Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.10.17

Front Page / Titelseite

ALMA & Rosetta: Der Lebensindikator, der keiner ist
„Durch das leistungsstarke ALMA-Teleskop können wir mittlerweile Moleküle nachweisen, die Lichtjahre von uns entfernt sind“, so Jes Jørgensen vom Niels-Bohr-Institut der Universität…
ALMA and Rosetta Detect Organohalogens in Two Distant Places in Space
Observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA’s Rosetta mission, have detected the faint molecular fingerprint of methyl chloride in gas, a chemical…
U.S. Spacewalkers Repair Space Station Robotic Arm in Successful 7-Hour Excursion
Veteran NASA spacewalker Randy Bresnik and EVA rookie Mark Vande Hei spent nearly seven hours working outside the International Space Station on Thursday, conducting important maintenance…
Spacewalkers Wrap Up Robotic Arm Work
Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA completed a 6 hour, 55 minute spacewalk at 3 p.m. EDT. The two astronauts replaced one of two Latching End…
Gallery: Spacewalkers Work Outside Space Station to Repair Robotic Arm
View the recent spacewalk by ISS Expedition 53 Astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei through their perspective with these photos collected during U.S. EVA-44, performed on October 5,…
ISS Astronauts Hope for Repeat Spacewalk Success on Tuesday
Astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei are gearing up for their second spacewalk in five days, looking to repeat the success of last Thursday’s excursion that accomplished all primary…
Astronauts Back Inside Station After Second Spacewalk
Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA completed a 6 hour, 26 minute spacewalk at 2:22 p.m. EDT. The two astronauts lubricated components of the…
Atlas V Rocket Rolls Back after Three Back-to-Back Launch Scrubs
Update (Oct. 6): The launch of ULA’s Atlas V rocket was delayed again Friday morning due to uncooperative weather at the Cape Canaveral launch site with violations of lightning and cloud…
Atlas V Rocket Rolls Back after Three Back-to-Back Launch Scrubs
ULA’s Atlas V rocket carrying the classified NROL-52 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been forced to move back into its Integration Facility after suffering three…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

NASA plans to extend expandable module`s stay on space station - SpaceNews.com
SYDNEY – NASA plans to keep an experimental expandable module attached to the International Space Station beyond its original two-year lifetime, the agency announced Oct. 2. In a…
Robotic Arm Lubrication, Camera Replacement & More - Back-to-Back EVA Success for ISS Astronauts
International Space Station crew members Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei checked off a busy task list on Tuesday during the second of three spacewalks planned outside the orbiting…
Progress MS-07 Cargo Ship to Attempt Fastest ISS Rendezvous on Thursday
A Soyuz 2-1A rocket rolled out to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunrise on Tuesday, greeted by colorful skies as the stage is set for liftoff on Thursday to send the Progress…
Spacewalk Review Ahead of Thursday`s Cargo Delivery
Two astronauts checked in with ground engineers today after completing the second of three spacewalks yesterday that are planned for this month. Meanwhile, a Russian cargo ship stands at…

Earth / Erde

Erfolgreiche Generalprobe für den Start von Sentinel-5P
Hauptkontrollraum im ESOC Erfolgreiche Generalprobe für den Start von Sentinel-5P Missionskontrolleure haben gestern zum letzten Mal den Start von Sentinel-5P simuliert. Das Team am Boden…
Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P
Ready to assume control of Sentinel-5P Mission controllers completed a critical final rehearsal today, confirming that everything and everyone on ground are ready to take over control of…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Facettenreiche Dünen auf dem Wüstenplaneten Mars
Webcast: Wetter und Klima auf dem Mars Dr. Daniela Tirsch, Planetengeologin am DLR-Institut für Planetenforschung, erklärt im Interview, wie Wind und Wetter die Oberfläche des Mars auch…
Mars Facts: Life, Water and Robots on the Red Planet
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. Befitting the red planet’s bloody color, the Romans named it after their god of war. The Romans copied the ancient Greeks, who also named the planet…
Catalog Page for PIA21968
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…
NASA`s Mars Odyssey Snaps Its First Images of Moon Phobos
After 16 years of orbiting the Red Planet, NASA’s record-breaking Mars Odyssey spacecraft has captured its first photos of the Martian moon Phobos. Mars Odyssey launched in 2001 and is the…
Jupiter and Two of Its Biggest Moons Loom in Stunning Juno Photo
Two of Jupiter’s largest and most intriguing moons hover near the giant planet in a striking photo snapped by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced image – which Juno captured on Sept….
Catalog Page for PIA21908
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…

