Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.02.2018

Front Page / Titelseite

ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
​On this day ten years ago, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory was launched into orbit, safely nestled in the mammoth cargo bay of the space shuttle Atlantis.
ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
  ISS ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR 8. Februar 2018
Europe’s Columbus Module Turns 10 – Parabolic Arc
COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The Columbus space laboratory began its journey into space on 7 February 2008 and has now been the scientific heart of European research on the International Space Station (ISS) for ten years. In microgravity, researchers gain unique insights from a wide range of…
LISA Pathfinder: Noch besser als gedacht
  LISA PATHFINDER Noch besser als gedacht Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gravitationsphysik 12. Februar 2018
LISA pathfinder mission a glorious success
LISA pathfinder three times better than required, 10 times better than expected.
The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched into Space
A very small, very powerful atomic clock will ride the next Falcon Heavy to space.
Europa Lander Mission Shut Out Again in 2019 NASA Budget Request
A bold life-hunting mission to the surface of Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa was shut out in the 2019 federal budget proposal, but NASA still aims to see it fly.

International Spacestation (ISS) /
Internationale Raumstation
Bartolomeo: kommerzieller
Ein schneller Zugang zum Weltall, Bereitstellung von High-Speed-Datenverbindungen und ein einzigartiger Aussichtspunkt sind gute Argumente für neue kommerzielle Möglichkeiten auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Das ausgefeilte Design des neuen Service namens „Bartolomeo“ erlaubt vie…
Russian Cargo Ship Preps for Launch While Crew Studies Life Science – Space Station
A Russian cargo craft is getting ready to roll out to its launch pad for a Sunday morning lift-off to resupply the International Space Station and the Expedition 54 crew. The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station are also preparing for the new space shipment and continuing a variety of life…
Crew Waits for New Cargo Delivery Date Amidst Spacewalk Preps – Space Station
A Russian Progress resupply ship to the International Space Station aborted its express delivery mission just a few seconds before launch early Sunday. The cargo vehicle will now launch on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. Baikonur time) to send three tons of food, fuel and supplies to…
Sächsisches Medizin-Experiment auf der Raumstation
Wenn Alexander Gerst wieder auf Weltraummission ist, wird seine Gesundheit mithilfe der TU Dresden überwacht.

Earth / Erde

ISS: Vögelbeobachten aus dem All
  ISS Vögelbeobachten aus dem All Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR 13. Februar 2018
ICARUS-Antenne ist auf dem Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation
Aufatmen und Freude am Kosmodrom im kasachischen Baikonur, im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Bonn und im Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie (MPIO) in Radolfzell am Bodensee: eine…
Island heart
For Valentine’s Day we bring you a little heart-shaped island, which has been imaged from space by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Lying about 20 km off the coast of India’s state of Karnataka, in the Arabian Sea, the uninhabited island of Netrani may be small, but is perfectly formed.…
Aral Sea
This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia.The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind’s impact on the environment and natural resources. Once the world’s fourth-largest inland water body, it h…

ESA EarthObservation

ESA EarthObservation @ESA_EO

“Hey, who drew webs 🕸🕸 all over our #Envisat composite image?? Ah no, those are solar evaporation pond edges and the Lucin Cutoff railway over the Great #SaltLake 😆 #Utah

ESA EarthObservation

ESA EarthObservation @ESA_EO

#ICYMI: #Sentinel3 B is almost ready to join its twin, #Aeolus passed its space exams and we flew over the Iberian Peninsula🇪🇸🇵🇹 & #PyeongChang2018… a pretty busy week 😊

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Saturn`s Contrasting Moons Pair Up in Spectacular Cassini Photo
Saturn’s cratered moon Rhea passes in front of the hazy giant Titan in an image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which completed its mission by diving into Saturn in September.
Catalog Page for PIA21977
This image of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed a close flyby of the gas giant planet on Dec. 16, 2017.
Life Detection on Mars: Are Red Planet Protocols in Place?
No doubt, Mars is holding its secrets tight — but if the ongoing work to detect life proves positive, what protocols are in place to confirm such a verdict?

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin guarding an egg. Data from NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have been combined to show these dramatic galaxies in light that spans the visible and infrared parts of the…
"Wrong-way" Winds on CoRoT-2b - NASA Spitzer Space Telescope
This illustration depicts the strange case of the backwards hotspot researchers have found on the hot exoplanet known as CoRoT-2b.
NASA-Sonde bricht Distanzrekord mit einem Foto
New Horizons tummelt sich weiterhin um den Pluto und hat nun einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt, indem es das am weitesten von der Erde entfernte Foto geschossen hat. Das Ergebnis: zwei Farbpunkte.
Hubble Snaps Beautiful Image of Giant Galaxy Cluster | Astronomy |
NASA has released an absolutely beautiful photo taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of PLCK G004.5-19.5, a massive cluster of galaxies in the constellation Sagittarius.

