Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.10.17

Front Page / Titelseite

First Detection of Gravitational Waves from Neutron-Star Crash Marks New Era of Astronomy
A new era of astronomy has begun. For the first time ever, scientists have spotted both gravitational waves and light coming from the same cosmic event – in this case, the cataclysmic…
ESA Science & Technology: INTEGRAL sees blast travelling with gravitational waves
ESA’s INTEGRAL satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.
Integral trägt zur Aufzeichnung von Neutronensternenkollision bei
Kollidierende Neutronensterne Integral trägt zur Aufzeichnung von Neutronensternenkollision bei Der ESA-Satellit Integral hat kürzlich eine entscheidende Rolle bei einer bahnbrechenden…
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years…
Infrared View of NGC 4993, Host Galaxy to a Neutron Star Merger
Infrared View of NGC 4993, Host Galaxy to a Neutron Star Merger
NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993. The event, labeled GW170817, was initially detected nearly simultaneously in gravitational waves and gamma rays, but subsequent observations by many dozens of telescopes have monitored…
ESA Science & Technology: Hubble observes source of gravitational waves for the first time [heic1717]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed for the first time the source of a gravitational wave, created by the merger of two neutron stars. This merger created a kilonova – an…
Gravitationswellen: Wenn Neutronensterne verschmelzen
Zum ersten Mal haben Astronominnen und Astronomen die Gravitationswellen, also die Kräuselungen der Raumzeit, und das Licht von zwei verschmelzenden Neutronensterne beobachtet. Mit dem…
Neue Ära der Astronomie: Gravitationswellen und Licht vom selben Ereignis - der ersten "Kilonova" - Abenteuer Astronomie
Die Ära der “ Multi-Messenger-Astrononomie“ ist im August angebrochen: Zum ersten Mal wurden von derselben kosmischen Explosion sowohl Gravitationswellen wie ein Gammastrahlen-Blitz und…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Astronaut Scott Kelly on the devastating effects of a year in space
„That’s the first time I’ve seen you stumble,“ Mark says. „You’re doing pretty good.“ A former astronaut, Mark knows from personal experience what it’s like to come back to Earth. As I walk…
Progress MS-07 Cargo Vehicle Completes Textbook Rendezvous after Two-Day Flight to ISS
The Progress MS-07 resupply ship pulled into its orbital docking port at the International Space Station at 11:04 UTC on Monday after its commute to Station was extended to two days…
Video: Soyuz 2-1A Launches Progress MS-07 Supply Craft
A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket blasted off from Site 31/6 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8:46:53 UTC on Saturday, coming back after a last-second launch abort two days earlier.
Soyuz Rocket Soars to Orbit with Progress Cargo Ship, set for Revised Two-Day Mission Profile
Coming back from a rare ignition abort two days ago, Russia’s Soyuz rocket shot into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday with the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft headed to…
Russian Spacecraft Delivers Station Supplies
Traveling about 252 miles over eastern China, the unpiloted Russian Progress 68 cargo ship docked at 7:04 a.m. EDT to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station. For…
Astronauts Prep for Spacewalk and Check Science Gear
Two NASA astronauts are getting ready to go on their mission’s third spacewalk on Friday. In the midst of those preparations, the Expedition 53 crew also worked on science gear exploring a…
Station Cargo Mission and Spacewalk Rescheduled
Roscosmos has rescheduled the launch of the Russian Progress 68 cargo spacecraft for Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:46 am EDT (2:46 p.m. local time in Baikonur). The spacecraft is carrying almost…
Russia Is Flying Something Odd On Progress MS-07
„Russia’s seven-ton Progress MS-07 tanker will be carrying a secret, a previously unseen instrument attached to the exterior front section of the spacecraft. NASA has no idea what it is….
Russia Won`t Tell NASA What It`s Sending to the ISS
Thursday’s early morning launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan is a routine one, delivering fuel, water, and food for the six astronauts currently on board the International Space…
Rare Soyuz Ignition Abort Scratches Express Rendezvous Plans for Progress Cargo Ship
Russia’s Soyuz rocket suffered a rare ignition abort on Thursday, preventing the Progress MS-07 cargo resupply craft from launching on a new fast-track rendezvous with the International…
Launch of Russian Cargo Mission Scrubbed
Launch of the Russian Progress 68 cargo craft has been scrubbed for today. The next launch attempt will be no earlier than Saturday Oct. 14 at 4:46 am EDT (2:46 p.m. local time in…
Launch of Russia`s Fastest Space Cargo Mission Yet Aborted in Final Minute
The Russian space agency Roscosmos aborted the launch of its fastest cargo mission to the International Space Station yet today (Oct. 12) due to „reasons yet to be analyzed“ that occurred…

