Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.01.18


Front Page / Titelseite

SpaceX targeting late January for Falcon Heavy debut -
SpaceX is now planning to attempt the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket around the end of this month, the company’s chief executive said Jan. 4.
In Photos: SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Readies for Launch
SpaceX plans to launch its huge new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in January 2018. See photos of the powerful booster and its unusual payload here.
Behold! SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket on the Launchpad (Photos, Video)
If you needed a reminder that SpaceX is about to debut its huge new Falcon Heavy rocket, here you go.
Is the James Webb Space Telescope "Too Big to Fail?"
Backers of NASA’s next great observatory contemplate its worst-case scenarios
The Fall of China’s Tiangong-1 Space Lab: Guessing Game with Prizes! (Updated)
The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) is sponsoring a “live on green event” guessing game. Entrants can compete for Aerospace swag with the…
SpaceX Says Falcon 9 Rocket Performed as Expected During Zuma Launch
A report by the Wall Street Journal suggests the secret Zuma satellite launched by SpaceX Sunday night (Jan. 7) has failed. But SpaceX’s president Gwynne Shotwell says the Falcon 9…
Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood -
Savvy space warriors like Russia’s military already are giving us a taste of the future. They are jamming GPS navigation signals, disrupting satellite communications links and sensors in…
How the US Navy Is Turning Sci-Fi Warfare into Reality
In the past 100 years, humanity went from fantasizing about ray guns to actually seeing some go „pew pew“ for real.
2018 a big year of transition for military space -
In the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress weakened the Air Force secretary’s power to set military space priorities and influence programs.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Ein rosa Glühen bei Nacht
ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst schwebt durch das europäische Columbus-Laboratorium der Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Das Bild ist im Jahre 2014 während seines ersten Fluges aufgenommen…
Robot Arm Finishes Swapping Experiments Outside Dragon – Space Station
Robotics controllers have completed the science cargo transfers from the rear of the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, also known as its trunk. Dragon is due to depart the International Space…
Crew Begins 2018 Studying How Living in Space Affects Humans – Space Station
The Expedition 54 crew is starting the New Year studying how humans adapt to living in space for months and years at a time. NASA and its international partners are also learning how to…
Crew Prepping Dragon for Departure While Studying Life Science – Space Station
Robotics controllers are getting ready to uninstall the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft from the International Space Station on Friday before releasing it for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean…

Earth / Erde

Solving Earth`s Climate Challenges Require More Satellite Vision: Report
According to an extensive, 700-page report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, space observations are crucial to solving the challenges posed by climate.
NASA Goes for `GOLD` to Scan the Border of Earth and Space
NASA’s GOLD mission, flying to space Jan. 25 attached to a communications satellite, will examine the boundary between Earth and space.
The Bottom of the Ocean Is Sinking
The bottom of the ocean is more of a „sunken place“ than it used to be.
`Bomb Cyclone` Swirls Across US East Coast in Stunning Views of Earth
As a powerful bomb cyclone winter storm curls across the U.S. East Coast this morning (Jan. 4), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-East satellite is…
Second Galileo Quartet Ready for Launch atop Ariane 5 Rocket – Ariane 5 VA240 | Spaceflight101
Four more satellites are set to join the European Galileo Navigation Satellite System on Tuesday, targeting liftoff at 18:36 UTC atop an Ariane 5 ES rocket blasting off from French Guiana….
Photos: Ariane 5 Rolls Out for Liftoff with Four Galileo Navigation Satellites – Ariane 5 VA240 | Spaceflight101
Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse launch vehicle rolled to the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center on December 11, 2017 in preparation for launch with the second group of four Galileo…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

The Sun in 2017
This montage of 365 images shows the changing activity of our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite during 2017, along with a partial eclipse for good measure.The images were…
Catalog Page for PIA21973
NASA’s Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, color-enhanced view of the planet’s tumultuous atmosphere.
Blue Velvet: Jupiter`s Cloud Tops Appear Azure in New Juno Image
Jupiter’s twirling, swirling, candy-colored clouds are once again on display in new images from NASA’s Juno probe that were processed by citizen scientists.
New Horizons` Epic Second Flyby Is Less Than a Year Away
The countdown to New Horizons‘ historic second flyby has now begun in earnest.
China Launching Lander, Rover to Moon`s Far Side This Year
China is pressing forward on its Chang’e 4 lunar probe, which is scheduled to be launched in the latter half of this year. The spacecraft will attempt the first-ever soft landing on the…

Politics / Politik

That Time Elon Musk Talked To Trump About Colonizing Mars - NASA Watch
„SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to get a newly elected Donald Trump on board with his company’s mission to reach Mars, according to an excerpt from a new book on the Trump administration…
Bridenstine On Earth Science:
„U.S. scientists plan to release their once-a-decade list of recommended Earth observation spending priorities Friday in a press conference in Washington, D.C. The scientific community…
Bridenstine Nomination Update - NASA Watch
„Latest Action 01/03/2018 – Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.“
Report calls for ISS research transition plan and use of alternative platforms -
A recent report recommends that NASA develop ISS transition plans and make use of alternative platforms to carry out critical microgravity research.
White House Resubmits Bridenstine Nomination - NASA Watch
The White House formally resubmitted nominations for leaders of NASA and NOAA to the Senate Jan. 8, a procedural move before they can be confirmed.
White House Resubmits Bridenstine Nomination - NASA Watch
– James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Charles F. Bolden, Jr., resigned.