Politics / Politik

NASA budget proposal plans end of NASA funding of ISS, seeks commercial transition -
NASA’s 2019 budget proposal will include plans to end funding for the ISS in 2025, but leaves open handing part or all of it to private operators.
White House Plan To Defund ISS By 2025 Moves Ahead - NASA Watch
The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows., Washington Post
Space station supporters prepare for budget battle -
Advocates for the space station in Congress and industry are making the case for keeping the station operating well beyond a potential mid-2020s retirement.
Summary Of Today`s NASA CFO Budget Briefing - NASA Watch
I asked #NASA CFO what happens after 2025 if commercial users do not show up to pay ISS operating expenses. Does @NASA Abandon ISS? If so who owns U.S. assets on ISS if NASA not longer uses them? Answer: „I do not know the answer. We are starting to work on this“
The Real Reason Why NASA Got A Big Budget Plus Up - NASA Watch
„This addendum includes additional funding for a limited set of Administration priorities, but notably, it also proposes to use higher spending caps as an opportunity to fix some long-time budget gimmicks that the Congress has used to circumvent the spending caps and add billions to the Nation’s…
NASA FY 2019 Budget Proposal Released - NASA Watch
„Lightfoot will provide a „State of NASA“ address to the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EST from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His remarks will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.“
ISS After 2025: Is CASIS The Solution Or The Problem? - NASA Watch
Keith’s note: Yesterday NASA held a briefing with Acting CFO Andrew Hunter. When asked about how NASA plans to operate the ISS after 2025 when funding by NASA will cease, Hunter had no answer. The only clue he offered was that CASIS would continue to be part of the NASA space station utilization…
NASA studying commercial crew contingency plans -
NASA is beginning to study a contingency option for maintaining access to the ISS should commercial crew vehicle development experience delays.
Internationale Raumstation: Donald Trump will ISS privatisieren
Seit Anfang des Jahrtausends ist die Internationale Raumstation eines der wichtigsten Forschungsprojekte der Menschheit. Die US-Regierung will aber wohl nicht mehr bezahlen und die Station der Privatwirtschaft überlassen. Ob das möglich ist, ist unklar.
Did NASA Turn Down A Ride on Falcon Heavy? Was One Ever Offered? - NASA Watch
I was told by a SpaceX VP at the launch that they offered free launches to NASA, Air Force etc. but got no takers. A student developed experiment or early tech demo could have led to even more new knowledge from the mission. The Tesla gimmick was the backup.
Trump`s 2019 NASA Budget Request Puts Moon Ahead of Space Station
NASA’s 2019 budget proposal under the Trump administration calls $19.9 billion in funding, an increase, but cuts funding for the International Space Station while cancelling a space telescope and five Earth missions.

