Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 31.08.17

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA at Saturn: Cassini`s Grand Finale
The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery, Cassini’s Grand Finale is in many ways like a brand new mission. Twenty-two times, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will…
Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has explored the Saturn system since 2004, re-writing our understanding of the giant planet, its rings, moons and magnetosphere. For 13 years the spacecraft’s…
Hurricane Harvey: Photos of the Massive Storm from Space
See amazing images of Hurricane Harvey from astronauts aboard the International Space Station and several different satellites.
Astronauts, Satellites Track Dangerous Hurricane Harvey from...
As the coast of Texas prepares to be pummeled by the fast-approaching Hurricane Harvey, NASA satellites and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are keeping an eye on the…
NASA Tracks Harvey`s Rainfall, Safeguards James Webb Telescope
NASA is monitoring Tropical Storm Harvey as it moves back into the Gulf of Mexico this morning (Aug. 28) after causing heavy rains and severe flooding across Texas and Louisiana this past…
Flooding from Harvey Closes NASA Center in Houston, but Space...
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston is closed today (Aug. 27) to all but mission-critical staff, due to heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Harvey. Mission Control, which oversees…


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 8/16/17 - 8/22/17
Cassini’s orbital path this week closely resembled last week’s, in which the plunge from 1.3 million kilometers high resulted in another fast passage through Saturn’s thin upper atmosphere….
@cassinisaturn: Did you miss today`s preview of...
Did you miss today’s preview of our #GrandFinale at Saturn? Catch the replay at: https://t.co/5adt2ODbgo https://t.co/hFnqzg6miP
No End to Saturn`s Mysteries in Cassini`s Closing Days
It might as well be the mission motto: „Saturn continues to surprise us.“ That’s what Earl Maize, project manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, said during a news conference today…
Watch as NASA`s Cassini Speeds Past Saturn`s Rings in This...
Saturn’s famous rings streak by in a gorgeous new video captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Cassini took the 21 photos that make up the video in a 4-minute stretch on Aug. 20, during…
Cassini Snaps Saturn`s Strange Polar Vortex During Daring Dive
The bizarre vortex spinning at Saturn’s north pole takes center stage in a newly released photo by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The probe snapped the photo on April 26, the same day it began…
Saturn`s rings and Prometheus
The international Cassini mission is drawing to a close in spectacular style: diving between Saturn and its innermost rings and exploring uncharted territory like never before.The final set…
Saturn Moon Tethys Shines Above Rings in Gorgeous Photo
Saturn’s icy moon Tethys hovers above the planet’s iconic rings in a breathtaking photo by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Though NASA released the image Monday (Aug. 21), Cassini actually…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Raumfahrt: In der Schwebe
Raumfahrt: In der Schwebe Erforschung des Mondes Im Jahr 2024 endet die Finanzierung der Raumstation ISS. Für ein Nachfolgeprojekt gibt es viele Ideen – aber nur China handelt. Am Tag X…
Short Crew Visit to Baikonur Kicks Off Final Soyuz MS-06 Launch...
The next crew trio headed to the International Space Station made a short visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome Sunday & Monday as part of an unusual flight preparations schedule laid out for…
@astro_feustel: This time we were in the suits....
This time we were in the suits. Yes, the Soyuz is that small!!! @OlegMKS @astro_ricky
Crew Checks New Exercise Gear, CREAM Observes Cosmic Rays
A pair of Expedition 52 astronauts checked out new, smaller exercise gear today. The crew also worked on a variety of human research while a new cosmic ray detector has begun scanning outer…
Besitzt die ISS eine Rettungskapsel, in der alle...
Nein. Eine Rettungskapsel, die nur zu diesem Zweck an die Internationale Raumstation ISS angebracht ist, gibt es nicht. Sie war ursprünglich einmal geplant, die Entwicklung wurde dann aber…

Earth / Erde

Tropical Storm Harvey Keeps NASA`s Houston Center Closed...
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston will remain closed through Labor Day as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey, agency officials said. NASA sNASA shuttered JSC to everyone except…
DLR liefert Satellitendaten für Wirbelsturm Harvey
Radaraufnahmen von TerraSAR-X Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR) stellt aktuelle Aufnahmen und Archivdaten des deutschen Radarsatelliten TerraSAR-X zur Verfügung. DLR…
Stunning Satellite Photo Reveals Volcanic Eruption Near Alaska
Eruptions from one of the most active volcanic regions in the world sent plumes of ash and steam into the sky this week, as captured in a spectacular image by an Earth-monitoring satellite….

Solar System / Sonnensystem
Proposed Orbiter Could Probe the Ocean Beneath Saturn`s Moon...
When NASA’s Cassini mission arrived at Saturn, it pressed through the haze surrounding the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan, to reveal a complex, liquid-covered world with the potential…
@nasajuno: What part of #Jupiter should...
What part of #Jupiter should #JunoCam image next? It’s up to you! Vote now for my Sept 1 flyby: https://t.co/eC56E8THJ0
NASA`s Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet |...
Preparation of NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California — the first…
NASA proposes rapid Mars sample return architecture -...
WASHINGTON – NASA is studying a „lean“ architecture for Mars sample return that could allow the agency to bring back Martian rocks as soon as the end of the 2020s. The concept, discussed at…
@esamarswebcam: New VMC Images direct from Mars!...
New VMC Images direct from Mars! 10 images taken 13:10:59 20.08.2017 https://t.co/fwSs4cJFKi #marswebcam
Catalog Page for PIA21754
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…
Monster Storm Churns Near Jupiter`s North Pole (Photo)
A giant cyclone swirls near the north pole of Jupiter in a gorgeous new photo by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. „This storm is a long-lived anticyclonic oval named North North Temperate Little Red…
Xploration Station: Science for everyone | STEM Education Videos
Xploration Station explores space with Emily Calandrelli, DIY science experiments with Steve Spangler, our planet, future tech, and STEM with engaging videos.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
Andromeda’s actual size if it was brighter
@nasavoyager: Are we alone in the universe?...
Are we alone in the universe? -Steve Vance Insider’s Guide to Voyager https://t.co/5WoT0nRYOQ #Voyager40

Politics / Politik
Report Says NASA Should Do Big Things And Just Send Them Money
NASA Should Continue its Large Strategic Missions to Maintain United States‘ Global Leadership in Space „NASA’s large strategic missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Curiosity rover…
China and Russia Reach 5 Year Agreement on Space Activities
Keith’s note: I was interviewed live on China Global Television Network last night about the 5 year agreement that China and Russia have reached over various aspects of space exploration.

