Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.10.17

 

Front Page / Titelseite

Searching for distant worlds with a flying telescope
Researchers from the University of Bern, using an observatory on board a jumbo jet, have observed how the extrasolar Planet GJ 1214b is passing in front of its star, causing a kind of…
SOFIA: Flugzeugteleskop beobachtet Planetentransit
Astronomen haben mit SOFIA erstmals den Transit eines extrasolaren Planeten beobachtet. Die Beobachtungen von GJ 1214b zeigen, dass derartige Messungen mit dem Infrarot-Teleskop im Jumbojet…
Sputnik - 60 years of the space age
Sputnik – 60 years of the space age Sixty years ago, the first ‚beep-beep‘ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era…
CIA Site Redirect - Central Intelligence Agency
These challenges are international in scope and are priorities for the Central Intelligence Agency. If you have information about these or other national security challenges, please provide…
Hubble Paves Scientific Paths for NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is helping identify potential celestial targets for the James Webb Space Telescope through a series of preparatory science observations to be completed before…
Spaceport schedule conflict could delay JWST launch - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is facing a schedule conflict for its Ariane 5 launch with a European planetary science mission that could, in one scenario, delay the…
NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope to be Launched Spring 2019
The launch date was moved after the team reassessed the schedule following testing.
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
The successor to NASA’s famed Hubble Space Telescope won’t get off the ground next year after all.NASA has pushed the planned launch of the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues.
ESA Science & Technology: Biomarker found in space complicates search for life on exoplanets
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited…
No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System
Organic molecules once thought to be produced only by life-forms have been found in two separate regions of space: a nearby comet and the debris around a pair of forming stars. Previous…
Rapper B.o.B. Wants to Launch a Satellite to See if Earth Is Flat
B.o.B may be about to blow the lid off the „round-Earth conspiracy.“ Unlike the rest of us, the Atlanta-based rapper has not been „tricked“ into believing our planet is spherical by…
Astronauts to Flat-Earther B.o.B: We`ve Seen the Curve
Some former NASA astronauts have a message for flat-Earther B.o.B: The curve is real, and we’ve seen it. Last week, the Atlanta-based rapper kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Eye Checks and Cargo Ops Ahead of Thursday Spacewalk
Three Expedition 53 astronauts conducted eye exams Tuesday morning two days ahead of a spacewalk. The crew is also preparing for a pair of upcoming commercial cargo missions. Commander…
Three Spacewalks Ahead for Space Station Crew to Re-Fit Critical Robotic Servicing System
The crew of International Space Station Expedition 53 is gearing up for three spacewalks beginning this week to complete major maintenance on the Mobile Servicing System including the…
NASA Discusses Spacewalks on Monday
International Space Station managers and spacewalk experts will talk next week about a series of three spacewalks taking place in October. NASA TV will broadcast a briefing Monday at 2 p.m….
Station Orbiting Higher as Crew Checks Spacesuits
The International Space Station boosted its orbit Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of a pair of Russian spaceships before the end of the year. Meanwhile, the Expedition 53 crew…
Station Crew Gearing Up for Three October Spacewalks
Two astronauts are getting ready for a spacewalk set to begin Thursday at 8:05 a.m. EDT. This will be the first of three spacewalks taking place this month for maintenance at the…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

After Cassini: 14 Epic Planetary Science Missions to Get Excited About
After 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended its mission to Saturn on Sept. 15. Here’s a rundown of some other orbiters, probes and rover missions en route to new destinations…
Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface
An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface. „NASA’s distributed set of science missions is in the right place to…
ESA Science & Technology: Unexpected surprise: a final image from Rosetta
Scientists analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the comet last year have reconstructed one last image of its touchdown site.
Hubble Spots Farthest-Ever Incoming Active Comet
A new image reveals a distant newcomer to our solar system: the farthest active comet ever spotted, heading toward the sun for the first time. The Hubble Space Telescope captured a view of…
A Fresh Look at Older Data Yields a Surprise Near the Martian Equator
Scientists taking a new look at older data from NASA’s longest-operating Mars orbiter have discovered evidence of significant hydration near the Martian equator — a mysterious signature in…
Ancient Mars May Have Thawed Through Methane Bursts
Ancient Mars may have been warmed by bursts of methane trapped under its surface, a new study finds – which could help explain past episodes of warmer, wetter climate on the otherwise…
Catalog Page for PIA21967
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…
Planetary Society Is For And Against Mars Colonization Or Something
100 RT @starstryder: RT @SciBry: The highs and lows of the last week remind us why the future must be in robotic, not crewed, space flight.- Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) November 12,…
Happy Anniversary, Dawn! Record-Setting NASA Probe Marks 10 Years in Space
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has now been exploring the final frontier for a decade. Dawn launched on Sept. 27, 2007, kicking off a $467 million mission to study the two largest objects in the…
Akatsuki: Japan`s Mission to Study Climate of Venus
Japan’s Akatsuki is a spacecraft that is orbiting Venus to study the planet’s climate and atmosphere. The $300-million spacecraft began its science observations in 2016 and remained…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
A supermassive black hole lies at the heart of most galaxies, and a new study suggests how these ravenous cosmic structures may ultimately define their hosts.
ESA Science & Technology: Bursting with Starbirth [heic 1716]
This oddly-shaped galactic spectacle is bursting with brand new stars. The pink fireworks in this image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are regions of intense star formation,…

