Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 23.11.17

 

Front Page / Titelseite

Earth `Breathes` in Amazing Time-Lapse Video from Space
For 20 years, NASA satellites have monitored Earth from space, tracking the pulse of life in seasonal patterns as heat moves around the planet, sea ice grows and shrinks, and vegetation…
New Hole in Sun`s Atmosphere Lets Particles Spew Out
A large, dark „hole“ has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, allowing solar winds to rush out into space – an ordinary occurrence, but a spectacular one to see. NASA’s Solar Dynamics…
International Campaign to Monitor Fall of China Space Lab
Sky watchers are on the lookout for China’s Tiangong-1 space lab – and the seeing is good. Tiangong-1 („Heavenly Palace“) was hurled into Earth orbit in late September 2011. It was used for…
NASA`s Next Mars Lander Passes Big Test Ahead of May 2018 Launch
LITTLETON, Colo. – NASA’s next Mars lander just passed a big test ahead of its planned May 2018 launch. The spacecraft, known as InSight (short for „Interior Exploration using Seismic…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Space Station Astronauts Share Thanksgiving Memories (Video)
While Americans all over the country will celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, the Expedition 53 crewmembers on the International Space Station will need to stay where they are – in…
Muscle Research and Science Cargo Work Ahead of Thanksgiving
The six-member Expedition 53 crew heads into Thanksgiving observing how living in space affects the human body and packing the Cygnus cargo craft. The orbital crewmates are also preparing…
BEAM Prepped for Cargo, CubeSats Deployed and Leg Muscles Scanned
An experimental module attached to the International Space Station is being prepared for upcoming cargo operations. Tiny research satellites were also ejected from the orbital lab while a…
BEAM Work and Vision Checks for Crew Today
More CubeSats were ejected from the International Space Station today to demonstrate and validate new technologies. Back inside the orbital lab, the Expedition 53 crew continued outfitting…
Spaceflight`s Next Big Leap? SpaceX Cargo Mission Offers a Glimpse
If you want to make the case that spaceflight is about to take a giant leap, SpaceX’s next cargo run to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA could be Exhibit A. That mission,…
Astronauts Take on Science, Plumbing and Cargo Duties Today
Expedition 53 checked out a specialized microscope and worked on the International Space Station’s toilet today. More supplies and hardware are also being offloaded from the newly-arrived…

Earth / Erde

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…
Second-To-Last Delta II Successfully Delivers JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Orbit
The second-to-last Delta II rocket lit up the night over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early hours on Saturday, taking to the skies with the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite for…
Photos: Delta II Thunders into the Night with JPSS-1
The penultimate Delta II rocket lifted off from SLC-2W at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:47:36 UTC with the first satellite in the Joint Polar…
Video: Penultimate Delta II Rocket Launches JPSS-1 Weather Satellite
The penultimate Delta II rocket lifted off from SLC-2W at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:47:36 UTC with the first satellite in the Joint Polar…
Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth?
This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird…
Presseeinladung: Der Copernicus-Satellit Sentinel-5P liefert erste Daten zur Luftverschmutzung
Presseeinladung: Der Copernicus-Satellit Sentinel-5P liefert erste Daten zur Luftverschmutzung Der am 13. Oktober gestartete Copernicus-Satellit Sentinel-5P hat erste Aufnahmen zur…
Aerosols Eddy and Spiral Over Earth in Mesmerizing NASA Simulation
A gorgeous video shows off a weather model from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) uses data from NASA satellites and computer models to track…
Which Melting Glacier Threatens Your City the Most? NASA Tool Can Tell You
Melting ice affects sea level rise differently depending on where it happens, according to a new model NASA is using to study the changing climate. The tool will help predict how the…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

