Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 17.08.17

 

Front Page / Titelseite

We Explored NASA`s Concept Mars Rover, and It Was Out of This...
In 2017, we’re celebrating 50 years as ESA’s mission control centre! Here’s a peak into what we do best #ESOC50 https://t.co/VlqS3xya6N
Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System
Loading… Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System Ten spacecraft, from ESA’s Venus Express to NASA’s Voyager-2, felt the…
Science-Laden Dragon Arrives at Space Station after Flawless...
A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft packed to the brink with science gear and supplies parked ten meters from the International Space Station on Wednesday to be captured by the Station’s…
Dragon Installed to Station for Month of Cargo Swaps
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m. EDT. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony…
SpaceX startet CRS-12
Am 14. August um 18:31 mitteleuropäische Zeit begann planmäßig die ISS-Versorgungsmission CRS-12 (wobei CRS für Commercial Resupply Service steht). Dabei brachte eine Falcon 9 von…
SpaceX Launches Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space Station
©NASA Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft…
Videos: Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, 1st Stage Returns to...
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 16:31:37 UTC on August 14, 2017 with the twelfth operational Dragon spacecraft headed to the…


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 8/02/17 - 8/08/17
On Monday of this week, Cassini successfully completed its 17th ring-plane passage between Saturn and its innermost rings, out of a total of 22. This pass was the final one to occur in the…
Cassini Probes Last Saturn Mysteries 1 Month from Demise
The end is nigh for NASA’s trailblazing Cassini mission to Saturn as the veteran spacecraft enters its final month in orbit. The probe will burn up like an artificial meteor in the gas…
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits,…
Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

ISS Completes Scheduled Reboost, External Robots Fetch Failed...
The International Space Station conducted a scheduled orbital reboost on Wednesday amid ongoing robotics work to move a failed power switching unit to the interior of the Station for a…
Eye Check Day on Station, Dragon Gets Ready For Launch
The Expedition 52 crew members pulled out their medical hardware today for a variety of eye checks and other biomedical research. The station residents are also making space and packing up…
Space Station `Air Bed`: Astronaut Jack Fisher Gives Some Wild...
How’s it going in space? Awesome, just like every day, said NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, speaking live from the International Space Station – redefining the meaning of long-distance…
ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst beim Sommerfest in Künzelsau &...
Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst wird die Ausstellung „Das neue Bild vom Nachbarn Mars“ des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) am 11. August 2017 im neuen…
Expedition 52 Awaits Wednesday Dragon Arrival, Thursday Spacewalk
The SpaceX Dragon is hauling advanced space research for delivery Wednesday morning to the International Space Station. Two cosmonauts are also gearing up for the seventh station spacewalk…
Cosmonaut Duo set for busy Spacewalk to Deploy Satellites,...
Two Russian Cosmonauts are set to venture outside the International Space Station on Thursday on a planned spacewalk of six hours and five minutes dedicated to a variety of tasks on the…

Earth / Erde

Astronaut Spies Fiery River from the International Space Station
If you get the angle just right…it makes a river look like it’s on fire. Now that’s just cool. #EarthShapes pic.twitter.com/Dbz1BfegL6 – Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) August 6, 2017…
TIRA: Taumelnde Satelliten im Visier
Unkontrollierte Objekte im Erdorbit bergen massive Risiken für die Raumfahrt. Seit April 2012 fliegt auch der ESA-Umweltsatellit ENVISAT manövrierunfähig um die Erde. Wissenschaftler…
Sentinel-3 - Missions - Sentinel Online
The SENTINEL-3 Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite description and ground segment. It also covers an introduction to heritage missions,…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Catalog Page for PIA21777
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…
@marscuriosity: I`m hard at work this...
I’m hard at work this #NationalRelaxationDay, but still enjoying the view. Here’s a pic from the surface of #Mars. Enjoy!
Mars Sample Return: Scientists Debate How to Bring Red Planet...
SANTA FE, N.M. – With NASA’s sample-caching 2020 Mars rover mission just around the corner, the best strategy for hauling Red Planet rock and dirt to Earth is a now a topic of considerable…
Wandelbare Marslandschaft in Coracis Fossae
HRSC-Bilder zeigen einen alten, stark zerfurchten Gebirgszug in der Region Thaumasia. Auffällig sind helle Ablagerungen, möglicherweise Tonminerale. Tonminerale auf dem Mars sind ein…
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars An ancient mountain range on Mars preserves a complex volcanic and tectonic past imprinted with signs of water and ice interactions….
Mars Exploration Program: NEWS
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Sneak peek of Gaia`s sky in colour
While surveying the positions of over a billion stars, ESA’s Gaia mission is also measuring their colour, a key diagnostic to study the physical properties of stars. A new image provides a…

