Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 08.03.18

 

Front Page / Titelseite

Expedition 56/57 crew members Alexander Gerst, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopev during Routine Ops training in SVMF.
Gerstenmaier: U.S. Leadership in Space is „Ours to Lose“ If Direction Changes Too Many Times, Space Policy Online
„Trump’s hasty decision to impose tariffs on steel imports has stoked talk of a brewing trade war, roiling both the political establishment and the global economic order. The move also prompted E.U. trade chiefs to weigh hitting a broad array of U.S. imports with a 25 percent tax, Reuters reported…

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

The next three International Space Station crew members arrived at their launch site Sunday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are in final launch preparations ahead of their March 21 launch to their new home in space….
Three Expedition 55 crew members are back to work today on the International Space Station, having taken a day off Wednesday following the landing of the three Expedition 54 crew members on Tuesday. The departing space residents are back on Earth, having returned to their homes less than a day…
The next crew headed to the International Space Station – comprising a veteran ISS Cosmonaut and a pair of Shuttle fliers – arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome last weekend to enter their final preparations for launch on a five-month flight as part of ISS Expeditions 55 and 56. Soyuz Commander…
The orbiting Expedition 55 crew members participated in a variety of biology research and life support maintenance today. Their counterparts on the ground took part in traditional ceremonies today ahead of their liftoff to the International Space Station in two weeks.

Earth / Erde

Behemoth Snowstorm Watched by Satellites As It Hits US Northeast
 A powerful nor’easter is expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some regions of the U.S. Northeast today (March 7), and satellites are tracking the snowstorm from space.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft – on a quest to touch an asteroid – has set its sight on its destination in late February via the first detection of asteroid Ryugu by the craft’s Telescopic Optical Navigation Camera that will be used to guide it into close proximity to the distant world later…
This image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial region.
Sinuous Red Planet sand dunes take center stage in a newly released photo by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, but don’t dismiss the speckly ground surrounding them.
Saturn’s storm are sights to behold. Unlike other planets in the Solar System, the ringed planet seems to store up huge amounts of energy over multiple Earth decades and then release it all at once in the form of a swirling and chaotic lightning storm.Scientists are unsure why and how the…
New images and video from ESA’s Mars Express show Phobos and Deimos drifting in front of Saturn and background stars, revealing more about the positioning and surfaces of the Red Planet’s mysterious moons.
Der Mars-Express-Orbiter ist gegenwärtig der einzige Satellit, der den Mars aus einer elliptischen Umlaufbahn erkundet. Das ermöglicht auch regelmäßige nahe Vorbeiflüge an Phobos, dem größeren der bei…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Das ESA-Weltraumobservatorium Integral hat ein sehr seltenes Ereignis aufgezeichnet: Den Moment, in dem die Winde eines geschwollenen Roten Riesens seinen sich langsam drehenden Begleiter, den Kern eines toten Sterns, mit einem Röntgenstrahlenblitz wieder zum Leben erwecken.
ESA’s Integral space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays.
WASP-39b and its parent star (artist’s impression). Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Politics / Politik

„In fact, Congress specifically required that the transition plan include cost estimates for extending operations of the ISS to 2024, 2028, and 2030, and an evaluation of the feasible and preferred service life of the ISS through at least 2028 as a unique scientific, commercial, and space…
„NASA observers, including some Democrats with ties to the agency, contend that Bridenstine’s political background would be beneficial to a NASA administrator, who must navigate the shoals between the White House and Congress, which appropriates the agency’s budget. „I’m still fairly bullish on…

Technology / Technologie

Die ersten 1480 Kilometer von Denver zum kalifornischen Raketenstartgelände Vandenberg Air Force Base in Kalifornien sind geschafft – an Bord eines Flugzeugs. Die nächsten 485 Millionen Kilometer in R…
  ISS Astronaut steuert Roboter auf der Erde Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR astronews.com 7. März 2018
SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky over Florida’s Space Coast after a midnight-hour liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, blasting into orbit on a heavy-loaded mission with the Hispasat 30W-6 multi-purpose communications satellite. Falcon 9 – forced to switch from a planned Drone…
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation…
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earmarked for a sea-based recovery will be forced to launch in expendable mode from Florida’s Space Coast just after midnight on Tuesday as sea states in the Atlantic will not permit a safe landing of the rocket’s first stage atop SpaceX’s Drone Ship that is sitting…
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket pierced into the afternoon clouds over Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday, carrying into orbit a critical U.S. weather satellite set to join a sister spacecraft launched one and a half years ago to complete NOAA’s high-orbiting constellation of…
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rolled to its Cape Canaveral launch pad on Wednesday in preparation for liftoff Thursday afternoon with the second in the next-generation of U.S. Geostationary Meteorological Satellites to complete the operational constellation with two sharply-eyed weather…
A United Launch Alliance thundered off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 22:02 UTC on March 1st, 2018 with the GOES-S weather satellite. Punching into the afternoon clouds over Florida’s Space Coast, Atlas V embarked on a three-and-a-half hour mission taking it halfway around the…
A United Launch Alliance thundered off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 at 22:02 UTC on March 1st, 2018 with the GOES-S weather satellite. Punching into the afternoon clouds of Florida’s Space Coast, …
A robotic aid in the operating room was inspired by Canadarm2, the International Space Station’s robotic arm.
China has resumed testing of a modified version of the country’s most-powerful, full-cryogenic rocket engine as part of the return to flight effort for the Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket that encountered a failure last year due to a problem with one of two YF-77 engines installed on its core…
James Webb Space Telescope Integration and Test Challenges Have Delayed Launch and Threaten to Push Costs Over Cap, GAO
„CIMON is currently being developed by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as an intelligent, mobile and interactive astronaut assistance system. This new technology will be tested on the ISS as part of the Horizons mission of the European Space Agency. CIMON’s digital face, voice…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

A once-„hidden figure“ from NASA history is being honored by one of the best-known toy lines in the world. NASA computer Katherine Johnson is among the first historical figures to be modeled in Barbie’s „Inspiring Women“ doll series.

World / Welt

Deutschland blickt auf eine reiche Tradition in der Erforschung und Nutzung des Weltraums und hat die internationale Raumfahrt maßgeblich mitgestaltet. Ob Planetenforschung, Klimaforschung oder Missio…
Das Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hessen (cesah), die Europäische Raumfahrtorganisation ESA, das Hessische Landesamt für Bodenmanagement und Geoinformation (HLBG) und Digitales Hessen laden die interessierte Fachöffentlichkeit am Donnerstag, den 19. April 2018 von 10:00 bis 17:00 Uhr …
Keith’s note: Every month or so I open my morning copy of the Washington Post to be greeted by a 8 page, full color insert – called „China Watch“ 😉 – that China Daily pays to shove inside my paper – the same one that everyone in DC reads (larger image). Today’s insert had an above-the-fold…

Science / Wissenschaft

New Horizons is in good health and cruising closer each day to our next encounter, an end-of-the-year flyby of the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69 (or “MU69” for short). Currently, the spacecraft is hibernating while the mission team plans the MU69 flyby. During hibernation, three of the…
  KOMET 67P Rosetta-Komet jünger als gedacht? Redaktion / idw / Pressemitteilung der Universität Bern astronews.com 5. März 2018
  SATURNMOND ENCELADUS Mikroorganismen könnten überleben Redaktion / idw / Pressemitteilung der Universität Wienn astronews.com 5. März 2018
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