Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 30.11.2017

 

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA-Regularien: Zweifel an Sicherheit der Raumkapseln von SpaceX und Boeing
Eigentlich wollen Boeing und SpaceX 2018 mit bemannten Testflügen ihrer Raumkapseln beginnen. Wichtige Berater der NASA haben einem Bericht zufolge aber erhebliche Zweifel daran, dass die…
Soyuz/Fregat Suffer First Russian Launch Failure of 2017 with Meteor Weather Satellite & MicroSats
Russia suffered its first launch failure of 2017 on Tuesday on the second Soyuz mission carried out from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s far east, claiming the loss of the…
Contact lost with satellites after Soyuz launch - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – Controllers have been unable to contact a weather satellite launched on a Soyuz rocket from the country’s new spaceport Nov. 28, raising fears of a launch failure. The…
Russian Upper Stage Fires In The Wrong Direction and Splashes Its Payload
The reason for the unsuccessful launch of „Meteor-M“ was called the human factor, Interfax (Google Translate) „The reason for the Meteor-M satellite accident after launching from the…
Do the Twist! Mars Has a Tangled Magnetic Tail
Mars‘ magnetic field stands apart in the solar system because it gets twisted by interactions with solar particles, a NASA spacecraft discovered. What’s more, the Red Planet also could have…
Radarsatelliten: Plädoyer für Mission Tandem-L
Im Rahmen der Helmholtz-Allianz „Fernerkundung und Dynamik des Erdsystems“ haben Experten in den vergangenen fünf Jahren einen Vorschlag für eine neue Radarsatellitenmission Tandem-L…
Sternengeschichten Folge 261: Menschengemachte Objekte auf anderen Himmelskörpern
Die ersten Raketen haben wir Menschen nach Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs in den Weltraum geschickt. Der erste künstliche Satellit hat im Oktober 1957 die Erde umkreist. Und nur wenige Jahre später haben wir begonnen auch Raumsonden zu anderen Himmelskörpern zu schicken.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Bacteria `from Outer Space` Found on Space Station, Cosmonaut Says: Report
Scientists have detected living bacteria „from outer space“ in samples collected from the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) during spacewalks, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov…
Station Boosts Orbit for December Crew Swap
The International Space Station is orbiting slightly higher today to get ready for a pair of crews swapping places on the orbital laboratory in December. A Progress 67 resupply ship docked…
Cygnus Departure Preps as Muscle Study and CubeSat Ops Wrap Up
The Cygnus resupply ship is in its final week at the International Space Station and two astronauts are training for its departure on Monday. Meanwhile, a leg muscle study and CubeSat…
Station Being Configured for Cargo and Crew Missions
The Expedition 53 crew is configuring the orbital complex for a pair of cargo missions and a crew swap in December. Two colorful soccer ball-sized satellites were also floating around…

Earth / Erde

With "Mission 1" complete, Planet turns focus to data analysis - SpaceNews.com
LUXEMBOURG CITY – Having achieved its original goal of taking images of the entire planet every day, Planet is now focusing on developing machine learning capabilities to convert that…
ESA Euronews: Viel Weltraumschrott und viele Ideen
Loading… ESA Euronews: Viel Weltraumschrott und viele Ideen Zerstörte Satelliten, Raketenteile: Mit mehreren Zehntausend Stundenkilometern fliegt dieser Weltraumschrott über unseren…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Going green to the Red Planet
Loading… Going green to the Red Planet ESA’s ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it’s using sunlight to generate…
SpaceX`s Big Mars Rocket Could Help Chase Down Interstellar Asteroid
There may be yet another future use for SpaceX’s huge Mars-colonization rocket. That rocket, called the BFR, could launch a probe toward ‚Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that zoomed…
Saturn Bookends: Cassini Photos Show Ringed Planet 16 Years Apart
Over the course of 16 years, Saturn went from little more than a twinkle in the Cassini spacecraft’s powerful telescopic eye to the probe’s final resting place. Two newly juxtaposed images…
Water on Mars: Exploration & Evidence
Liquid water may still flow on Mars, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to spot. The search for water on the Red Planet has taken more than 15 years to turn up definitive signs that liquid…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
A team of astronomers used data from both the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Gaia satellite to directly measure the 3D motions of individual stars in a nearby galaxy. The…
ESA Science & Technology: Stellar motions in nearby galaxy hint at underlying dark matter
By pinning down, for the first time, the three-dimensional motions of individual stars in the nearby Sculptor dwarf galaxy, astronomers have shed new light on the distribution of invisible…

