Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.09.17

Front Page / Titelseite

`Vaporize!` Cassini Gets Operatic Saturn Send-Off from `Star...
Instead of „energize,“ a famous „Star Trek: Voyager“ cast member has a new command for the almost-finished Cassini mission at Saturn: „Vaporize!“ Robert Picardo, best known for playing an…
Cassinis Umweltschutz am Saturn
Cassinis Umweltschutz am Saturn
Am kommenden Freitag wird die NASA-Sonde Cassini in die Wolken Saturns eintreten und verglühen: Es ist das feurige Finale einer beispiellosen Mission…
Cassini`s Death Dive Will Protect 2 Possibly Life-Supporting...
The upcoming suicide plunge of NASA’s Cassini Saturn probe is an act of noble self-sacrifice. Cassini is running out of fuel, so the end of its historic mission was looming regardless. But…
AstroViews: AstroViews 19: Final Countdown am Saturn - Abschied...
Am 15. September 2017 enden fast anderthalb Jahrzehnte intensiver Beobachtung des zweitgrößten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems mit einem spektakulären Manöver, bei dem Cassini in die…
Why the Cassini Mission to Saturn Must End in a Fiery Dive
After examining Saturn from up close for 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft is ending its long career with a boom – and there’s an important reason why. Friday morning (Sept. 15), Cassini…
1 Week Until Cassini`s Fatal Saturn Dive: Here`s How the Probe...
The one-week countdown has begun for the Cassini spacecraft’s fatal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. On Sept. 15, Cassini will dive straight into Saturn, collecting in-situ data from the…
Das Ende eines großen Abenteurers - das Ende der Saturnsonde...
Während im Moment der Planet Saturn schön am Nachthimmel zu sehen ist, endet dort in diesem Monat eine ganz große Raumfahrtmission der NASA. Die Sonde „Cassini“ wird am 15. September in…

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 8/30/17 - 9/05/17
With less than two weeks (and one more complete orbit) to go, Cassini spent its time this week investigating the planet’s ring system as it interacts with the moons, studying the…
Celebrating Europe`s science highlights with Cassini
Celebrating Europe’s science highlights with Cassini The international Cassini­-Huygens mission has explored Saturn and its rings and moons for 13 years, and will conclude by plunging into…
Saturn`s Icy Moons Are a Little Less Mysterious Thanks to...
Icy moons are likely our best shot at finding microbes. That’s because they have a ready source of heat – in this case, tidal interactions with Saturn – as well as abundant water in the…
Wild! Cassini Probe Spots Weird Waves in Saturn`s Rings (Photo)
Wild! Cassini Probe Spots Weird Waves in Saturn’s Rings (Photo)
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured a spectacular photo of a perplexing wave structure in one of Saturn’s rings as the probe heads into its final days at the gas giant…
Descent to Titan
Until the arrival of the international Cassini-Huygens mission at Saturn in 2004, much about the gas giant, its intricate ring system and enigmatic moons was a mystery.On 14 January 2005,…
Rings Revealed: How Cassini`s Saturn Odyssey Exceeds Expectations
Rings Revealed: How Cassini’s Saturn Odyssey Exceeds Expectations
After 14 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft is preparing to write its final chapter on the Saturn system…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Three Crewmen Arrive at International Space Station after...
Carrying a crew of three, a Russian Soyuz FG rocket lit up the skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome Tuesday night as it embarked on a nine-minute climb to orbit in pursuit of the…
Photos: Soyuz Rocket Rolls Out to Historic Baikonur Launch Pad
Russia’s Soyuz FG rocket emerged from its MIK Assembly Facility at the traditional early morning hour on Sunday to roll to its historic Baikonur launch pad in preparation for liftoff with a…
Space Science Work Today as New Crew Waits for Launch
Today’s science tasks included an inspection on an advanced microscope and readying a magnetic field experiment. The crew also worked on a failed electrical device that was robotically…
U.S.-Russian Crew Trio on the Eve of Liftoff on 167-Day Space Flight
U.S.-Russian Crew Trio on the Eve of Liftoff on 167-Day Space Flight
Two NASA Astronauts and an experienced Cosmonaut are on the eve of their launch to the International Space Station on a five-and-a-half-month mission as part of Expedition 53/54…
Photos: Soyuz Rocket Blasts Off with Russian-American ISS Crew...
Two American Astronauts and a Russian Cosmonaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s historic Site 1/5 at 21:17:02 UTC on September 12, 2017 atop a Soyuz FG rocket. Embarking on…
Videos: Soyuz Rocket Climbs into the Night with Three ISS Crew...
Two American Astronauts and a Russian Cosmonaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s historic Site 1/5 at 21:17:02 UTC on September 12, 2017 atop a Soyuz FG rocket. Embarking on…
New US-Russian Crew Launches to Space Station on Soyuz Rocket
Two NASA astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut successfully launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) today (Sept. 12). NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and Russian…
New Trio Begins Five-Month Mission, Station Crew Expands to Six
Three new crew members have arrived to the International Space Station. The hatches on the space station and Soyuz MS-06 opened at 1:08 a.m. EDT, marking the arrival to the orbiting…
Space station-bound crew to mark Sputnik 60th with model of first satellite
Space station-bound crew to mark Sputnik 60th with model of first satellite
A small polished metal sphere with four protruding booms is poised to launch atop a Russian rocket into Earth orbit…
Solar Flares May Affect Earth, But the Space Station Will Be...
A series of solar flares blasted waves of radiation and solar plasma toward Earth this week, and the geomagnetic storms that could result have the potential to damage orbiting satellites…
Space Station Crew Sees Hurricane Irma`s Power from Orbit...
Hurricane Irma is barreling through the Caribbean as a massive Category 5 storm and its fury unmistakable even from orbit, according to the crew on the International Space Station (ISS)….
Lung Tissue, Immune System Research Ahead of New Crew Launch
Lung Tissue, Immune System Research Ahead of New Crew Launch
The three orbiting Expedition 53 crew members explored growing new lung tissue, foods that affect the immune system and microscopic particles suspended in liquids. Another trio of crew members is just a day away from launching to the International Space Station and beginning a five-and-a-half month stay in space…
No, We Can`t Control Hurricanes from Space
No, We Can’t Control Hurricanes from Space
The Suomi NPP satellite captured this infrared image on Sunday (Sept. 10). Strong thunderstorms are visible around the well-defined eye of Irma. Credit: NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS/William StrakaAs Hurricane Irma winds down …