Technology / Technologie

Video: Falcon 9 Launches Classified Zuma Spacecraft – Spaceflight101
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:00 UTC on January 8, 2018 with the classified Zuma payload for Northrop Grumman and an unnamed U.S….
Top-Secret Zuma Spacecraft Blasts Off on First SpaceX Mission of 2018 – Falcon 9 – Zuma
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral under a veil of darkness Sunday night, both literally and figuratively with launch occurring at 1:00 UTC Monday…
SpaceX Launches Secret Zuma Mission for US Government, Lands Rocket
SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government tonight (Jan. 8), successfully executing a mission that also featured yet another landing by the first stage of the…
The First Rule About Zuma: Don`t Talk About Zuma - NASA Watch
„A media query to Northrop Grumman, which manufactured the satellite, was not immediately returned Monday. (Update: Tim Paynter, Vice President of Strategic Communications for Northrop…
Did Something Happen to Secret Zuma Spacecraft After SpaceX Launch?
The U.S. government’s hush-hush Zuma satellite may have run into some serious problems during or shortly after its Sunday launch (Jan. 7), according to media reports.
Secret Zuma Spacecraft Feared Lost – Facts, Speculation & In Between – Spaceflight101
The last heard of the enigmatic Zuma spacecraft was it was well on its way into orbit Sunday night, soaring away from Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Falcon 9’s first stage made an…
ULA Delta IV Set for West Coast Launch with Classified National Reconnaissance Office Satellite – Spaceflight101
United Launch Alliance is gearing up for the final West Coast launch of the single-stick Delta IV rocket, planned from Vandenberg’s SLC-6 at 21:00 UTC on Wednesday with the classified…
Commercial Crew Test Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Will Begin This Year
NASA’s commercial crew program will likely start test flights in 2018, some seven years after the last human spaceflight lifted off from American soil.
The Evolution of NASA`s Mars Rover Tires in Pictures
NASA engineers are working on a new design for off-Earth rover wheels.
Metal Tires for Mars: `Shape Memory` Could Help Rovers Roll
NASA scientists have built a flexible metal tire that could be used on Mars or even on Earth.
NASA`s Parker Solar Probe Mission in Pictures
See images of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission, which the agency plans to launch in July 2018. The spacecraft will get seven times closer to the sun than any probe ever has.
China Opens 2018 Campaign with Launch of Second SuperView Imaging Satellite Duo – Spaceflight101
China opened its 2018 space launch campaign on Tuesday with the launch of the second pair of GaoJing Earth-Imaging Satellites joining the growing SuperView constellation delivering…

World / Welt

NASA plans to have WFIRST reviews complete by April -
ASA hopes to have a major astronomy mission back on track by April after completing efforts to reduce its cost, an agency official said Jan. 8.
Oklahoma astronaut museum announces `Legacy Campaign` for more space | collectSPACE
Twenty five years after its founding, a NASA astronaut’s hometown museum is looking to expand — just in time to mark a half century since its namesake’s flight to the moon. The Stafford…
Researchers analyze NASA moon mission audio to let public `Explore Apollo` | collectSPACE
Fifty years after the first human flights to the moon, researchers have taken a new look at the Apollo missions, or more appropriately, a new listen. Scientists have made thousands of hours…
NASA`s new 60th anniversary logo depicts `historic past and inspiring future` | collectSPACE
NASA is marking its 60th anniversary with a new commemorative logo. The U.S. aviation and space agency revealed the official logo, which it described as showing „how NASA is building on…
Raumfahrtmedizin: Weltraumfieber in Schwerelosigkeit
  RAUMFAHRTMEDIZIN Weltraumfieber in Schwerelosigkeit Redaktion / Pressemitteilung der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin 8. Januar 2018
Last Chance for Citizens to Nominate National Space Council Advisory Members
Wednesday (Jan.10) is the last day for U.S. citizens to submit nominations for an advisory group to the National Space Council.
NASA`s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Information
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has long served as America’s spaceport, hosting all of the nation’s manned spaceflights since the late 1960s.
Astronomers meet amid questions about the status of NASA flagship missions -
Scientists gathering for the country’s largest astronomy meeting will discuss plans for future space telescopes and raise questions about upcoming missions.
Michael Foale Wants To Save The ISS. He`s Not Alone. - NASA Watch
„Draw up a list of the world’s most accomplished and experienced astronauts, and astrophysicist Dr Michael Foale’s name is going to come pretty near the top. … Now more than 20 years…

Science / Wissenschaft

Our rover could discover life on Mars – here`s what it would take to prove it
If we find microbes on Mars, it will be difficult to exclude the possibility that we have accidentally brought them there from Earth.
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
If you heard that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity just spotted signs of life on the Red Planet — well, don’t get your hopes up.

History / Geschichte

Fellow astronauts remember John Young as crewmate, hero and `great American` | collectSPACE
Astronauts who flew on space missions with John Young, and others who followed him to space, have paid tribute to their friend and colleague, who was the ninth person to walk on the moon…
Astronaut John Young, Who Walked on the Moon and Led 1st Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87
John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who walked on the moon and flew on the first Gemini and space shuttle missions, has died. He was 87.
How John Young Smuggled a Corned-Beef Sandwich into Space
NASA astronaut John Young, who died Jan. 5, is remembered for a small scandal after he smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space.
John Young - NASA Watch
„The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of John Young, who died Friday night following complications from pneumonia at the age of 87….
created in Publicate

Kommentar verfassen

Trage deine Daten unten ein oder klicke ein Icon um dich einzuloggen:

Du kommentierst mit deinem Abmelden /  Ändern )


Du kommentierst mit deinem Facebook-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Verbinde mit %s

Diese Seite verwendet Akismet, um Spam zu reduzieren. Erfahre, wie deine Kommentardaten verarbeitet werden..