Politics / Politik

Resurrected National Space Council Will Hold 1st Meeting Oct. 5
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will convene his first meeting of the reinstated National Space Council on Oct. 5, White House officials announced Tuesday (Sept. 27). The meeting, titled…
National Space Council Meeting Remains A Mystery
Keith’s note: Last week the White House issued a short press release stating that „the first meeting of the National Space Council is scheduled for October 5, 2017 at the Steven F….

Technology / Technologie

SpaceX Explores Commercial Options for Updated BFR Architecture, Elon Musk sets `Aspirational` Schedule
SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk provided on update on the company’s proposed Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) and BFR Rocket on Friday, discussing a number of changes to the…
Presentation Slides - Elon Musk Update on SpaceX`s Interplanetary Transport System
SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk provided an update on the company’s proposed Interplanetary Transport System and BFR Rocket on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the International…
The BFR: SpaceX`s Mars-Colonization Architecture in Images
On Sept. 29, 2017, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s latest Mars-colonization architecture, which centers on a rocket-spaceship combo dubbed the BFR (Big F***ing…
Elon Musk Wants Giant SpaceX Spaceship to Fly People to Mars by 2024
SpaceX aims to launch its first cargo mission to Mars in 2022 and send people toward the Red Planet just two years after that. Those are just two of the highlights of the company’s current…
Elon Musk Says SpaceX`s Giant Mars Rocket Could Fly Passengers Around Earth
A giant spaceship designed to fly people to Mars could also revolutionize travel on Earth, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced today (Sept. 29). SpaceX massive „BFR“ spaceship, which could be…
SpaceX Completes Static Fire Test ahead of Third Falcon 9 Re-Use Mission
SpaceX test fired a previously flown Falcon 9 booster on its Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad on Monday in preparation for the company’s third re-use mission aiming for liftoff on Saturday….
NASA`s Predawn Rocket Launch Will Test a Supersonic Parachute
NASA will launch a small rocket from Virginia’s Eastern Shore early Wednesday (Oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for Mars. The launch may be visible…
Asian Communications Satellite Successfully Launched by Russian Proton Rocket
Just two and a half weeks after making its last orbital delivery, Russia’s Proton-M rocket lit up the night over the Baikonur Cosmodrome again on Thursday – blasting off toward orbit with…
Photos: Proton Rocket Thunders Off on Third Commercial Mission of 2017
Conducting its second commercial satellite delivery of the month, Russia’s Proton-M rocket blasted off from Baikonur’s Site 200/39 at 18:52:16 UTC on Thursday, September 28, 2017 on a…
Video: Proton-M Launches AsiaSat 9
Conducting its second commercial satellite delivery of the month, Russia’s Proton-M rocket blasted off from Baikonur’s Site 200/39 at 18:52:16 UTC on Thursday, September 28, 2017 on a…
Facing the Sun
Now being fitted with its state-of-the-art instruments, ESA’s Solar Orbiter is set to provide new views of our star, in particular providing close-up observations of the Sun’s…
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…
Engineers Warm NASA`s Webb Telescope as End of Cryogenic Testing Nears
The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has begun to rise, signaling the beginning of the end of James Webb Space Telescope’s cryogenic testing.
Web Cam - JWST/NASA
James Webb Space Telescope
China Puts Secretive Satellite Trio into Orbit atop Long March 2C Rocket
China conducted a secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Friday, involving a Long March 2C rocket deploying a trio of satellites into orbit under the designation…
Ariane 5 Returns to French Guiana Launch Pad for Second Attempt with Intelsat 37e & BSat-4a
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket returned to its French Guiana Launch Pad for liftoff Friday night with a pair of communications satellites for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japanese operator B-SAT,…
Asian Communications Satellite Successfully Launched by Russian Proton Rocket
Just two and a half weeks after making its last orbital delivery, Russia’s Proton-M rocket lit up the night over the Baikonur Cosmodrome again on Thursday – blasting off toward orbit with…
Warum baut man nicht Raumschiffe mit rotierenden Komponenten, um die Schwerkraft zu simulieren?
Man sieht es immer wieder in (realistischeren) Science-Fiction-Filmen: Raumschiffe, in denen es Bereiche gibt, die langsam rotieren, um so für die Besatzung im Inneren die Schwerkraft zu…
Blue Origin Engineer Talks Next Steps for New Shepard, New Glenn
ATLANTA – Earlier this month, at the Dragon Con science-fiction and fantasy convention, a representative from the private spaceflight company Blue Origin spoke to a crowd about the…
NASA to update EM-1 schedule in October - SpaceNews.com
SYDNEY – NASA plans to publish a revised launch date for the first mission of its Space Launch System in October amid reports that the flight has been pushed back to nearly the end of 2019….
Mars Base Camp: Lockheed Martin`s Red Planet Plan in Pictures
The aerospace company Lockheed Martin has an ambitious vision for Mars exploration by astronauts. Called Mars Base Camp, the plan includes sleek landers and huge interplanetary ships to…
Crewed Starliner test flight could slip to 2019 - SpaceNews.com
ADELAIDE, Australia – Boeing says it is making good progress on the development of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, but acknowledged the first crewed test flight of the…
Rocket Lab to fly satellites on second Electron launch - SpaceNews.com
ADELAIDE, Australia – Rocket Lab, the U.S.-New Zealand company developing the Electron small launch vehicle, said Sept. 26 that it will fly four cubesats from two companies on the rocket’s…
SpaceX Just Declared SLS To Be Irrelevant
One thing to notice about the @ElonMusk #IAC2017 presentation – no mention of @NASA_SLS. #irrelevant – NASA Watch (@NASAWatch)