Earth / Erde

This Ultrathin Craft Could Soon Envelop and Destroy Space Junk
Think of the latest idea of collecting space junk as something akin to a hungry tiger pouncing on its prey. Aerospace Corporation says its Brane Craft will wrap itself around debris…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Pluto Features Given First Official Names
It’s official: Pluto’s „heart“ now bears the name of pioneering American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. And a crater on Pluto is now officially named after…
Pluto Features Given First Official Names
Pluto Features Given First Official Names
The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially approved the naming of fourteen features on the surface of Pluto….
ESA Science & Technology: New tools for exploring the surface of...
In past decades, spacecraft have sent back huge amounts of complex data about Mars, providing a wealth of information about the planet. More than ever, the scientific community needs a way…
NASA studying less expensive options for Europa lander mission -...
WASHINGTON – NASA is continuing to examine various, potentially less expensive options for a mission to land on Jupiter’s moon Europa even after completing a recent review, postponing a…
Curiosity`s balky drill: The problem and solutions
Emily Lakdawalla * September 6, 2017 Curiosity is heavier, more capable, and more expensive than its rover predecessors in order that it can acquire samples of Martian materials and deliver…
Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Ventures Deeper into...
Along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity forged onward in August vicariously taking the Mars Exploration Rovers team – along with a global contingent of mission observers all…
Next-Gen Mars Rover Will Explore Potentially Habitable Regions...
But there are some things that geologists can agree on; we know of environments more likely to host ancient life than others. On Earth, these tend to be areas of stable water over long…
Mars` Atmosphere: Composition, Climate & Weather
Mars‘ Atmosphere: Composition, Climate & Weather
Mars is a planet that shows climate change on a large scale. Although its atmosphere used to be thick enough for water to run on the surface, today that water is either scarce or non-existent. The atmosphere today..
Catalog Page for PIA21780
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…
Catalog Page for PIA21938
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…
Photos from Juno`s Seventh Science Flyby of Jupiter
NASA’s spinning Juno spacecraft had its seventh science flyby over Jupiter’s cloud tops on Friday, September 1st at 21:49 UTC, coming as close as 3,500 Kilometers to the planet’s…
Mond: Wasservorkommen auf der gesamten Oberfläche
Vor einigen Jahren ergab die Auswertung der Daten von Mondsonden, dass es in manchen Bereichen des Mondes Wasser geben könnte – allerdings jeweils nur in äußerst geringen Mengen. Nun…

