Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.12.2017

 

Front Page / Titelseite

Pluto, Other Faraway Worlds May Have Buried Oceans
Our solar system may harbor many more potentially habitable worlds than scientists had thought. Subsurface oceans could still slosh beneath the icy crusts of frigid, faraway worlds such as…
NASA`s Next Mars Rover: A Life-Hunting Curiosity 2.0
NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover will be a souped-up version of the highly accomplished robot that touched down on the Red Planet in August 2012, agency officials said.
Voyager 1 Just Fired Up its Backup Thrusters for the 1st Time in 37 Years
NASA’s far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft has taken its backup thrusters out of mothballs. Voyager 1 hadn’t used its four „trajectory correction maneuver“ (TCM) thrusters since November 1980,…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Cygnus Cargo Craft Leaves Station Wednesday Morning
The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station on Wednesday, Dec. 6. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of Cygnus’…
Cygnus OA-8 Cargo Craft Departs ISS after Three-Week Stay for CubeSat Deployment & Re-Entry
After delivering over 3,200 Kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station, the Cygnus S.S. Gene Cernan departed the orbiting complex on Wednesday to close out a three-week stay and…
Astronauts Command Robotic Arm to Release Cygnus Cargo Craft
After delivering almost 7,400 pounds of cargo to support dozens of science experiments from around the world, the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft has departed the International Space…
Cygnus Spacecraft Departs the Space Station: Here`s the Awesome Science It`s Doing
HOUSTON – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft departed the International Space Station (ISS) this morning (Dec. 6), on its way to do some bonus science before burning up in Earth’s atmosphere…
SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station Pushed to Tuesday
SpaceX’s next robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station has been pushed from Friday (Dec. 8) to next Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the earliest. „This new launch date takes into…
SpaceX Launch Slips, Cygnus Leaving and BEAM Stay Extended
SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than Dec. 12. Back on orbit, the Cygnus cargo craft is getting ready to…
Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
The microbes living on the International Space Station (ISS) may be similar to the bacteria found in homes on Earth, a new study shows. A joint team of professional scientists and citizen…
Wow! Space Station Streaks Over Cathedral in Gorgeous Photo
A stunning new photo shows the third-brightest object in the sky zooming over Washington National Cathedral. That object, the International Space Station (ISS), appears as a bright streak…
Station Ramps Up for December Cargo and Crew Swaps
A pair of commercial resupply missions are coming and going this week at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, a new crew has arrived at its launch site to prepare for a Dec. 17…
Next Crew in Russia as Station Preps for Cargo Missions
The next crew to launch to the International Space Station is in Russia today for traditional ceremonies before heading to the launch site in Kazakhstan. Back in space, the Expedition 53…

Earth / Erde

Startbereit: Galileo 19-22
Pressekonferenz – Galileo-Satelliten Nr. 19 bis 22 startbereit Die nächsten vier Galileo-Satelliten sollen am 12. Dezember um 19.36 MEZ (15.36 Ortszeit) an Bord einer Ariane-5 von Europas…
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have…
Sentinel-5P: Quantensprung in der Atmosphärenbeobachtung
Die ersten Satellitenaufnahmen von Sentinel-5 Precursor stehen zur Verfügung Datenservice liefert künftig aktuelle Informationen zu Luftqualität, Ozon und Klimafaktoren Sentinel-5P…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Warm and Wet Ancient Mars? Maybe Not
Ancient Mars may not have been all that warm and wet after all. The Red Planet has widespread deposits of clay minerals, which are formed via the interaction of volcanic rock and water.
News for AstroKids
News for AstroKids
Polarlichter sind schimmernde Vorhänge aus glühendem Licht, die am Nord- und Südpol über dem Nachthimmel tanzen. Sie sind auf einigen Planeten unseres Sonnensystems zu sehen und färben…
Boost for Odds of Life? Jupiter Moon Europa May Have Plate Tectonics
The case for plate tectonics on Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa keeps getting stronger. Scientists had already spotted geological signs that plates within the moon’s ice shell may be…
Cassini`s farewell mosaic of Saturn
In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the international Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and the splendid rings during the…
Mega-Landslides on Mars May Speed Down Slopes at 450 Mph
Powerful landslides may rumble down Martian slopes at up to 450 mph (725 km/h), sped along by slippery ice, a new study suggests. Researchers Fabio Vittorio De Blasio and Giovanni Battista…
Martian Dusk: Curiosity Rover Captures Stunning Red Planet Sunset
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has treated us to another view of an otherworldly sunset. The six-wheeled robot snapped the photo on Nov. 19 at 7:07 p.m. EST (5:39 p.m. local Mars time, and…
Catalog Page for PIA21972
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…
Catalog Page for PIA21912
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…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
By analyzing cosmic rays in space, China’s „Monkey King“ satellite is now helping pin down the identity of dark matter, a new study finds. The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE)…
Star formation in the Chamaeleon
A dark cloud when observed with optical telescopes, the Chamaeleon I region reveals itself as an active hub of star formation in this far-infrared image from ESA’s Herschel space…

