Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.10.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Relive New Horizons Probe`s Historic Discoveries with Epic NASA Video
When it flew past enigmatic Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft had only just begun its voyage of exploration, and a new video from NASA’s ScienceCasts series takes…
New Film `Lunar Tribute` Tells Moonwalker`s Story with Drums
NEW YORK – The new documentary film „Lunar Tribute“ depicts the awe and anxiety of traveling across the „velvet“ blackness of space, and reveals the dedication of one astronaut to his…
Möglicher Standort für Basis: Kilometerlange Höhle auf dem Mond gefunden
Japanische Forscher haben dank einer inzwischen zerstörten Sonde eine bis zu 50 Kilometer lange Höhle auf dem Mond gefunden. In solch einer Höhle könnten Astronauten eine geschützte…
Nano-Satelliten: Disruption in der Raumfahrt
Mini- und Nano-Satelliten können das Raumfahrtgeschäft grundlegend veränderten. Hunderte davon sollen in den nächsten Jahren in einen Erd-Orbit befördert werden, hieß es auf der…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

ISS Astronauts go 3-for-3 in Successful Spacewalks, Robotic Arm Restored to Full Functionality
A series of three Extravehicular Activities concluded on Friday with another very successful spacewalk outside the International Space Station that finished repairing the Station’s robotic…
Expedition 53 Spacewalk Successfully Comes to an End
Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA completed a 6 hour, 49 minute spacewalk at 2:36 p.m. EDT. The two astronauts installed a new camera system on the…
Spacewalking Astronauts Install New Cameras and Prep Space Station for Robotic Work
Two NASA astronauts tackled a third spacewalk in just two weeks today (Oct. 20), venturing outside the International Space Station to install a new high-definition camera, replace another…
Expedition 53 Embarks upon Third and Final Spacewalk in October Series
Two NASA astronauts switched their spacesuits to battery power this morning at 7:47 a.m. EDT aboard the International Space Station to begin a spacewalk planned to last about 6.5 hours….
ISS Spacewalk Effort to Conclude with Friday EVA to Replace Cameras, Fuses; Prepare for Robotic Work
The Expedition 53 crew aboard the International Space Station is gearing up for the third and last in a series of spacewalks planned this month to complete repair work on the Space…
Final Spacewalk Preps Before November Cygnus Launch
Four Expedition 53 crewmates huddled together and made final preparations the day before the third and final spacewalk planned for October. Meanwhile, NASA’s commercial partner Orbital ATK…
Culmination of Spacewalks Leads into Studies on Crew Health and Performance
After a trio of spacewalks this month, including the final one conducted last Friday by Commander Randy Bresnik and Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, the Expedition 53 crew returned to a…
S.S. Gene Cernan: Space station resupply ship named for late moonwalker | collectSPACE
The last human to step foot off the moon is the latest astronaut to be honored with the naming of a station-bound cargo spacecraft. Orbital ATK’s next Cygnus resupply ship, the S.S. Gene…
Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Mission of `Endurance` in New Book
Scott Kelly left a copy of „Endurance“ on the International Space Station. The veteran of the single longest mission by an American astronaut, Kelly recounts his 340 days on board the…
One World, One Orbit: Space Station Astronauts Request Photos from Earth
As the International Space Station completed one orbit around the Earth this morning (Oct. 23), people all over the planet beamed photos of their ground-based views up to the orbiting…

Earth / Erde

NASA Map of Wildfire Damage Helps California Recovery Effort
NASA is using information from Earth-observing satellites to assist in recovery efforts following a series of devastating wildfires in Northern California. The agency released a „damage…
NASA Satellites Captured Rapid Intensification of 4 Recent Hurricanes
NASA satellites captured views of Hurricane Maria, Irma, Harvey and Jose as they rapidly intensified and barreled toward the Caribbean islands and the United States. Rapid intensification…

