Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.02.18

Front Page / Titelseite

Surfing complete
Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
NASA`s New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet
NASA is developing a spacesuit with a built-in toilet system, something the agency hasn’t used regularly since the Apollo era.
What Impact Might SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Program Have on the Atmosphere?
A single launch pumps a relatively small amount of emissions into the atmosphere, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has suggested sending a millio…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

In Photos: The Space Station Spacewalks of Expedition 54
See photos from Expedition 54’s spacewalks outside the International Space Station.

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Intl. Space Station @Space_Station

“Spacewalkers @Astro_Sabot and @Astro_Kanai are preparing to remove and transfer a @CSA_ASC robotic hand, or latching End Effector, to the Quest airlock.

Spacewalkers Wrap Up Robotic Hand Transfers – Space Station
Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have completed a spacewalk lasting 5 hours and 57 minutes.
Crew Waits for Russian Delivery Day Before U.S. Spacewalk – Space Station
A Russian cargo craft is on its way to the International Space Station early Thursday as two astronauts get ready for a spacewalk on Friday.

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“.@Astro_Kanai competes the first spacewalk task and stows an older Canadarm2 robotic hand inside the Quest airlock.

Station Prepping for Spacewalk After New Cargo Ship Arrives – Space Station
The Expedition 54 crew is getting ready for a spacewalk Friday morning and beginning the work to unload a newly-arrived cargo delivery.

Earth / Erde

See the Earth and Moon from 40 Million Miles Away (Photo)
Earth and the moon are two bright dots floating in an immense black void in a new photo captured by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Jan. 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million kilometers).

Solar System / Sonnensystem

This Martian Crater Has a Weirdly Earth-Like Secret
NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover just discovered a geological formation that looks shockingly Earth-like.
Opportunity Rover Celebrates 5,000 Days on Mars
NASA’s long-lived Mars rover Opportunity has just rolled past another big milestone — 5,000 days on the Red Planet.
Catalog Page for PIA21978
See swirling cloud formations in the northern area of Jupiter’s north temperate belt in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
A Giant Storm on Neptune Is Disappearing as Hubble Telescope Watches
A dark storm on Neptune, once big enough to reach from Boston to Portugal, is dwindling to nothing as the Hubble Space Telescope keeps watch
Mars Meteorite Will Return to the Red Planet with NASA Rover
A chunk of rock that was once part of Mars, but landed on Earth as a meteorite, will return to the Red Planet aboard a NASA rover set to launch in 2020.
Saturn Moon Enceladus Blasts Rings with Geysers in Gorgeous Cassini Photo
A gorgeous, newly released photo by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the Saturn moon Enceladus spraying its geysers into space, with the gas giant’s rings as a backdrop.
Saturn’s B ring peaks
While the Winter Olympics is in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea, and many winter sport fanatics head to snow-clad mountains to get their thrills on the slopes this ski-season, this dramatic mountain scene is somewhat off-piste – in Saturn’s rings to be precise.These fluffy peaks ar…
A NASA Observatory Just Saw a Total Solar Eclipse ... in Space!
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured gorgeous views of a total solar eclipse on Sunday (Feb. 11), making the mission’s birthday even more special.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
Astronomers poring through data gathered during the Kepler space telescope’s current extended mission, known as K2, have spotted 95 new alien planets.
Spiral Galaxy`s Arms Hug Baby Stars in Heartwarming Valentine`s Day Photo
A stunning photo from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a barred spiral galaxy in clear detail.
NASA`s Next Planet Hunter Arrives in Florida Ahead of April Launch
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was delivered via truck to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday (Feb. 12), about two months ahead of the instrument’s planned launch.

Politics / Politik

National Space Council Is Operating in Stealth Mode - NASA Watch
Keith’s note: The National Space Council (NSpC) is having a big, potentially lavish, meeting at NASA KSC on 21 February in 5 days. This is a FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) committee – yet no public announcement has been made in advance of this public meeting in the Federal Register per…
National Space Council Users Advisory Group Members Announced - NASA Watch
„Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman of the National Space Council, today announced the candidates selected to serve on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group. Pending official appointment by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the selected members of…
NASA Budget Document Overlooks Multiple Advisory Group Findings and Recommendations on the ISS - NASA Watch
Keith’s note: In the NASA FY 2019 Budget Estimates document released by NASA today, there is a claim that both the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) or Aerospace Advisory Panel (ASAP) have „No new formal recommendations or findings for the ISS“. This is incorrect as listed below.
NASA Releases Detailed FY 2019 Budget Information Minus Some Details - NASA Watch
Keith’s 14 Feb note: Note that the all of the entries for this Solar Electric Propulsion project are blank (as is the case for RESTORE-L listed just before it in the document) and that there is a place holder image of a mountain with „Caption for Picture (No more than 10 lines)“.
Bigelow and CASIS Are Working Together on ISS. NASA Really Doesn`t Care. - NASA Watch
Bigelow Space Operations Announces Partnership with CASIS to Fly Payloads to the International Space Station