Politics / Politik

OIG Annual Report - NASA Spends Money Unwisely
NASA Office of Inspector General Annual Report April – September 2017 „Specifically, despite spending almost $200 million on three spacesuit development efforts, NASA remains years away…
Is NASA Going To Break The Law By Not Delivering An ISS Transition Plan To Congress?
Keith’s note: NASA HEOMD AA Bill Gerstenmaier was speaking at the NASA Advicory Council Human Exploration and Operations Committee meeting today. It certainly seems that he has decided that…

Technology / Technologie

Second Yaogan-30 Reconnaissance Satellite Trio Blasts off on Chinese Long March 2C Rocket
China was in action for the second time this week on Friday with the launch of a trio of Yaogan-30 satellites atop a Long March 2C rocket to join a growing constellation of what are…
Spaceflight Pollution: How Do Rocket Launches and Space Junk Affect Earth`s Atmosphere?
Nobody knows the extent to which rocket launches and re-entering space debris affect Earth’s atmosphere – but such ignorance could be remedied soon. The issue of rocket emissions – which…
On-orbit satellite servicing: The next big thing in space? - SpaceNews.com
Safety standards and other norms need to be in place to fuel investments and research in space applications. WASHINGTON – A team of researchers and Pentagon contractors was recently…
This Is How NASA Covers Up SLS Software Safety Issues
Keith’s note: The following letter was sent to NASA MSFC management last week by Ben Samouha, a 30+ year veteran in software safety whose career reaches back to the Challenger era. As has…
Newly Tested Parachute Could Land Cubesats Without Thrusters
A new NASA nanosatellite is testing a cross-shaped parachute, called an Exo-Brake, which could allow small satellites to return to Earth without the directional aid of rocket boosters. NASA…
SpaceX aims to follow a banner year with an even faster 2018 launch cadence - SpaceNews.com
„We will increase our cadence next year about 50 percent,“ Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, told SpaceNews in an interview last week. „We’ll fly more next year than this year,…
NASA Builds Its Next Mars Rover Mission
In just a few years, NASA’s next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there’s no doubt it’s a…
Watch SpaceX Test Reusable Rockets (and Scare Cows) in Texas Test-Site Video
An awesome video from SpaceX shows the best way for space nerds to send a herd of cows running: Just dangle a self-landing rocket practically over their heads. The YouTube video shows…

World / Welt

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station?
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…
US Government Shuts Down Flat-Earther`s Rocket Launch
„Mad“ Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, will have to wait a little longer to test his science-busting rocket. Hughes had previously announced plans to launch himself in a…
7 Ways to Prove the Earth Is Round (Without Launching a Satellite)
Rapper B.o.B wants to crowdfund his own satellite and launch it into space to find out, once and for all, whether the Earth is flat or round. As a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, the…
Mars Czar Scott Hubbard Issues A Proclamation About The Moon
Keeping the Focus on Mars, Scott Hubbard, editorial „The Moon is scientifically much less diverse and interesting than Mars. For example, no one claims that life could have originated on…
MIT Team Wins Mars City Design Contest for `Redwood Forest` Idea
A team of engineers and architects from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won the top prize for architecture in 2017’s international Mars City Design competition, which…

Science / Wissenschaft

HAWC: Positronen-Überschuss bleibt rätselhaft
„Die mit HAWC gemessenen Gammastrahlen bestätigen, dass aus der Umgebung der beiden Pulsare energiereiche Positronen entkommen, aber unsere Analyse ihrer Ausbreitung zeigt auch klar, dass…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Astronauts‘ blood changes in space – but that may not stop them from getting to Mars. SpaceX founder Elon Musk often boasts about the imminent colonization of Mars, despite major human…

History / Geschichte

Crowdfunded photo book focuses on `First Fleet` of NASA space shuttles | collectSPACE
A photographer’s long-forgotten, seldom seen images of NASA’s first space shuttles are now set for publication, 30 years after they were captured. „First Fleet: NASA’s Space Shuttle…
@abana09: OTD in 1971, Soviet space probe...
OTD in 1971, Soviet space probe Mars 2 crash-landed on Mars. It was the first human-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
Ist schon einmal ein Astronaut oder Kosmonaut im All verlorengegangen?
Nein. Man weiß von allen Menschen, die ins All aufgebrochen sind, über ihren Verbleib. Mehrere Menschen haben ihren Ausflug ins All allerdings schon mit dem Leben bezahlen müssen. Dem…
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