Solar System / Sonnensystem
Moon Photobombs the Sun in Amazing View from NASA Spacecraft
While keeping an eye on the sun’s weather, a NASA spacecraft caught an awesome view of the moon passing across the face of the sun last week. The Oct. 19 lunar transit – called a partial…
Moon Express and NanoRacks partner on lunar payloads - SpaceNews.com
COLUMBIA, Md. – Commercial lunar lander company Moon Express announced an agreement with NanoRacks Oct. 10 to carry commercial payloads to the surface of the moon. Under the agreement,…
Companies seek roles in NASA`s return to the moon - SpaceNews.com
COLUMBIA, Md. – As NASA develops a plan to carry out a new administration policy calling for a human return to the moon, companies developing lunar landers and related infrastructure are…
NASA Moon Probe Celebrates 100th Lunar Day
October means baseball playoffs, Halloween and, for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, 100 lunar days on the moon. A lunar day is a lot longer than a day on Earth, according to a new NASA…
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity’s sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old…
Mars Rover Curiosity Tests Rock Drill After 10-Month Wait
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is making strides toward bringing its rock-boring drill back online. On Oct. 17, Curiosity pressed its drill against a Martian rock for the first time since…
Cassini`s Final Days Produced a Burst of Fresh Science
While the Cassini spacecraft is dead – engineers deliberately plunged it into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15, ending its 13-year mission around the planet – analyzing the reams of data…
Beautiful Saturn: Ringed Planet Shines in New Cassini Photo
Another gorgeous Saturn photo has emerged from the Cassini archives. The newly released image, which NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took on Aug. 12, shows the gas giant and its iconic rings in…
Catalog Page for PIA21969
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…
Meltwater From Glaciers May Have Flowed on Ancient Mars
They also ran different orbital scenarios, since there isn’t agreement on what the Martian orbit was back then. This includes different axial tilts, which affect the amount of sunlight on…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
Starting in the mid-1700s, Charles Messier cataloged more than 100 galaxies, nebulas, star clusters and other objects – and today, they remain popular skywatching targets. Ninety-three of…
Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot
This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 – or Arp 243 – and is located about 250 million light-years away in the…

Politics / Politik

ESA: Rat diskutierte ExoMars, Galileo & Co
Der Rat der europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA hat auf seiner jüngsten Sitzung einer Vereinbarung mit der amerikanischen Raumfahrtbehörde NASA zur Unterstützung der Mission ExoMars 2020…
OIG: NASA Chief Information Officer Is Doing A Crappy Job
OIG: NASA’s Efforts to Improve the Agency’s Information Technology Governance „In the 4 years since issuance of our IT governance report and the 3 years since completion of its own internal…
NASA Is Still Making Blunt Climate Change Statements
Here’s the scientific evidence that #globalwarming #climatechange is real: https://t.co/UgU4KgP5bw pic.twitter.com/7tDVKONlCL – NASA Climate (@NASAClimate)
The Spectrum of Responses To Bridenstine`s Nomination
Commentary: Bridenstine wins a Democrat’s support for NASA’s top job, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Orlando Sentinel „Despite our different political parties I am convinced Bridenstine will lead the…

Technology / Technologie

Chinese Cargo Resupply Craft Removed from Orbit after Successful Pathfinder Mission
The Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft closed out a very successful mission via a targeted destructive re-entry on Friday, concluding a critical demonstration of China’s cargo resupply…
NASA Continues to Ignore GAO On SLS And Orion
NASA Human Space Exploration: Integration Approach Presents Challenges to Oversight and Independence „The approach that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using to…
Blue Origin`s BE-4 Engine Completes First Hot-Fire Test
Blue Origin this week conducted the first hot fire test of the company’s BE-4 engine, hoped to become the future workhorse for Blue’s own New Glenn heavy-lift launch vehicle as well as…
Iridium Selects Flight-Proven Falcon 9 Rockets for Upcoming Constellation Launches
Iridium Communications announced on Thursday the company reached an agreement with SpaceX for the use of flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters on the next two launches supporting the Iridium-NEXT…
Musk offers more technical details on BFR system - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk disclosed additional technical details about his proposed BFR launch system Oct. 14, although he offered no additional information about the…
NASA Decides To Reduce Cost/Complexity of WFIRST
NASA Internal Memo: Next Steps for WFIRST Program „I have reviewed the findings of the independent review team and have accepted them. As a result, I believe reductions in scope and…
City-Size Lunar Lava Tube Could House Future Astronaut Residents
A city-size lava tube has been discovered on the moon, and researchers say it could serve as a shelter for lunar astronauts. This lava tube could protect lunar-living astronauts from…
DARPA Ties XS-1 Military Space Plane Project to National Security
While NASA is working to build a next-generation rocket and space capsule that could help send humans to Mars, another government agency is trying to build a versatile, uncrewed space plane…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

