Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 24.08.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Watch the International Space Station Cross Over the Eclipsed Sun
Sky gazers watching today’s Great American Solar Eclipse were treated to a rare view of the International Space Station (ISS) when the spacecraft flew past a partial eclipse of the sun….
Why We Should Send All Our Politicians to Space
Our world is far from perfect. While the world has been getting better in many ways, we are also continuously faced with challenges. War, political conflict, and social injustices continue…
Nighttime Snowstorms May Swirl Across Mars
Mars may experience snowstorms at night, a new study finds, suggesting that the Martian atmosphere is far more active than previously thought. Mars is dry compared to Earth: Its cold nature…


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 8/09/17 - 8/15/17
On Monday of this week, Cassini successfully completed its 18th ringplane passage between Saturn and its innermost rings, out of a total of 22. This passage was the first of these crossings…
@dlr_next: Noch ein Bild der Cassini-Sonde:...
Noch ein Bild der Cassini-Sonde: Die Saturnringe werfen Schatten auf die Wolkenoberfläche von Saturn.
Spectacular Eclipses in the Saturn System
With a solar eclipse approaching on Aug. 21, 2017, which will be visible all across North America, you may have wondered: Do eclipses happen on other planets? They certainly do in the…
Nine Ways Cassini Matters: No. 5
Planet-size Titan and diminutive Enceladus stood out in Cassini’s in-depth survey of Saturn’s moons. But the mission showed that every moon in the Saturn system is a unique character with…
Nine Ways Cassini Matters: No. 6
Although Cassini scientists are still working on determining the exact origin of Saturn’s main system of rings -and hope to collect data that will answer this question as its mission draws…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Russian Spacewalkers Collect Overtime in Busy EVA for Satellite...
Two veteran Russian spacewalkers ventured outside the International Space Station for over seven hours on Thursday to complete a variety of external work on the Station’s Russian Segment.
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…
@iss101: БКДО has been rotated,...
БКДО has been rotated, spacewalkers now moving to the other Poisk hatch to install a strut between hand rails 6013 and 6006.
@iss101: Wrapping up at Poisk, the...
Wrapping up at Poisk, the Cosmonauts put in place a thermal sensor array in view of the VL-2 window to measure thermal fluctuations.
@iss101: Both spacewalkers confirm their...
Both spacewalkers confirm their gloves are clean – do not want to take any toxic thruster residue into ISS.
Spacewalk Comes to a Close
Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, have completed a seven hour and 34 minute spacewalk. They re-entered…
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…
@iss101: Tanyusha SWSU №1&№2...
Tanyusha SWSU №1&№2 deployed! They’ll test algorithms for a future self-organizing satellite constellation; also have amateur radio payloads
New High-Energy Particle Detector Installed on International...
The International Space Station received a new flagship particle detector earlier this week when the CREAM instrument package was retrieved from the Dragon spacecraft’s Trunk Section and…
Cosmic Ray Study Prepped for Installation After Monday Eclipse
Overnight, robotics controllers extracted a new astrophysics experiment from the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. The Canadarm2 will hand off the new astronomy gear to the Japanese…
Station Crew Ends Week Preparing for Eclipse 2017
The Expedition 52 crew wrapped up a busy week on Friday with more science work, cargo unloading and cleanup after a Russian spacewalk on Thursday. They are also busy preparing for the 2017…
Solar eclipse from orbit: Crew on space station sees moon`s...
As millions of people looked up to the sky to catch sight of the „Great American Eclipse,“ the six astronauts and cosmonauts on board the International Space Station gazed down to view the…

Earth / Erde

See Hurricane Gert from Space in NOAA Satellite Video
Hurricane Gert may now be just a post-tropical cyclone, but earlier this week it was a raging hurricane and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the video to prove…
Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts
Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

NASA Has Big Plans for AI on Mars and Beyond
Exploration Artificial intelligence already aids the agency’s research on Earth and the Red Planet, but scientists see great potential in expanding the role of AI, especially in deep space….
Catalog Page for PIA21753
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…
@jpmajor: View from NASA`s #Opportunity...
View from NASA’s #Opportunity rover on #Mars from Aug. 15, 2017 (sol 4820)
Catalog Page for PIA21778
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…
@dlr_next: Und damit guten Morgen zusammen -...
Und damit guten Morgen zusammen – wie immer mit ’nem Livebild der Sonne per Satellit SDO. Schönen Tag euch allen!

