Tracker“, der den…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

In `Valerian,` International Space Station Evolves into...
In the new adventure movie “ Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,“ directed by Luc Besson, the title city of Alpha has a present-day origin: the International Space Station.

World / Welt

Überlebenstraining: Astronauten aus Europa und China üben...
Wenn europäische Astronauten bisher ins All fliegen, dann tun sie das gewissermaßen als Untermieter ihrer amerikanischen Kollegen. Und die wiederum kaufen ihre Tickets in Russland. Die…
Ariane 6 & Vega C Rockets Will Secure Independent Space Access...
Launch facilities for Europe’s next major rocket, the Ariane 6 rocket, are under construction in Kourou, French Guiana and the Vega rocket is getting an upgrade. This will increase the…
CASIS Recycles NASA Hype In Its Quarterly Reports To NASA
CASIS Quarterly Report for the Period January 1 – March 31, 2017 „Executive Summary: The second fiscal quarter (Q2) of 2017 (FY17) brought forward meaningful progress for the International…
Time for a private settlement on the Moon? International...
Press Release From: International Institute of Space Commerce Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, 20th July 2017 How will you watch Netflix on the Moon? Today marks the…
Jeff Bezos` Vision: `A Trillion Humans in the Solar System`
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – It is now 48 years since Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20, 1969. That history-making first human touchdown on the lunar landscape was celebrated here last Saturday…
Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base
Elon Musk may be focused primarily on Mars, but he’d also like to see a human outpost on a world much closer to home. „To really get the public real fired up, I think we’ve got to have a…
Chandrayaan 2 will be launched next year: official
Students must commit themselves to realising former President and renowned scientist Abdul Kalam’s Vision 2020 and work towards transforming the country into a developed nation, Director of…
NASA might privatize one of its great observatories
Management of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope could be turned over to an academic institution or private operator in 2019 once the space agency’s funding for the observatory runs out, a…

Science / Wissenschaft

Farewell, LISA Pathfinder! Test Mission for Gravitational-Wave...
After 16 months of testing technologies that can detect the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft shut down on Tuesday (July 18), the Max Planck…
Tschüss LISA Pathfinder, hallo LISA!
Principal Investigator Stefano Vitale sendete das letzte Kommando an LISA Pathfinder. Tschüss LISA Pathfinder, hallo LISA! Nachdem schon die wissenschaftlichen Experimente alle Erwartungen…
Simplifying complexity
The flight dynamics experts working on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission meet regularly to assess progress of the spacecraft’s almost-year-long aerobraking manoeuvres at Mars.The TGO…
Fragen zur Marssimulation: Zwischenmenschliche Beziehungen "...
Wie haben sich die Beziehungen zwischen den einzelnen Crewmitgliedern in der Marsstation entwickelt? Das ist die Frage, die hinterher wohl am häufigsten gestellt wurde. Und die Neugier ist…
DLR to fly experiments on Blue Origin`s New Shepard -...
WASHINGTON – The German Aerospace Center, Germany’s space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle later this year as part of an effort…

History / Geschichte

The Long, Strange Journey of Liberty Bell 7
July 21, 1961 – NASA prepares for their second manned launch, a 15-minute suborbital shot designed to place astronaut Gus Grissom a hundred miles above the surface of the earth. Everything…
In search of donations: NASA`s famed Apollo Mission Control...
The operators of Space Center Houston say that the historic Apollo Mission Control Center — where NASA oversaw the first steps on the moon nearly 50 years ago — is in desperate need of a…
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