Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.11.17

Front Page / Titelseite

Video: Cygnus Cargo Craft Rides into Orbit atop Second Upgraded Antares Rocket
Orbital ATK successfully launched an Antares 230 rocket from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Installed on ISS for Critical Supplies Delivery
The Cygnus S.S. Gene Cernan arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for a robotic capture and berthing to become a temporary part of the orbiting laboratory for the delivery…
Cygnus Open for Business; Crew Unloading New Bacteria, Plant and Tech Studies
The Expedition 53 astronauts are continuing to unload several thousand pounds of space cargo from the new Cygnus resupply ship that arrived Tuesday morning. Some of the new science cargo…
Cygnus Installed on Station With New Science Experiments
The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship was bolted into place on the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 7:15 a.m. EST. The spacecraft will spend about three…
`Beyond A Year In Space`: Astronaut Scott Kelly`s Epic Documentary Airs on PBS Wednesday (Exclusive Clip)
Twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly were separated for almost a year, undergoing intensive measurements when one was in space and one was on Earth. But that was only the beginning of their…
Mystery of Pluto`s Super-Cold Weather Solved
The more we learn about Pluto, the more interesting the little world becomes. Hydrocarbon particles in Pluto’s atmosphere are responsible for the dwarf planet’s surprisingly low…
Privately Funded Team May Launch Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus
SEATTLE – A privately funded team may beat NASA to the punch when it comes to looking for life on the Saturn moon Enceladus. Breakthrough Initiatives – a program founded by billionaire tech…
Raumfahrtmedizin: Marsmission für Menschen zu gefährlich?
Eine bemannte Mission zum Mars gilt als nächster großer Schritt bei der Erkundung des Sonnensystems durch den Menschen. Die Besatzung einer solchen Expedition müsste dazu lange Zeit in…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Crew Tests New Workouts and Lights as Rocket Preps for Launch
The Expedition 53 crew is working out on a new exercise device today and testing new lights for their impact on health. Back on Earth, a new resupply rocket stands at its launch pad ready…
Cygnus Training, Respiratory Health and Performance Studies Today
Two astronauts are training for Monday’s planned arrival of Orbital ATK’s newest Cygnus cargo craft dubbed the S.S. Eugene Cernan. The crew is also analyzing the International Space…
Weird Science Experiments Launching to Space Station Early Saturday: Watch Live
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft will blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) this Saturday (Nov. 11) to deliver supplies and some fascinating science experiments to the Expedition 53…
Revamped Antares Rocket Ready for Second Launch with Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft
Orbital ATK is gearing up for the company’s second Cygnus mission of the year, targeting liftoff atop an upgraded Antares 200-series rocket Saturday morning from the Wallops Flight…
Antares Launch Scrubbed by Wayward Plane, Liftoff Re-Set for Sunday
The launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft had to be scrubbed at the last minute on Saturday due to a rogue aircraft entering the closed…
NASA Space Station Cargo Launches Aboard Orbital ATK Mission
The International Space Station will receive about 7,400 pounds of cargo, including new science and technology investigations, following the successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus…
Cygnus "S.S. Gene Cernan" En-Route to Space Station after Sunday Morning Commute to Orbit
An Antares rocket thundered off from Virginia’s Eastern Shore Sunday morning after a year-long break, carrying into orbit the eighth operational Cygnus cargo spacecraft headed to the…
In Photos: Orbital ATK`s OA-8 Cygnus Cargo Launch to Space Station
On Nov. 12, 2017, an Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched a Cygnus cargo ship on the OA-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. See photos of the stunning launch and…
Orbital ATK Rocket Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station in Spectacular Morning Liftoff
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital ATK successfully launched an Antares rocket today (Nov. 12), providing a Sunday morning spectacle for early birds along the U.S. east coast….
Space Salad: Astronauts Harvest 3 Different Crops and Try New Gardening Tech
Astronauts have green thumbs, too! For the first time, an International Space Station project is growing three distinct plant crops simultaneously in space. And just a few days ago,…
The Milky Way from the International Space Station
The Milky Way photographed by the astronauts of Expedition 52/53 on August 13th, 2017. Images: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit – NASA/JPL Music: Airglow by Stellardrone – Album: Light…