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
„Gaia continues to be a challenging mission in all areas even after 4 years of operation. In total we have processed almost 800 Billion (=800,000 Million) astrometric, 160 Billion (=160,000…
Little Books - Cosmos
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Politics / Politik

New White House R&D Focus Does Not Include Mention of Space
FY 2019 Administration Research and Development Priorities, OMB Keith’s update: The only space-related priority is missile defense. That’s it. Look at the word cloud ( larger image) of the…
Lockheed Martin`s Unfortunate Silence
CEO of @LockheedMartin Marillyn Hewson never resigned from White House Manufacturing Advisory Committee while other business leaders did 1/2- NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) August 16, 2017 Instead…

Technology / Technologie

H-IIA Rocket Deploys Japan`s Third Quasi-Zenith Navigation...
Japan’s H-IIA rocket soared to its fourth success of the year on Saturday, deploying the third satellite in the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System for navigation services augmentation…
Video: H-IIA launches third Quasi-Zenith Satellite for Japan
Japan’s H-IIA rocket, flying in its 204 configuration with four boosters, lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 5:29:00 UTC on August 19, 2017 on a 29-minute ascent mission into…
H-IIA Rocket Returns to Tanegashima Launch Pad for Second QZS-3...
Japan’s H-IIA rocket has returned to its sea-side launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center for the second launch attempt with Quasi Zenith Satellite 3, following a scrub last week and…
Photos: Atlas V Takes to the Skies with TDRS-M Data Relay...
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following…
Videos: Atlas V Blasts off from Florida with TDRS-M Satellite
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket lifted of from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 12:29 UTC on August 18, 2017, carrying into orbit NASA’s TDRS-M satellite, set to join…
Photos: Atlas V Takes to the Skies with TDRS-M Data Relay...
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket lifted of from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 12:29 UTC on August 18, 2017, carrying into orbit NASA’s TDRS-M satellite, set to join…
Re-Entry: Long March 3B Upper Stage from Beidou M3/M4 Launch
A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on August 17, 2017 after over five years in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Medium Earth Transfer Orbit.
DLR und NASA suchen Flugzeug der Zukunft: Hybrid, leise und...
Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt suchte frische Ideen für die Luftfahrt der Zukunft. Ein Flugzeug mit Hybridantrieb und einem einzelnen Triebwerk am Heck ist der…
NASA`s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit...
The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data…
SpaceX Conducts Static Fire Test for Long-Delayed Falcon 9...
SpaceX on Saturday successfully completed the Static Fire Test for the company’s next mission out of Vandenberg Air Force Base which, by on several counts, will be an unusual flight of the…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

@nasawebb: More #JWSTArt! If you create your...
More #JWSTArt! If you create your own, submit it to us! Details: https://t.co/Ycs2CSQPsS (Other online submissions: https://t.co/EcxIvHddfm) https://t.co/ZG5X60rHcx

World / Welt

NASA Technologist Unsure of Whether We`re All Serious About Space
Yes, it really has taken NASA 11 years to develop a parachute, Ars Technica „After the Jacobs tour, I put this question to [NASA Acting Chief Technologist Douglas] Terrier. He did not…
Roscosmos Shares Photos of Secretive Proton Launch Campaign with...
The Roscosmos State Corporation on Thursday shared photos of the Proton-M launch with the first Blagovest dual-use communications satellite that will fulfill military and civilian functions…
SpaceX Delays Near Term Mars Plans
SpaceX informed NASA of slowdown in its commercial Mars program, SpaceflightNow „Confirming rumors and suspicions that SpaceX is adjusting its plans to begin dispatching robotic landers to…
@dlr_de: Das neueste Mitglied des...
Das neueste Mitglied des @ESA_de-Astronautenkorps Matthias Maurer trainiert vor der chinesischen Küste für den Ernstfall. https://t.co/YsmXWgWmud

Science / Wissenschaft

ESA Science & Technology: The moving Martian bow shock
As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA’s Mars Express orbiter,…
Was man vom Schatten eines fernen Asteroiden lernen kann
Die Zeit vergeht! Jetzt ist es auch schon wieder mehr als zwei Jahre her das die Raumsonde New Horizons am Pluto vorbei geflogen ist. Und es dauert keine zwei Jahre mehr, bis der nächste…

History / Geschichte

Voyager at 40: 40 Photos from NASA`s Epic `Grand Tour` Mission
Author Bio Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer Michael was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and has been an intern at Wired.com, The Salinas Californian newspaper, and the…
Becoming Interstellar - a Review of
Review of „The Farthest“: Becoming Interstellar „In 1977 the twin Voyager spacecraft left planet Earth bound for the outer reaches of our solar system – and beyond. What they discovered…
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