Technology / Technologie

Progress MS-08 Delivers Cargo to International Space Station After Two-Day Rendezvous – Progress MS-08 | Spaceflight101
The Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft pulled into its orbital docking port on Thursday after a two-day journey to the International Space Station, marking the delivery of 2,494 Kilograms of cargo to the orbiting outpost.
Russian Resupply Ship Delivers Three Tons of Cargo – Space Station
Traveling about 250 miles over the east of the Philippines, the Progress 69 Russian cargo spacecraft docked to the aft end of the service module of the International Space Station at 5:38 a.m. EST.
Photos: Soyuz Rockets Skyward in the Dead of Winter with Progress Cargo Spacecraft – Progress MS-08 | Spaceflight101
After a two-day delay, Russia’s Soyuz 2-1A rocket lifted off from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 8:13:33 UTC on February 13, 2018 on a nine-minute climb into orbit with the Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station. With plans for an express, two-orbit…
Video: Progress MS-08 Launch & Docking – Progress MS-08 | Spaceflight101
After a two-day delay, Russia’s Soyuz 2-1A rocket lifted off from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 8:13:33 UTC on February 13, 2018 on a nine-minute climb into orbit with the Progress MS-08 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station. With plans for an express, two-orbit…
Next Two Beidou Navigation Satellites Orbited by Chinese Long March 3B – Spaceflight101
China conducted its seventh orbital space launch of the year on Monday with a Long March 3B rocket placing the next pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites into orbit to join the country’s growing Global Navigation Satellite System that is expected to reach operational strength later this year.
Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites -
In a Feb. 13 solicitation, the Air Force announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites.
Immer noch Rummel um die Falcon-Heavy-Stufe
mit ihrem kuriosen ‚Aufsatz‘: Jetzt ist es eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit über ihren Orbit, die für Schlagzeilen – wie hier, hier, hier, hier und hier – sorgt, allerdings auc…
Watch Starman`s Entire Deep-Space Ride on Elon Musk`s Roadster in Just 80 Seconds
Feeling some Falcon Heavy withdrawal? You can relive the drama and spectacle of the giant SpaceX rocket’s maiden launch, thanks to a new video that shows the journey of Elon Musk’s Tesla and its mannequin driver, „Starman,“ out to deep space.
NASA certifies Falcon 9 for science missions -
NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science missions, a milestone needed for an upcoming launch.
SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21
SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to no earlier than Wednesday (Feb. 21) to allow final checks of the rocket’s upgraded nose cone.

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

In Photos: Lego`s Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
Lego has created a stunning new version of the Millennium Falcon for the 2018 film „Solo: A Star Wars Story,“ which details the adventures of a young Han Solo. See photos of this first Solo Lego set here!

World / Welt

Was wurde aus dem Google Lunar X Prize?
Der Google Lunar X Prize, ausgeschrieben von der X Prize Foundation, hat dem Team 30 Millionen US-Dollar versprochen, das – ohne Hilfe einer staatlichen Raumfahrtagentur – einen Mondrover sicher auf dem Mond landet und mit diesem dort auch eine bestimmte Strecke zurücklegt. Das Datum, bis wann…
Astronomers Will Fight to Save WFIRST Space Telescope from Being Axed
Leaders of the American Astronomical Society have denounced the White House’s proposed cancellation of NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
FCC Chairman Backs SpaceX`s Bold Internet-Satellite Plan Ahead of 1st Launch
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has issued a statement of support for SpaceX’s envisioned Starlink constellation, a huge network of Earth-orbiting spacecraft that will provide internet service to folks around the world.
U.S. intelligence: Russia and China will have ‘operational’ anti-satellite weapons in a few years -
U.S. intelligence report: “Russia and China aim to have nondestructive and destructive counter-space weapons available for use during a potential future conflict.”
DARPA planning responsive launch competition -
DARPA, which has a checkered history of supporting new launch vehicles, is planning to start a competition offering prizes for responsive launch systems.
After 5,000 Days On Mars Opportunity Still Does Science - NASA Watch
„NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the dawn of the rover’s 4,999th Martian day, or sol, with its Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on Feb. 15, 2018, yielding this processed, approximately true-color scene.“
Astronomer replaces fighter pilot in private bid to be first German woman in space | collectSPACE
A private initiative to launch the first German woman fly into space has a new candidate. Astronomer Suzanna Randall has taken the place of an earlier chosen fighter pilot in Die Astronautin (The Female Astronaut) and will train for a possible space station mission.
Einladung für Medienvertreter - Besichtigung des ersten
Medienvertreter sind eingeladen, am Montag, den 26. Februar in den Reinräumen von Airbus im britischen Portsmouth im Beisein von ESA-Astronaut Tim Peake an der Besichtigung des Satelliten Eutelsat Quantum teilzunehmen.

Science / Wissenschaft

Space radiation on Earth
The constant ‘rain’ of radiation in space includes cosmic rays, which, despite the name ‘ray’, comprises highly energetic particles arriving from beyond the Solar System. These rays are considered the main health hazard for astronauts conducting future exploration missions to the Moon, Ma…
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
„NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the dawn of the rover’s 4,999th Martian day, or sol, with its Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on Feb. 15, 2018, yielding this processed, approximately true-color scene.“
Pluto May Have a Gooey Carbon Layer Beneath Its Crust
If Pluto swept up carbon as it formed, it could hold a carbon-rich layer beneath its crust. The material could be liquid and asphalt-like, or solid graphite.
Erste Aussaat im Antarktis-Labor EDEN ISS
Ab jetzt wird es ernst: Das EDEN ISS-Labor in der Antarktis ist aufgebaut, die ersten Keimlinge werden in die Wachstumsschränke gesetzt, und der Großteil des Teams des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und…

History / Geschichte

Leonid Kadenyuk, first Ukrainian astronaut who flew on US space shuttle, dies at 67 | collectSPACE
Leonid Kadenyuk, the first astronaut from an independent Ukraine who made his first and only flight aboard space shuttle Columbia in the late 1990s, has died. Kadenyuk, 67, was on his morning run in a park in Kiev when he suffered a heart attack on Jan. 31, 2018.
In Photos: How John Glenn Made History on 1st US Orbital Flight Mercury-Atlas 6
On Feb. 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. See behind-the-scenes shots of his historic flight and the training he underwent to prepare for it.
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