Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.09.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Tracking stellar motions
The video shows the motions of two million stars about 1.1-1.5 million years in the future. It displays a map of the full sky as seen from the Sun. The star initially circled is Gliese 710;…
Gaia: Unser Sonnensystem kommt nicht zur Ruhe
Kometen, die mit der Erde zusammenstoßen, gehören zu den gefährlicheren kosmischen Katastrophen für unsere kosmische Heimat. Der bekannteste kosmische Zusammenstoß trug vor 66…
Close encounters of the stellar kind
The movements of more than 300 000 stars surveyed by ESA’s Gaia satellite reveal that rare close encounters with our Sun might disturb the cloud of comets at the far reaches of our Solar…
Ariane 5 Targets Sunset Liftoff with Heavy Communications...
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana on its fifth mission of the year, targeting a launch window of 21:51 to 22:24 UTC on Tuesday to send two heavy…
Ariane-5-Start in letzter Sekunde abgebrochen
Cayenne – Der Start einer europäischen Trägerrakete vom Typ Ariane 5 ist am Dienstag im Weltraumbahnhof Kourou in Französisch-Guyana in letzter Sekunde abgebrochen worden. Die Rakete,…
Video zum Startabbruch der Ariane V-201
Video zum Startabbruch der Ariane V-201
Startabbruch der Ariane V-201
Cassini-Huygens: Eine Reise zum Saturn und seinen Monden - DLR...
Am 15. Oktober 1997 begann eine der aufregendsten Missionen zur Erforschung des Sonnensystems: Am Cape Canaveral hob eine Titan 4B-Trägerrakete mit einer fast sieben Meter hohen und über…
Vom Start 1997 bis zum Ende 2017 - eine außergewöhnlich...
Am 15. Oktober 1997 startete die Raumsonde Cassini von Cape Canaveral an der Spitze einer Titan 4B-Rakete zu ihrer knapp siebenjährigen Reise in das Saturnsystem. Dort umrundete sie den…
Cassini-Huygens: Historic adventure
Cassini-Huygens was launched on 15 October 1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini-Huygens mission is going through its…


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 8/23/17 - 8/29/17
Cassini Significant Events 8/23/17 – 8/29/17
Cassini has now completed 20, out of 22, of its daring plunges through the empty space between Saturn and its inner rings. It was about seven years ago when the project decided to make use of this extraordinary opportunity. Mission designers discovered the option and presented it as an elegant way to end the mission at a time when most of the spacecraft’s propellant would be used up. Among the many options studied, the Cassini Project Science Group judged the Solstice Mission as by far the most scientifically rewarding …
Die sieben größten Saturnmonde
Sämtliche großen Saturnmonde haben – wie auch der Erdmond – eine gebundene Rotation, das heißt, sie drehen sich während eines Umlaufs um den Saturn genau einmal um die eigene Achse. Die…
Nine Ways Cassini Matters: No. 3
Cassini has provided a brief glimpse intodeep time in the Saturn system. The rings, for example, are a natural laboratory for processes that form planets-a mini solar system, if you will….

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Expedition 52 Trio Undocks from Station
NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA, along with Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, undocked from the International Space…
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Ends Record-Breaking Space Mission with...
Three space travelers safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station today (Sept. 2) as their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan, ending a…
Sunday Morning Soyuz Landing on Tap for U.S.-Russian Trio, Peggy...
A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts will barrel through a blaze of fire Sunday morning aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, aiming for a parachute-and-rocket-assisted…
Safe Soyuz Touchdown at Sunrise Returns U.S.-Russian Crew after...
A five-time space flier, a test-pilot-turned-astronaut and a NASA record holder parachuted into the sunrise on Sunday, safely touching down in the Kazakh steppe via a rocket-cushioned…
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…
New Exercise Tech, DNA Studies on Station as New Crew Preps for...
A new set of Expedition 53 crew members arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site today ahead of their Sept. 12 liftoff to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Joe Acaba…

Earth / Erde

NASA`s TDRS-M Satellite Arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit,...
NASA’s TDRS-M satellite this week reached its high-altitude perch in Geosynchronous Orbit and completed all major deployment events on its solar arrays and antennas in preparation for a…
Weltraumschrott: Trümmerteile mit Laser im Visier
Weltraumschrott, also unkontrollierte Objekte im Erdorbit, bergen massive Risiken für die moderne Raumfahrt und damit für alle satellitengestützten Anwendungen, an die wir uns inzwischen…
Kartierung der Agrarlandschaft Deutschlands
Nach der Zusammenführung von Bildern, die während der Copernicus Sentinel-2-Mission und vom US-Satelliten Landsat zwischen Oktober 2015 und Ende 2016 aufgenommen wurden, zeigt diese…
Sentinel-5P unveiled
Tweet Yesterday, we opened Sentinel-5P’s transport contain to reveal our baby after its journey to Plesetsk. Once the satellite had been carefully lifted out of the container it was turned…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

MAVEN: NASA`s Orbiter Mission to Mars - Mission Details
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN for short) is designed to peer into the Martian past in an attempt to piece together how the ancient Red Planet changed from a…
Solar Storm Sentries: Spacecraft at Mars, Saturn and More Spot...
Orbiters and probes across the solar system picked up a massive ejection of plasma hurled from the sun in October 2014, as shown in a new NASA video.
A Miniature Lunar Sky Crane Could Help Solve the Mystery of the...
A novel mission concept from NASA would lower a small satellite toward the surface of the moon on a 112-mile-long (180 kilometers) tether. One of the mission’s goals would be to uncover…
Catalog Page for PIA21755
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…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star…
Kepler`s K2 Mission Continues to Eye New Patches of Sky
Kepler’s K2 Mission Continues to Eye New Patches of Sky