Politics / Politik

A Bridenstine Nomination Vote Seems To Be Close
There is talk of a vote in the Senate on the nomination of @RepJBridenstine to be @NASA Administrator around 11 Dec. The vote will likely be split along party lines with a slight edge to…
The NASA Podium Is Still Empty
NASA has never gone this long without a formal administrator, Ars Technica „Four-time astronaut Charles Bolden resigned as NASA administrator on January 20, 2017, leaving the space agency…
New caucus to advocate for NASA`s needs in Congress - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – The co-founder of a new congressional caucus devoted to NASA said he hopes to use it to advocate for the agency’s needs in Congress once a new administrator is in place. Rep….
NASA CFO Nominee Announced
„Many expected DeWit would immediately join the administration after Trump’s surprise victory. When that didn’t happen, speculation shifted to his running against Sen. Jeff Flake, who had…

Technology / Technologie

This Is How NASA Covers Up SLS Software Safety Issues (Update)
Keith’s 4 December update: According to a friend who has spoken with Ben Samouha, he has been retaliated against. Two NASA MSFC people became aware he was being interviewed for a new job…
China`s Long March 2D Launches LKW-1 "Land Survey Satellite"
China conducted its 15th orbital launch of the year on Sunday, involving a Long March 2D rocket lifting the LKW-1 imaging satellite into orbit. Liftoff from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch…
NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope Emerges from Giant Vacuum Chamber
Part of NASA’s next major observatory – the James Webb Space Telescope – just left a thermal vacuum chamber after about 100 days of cryogenic testing to prepare it for launch in 2019. For…
Well-suited for Safety: Astronaut Attire has "Take Me Home" Button
„Lost in space“ – a scenario no astronaut wants to face. Thanks to new spacesuit engineering work, a patent has been filed for a self-return system to ensure space explorers are safe, even…
Previously Undetected Software Bug Potential Cause for Soyuz/Fregat Failure
The failure of a Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat-M rocket launching the Meteor-M 2-1 weather satellite and 18 international secondary payloads was traced back to a software bug on the rocket’s Fregat…
Soyuz Returns to Flight with Lotos-S1 Electronic Intelligence Satellite
Coming on the heels of a failed launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome earlier in the week, Russia successfully launched a Soyuz 2-1B rocket from the country’s prime military launch site at…
Iridium`s fourth Falcon 9 mission holding to Dec. 22 as other SpaceX missions slip - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – The fourth SpaceX Falcon 9 mission for mobile satellite communications operator Iridium remains on track for Dec. 22, the company said today, assuaging concerns that the launch…
Rocket Lab`s Tiny-Satellite Launcher Will Get 2nd Test in December
The spaceflight startup Rocket Lab has scheduled the second test flight of its innovative Electron rocket, a small vehicle built to accommodate small satellites and other petite payloads….
How Do Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Work?
How do intercontinental ballistic missiles – including the one North Korea launched Tuesday (Nov. 28) that flew more than 10 times higher than the International Space Station – work? The…
Elon Musk Will Launch His Tesla Roadster to Mars on SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket
It really is Mars or bust for Elon Musk. The billionaire says he’s going to launch his own Tesla Roadster on the first test flight of SpaceX’s new giant rocket next month, and the car will…