Technology / Technologie

Soyuz Rocket Rolls out for Launch of Progress MS-08 Cargo Craft on Two-Orbit ISS Rendezvous – Spaceflight101
Winter remained with a firm grip on Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday when a Soyuz 2-1A emerged from its assembly hall and rolled to its launch pad for a Sunday liftoff with the Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft on an expedited, two-orbit rendezvous with the International Space Station.
Soyuz Ignition Abort Thwarts Express Rendezvous Plans for Progress MS-08 Cargo Craft – Progress MS-08 | Spaceflight101
It was a Déjà vu at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday when a Soyuz rocket stood fully fueled for an express cargo delivery to the International Space Station but suffered a last-second abort of its countdown moments before lighting the engines – scratching plans of a record-setting rendezvous…
Russian Cargo Mission to Station is Scrubbed – Space Station
The planned launch of the Progress 69 cargo spacecraft at 3:58 a.m. EST (2:58 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has been scrubbed. A backup launch date is under review.
Progress Cargo Craft Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station – Space Station
Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station Expedition 54 crew, the Progress 69 cargo spacecraft launched at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Russian Cargo Ship Launches on 2-Day Trip to Space Station
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched an unpiloted cargo ship toward the International Space Station Tuesday (Feb. 13), kicking off a two-day delivery mission to the orbiting laboratory.
Why Do We Need SLS? - NASA Watch
„NASA has spent more than $15 billion to try and develop their own heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), with a first flight planned in roughly two years – assuming all goes according to plan. Once operational, SLS will cost NASA over $1 billion per launch. The Falcon Heavy, developed…
Meet the Next Mars Lander: Getting Insight on NASA`s InSight
NASA’s next Mars lander is in the final preparation phases before heading out to its California launch site later this year.
Astronautenveteran Bill Anders: "Musks Mars-Pläne sind lächerlich."
Statt Autos zum Mars zu schießen solle die Raumfahrt sich lieber auf die Klimaforschung konzentrieren, erklärte der 84-jährige Weltraumpionier der Apollo 8.
Flugroute von Musks Tesla: Starmans lange Reise - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Wissenschaft
Ein altes Auto mit einer Puppe am Steuer zieht im Sonnensystem seit dieser Woche seine Bahn. SpaceX-Chef Elon Musk hat sie ins All schießen lassen. Werden sie mit Mars oder Erde zusammenstoßen? Astronomen haben nachgerechnet.
Astronomen verfolgen Reise des Autos zum Mars
Während sich SpaceX über das Manöver zum Verlassen des Erdorbits und die Folgen ausschweigt (und die grob falsche Bahngrafik immer noch nicht aus Elon Musks Twitter-Feed gelöscht wurde, leider bere…
Erste Falcon Heavy schießt Auto ... bis zur Marsbahn - Abenteuer Astronomie
Was für eine Premiere für die schubstärkste Rakete der Gegenwart, die Falcon Heavy der kalifornischen Privatfirma SpaceX, mit der deren Chef Elon Musk bald den Startmarkt für schwere Satelliten aufmischen – und zugleich mit eigenen […]
SpaceX: Erste Falcon Heavy erfolgreich gestartet
  SPACEX Erste Falcon Heavy erfolgreich gestartet von Stefan Deiters 7. Februar 2018
Video Collection: Falcon Heavy Launch & Simultaneous Booster Return from around Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight101
SpaceX achieved a momentous feat on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 when successfully launching the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket on a high-stakes shakedown mission – successfully boosting into orbit and later off into Deep Space a midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster as a novelty-payload chosen for this…
Video: Falcon Heavy’s Long-Awaited Shakedown Mission – Spaceflight101
SpaceX’s triple-core monster rocket leapt off its LC-39A Launch Pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 20:45:00.49 UTC on February 6, 2018, embarking on a long-awaited shakedown mission and in the process becoming the most powerful rocket currently in service. Falcon Heavy successfully…
SpaceX Launched the World`s Most Powerful Rocket. So, What`s Next?
When SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon Heavy booster Tuesday (Feb. 6) from the same Florida pad used by NASA’s Apollo missions, the company claimed the title for the most powerful rocket. But more is on the way.
Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX`s Falcon Heavy Core Booster Crashed
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he knows exactly why the Falcon Heavy core booster crashed. Also, SpaceX is building a third droneships for rocket landings at sea.
Radiation Will Tear Elon Musk`s Rocket Car to Bits in a Year
Elon Musk has launched his sportscar into deep space. Stellar radiation is going to wreck it.
Experimental Supersonic Plane Gets Full Funding Under Trump`s NASA Budget Proposal
The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for NASA fully funds the development of a new supersonic airplane that could transport commercial-airline passengers faster than the speed of sound.
Ariane 5 Reaches Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery with SES 14 & Al Yah 3 – Ariane 5 VA241 | Spaceflight101
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad in preparation for a Thursday liftoff on the vehicle’s year-opening mission, tasked with deploying a pair of innovative satellites to a Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit peaking 45,000 Kilometers above the planet. Stacked…
Video: Atlas V Launches SBIRS GEO-4 Missile Warning Satellite – SBIRS GEO-4 | Spaceflight101
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket, flying with a single Solid Rocket Booster, lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 0:48 UTC on January 20, 2018 with the fourth satellite of the Space Based Infrared System, set to complete a critical U.S. Missile Warning…
Video: Atlas V Launches SBIRS GEO-4 Missile Warning Satellite – SBIRS GEO-4 | Spaceflight101
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket, flying with a single Solid Rocket Booster, lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 0:48 UTC on January 20, 2018 with the fourth satellite of the Space Based Infrared System, set to complete a critical U.S. Missile Warning…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

The 10 Best `Star Trek` Episodes Ever
On 7 February 2018, 10 years to the day that Europe’s Columbus space laboratory was launched to the International Space Station, 20 lucky clubbers got a taste of weightlessness – not to conduct gravity-free science but to party with superstar DJs Steve Aoki, W&W and Le Shuuk.Taking of…

World / Welt

Yup, Flat-Earthers Think the Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Conspiracy
Elon Musk is in on the conspiracy, according to flat-Earthers, who say the shots of a Tesla Roadster in space, above a round Earth, are totally fake.
Buzz Aldrin and Sprayground Unveil a Solar Backpack for Your Mars Visit
Buzz Aldrin has announced a new addition to his „Mission to Mars“ fashion line: a $150 solar panel backpack.
Military certification the next big test for Falcon Heavy -
Elon Musk: „This vehicle opens up a whole new class of payloads and it’s up to customers what they want to launch.”

Science / Wissenschaft

Future rovers
A trio of future explorers take part in a ‘rover sim’, practising driving a virtual rover across a rocky lunar landscape.Hannah and Lukas, from Gymnasium Michelstadt, and Lilly, from the Schule auf der Aue, in Münster, were at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, recently, …
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Personal Radiation Shielding for Interplanetary Missions (PERSEO): Today the crew performed an initial checkout of a radiation shielding garment for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) PERSEO Project. They filled the garment with water, donned the garment, and later doffed the garment before draining…

History / Geschichte

60 Years! One of NASA`s Longest-Serving Women Marks Milestone
Sue Finley, one of the longest serving women at NASA, celebrated her 60th anniversary with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this year.
GMS: NASA’s First Chief Astronomer, the Mother of Hubble
In a time when women were discouraged from studying math and science, Nancy Grace Roman became a research astronomer and the first Chief of Astronomy at NASA. Known today as the “Mother of Hubble,” she was instrumental in taking the Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality and…
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