Politics / Politik

NASA Confirms Bridenstine`s Nomination
NASA Internal Memo: President’s Nomination for NASA Administrator „As you may have heard, President Trump has announced his intent to nominate U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine as the 13th NASA…
Schumacher Withdraws Name From Consideration to Be Deputy NASA...
John Schumacher has removed his name from consideration to become Deputy #NASA Administrator due to unexpected family health issues 1/2- NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) September 2, 2017 The smart…
Deputy NASA Administrator Chatter
Another name is circulating now as being on the short list for Deputy #NASA Administrator: @Astro_Ellen JSC Center Director Ellen Ochoa- NASA Watch (@NASAWatch)
In Photos: President Donald Trump and NASA
President Donald Trump’s administration is working with NASA on new space exploration policies for the United States. See photos of President Trump and his administration as they work with…
How Will Climate Change Denial Affect NASA?
EPA now requires political aide’s sign-off for agency awards, grant applications, Washington Post „The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political…

Technology / Technologie

Ariane 5 Targets Sunset Liftoff with Heavy Communications...
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana on its fifth mission of the year, targeting a launch window of 21:51 to 22:24 UTC on Tuesday to send two heavy…
@nasa_sls: NASASLS Exploration Mission 1...
NASASLS Exploration Mission 1 progress! Launch vehicle stage adapter manufacturing complete, ready for thermal insulation @NASA_Marshall!
Falcon 9 Fires Up for Hold-Down Engine Test Ahead of X-37B OTV-5...
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser took to the skies over California’s Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday for the first captive carry flight in the craft’s current round of testing that will…
Two-Decade Success Streak Ends with PSLV Launch Failure on...
A streak of 36 successful launches over a period of 18 years ended on Thursday when India’s PSLV rocket suffered an in-flight failure that left its payload – a replacement satellite for the…
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…
Falcon 9 Fires Up for Hold-Down Engine Test Ahead of X-37B OTV-5...
Keeping up the pace, SpaceX checked off the Static Fire Test for the company’s 13th launch of the year, aiming for a September 7 liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center…
`Major Pucker Factor`: Will SpaceX`s Falcon Heavy Ace Its...
SpaceX says its Falcon Heavy, which is slated to make its maiden launch in November from the historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, will be the world’s most…
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…
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…
Steampunk Rover Could Explore Hellish Venus
This Venus rover concept looks like something out of science fiction – from the 19th century. Researchers are studying the possibility of building a steampunk Venus rover, which would…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Lego Unveils Epic New Star Wars Millennium Falcon Set, Its...
The ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs just set another record: Today (Aug. 31), Lego unveiled a massive new Millennium Falcon set that contains an incredible 7,541…
Der neue "Millennium Falcon" ist jetzt das größte und teuerste...
Bild: Lego / Montage bento Art Pünktlich zum neuen, achten „Star Wars“-Film „Die letzten Jedi“, der im Dezember anläuft, hat sich Lego selbst einen Rekord geschenkt: einen neuen…

World / Welt

More Trouble in GEO: Indonesia`s Telkom 1 Satellite Sheds...
More trouble appears to be brewing in Geostationary Orbit as reports emerged this week of a satellite breaking apart in prime orbital real estate – the second such incident in as many…
See NASA Satellites` View of Great American Solar Eclipse (Video)
Many NASA spacecraft got a good look at the long-awaited Great American Solar Eclipse, as a striking new video shows. The 75-second video combines imagery from a variety of NASA…
NASA-Astronauten nach ISS-Langzeitaufenthalt in Köln...
Am 3. September landeten um 14:30 Uhr die NASA-Astronauten Peggy Whitson und Jack Fisher nach ihrem Langzeitaufenthalt auf der ISS auf dem Köln-Bonner-Flughafen. Der Transfer vom Landeort…
Graz: Raumfahrt im 21. Jahrhundert
Aufbau von Kapazitäten in der Raumfahrt Themen des diesjährigen Symposiums waren die Vorbereitungen für die Weltraumkonferenz UNISPACE+50 sowie effektive Ansätze für den Aufbau von…

Science / Wissenschaft

NASA`s Planet-Hunting Kepler Tackles Mysteries of the Pleiades`...
NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has spent the last eight years searching for Earth-like exoplanets that orbit other stars. Although the telescope’s camera can’t take clear pictures of bright…
How to Build a Dyson Swarm | RealClearScience
To anyone infatuated with science fiction, a Dyson sphere might be the Holy Grail. As physicist Freeman Dyson postulated and popularized more than half a century ago, an advanced,…
How Spaceflight Changes the Building Blocks of the Human Body
Humans first journeyed into space in 1961, but even half a century later, questions remain about how spaceflight affects the human body. In a new study, scientists got down to the molecular…

History / Geschichte

William Shatner Beams a Message to NASA Voyager Probes for 40th...
In honor of NASA’s Voyager 1 probe’s 40th anniversary today (Aug. 5), William Shatner helped send a special message to the distant spacecraft, selected by popular vote.
Voyager 1, Humanity`s Farthest Spacecraft, Marks 40 Years in...
NASA’s Voyager 1 probe lifted off on Sept. 5, 1977, a few weeks after its twin, Voyager 2. Together, the two Voyager spacecraft performed an epic „Grand Tour“ of the solar system’s giant…
ESOC timeline
The European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany, has served as Europe’s gateway to space for half a century. In 2017, the centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary,…
Goodbye from Comet 67P
Thank you all for being a part of the journey! From #CometLanding to #GoodbyePhilae. http://www.dlr.de/en/rosetta
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