Earth / Erde

Europe Launches Satellite to Map Air Pollution in Unprecedented Detail
LONDON -The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the most advanced air-pollution-monitoring satellite ever built, with the mission of mapping the global distribution of dangerous air…
Wächter unserer Atmosphäre: Umweltsatellit Sentinel-5P ist im All
Welche Spurengase wie Stickstoffoxid, Ozon, Formaldehyd, Schwefeldioxid, Methan und Kohlenmonoxid sind in unserer Atmosphäre? Wie hoch sind die globalen und regionalen…
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern…
Sentinel-5P Atmospheric Monitoring Satellite Rides into Orbit atop Converted Ballistic Missile
A Russian ICBM-turned-space-launch-vehicle lifted off from a remote Cosmodrome north of Moscow on Friday, boosting into orbit a satellite joining the world’s largest environmental…
Photos: Rockot Blasts Off from Russia with Sentinel-5P Atmospheric Monitoring Satellite
A Russian Rockot launch vehicle lifted off from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 9:27:44 UTC on Friday, October 13, 2017 with the Sentinel-5P satellite – joining Europe’s Copernicus…
Sentinel-5P liftoff
Replay of the Sentinel-5P liftoff on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017.Sentinel-5P – the ‚P‘ standing for ‚Precursor‘ -…
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health Launched last week, Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite – the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe – is in excellent…
Successful completion of One Year of Service by SCATSAT-1 Scatterometer - ISRO
SCATSAT-1, the state-of-the-art satellite with a dedicated Scatterometer payload was launched on September 26, 2016. It is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 Scatterometer (OSCAT) to…
Acquiring signals
On Friday, 13 October, Europe’s Sentinel-5P Earth observation mission will be lofted into space on a Russian rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, with liftoff set for 09:27:30 GMT (11:27:30…
Satellite Photos of California`s Devastating Wildfires (Gallery)
As wildfires engulfed northern California’s wine country, NASA satellites monitored the flames and smoke from space.
NASA Satellite Sees Overheated Tropical Forests Oozing with Carbon Dioxide
NASA’s latest carbon dioxide-mapping satellite has detected a dramatic spike in the amount of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, measuring the largest annual increase Earth has seen in…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Cassini Battled Saturn Hard During Death Dive
Cassini put up a good fight. The NASA Saturn probe fired its thrusters full bore for at least 91 seconds during its suicide plunge into the ringed planet on Sept. 15, battling hard to keep…
Reconstructing Cassini`s Plunge into Saturn
As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with…
Probing the Cusps of Saturn`s Magnetic Field - Eos
Data from the Cassini spacecraft show that the cusp regions of Saturn’s magnetic field-where it connects to the Sun’s magnetic field-have similarities to Earth’s and also intriguing…
OSIRIS-REx Images Earth and the Moon in Color - OSIRIS-REx Mission
This color composite image of Earth and the Moon was taken Oct. 2, 2017 (ten days after OSIRIS-REx performed its Earth Gravity Assist maneuver), using MapCam, the mid-range scientific…
CUTE: Mini-Satellit soll heiße Jupiter erforschen
Sogenannte Cubesats, kleine würfelförmige Satelliten mit einer Kantenlänge von gerade einmal zehn Zentimetern, können immer komplexere Aufgaben übernehmen. Die amerikanische…
Geology of the Victoria Quadrangle on Mercury
Mercury, the innermost planet of our Solar System is a grey, barren world to our human eyes. In stark contrast, this map shows a portion of the surface in a patchwork of colour, each shade…
Catalog Page for PIA21909
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…
Clouds over lava flows on Mars
Diffuse, water-ice clouds, a hazy sky and a light breeze. Such might have read a weather forecast for the Tharsis volcanic region on Mars on 22 November 2016, when this image was taken by…
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA’s Mars Express is proving its worth as a science…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos
ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
Tanimura’s team and another team led by Anna de Graaff at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland looked at data from the Planck satellite for a thermal signal called the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich…
Hubble`s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation
ESO 553-46 has one of the highest rates of star formation of the 1,000 or so galaxies nearest to the Milky Way.

Politics / Politik

Still Waiting For Bridenstine (Update)
Keith’s update: Sources report that Bridenstine’s confirmation hearing will be on 1 November. Keith’s update: Still no word as to when the confirmation hearing for NASA Administrator…
Back To The Moon - This Time With A Plan, Please
„A mission statement is vital for people to succinctly understand and fully comprehend the reasons for returning to the Moon. Ideally, a mission statement is a simple, declarative sentence,…