World / Welt

Buzz Aldrin Launches `Mission to Mars` Fashion Line with Sprayground
As Lunar Module pilot for NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back in a space capsule. Now, the former fighter pilot, aerospace engineer, bestselling author…
Adam Savage`s new tool bag styled after Apollo astronaut `purse` | collectSPACE
Adam Savage is over the moon about „EDC One,“ his new tool bag, which is appropriate given its pedigree. The former „Mythbusters“ co-host modeled his first original product for sale after…
Yet Another WhatWeShouldDoInSpace Study
Major Policy Issues in Evolving Global Space Operations, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies „This paper is designed to inform decision-makers and other interested parties on how the…
How To Hold An SLS Media Event That No One Will Attend
NASA JSC sends out a press release at 5 pm on 4 Dec for a media event in CO on 11 Dec (i.e. a flight in on 10 Dec) and you need to say yes/no in 3 days. They really do not want any quality…
SpaceX adds $100 million to latest funding round - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – SpaceX has increased the size of its latest funding round by $100 million to $450 million, the company said Nov. 27. In a Nov. 27 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…
NASA Launches New Phase of 3D Habitat Challenge with $2 Million Prize
Registration is open for Phase 3 of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, which searches for ways to create shelters for astronauts on locations such as the moon and Mars. The $2 million…
`Planet Money` Leaves the Planet: NPR Podcast Adopts Cubesat
After tackling topics such as how to make a T-shirt and how to drill for oil, the „Planet Money“ podcast team at National Public Radio has a new topic to explore: how to launch a satellite…
NASA approves use of previously-flown booster on next Dragon mission - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – NASA officials said Nov. 29 that they have given their approval, as expected, to SpaceX’s use of a previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage on the next Dragon cargo mission to the…
Japan`s iSpace Set for Major Funding News
iSpace rover model. Credit: SpaceRef Marc’s note: On Wednesday Japan and Luxembourg announced an agreement “ to cooperate on exploration and commercial utilization of space resources.“…
Space Station Flyovers In Flyover Country Are Not All That They Could Be
Keith’s note: Several weeks ago I posted “ Doing Something Again For The First Time“ which focused on the sector of the U.S. population that was not alive when humans landed on the moon. I…
SpaceCom 2017 to Shine Spotlight on Spaceflight Leaders and Entrepreneurs
More than 2,000 are expected to head to Houston this week for SpaceCom 2017, the third annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition. The conference will bring commercial spaceflight…

Science / Wissenschaft

Real Time Astrobiology Expedition News That NASA Ignores
Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 6 December 2017: Traverse to Novolazarevskaya Station „Dale Andersen sent this via inReach on December 6, 2017 2:47:47 AM EST „Heading…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
„Wir wollen untersuchen, ob dieser Prozess in Schwerelosigkeit genau so funktioniert wie auf der Erde“, erklärt Kohn. „Falls irgendwann ein Mensch im All geboren wird, wissen wir dann, ob…
Hydrothermal vent experiments bring Enceladus to Earth - Astrobiology Magazine
Laboratory experiments on Earth can now simulate the conditions under which life might emerge on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, as well as other icy alien worlds, according to new research…
Salty Antarctic pond could be a replica of Mars` water - Astrobiology Magazine
A shallow, briny pond located in the most Mars-like region on Earth is probably being fed by groundwater seeping up, rather than moisture seeping down from the atmosphere, providing clues…

History / Geschichte

Columbia: First Shuttle in Space
Columbia was the first shuttle to reach space, in 1981. Columbia carried dozens of astronauts into space during the next two decades, reaching several milestones. Columbia also underwent…
Atlantis: Last Space Shuttle Launch
Atlantis was the fourth shuttle constructed and the last one to fly into space. It performed well in 25 years of service, flying 33 missions that included secret missions for the U.S….
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