Politics / Politik

NASA: Wieder zum Mond und dann zum Mars
Seit Amtsantritt von US-Präsident Trump stellen sich Raumfahrtexperten eine Frage: Welche Strategie wird die Raumfahrtbehörde NASA unter seiner Regierung verfolgen? Beim ersten Treffen…
The Next Giant Leap: US Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says
The Trump administration is committed to sending astronauts to the moon as part of a broader push to prioritize human spaceflight and firm up U.S. dominance in the final frontier, Vice…

Technology / Technologie

Falcon 9 Delivers 3rd Iridium-NEXT Satellite Batch, 1st Stage Masters Nighttime Drone Ship Landing
Continuing to move at a brisk pace through launch manifests on both coasts of the United States, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, thundering off from California’s…
SpaceX Launches 10 New Iridium Satellites, Sticks Rocket Landing
The private spaceflight company SpaceXsuccessfully launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit today (Oct. 9) and landed the spent Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster on a…
Falcon 9 / Iridium-3 Launch Videos & Stunning Views From Afar
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:37:01 UTC on Monday, October 9, 2017 to dispatch the third group of ten Iridium-NEXT…
SpaceX Launches 10 New Iridium Satellites, Sticks Rocket Landing
The private spaceflight company SpaceXsuccessfully launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit today (Oct. 9) and landed the spent Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster on a…
Final Building Block for Japanese Navigation Constellation Arrives in Orbit
Japan’s H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Island Tuesday morning with the final building block in the country’s regional navigation system, designed to improve GPS navigation…
Final QZSS Navigation Augmentation Constellation Member to Launch Monday Night on H-IIA
Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, designed to improve the availability & accuracy of satellite navigation over the island nation, will reach full strength on Monday when the fourth and…
How a new orbital moon station could take us to Mars and beyond
The dream of a human habitat in orbit about the moon came a step closer on September 27, when NASA and the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) signed up to a common vision for future human…
China Successfully Launches Remote Sensing Satellite for Venezuela
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 4:13 UTC on Monday, carrying into orbit the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 2, „Antonio José de…

World / Welt

Mission accomplished for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Course 2017
In September 2017 the second student edition of the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESA-ESEC, in Belgium. The…
To Mars with ESA and the Guggenheim Bilbao
ESA and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with the BBK Foundation, are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Spanish arts centre with a performance of Chasmata, a journey to Mars through…

Science / Wissenschaft

The Scientific Quest to Explain Kepler`s Most Enigmatic Find
Some 1,500 light years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out. The world has the chance to watch, as the scientific process and the mystery continue to unfold.
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international…
NASA Lab Gets Space Radiation Upgrade for Mars Mission Research
New upgrades to a NASA radiation laboratory will let researchers explore the deadly environment astronauts encounter beyond Earth’s magnetic field. Radiation is the silent killer of space…
EDEN-ISS-Gewächshaus auf dem Weg in die Antarktis
DLR-Wissenschaftler Paul Zabel zieht für ein Jahr mit dem Gewächshaus EDEN-ISS in die Antarktis Probebetrieb in Bremen liefert über 40 Kilogramm Frischgemüse Pflanzenzucht ohne Erde,…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Sind auf dem Mars auch Sonnenfinsternisse möglich?
Es gibt auf dem Mars keine Sonnenfinsternisse, wie wir sie auf der Erde kennen. Entscheidend für unser Sonnenfinsterniserlebnis ist ja, dass Mond und Sonne an unserem Himmel praktisch die…
Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA`s InSight Lander!
Want to send your name to Mars? NASA is offering another chance to do so. When the InSight lander launches to the Red Planet next year, it will contain the names of members of the public,…
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