Politics / Politik

Bridenstine`s Vision For A Re-focused NASA
NASA Nominee Jim Bridenstine Has Bold Vision for Space, Unclear Intentions for Science, American Institute of Physics „Concerning NASA, [Bridenstine’s] bill states that the agency has…
Bridenstine`s Staff Starts To Revise His Past
Parts of Trump NASA pick’s online presence scrubbed, CNN „The removal of accounts and posts comes at a time when Congress will examine Bridenstine’s record in the lead-up to his…
Technology / Technologie
Tianzhou-1 Cargo Craft Re-Joins Tiangong-2 Space Lab after...
China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft completed an express link-up with the unoccupied Tiangong-2 space laboratory on Tuesday, continuing a shakedown mission to pave the way to an…
Photos: Falcon 9 Lifts Off from Florida with X-37B Space Plane
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 14:00 UTC on September 7, 2017 – carrying into orbit the fifth mission of the U.S. Air Force X-37B…
Video: SpaceX Falcon 9 Sends Fifth X-37B Mission Into Orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 14:00 UTC on September 7, 2017 – carrying into orbit the fifth mission of the U.S. Air Force X-37B…
Project Blue`s Planet-Hunting Space Telescope Gets New...
The private space telescope initiative Project Blue launched a new crowdfunding campaign Sept. 6 in a second attempt to raise money for its mission to directly image Earth-like exoplanets….
James Webb Space Telescope Will Hunt for Signs of Life in the...
The soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope will turn its powerful eye on two of the solar system’s top candidates for hosting alien life: the icy moons Enceladus and Europa, the agency…
ILS Proton launches Hispasat satellite
ILS Proton launches Hispasat satellite
 International Launch Services last night conducted the second of three commercial Proton launches planned for this year, completing a nine hour and 12-minute mission carrying Hispasat’s Amazonas-5 satellite…
All-Night Proton Ascent Mission Successfully Delivers Amazonas 5 Communications Satellite
All-Night Proton Ascent Mission Successfully Delivers Amazonas 5 Communications Satellite
Russia’s Proton rocket thundered into the night skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday, carrying the U.S.-built Amazonas 5 communications satellite set to deliver TV and Internet Services to South and Central America…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

LEGO reviewing fan-created space shuttle, Saturn V launch tower for production
LEGO reviewing fan-created space shuttle, Saturn V launch tower for production
 Fan-designed LEGO models of NASA’s Saturn V launch tower and a space shuttle scaled to match the towering moon rocket are now under review to possibly become official LEGO toy sets…

World / Welt

Photos & Video: Soyuz Rocket Assembled for Launch of Next ISS...
Engineers at the Baikonur Cosmodrome assembled a Soyuz FG rocket on September 8, 2017 in preparation for rollout to the historic Site 1/5 for the launch of three International Space Station…
#DLRparabelflug - Zum runden Geburtstag die Schwerelosigkeit...
30. DLR-Parabelflugkampagne vom 11. bis 15. September 2017 in Bordeaux Tipp: , um fullscreen zu beenden. Vorbereitungen im A310 ZERO-G für die 30. DLR-Parabelflugkampagne Vorbereitungen…
Eine Copernicus-Strategie für Deutschland
Bundeskabinett positioniert sich zur Erdbeobachtung Kontinuierliche Umweltüberwachung Das Copernicus-Programm von EU und ESA sichert mit den Sentinel-Satelliten eine kontinuierliche…

Science / Wissenschaft

Chandra & XMM: Ältere Sterne beruhigen sich schnell
Die Lebensfreundlichkeit von Planeten hängt nicht nur von ihrem Abstand vom jeweiligen Zentralstern ab, sondern auch von dessen Aktivität: Kommt es häufig zu Ausbrüchen, dürfte es das…

History / Geschichte

@humanoidhistory: Looking down at Earth from the...
Looking down at Earth from the Gemini 12 #space capsule, November 12, 1966.
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