Technology / Technologie

After Webb: Scientists Make the Case for Even Bigger Telescopes
With NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in late 2018, researchers are already talking about the next generation of telescopes. That’s because massive instruments take years, if…
CASIS awards Audacy grant to test radio on space station -...
The nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) awarded a grant Aug. 17 to Audacy that will enable the Silicon Valley startup to demonstrate its high data-rate radio on…
SpaceX Launches Earth-Observing Satellite, Lands Rocket on Ship...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Taiwanese Earth-observation satellite today (Aug. 24) and then came back down for a pinpoint landing on a ship at sea. The two-stage Falcon…
SpaceX Launches Formosat-5 Satellite, Lands Rocket (Photos)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Formosat-5 Earth-observation satellite on Aug. 24, 2017. Read our wrap story here. Author Bio Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer Michael was a science…
Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX`s Sleek New Spacesuit on Instagram
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed the first public photo of the ultra-sleek spacesuits that astronauts will wear when the company sends humans into space. In a post on Instagram today (Aug….
Russian Inspector Satellite sets out on Orbital Endeavors with...
A previously unknown ‚Inspector Satellite‘ separated from the Russian military-operated Kosmos 2519 satellite last week, the Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed on Wednesday and reported…
Minotaur IV Stands Ready to Fire Off from Cape Canaveral with...
Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket is set for its first launch from Cape Canaveral Friday night, tasked with carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force comprising the SensorSat…
Video: Minotaur IV Launch with ORS-5
An Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:04 UTC on Saturday, August 26, 2017, carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission…
Photos: First Minotaur Launch from Florida
An Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:04 UTC on Saturday, August 26, 2017, carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission…
Falcon 9`s Light-Lift Mission Places Taiwan`s FormoSat-5 into...
A very lightly-loaded Falcon 9 departed its Pacific Coast launch pad on Thursday, carrying into orbit the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation Satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization – a…
Video: Falcon 9 Launches FormoSat-5 & 1st Stage Lands on Pacific...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base at 18:51 UTC on August 24, 2017 on a long-delayed mission with the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation…
Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off from California with Taiwanese...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base at 18:51 UTC on August 24, 2017 on a long-delayed mission with the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation…
Converted Missile Launches Military Satellite to Track...
A satellite designed to help the U.S. military keep tabs on the ever-growing population of orbiting objects took to the skies atop a converted missile early this morning (Aug. 26). The Air…
India`s PSLV set for IRNSS Navigation Satellite Replacement...
The Indian Space Research Organization is counting down to the launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on Thursday with a revamped IRNSS navigation satellite set to provide critical…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Katy Perry Heads to Space Before Landing at MTV Video Music...
@katyperry made a little pit stop on her way to the #VMAs. pic.twitter.com/JVzd0NC7Mv – MTV (@MTV) August 28, 2017 Before Katy Perry landed at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday…
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The Cassini mission launched in 1997 and spent seven years traveling to Saturn, arriving in 2004. Cassini is the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, and has provided a treasure trove of data…
@humanoidhistory: Soviets explore the Moon in 1960s...
Soviets explore the Moon in 1960s #space art by Andrei Sokolov and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.
`Art-Deco Martians`: A Q&A with H.G. Wells` Sequel Writer...
With his sequels to H.G. Wells‘ famed science-fiction novels, author Stephen Baxter creates what many fans desperately want after reading or watching a fantastic story: An answer to what…

World / Welt

Colorful spacesuit painted by children with cancer worn by...
The crew on the International Space Station helped raise awareness for pediatric cancer with the donning of a colorful spacesuit that was decorated by childhood cancer patients and inspired…
To Inspire Future Space Travelers, Bring Space-Based Research to...
Carie Lemack is co-founder and CEO of , the first company to bring space into classrooms and classrooms into space. A former national security policy expert/advocate and producer of an…
Voyager - Vote for the #MessageToVoyager
Join NASA in celebrating the Voyager mission’s 40 years of exploring space. Inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on Voyager’s Golden Record, you’re invited to help choose a short,…
Get to Know NASA`s New Astronaut Class: Video Series
The next people to take a trip around the moon or become the first humans to travel to Mars could belong to NASA’s newest astronaut class. Tuesday (Aug. 22), the agency released a series of…
`Golden Record 2.0`: New Horizons Probe Could Carry Digital-Age...
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft could end up bearing a message for intelligent aliens, just as the agency’s venerable Voyager probes are doing. Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 famously carry…

Science / Wissenschaft

Mock Astronauts Complete Simulated Moon Base Mission
Six mock astronauts have completed a two-week stay at a simulated moon base, where they conducted more than 20 spaceflight experiments. Habitat Lunares is located in a former military…
Werden irdische Organismen durch die Raumfahrt irgendwann andere...
Werden irdische Organismen durch die Raumfahrt irgendwann andere Himmelskörper besiedeln?

History / Geschichte

NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary
NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft — humanity’s farthest and longest-lived mission — with a public event at…
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