Technology / Technologie

Sunset Launch & Twilight Landing for Third Re-Used Falcon 9, SES 11 Satellite Enters GTO
SpaceX successfully launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, lifting off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral at sunset with the SES 11 broadcasting satellite. Checking off the…
Video: Third SpaceX Falcon 9 Re-Use Mission
A ‚flight-proven‘ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Launch Complex 39A at 22:53 UTC on October 11, 2017 carrying the SES 11 satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The…
Video: Third SpaceX Falcon 9 Re-Use Mission
A ‚flight-proven‘ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Launch Complex 39A at 22:53 UTC on October 11, 2017 carrying the SES 11 satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The…
SpaceX Drone Ships Return to Home Ports with More & Less Used Falcon 9 Rockets
Moving through its busy 2017 manifest at brisk pace, SpaceX managed to pack two launches into this week, starting off on Monday with the company’s third mission in support of the deployment…
Classified NRO Satellite Spotted in Orbit within Hours of Launch
Within hours of its arrival in a classified orbit on Sunday, satellite trackers spotted the clandestine NROL-52 satellite – confirming its expected orbital trajectory and adding further…
Atlas V Returns to Cape Canaveral Launch Complex for Fourth Launch Attempt with NROL-52
ULA’s Atlas V AV-075 rocket is back on its Cape Canaveral Launch Pad for another try at getting off the ground Saturday morning with the classified NROL-52 satellite, marking the mission’s…
Atlas V Blasts Off from Florida on Fifth Attempt, Classified NROL-52 Satellite Confirmed in Orbit
Lifting a classified satellite in the interests of U.S. National Security, ULA’s Atlas V rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday – finally getting off the…
3D printers: A revolutionary frontier for medicine
Mission control on earth receives an urgent communication from Mars that an astronaut has fractured his shinbone. Using a handheld scanning device, the crew takes images of his damaged…
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

I asked artists to create films using real sounds from space - this is what they came up with
Art and science are often seen as complete opposites: art is subjective, while science aims to discover objective facts about nature. But more and more, we are realising that there are…
The Future of Space Is Coming...`Soonish`
In their new book „Soonish“ (Penguin Press, 2017), out today (Oct. 17), Kelly and Zach Weinersmith dig into 10 realms of future technology to see which will survive, which will likely…

World / Welt

1st Female Space Tourist Hopes to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM Careers
At the Museum of Math in New York City Thursday (Oct. 5), U.S. entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari wowed the crowd with tales of her 10 days aboard the International Space Station in 2006 as the…
Richard Branson Won`t Fly in Space in 6 Months, Virgin Galactic President Says
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson most likely won’t be going to space in the next six months, despite his recent statement that he’d be „very disappointed“…
What Role Will NASA Play in Getting Humans to Mars?
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – What role will NASA play in getting humans to Mars, and when will the agency depend on participation from commercial companies? A top NASA official discussed the agency’s…
Tiangong 1: Chinesische Raumstation vor unkontrolliertem Absturz
Ende des Jahres oder Anfang 2018 wird Tiangong 1 abstürzen, ohne dass absehbar ist, wann genau das passieren wird und wo mögliche Trümmerteile einschlagen könnten. Das wird sich erst…
Absturz von chinesischem Raumlabor: Trümmer von "Tiangong 1" könnten auf Erde treffen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Wissenschaft
Raumfahrtexperten zufolge werden Teile des chinesischen Raumlabors „Tiangong 1“ wahrscheinlich bald auf der Erde einschlagen. „Ein Großteil des Labors wird in der Atmosphäre verglühen,…
How 2 Aerospace Companies Plan to Launch an Inflatable Moon-Orbiting Habitat
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace will collaborate to place a space station in orbit around the moon by 2023, the companies announced in a joint statement today (Oct. 17)….
NASA to leverage current planning for 45-day exploration report - SpaceNews.com
COLUMBIA, Md. – A shift in focus in NASA’s exploration plans to the moon won’t have an immediate effect on planning for the first flight of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket, now…
Österreichische Spuren im All
Graz – 1987 wurde Österreich zum Vollmitglied der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation Esa – ein Grund zum Feiern, denn diese Mitgliedschaft hat nicht nur die wissenschaftliche Neugier…

Science / Wissenschaft

Real-Life `Replicants`: 6 Humanoid Robots Used for Space Exploration
Although Robonaut 1 was never meant to fly in space, NASA tested the technology on the ground before launching its successor, Robonaut 2, in 2011. Robonaut was created in collaboration with…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
No one knows for sure what a long-range space journey will be like for the people on board. Nobody in the history of our species has ever had to deal with the „Earth-out-of-view“…
Space Spinner! Astronaut Shows What Fidget Spinners Do in Orbit
How awesome is a fidget spinner in space, where your body can do all the spinning you want? Pretty awesome, it turns out. Astronauts on the International Space Station showed off their…
In Videos: Gravitational Wave Detection from Neutron-Star Crash
Update Oct. 17: For the first time, gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars has been detected and its source has been visually observed with telescopes. The LIGO and Virgo…

History / Geschichte

Apollo 11 spacecraft traveling exhibit lands at Space Center Houston (photos) | collectSPACE
A moon ship has landed in Space City. The iconic Apollo 11 command module Columbia has arrived at Space Center Houston, where it is premiering Oct. 14 as the centerpiece of the Smithsonian…
Erster Spaziergänger im All kämpfte ums Überleben - WELT
Geschichte Am 18. März 1965 wagte der Russe Alexei Leonow den ersten Weltraumspaziergang. Erst viel später wurde klar: Was als Weltsensation verkauft wurde, war in Wahrheit ein Wettlauf…
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