Earth / Erde

There`s a Huge Plume of Magma Bulging Against Antarctica
Imagine drifting over Antarctica’s icy expanse. A white continent extends below you, and it’s smothered in enough frozen water to drown every coastline in the world in a 216-foot (66…
Helfer aus dem All: Satellitendaten für die digitale Landwirtschaft
DLR bei der Agritechnica in Hannover Helfer aus dem All – Satellitenkarten für die Landwirtschaft Satellitenkarten können den Landwirten großflächige Informationen über den Zustand von…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Dawn: Blick unter die Oberfläche von Ceres
Oberflächenstrukturen auf Ceres verraten offenbar mehr über die Entwicklung im Inneren des Zwergplanten, als man vielleicht vermuten mag. Darauf deutet zumindest eine Analyse bestimmter…
Catalog Page for PIA22086
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…
NASA Spots a Weird (and Rare) Circular Sight on the Sun
A NASA spacecraft watching the sun has captured a rare view of a true space oddity: something scientists call an „encircling filament“ near a „hole“ in Earth’s parent star. The filament,…
Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have Had a Global Ocean in Ancient Past
Nestled in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres contains water-rich materials that suggest it once boasted a global ocean in its distant past. Now, two new studies from NASA’s Dawn…
Catalog Page for PIA21970
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…
Jupiter`s Colorful Clouds Swirl Like Marbleized Art in Stunning New Image
Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is a swirling, curling sea of colorful clouds in a new image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft and two citizen scientists. The new image comes from data collected by…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Supernova`s Expanding `Echo` of Light Captured by Hubble Telescope
It did not go quietly into the night: An exploding star left behind an echo of light, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. In a sequence of images captured over the course of two years,…
ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe…
Hubble: Das Geheimnis der kosmischen Schlange
Über die Entstehung von Sternen in unserer kosmischen Nachbarschaft wissen Astronomen schon relativ viel. Doch wie entstanden Sterne im jungen Universum? Bei Beobachtungen wurden in…

Politics / Politik

Smith disappointed with lack of progress on SLS and Orion - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – A day after NASA announced a new launch date for the first flight of the Space Launch System, the chairman of the House Science Committee said he found the development delays…
Bridenstine`s Written Answers Questions From Congress
Answers From Rep Bridenstine To Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Questions for the Record Question: Mr. Bridenstine, in the documents you presented to the Committee,…
Bridenstine Nomination Passes Another Vote
Bridenstine Nomination APproved by Committee on Party-Line Vote, SpacePolicyOnline „The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the nomination of Rep. Jim…