What could explain the mystery of how land formed on Mars without much water
The surface of Mars, with its dune flows, gullies and slope movements, is the result of sediment being transported downwards in the recent past as well as today. But this „mass wasting“,…
Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?
Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as granular flows, where grains of sand and dust slip downhill to make…
Aufgerissene Marskruste in Sirenum Fossae
Die Gräben Sirenum Fossae sind durch Tektonik entstanden und verlaufen über tausende von Kilometern über die Marsoberfläche. Ihre Entstehung hängt wahrscheinlich mit magmatischer…
Beautiful Saturn: Cassini Team Unveils Farewell Photo of Ringed Planet
The Cassini spacecraft’s farewell photo of Saturn is something to behold. On Sept. 13 – two days before its intentional death dive into the ringed planet’s thick atmosphere – Cassini took…
Catalog Page for PIA21971
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…
A Van Gogh Jupiter: Planet`s Clouds Swirl Like a Painting
NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured a spectacular view of a monstrous Jupiter storm that resembles the swirling pastel clouds of a Vincent van Gogh painting. The new image was taken on Oct. 24…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Hubble`s Cosmic Search for a Missing Arm
The dwarf galaxy NGC 4625, located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) is much larger in the ultraviolet than it appears here.
ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist’s concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth’s, with ingredients that could be similar to those of…
Ist es möglich, die Sonde New Horizons nach dem Besuch bei 2014 MU69 noch an weiteren Kuipergürtel-Objekten vorbeifliegen zu lassen?
Ist es möglich, die Sonde New Horizons nach dem Besuch bei 2014 MU69 noch an weiteren Kuipergürtel-Objekten vorbeifliegen zu lassen?

Politics / Politik

NASA Likes Financial Report That Says Broken Things Are Still Broken
NASA’s Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Audit Result „NASA has received an unmodified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017) financial statements, making this the seventh consecutive…
SpaceX expects government support for development of BFR launch system - SpaceNews.com
LUXEMBOURG CITY – The president of SpaceX said she expects the company would receive additional funding from the U.S. government to support the development of its large reusable launch…

Technology / Technologie

James Webb Space Telescope Will `Perfect Its Own Vision` in Orbit (Video)
NASA engineers will focus the James Webb Space Telescope from afar once it reaches space – and a new video from the agency shows how. The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in…
Integral`s orbits 2002-17
ESA’s Integral space observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light. Studying stars…
NASA leaning towards allowing reused Falcon booster on next Dragon mission - SpaceNews.com
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – NASA may decide to allow SpaceX to use a previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage on the next Dragon mission to the International Space Station, the latest sign that…
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…
Von der Kerze zur Glühbirne - Innovative Technologien für künftige Raumfahrtmissionen
Smartphone-Technologie, Apps, Virtual und Augmented Reality sind auch für die Raumfahrt interessant. Wie und wo sie innovativ eingesetzt werden können, das erforschen der ESA Spezialist…
Origami in Orbit: Ancient Art Inspires Efficient Spacecraft
The ancient art of origami has inspired designs for numerous pieces of hardware on NASA missions, allowing scientists to pack more technology into smaller space-bound packages. For example,…
Here`s What We Know About the Secret Zuma Payload SpaceX Is Launching
SpaceX plans to launch a secret payload known as Zuma on Thursday evening (Nov. 16), from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Florida’s Space Coast. And when I say secret, I mean secret;…
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…
Orbital ATK tests component of future launch vehicle - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – As the deadline nears for an Air Force competition to fund development of new launch vehicles, Orbital ATK announced Nov. 7 what it called an „important milestone“ for its…
Private Spacesuit Undergoes Zero-G Testing to Prepare for Commercial Flights
Next stop, space? A spacesuit from Final Frontier Design did its third round of Canadian flight testing last month in preparation for eventual space tourist flights. Between Oct. 2 and 5,…
Second Long March 6 Launches Jilin-1 Video Satellite Trio
China’s Long March 6 rocket carried out its second flight on Tuesday to lift a trio of Jilin-1 high-resolution video satellites into orbit to join a growing constellation of commercial…
Robotik: Höhlen auf anderen Welten erkunden
Lavahöhlen könnten auf dem Mond oder auf anderen Himmelskörpern ideale Orte für die Einrichtung eines Basislagers sein, wären die Astronauten doch hier vor einem Großteil der…
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: Falcon 9 Second Stage
A Falcon 9 second stage re-entered the atmosphere on November 2, 2017 after spending four and a half months slowly spiraling down toward the atmosphere from a Geostationary Transfer Orbit….
Teacher-Astronauts Helm NASA`s Year in Education Aboard the Space Station
Your kids‘ classroom may be a bit cooler this year than yours ever was. While kids slogged their way through the first days of school, NASA launched A Year in Education on Station (YES), a…
Interstellare Raumfahrt: Wie bremst man Sonden im All?
Ingenieure halten es für möglich, winzige Sonde mithilfe von starken Lasern auf so hohe Geschwindigkeiten zu beschleunigen, dass sich der sonnennächste Stern innerhalb von einigen…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