Politics / Politik

Staatssekretär Matthias Machnig würdigt TerraSAR-X-Erfolg
Aug. 16 (UPI) — Ukraine’s state space agency said the rocket engine used to launch North Korea’s most recent intercontinental ballistic missile is the same as the type of engine used by…

Technology / Technologie

Technical Issues Scrub H-IIA Launch with QZS-3 Satellite
The launch of Japan’s H-IIA rocket with the third Quasi-Zenith Satellite had to be scrubbed deep into the countdown on Saturday due to a potential issue with the launcher’s propulsion…
Falcon 9 Checks Off Static Fire Test for Next Dragon Launch to...
SpaceX checked off a Static Fire Test on the Falcon 9 rocket slated for launch on Monday with the Dragon SpX-12 cargo vehicle to the International Space Station to deliver science cargo and…
SpaceX is launching a supercomputer to the International Space...
As it nears the end of its second decade, the International Space Station is starting to hit its stride. The large orbital laboratory offers private companies a chance to test business…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

When sci-fi got it right: 15 films that correctly predicted the...
While somewhat overambitious in its predictions (moon colonies, for example), Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey did have the foresight to imagine a…

World / Welt

NASA Changes Paint Job on SLS Again
NASA Announces New SLS Markings „The markings on the outside of the complete boosters look like black-and-white checkerboards and serve as „targets“ for cameras located in strategic…
Astronauten
Eine private Initiative möchte endlich eine deutsche Astronautin ins Weltall schicken. Bisher haben es aus Deutschland nur Männer ins All geschafft. Insa Thiele-Eich und Nicola Baumann…
SpaceX and Boeing in home stretch for Commercial Crew readiness
August 11, 2017 by Chris Gebhardt With just one year to go until the scheduled completion of all uncrewed and crewed test flights for SpaceX and Boeing’s commercial crew transportation…
Blockstream Offers Satellite Bitcoin Network Broadcasting From...
The San Francisco-based blockchain technology company Blockstream now offers a free satellite service so anyone worldwide can connect to the bitcoin network even without Wi-Fi. This isn’t…

Science / Wissenschaft

Notes from Mars 160: Why on `Mars` Are We Doing This?
On June 22, The Mars Society launched the second phase of its ambitious Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog simulation to study how seven crewmembers could live, work and perform science on…
DLR_next - Mit einer Schnur zu anderen Himmelskörpern?
„Warum muss man eigentlich mit Raumschiffen auf dem Mond oder Mars landen? Könnte man nicht eine Schnur herunterlassen und absteigen?“ Diese Frage wurde uns auf Twitter gestellt.

History / Geschichte

Opportunity: Longest-Running Mars Rover
Opportunity is a rover that has been working on Mars since January 2004. Originally intended to last 90 days, the machine is still trekking after 13 years on the Red Planet. In 2015, it…
Explorer 1: The First U.S. Satellite
Explorer 1 was the United States‘ first satellite in space. The 1958 launch of the satellite – twice the size of a basketball – was an important moment for the country, as the Space Race…
Voyager Spacecraft Sail On, 40 Years After Launch
Nearly 40 years after lifting off, NASA’s historic Voyager mission is still exploring the cosmos. The twin spacecraft launched several weeks apart in 1977 – Voyager 2 on Aug. 20 and Voyager…
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