Technology / Technologie

Penultimate Delta II Rocket Stands Ready for JPSS-1 Weather Satellite Launch from California
The venerable Delta II rocket – once the most-flown U.S. launch vehicle – is on the verge of closing out a remarkable career of almost three decades, debuting back in 1989 and keeping up an…
Nighttime Delta II Launch Attempt Halted by Technical Issue & Fouled Range
ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator…
Strong Winds Aloft Keep Delta II & JPSS-1 Weather Satellite on the Ground
The penultimate Delta II rocket encountered a second launch scrub on Wednesday, keeping the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System grounded for at least another day, possibly…
China lofts Fengyun-3D weather sat, private passenger
China successfully launched the Fengyun-3D weather satellite into a polar orbit on Tuesday, along with the first satellite for private Chinese company Head Aerospace. The Long March 4C…
China`s Long March 4C Launches Fengyun-3D Weather Satellite & HEAD-1 Ship-Tracking MicroSat
China launched a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 18:35 UTC on Tuesday, carrying into orbit the Fengyun-3D weather satellite, joining China’s polar-orbiting…
NASA`s Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to…
Raumfahrt: Spektakuläres NASA-Video zeigt Überschallfallschirm für Marslandung
Schon 2020 will die NASA einen neuen Rover zum Mars schicken, der den Roten Planeten erkunden und unter anderem nach Spuren früheren Lebens Ausschau halten soll. Damit die Landung auf der…
NASA Speeds Up Testing of Critical Orion Astronaut-Escape System
A key safety system on NASA’s Orion spacecraft – one that could save lives during launch – will undergo a major test sooner than expected, the agency announced last week. The Orion…
Hey NASA: This Is The Droid You Were Looking For
Keith’s note: NASA poured lots of money into its R5 robot that cannot walk unless it is on a hoist and controlled by a human. It is always broken. So they gave away these broken droids to…
Dream Chaser Completes A Free Flight Test
Dream Chaser Completes Free Flight Test „Completion of Dream Chaser’s free flight test on Nov. 11, 2017, was a major milestone under a space act agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew…
SpaceX Delays Launch of Secret Zuma Mission to Thursday
SpaceX’s planned launch of a secret Zuma payload for the U.S. government has been delayed at least 24 hours to Thursday, company representatives said today (Nov. 15). A SpaceX Falcon 9…
Prevention is better than cure
ESA engineers test and debug ground control software and equipment, identifying and solving problems before a current or future mission can be affected.They work close to real mission…
DARPA laying groundwork for growth in-space robotics - SpaceNews.com
The forward-leaning technology arm of the U.S. Defense Department is betting that in just a few years, the business of sending robots to high orbit to repair and refresh satellites will be…
How Vintage Rocket Tech Could Be NASA`s Ticket to Mars and Beyond
Dangerous radiation. Overstuffed pantries. Cabin fever. NASA could sidestep many of the impediments to a Mars mission if they could just get there faster. But sluggish chemical rockets…
NASA`s $100K Contest Seeks Safer Air for Astronauts
A new NASA competition, the Earth and Space Air Prize, will reward the best aerosol-sensor design, intended to help protect astronauts on the International Space Station. Aerosols are tiny…
SpaceX Rocket Engine Suffers Failure During Test (Updated)
An explosion occurred during a test of a SpaceX Merlin engine on Saturday (Nov. 4) at the company’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, according to a statement obtained by Space.com. „No one…
Arianespace launches Moroccan observation satellite on Italian Vega rocket - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – Arianespace completed the company’s tenth launch this year Nov. 7, delivering a Moroccan Earth observation satellite to low-Earth orbit on a Vega rocket. The mission,…
SpaceX Suffers Failure During "Merlin 1D++" Engine Testing
SpaceX suffered a minor setback when a Merlin engine designed for the upcoming Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket failed during testing last Saturday and caused damage to the test chamber at the…
Falcon 9 Checks Off Static Fire Test ahead of Ultra-Secretive Zuma Launch
SpaceX successfully conducted the Static Fire Test of the Falcon 9 rocket tasked with the ultra-secretive Zuma mission as early as Wednesday night from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy…
Re-Entry: Tancredo-1
The Brazilian Tancredo-1 PicoSatellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on October 18, 2017 after a free-flying mission of ten months, launching aboard the Tu-POD 3U CubeSat operated by Gauss…
Re-Entry: Soyuz Block I Upper Stage from Progress MS-07 Launch
The third Stage of the Soyuz 2-1A rocket that launched the Progress MS-07 spacecraft on its path to the International Space Station re-entered the atmosphere on Monday, October 16, 2017…
Re-Entry: Molniya 1-44 Communications Satellite
The Molniya 1K-44 Communications Satellite re-entered the atmosphere on October 23, 2017 after 38 years in orbit, slowly decaying from its elliptical Molniya Orbit that once peaked around…
Re-Entry: ABRIXAS
ABRIXAS – A Broadband Imaging X-Ray All-Sky Survey – re-entered the atmosphere on October 31, 2017 after more than 18 years in orbit. The 550-Kilogram satellite, built by OHB Systems for…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Apollo in `Artemis`: Author Andy Weir sets new book at site of first moon landing | collectSPACE
One hundred and 15 years after the historic Apollo 11 mission landed the first astronauts on the moon, tourists visit „Tranquility Base“ and stay at a sprawling commercial base, at least as…
`Artemis` Narrator Rosario Dawson Discusses Andy Weir`s Moon Base Adventure (Video)
Actress Rosario Dawson has moved from treating superheroes to an audio treatment of „Artemis“ (Crown, 2017), the new book by „The Martian“ (Crown, 2014) author Andy Weir. Dawson is known…
Robert Plant`s `Space Shifter` Guitarist Justin Adams Talks Exploration Through Music
Great musicians have the ability to transport their listeners to new worlds (metaphorically, at least) and guide them to new mindsets using sounds and lyrics. There are few musicians on…
Weltraum-Kinotag in Darmstadt am Sonntag, 19. November
Weltraum-Kinotag in Darmstadt am Sonntag, 19. November Das KINOPOLIS Darmstadt und das Europäische Satellitenkontrollzentrum der ESA (ESOC) veranstalten am Sonntag, 19. November 2017…