NASA`s MAVEN Mission Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail
Mars has an invisible magnetic „tail“ that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and…
Take a Walk on Mars -- in Your Own Living Room
When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape. Starting today, everyone can…
Martian Missive: `Others Will Follow` Film Explores Last Message from Mars
A new sci-fi short explores the message that the (fictional) last human to survive a Mars mission sends back to Earth. As shown in a short sci-fi video, „Others Will Follow“ ( uploaded to…
`Others Will Follow`: Behind-the-Scenes Photos of a Mars Film Short
A new sci-fi short film by Andrew Finch portrays a crewed mission to Mars that ends in catastrophe. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from the making of „Others Will Follow.“ [Watch…
`Gone, Gone, Gone!` Styx Teams Up with NASA for Megarocket Music Video
Houston, we have a rockin‘ rocket. The legendary rock band Styx has teamed up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to unveil an awesome space-age music video set to the band’s song…
`Supergirl` Goes to Mars in `Far From the Tree` Episode Tonight!
One of our favorite comic book aliens, Supergirl, is headed to Mars tonight (Oct. 23) and it looks like a Mars rover will make a quick cameo. In the trailer for tonight’s episode „Far from…

World / Welt

Simulating lunar surface operations
ESA and the Canadian Space Agency are probing how to explore the Moon with a robot rover. The teams are investigating the challenges of remotely operating a rover in a representative lunar…
General Atomics ramping cubesat production, muses railgun smallsat launcher - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – General Atomics is better known for building Predator combat drones and mining uranium than building spacecraft, but that could change as the company develops an interest in…
Yet Another Space Poll Says What Other Space Polls Always Say
Survey: Americans Support Entrepreneurs in Space But Want Improvements on Earth, Brodeur Partners „The new poll of more than 600 Americans‘ attitudes toward business in space was conducted…
NASA Awards Launch Contracts for Sentinel-6A & Landsat 9 to SpaceX & ULA
NASA announced a pair of new launch contracts this week for the Landsat 9 mission and the joint U.S.-European Sentinel-6A satellite, set to launch in 2020/21 atop Atlas V and Falcon 9…
Spacecom returns to SpaceX for one, possibly two launches - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – Israeli satellite operator Spacecom has agreed to launch its next satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX in 2019, and will likely launch a second satellite on another…
Zehn Jahre nach Mondsonde Chang`e 1: Chinas ambitionierte Pläne im All
Zehn Jahre nach dem Start ihrer ersten Mond-Sonde ist das Interesse der Volksrepublik China am Erdtrabanten ungebrochen. Neben politischen Zwecken ziehen Peking wirtschaftliche Interessen…

Science / Wissenschaft

Kometen: Das Geheimnis der Staubfontänen
KOMETEN Das Geheimnis der Staubfontänen
BEXUS: Weltraumstrahlung und Mikrometeoriten im Visier
An Bord der gemeinsamen Mission des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) und der Schwedischen Raumfahrtbehörde SNSB befanden sich vier wissenschaftliche Experimente von…
Space Gardening May Treat Astronauts` Blues
Many people step into their home gardens for a bit of DIY therapy. A new study suggests that astronauts could also reap the psychological benefits of gardening. In short, space missions are…
Solar Wind Creates Electric Charge on Martian Moon Phobos
NASA has set its sights on the Martian moon Phobos as a potential initial base for human exploration of the Red Planet – but powerful solar eruptions could throw a wrench in this plan.
Die Saturnsonde Cassini
Schon beim Anflug wurden viele Bilder von Saturn, seinen Ringen und Monden gemacht und daraus neue Erkenntnisse gewonnen. So entdeckte „Cassini“ gleich zwei neue Monde. Anschließend wurde…

History / Geschichte

@topastropics: Apollo 11 Saturn V in the Vehicle...
Apollo 11 Saturn V in the Vehicle Assembly Building @contactlight69
Tiere sind die wahren Weltraum-Pioniere
Das Totenkopfäffchen Baker, das 1959 mit einer Jupiter-Rakete ins Weltall flog. Bild: Wikipedia | Lizenz: Public Domain Noch in diesem Jahr soll eine SpaceX-Kapsel den ersten…
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