World / Welt

IAC 2017: DLR beschließt Kooperationen mit internationalen Partnern
Auf dem International Astronautical Congress IAC, der im australischen Adelaide vom 25. bis 29. September 2017 stattfand, tauschten sich die Vertreter von internationalen…
ASA And Russia Are Only Studying Deep Space Gateway - Not Building It
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space „This joint statement reflects the common vision for human exploration that NASA and Roscosmos share. Both…
Art-ificial Satellite: Museum Wants to Launch Satellite Sculpture into Orbit
Artificial satellites serve a wide range of purposes for humanity, including national defense, communications and scientific inquiry. But artist Trevor Paglen and the Nevada Museum of Art…
Ignoring Half Of The Potential Space Traveling Population
Only 3 of 34 speakers at @ISPCS International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight are female https://t.co/OnhRzQPVI0 #ISPCS pic.twitter.com/iWG0pdZBeV – NASA Watch (@NASAWatch)
SA `is launch pad for space start-ups`
LAUNCH testing and space qualification missions are set to happen in South Australia, Space Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says. He has announced a partnership with start-up…

Science / Wissenschaft

ESA Science & Technology: Gaia data help prepare for a rare celestial alignment of Neptune`s largest moon
On 5 October 2017, the largest moon of Neptune will pass in front of a distant star. This rare event will temporarily block the star’s light from Earth and provide an excellent opportunity…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Expedition 53 is hard at work 200-plus miles above us! Catch this week’s research highlights here.

History / Geschichte

Vorstoß in den Kosmos: Russland feiert 60 Jahre Sputnik-Flug
Der Schock aus dem All kam als Piepsen. Vor 60 Jahren läutete die Sowjetunion mit dem Satelliten Sputnik 1 – einer Metallkugel von 83 Kilogramm und 58 Zentimetern Durchmesser – die Ära…
Sputnik 1! 7 Fun Facts About Humanity`s First Satellite
The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite took to the skies on Oct. 4, 1957, launching the space age and the Cold War space race. Here are a few fun facts you may not know about Sputnik 1 and…
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