The 10 Best `Star Trek` Episodes Ever
The true story of 13 women who underwent the same medical testing as NASA’s original Mercury astronauts at the start of the space age is being developed as a new miniseries for Amazon….
Lego`s Awesome Women of NASA Building Set in Photos
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, were both pioneers in their fields. Ride was a physicist and entrepreneur as well…
`Survival in the Skies`: Miniseries Explores Space and Aviation Inventions
One windy day in December 1903, Orville Wright took to the sky in the first heavier-than-air vehicle to stay aloft. The Wright brothers‘ first flight lasted 12 seconds, but it ushered in a…

World / Welt

Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations
Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations Villafranca tracking station 1977 As part of ESA’s strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core…
NASA agreement sign of Stratolaunch engine development program - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – An agreement to do engine testing at a NASA center is the latest sign that Stratolaunch is considering developing its own launch vehicle for its giant aircraft. The Space Act…
Doing Something Again For The First Time
Keith’s note: There is a lot of talk these days about yet another pivot in America’s civilian space policy. This time it is „back“ to the Moon. Mars is not off the agenda – but it is not…
XCOR Aerospace files for bankruptcy - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – XCOR Aerospace, a company that for nearly 20 years had been working on rocket engines and a suborbital spaceplane, filed for bankruptcy Nov. 8 after it was unable to line up…
NASA Headquarters: Facts and Information
NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., houses the higher-ups responsible for charting the space agency’s course and implementing its vision. For the record, that vision is: „To reach for…
Flat-Earther to Launch Himself in Homemade Steam Rocket Saturday
Well, this should liven up everyone’s Thanksgiving weekend. A flat-Earth enthusiast who claims not to believe in science plans to launch himself 1,800 feet (550 meters) above California’s…
Kids` Rocket Science Book Blasts Past Kickstarter Goal
While rocket science is notoriously tough to understand, a new book by an aerospace engineer shows it can be explained in a simple way. The book, „Rocket Science,“ discusses orbits and…

Science / Wissenschaft

Die Kunst der Planetenforschung
Interview mit Prof. Heike Rauer und Prof. Tilman Spohn Prof. Heike Rauer und Prof. Tilman Spohn im Gespräch Seit dem 1. November 2017 leitet Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer das DLR-Institut für…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in space as influenced by solar activity.In Europe’s economy today, numerous sectors can potentially be affected by space weather. These…
Rosettas Komet Churyumov-Gerasimenko ist explosiv veranlagt - Abenteuer Astronomie
Das einfache Bild der Aktivität von Kometen – die Sonnenwärme treibt Eis in den Gaszustand, und Staubteilchen werden mitgerissen – trifft nicht immer zu: Das zeigt die umfassende Analyse…
Mystery Solved: Why Saturn Moon Titan`s Weird Vortex Is So Cold
The mysteriously cold vortex of air whirling above the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan may result from its atmosphere’s unique chemistry, a new study finds. This cold winter polar vortex…

History / Geschichte

Apollo 1: The Fatal Fire
The Apollo program changed forever on Jan. 27, 1967, when a flash fire swept through the Apollo 1 command module during a launch rehearsal test. The three men inside perished despite the…
In Memoriam: Astronaut Dick Gordon Remembered in Pictures
Richard „Dick“ Gordon was one of the first NASA astronauts to fly to space, first as pilot of Gemini 11 in 1966, then as Apollo 12 command module pilot in 1969. He passed away on Nov. 6,…
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