World / Welt

That NASA Mars Child Slave Colony Is Actually On Europa
In emails, NASA denies child slave ring on Mars, confirms politician-eating tentacle monster on Europa, Muckrock „Back in July, (alleged) former Central Intelligence Agency officer and…
NASA Honors History of Veterans in Space Program
More than half of all NASA astronauts, past and present, are military veterans. So it is fitting that in honor of Veterans Day, current and former astronauts have shared warm messages to…
Hearing on An Update on NASA Exploration Systems Development | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a Subcommittee on Space hearing titled, An Update on NASA Exploration Systems Development. The purpose of the hearing is…
NASA Flips A Coin Again To Pick A New SLS Launch Date
NASA Completes Review of First SLS, Orion Deep Space Exploration Mission „While the review of the possible manufacturing and production schedule risks indicate a launch date of June 2020,…
His Very Own Asteroid: Space Rock Named for Italian Astronaut
A European astronaut now has a permanent presence in space. Luca Parmitano – who flew on the International Space Station in 2013 – has an asteroid named after him, called „37627…
Virgin Galactic Wants to Send People on Superfast Trips Across Earth
SEATTLE – Suborbital space tourism and research may be just the beginning for Virgin Galactic. The private spaceflight company eventually aims to add superfast point-to-point passenger…

Science / Wissenschaft

NASA Will Launch E. Coli into Space to Study Antibiotic Resistance
Update for Nov. 12: The Cygnus cargo mission carrying this experiment launched on Sunday, Nov. 12. Its planned launch attempt on Nov. 11 was aborted when a wayward aircraft entered the…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James…

History / Geschichte

Wiege der Luftfahrtforschung wird 110 Jahre alt
Vorläufer des DLR im November 1907 in Göttingen gegründet Vor 110 Jahren wurde in Göttingen die Wiege der Luftfahrtforschung gegründet. Schwerpunkt(e): Luftfahrt, Verkehr, Raumfahrt,…
Saturn V at 50: NASA Moon Rocket Lifted Off on Maiden Mission 50 Years Ago
It stood taller than the Statue of Liberty, was more massive than six Boeing 747 jetliners and generated more thrust than two dozen of the jumbo jets. The tallest, heaviest and most…
Amazing Apollo 4: NASA`s 1st Saturn V Moon Rocket Test Flight in Photos
On Nov. 9, 1967, NASA launched the first Saturn V moon rocket test flight: Apollo 4. See photos of the launch, and Earth from space, from the amazing Apollo 4 mission here. This image:…
10 Surprising Facts About NASA`s Might Saturn V Moon Rocket
NASA’s incredible Saturn V rocket propelled dozens of humans toward Earth’s moon. The rocket’s first flight, for the Apollo 4 mission, took place 50 years ago, on Nov. 9, 1967. The rocket…
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