Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.03.18

Front Page / Titelseite

Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.
Das chinesische Raumlabor Tiangong 1 kreist seit Herbst 2016 unkontrolliert um die Erde und verliert an Höhe. Sein Eintritt in die Atmosphäre wird ab Karfreitag erwartet. Bis zu 3,5 Tonnen könnten nicht verglühen und auf die Erde stürzen.
A Chinese space station is going to fall out of space, and now trackers know when. Kind of.
On 18 February, errors of two electrical units on the service module of Gaia led the spacecraft to trigger an automatic safe mode. Safe modes occur when certain spacecraft parameters fall out of their normal operating ranges and the spacecraft automatically takes measures to preserve its safety….
Die wirkliche Reise zur Sonne
Nachdem wir vor Kurzem eine gedankliche Reise zur Sonne unternahmen, um sie besser kennen zu lernen, passt es nun sehr gut, dass die NASA in diesem Sommer eine Sonde dort hin schicken will. (Danke …
Long March 5’s return to flight will carry an experimental, 300 Gbps telecommunications satellite named Shijian-20 based on a new, large DFH-5 satellite platform.
For the first time, the Moon’s far side will be on the receiving end of a robotic lunar lander – China’s Chang’e-4. Zhao Xiaojin, secretary of the CPC (Communist Party of China) committee at the China Aerospace Science and Technology (CAST), explains that the two-phase Chang’e-4 mission…
A NASA investigation into a 2015 SpaceX launch failure concluded a design flaw likely initiated the chain of events that destroyed the vehicle.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts with prior Space Shuttle experience blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday night on a planned 160-day space flight to the International Space Station. Painting a trail into a mostly clear night over the remote launch site,…
The Soyuz MS-08 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 1:44 p.m. EDT (11:44 p.m. Kazakhstan time). NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos are safely in orbit on their way to the International Space…
A Soyuz rocket stands at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ready to blast off Wednesday with three Expedition 55-56 crew members to the International Space Station. In the following two weeks the expanded Expedition 55 crew will conduct a spacewalk and welcome a new SpaceX…
A pair of U.S. astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut are just two days away from launching on a 50-hour, 34-orbit flight to the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will flank Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev inside the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft and blast off…
Russia’s Soyuz FG rocket rolled out to its historic launch pad at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome under waves of early morning fog on Monday in preparation for liftoff with an all-veteran crew on Wednesday to send them off on a half-year Expedition to the International Space Station.
As the International Space Station orbits Earth with three occupants already onboard, on the ground below in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, three more crewmates are engaged in activities leading up to a March 21 liftoff on a Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to join them. (You can watch this launch live on NASA TV,…
NASA’s robotic space station crewmember could head down to Earth as early as May for repairs.
With ESA’s help, the latest atmosphere monitor on the International Space Station is delivering results on our planet’s ozone, aerosol and nitrogen trioxide levels. Installed last year on the orbital outpost, NASA’s sensor tracks the Sun and Moon to probe the constituents of our atmosphe…
It is vital for scientists to know exactly how long a material will last in outer space; which is why Kim de Groh, a senior materials research engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, is gathering data from the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) missions.

Earth / Erde

NOAA marked the vernal equinox, and the first day of northern spring, with a new sweeping view from the agency’s GOES-East satellite.
With ESA’s help, the latest atmosphere monitor on the International Space Station is delivering results on our planet’s ozone, aerosol and nitrogen trioxide levels. Installed last year on the orbital outpost, NASA’s sensor tracks the Sun and Moon to probe the constituents of our atmosphe…

Solar System / Sonnensystem

On 14 March, the BepiColombo flight control team at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, was joined by experts from the mission team at the Agency’s technical centre in the Netherlands as well as industry to conduct a ‘system validation test’.Such tests are critical milesto…
Am 14. März wurde das Flugkontrollteam von BepiColombo im ESA-Missionskontrollzentrum in Darmstadt von Experten aus dem Missionsteam am ESA/ESTEC in den Niederlanden sowie aus der Industrie unterstützt, um einen Systemvalidierungstest durchzuführen.Solche Tests sind entscheidende Meilenst…
A new photo shows a swirling maelstrom on Jupiter through rose-colored glasses.
This image captures a close-up view of a storm with bright cloud tops in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter.
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows where ice has been detected in the northern wall of Ceres‘ Juling Crater, which is in almost permanent shadow.
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows Ceres‘ tallest mountain, Ahuna Mons, 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) high and 11 miles (17 kilometers) wide. This is one of the few sites on Ceres at which a significant amount of sodium carbonate has been found, shown in green and red colors in the lower right…
This view from NASA’s Dawn mission shows the floor of Ceres‘ Juling Crater. The crater floor shows evidence of the flow of ice and rock, similar to rock glaciers in Earth’s polar regions.
A map of minerals associated with water and a growing patch of ice on a crater wall both suggest that water continues to play an important role on Ceres today.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ARIEL, the Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey mission, was selected by ESA today as part of its Cosmic Vision plan.
Scientists hope to learn what makes a ‘typical’ solar system from the European Space Agency’s €450-million probe.
A conversation with Charlie Sobeck, Kepler’s former mission manager and now system engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
Das NASA-Teleskop Kepler hat das Ende seiner Mission nun wohl fast erreicht. Nachdem die Ingenieure die Sonde mit einem Trick am Leben hielte, geht ihr nun langsam der Treibstoff aus. Ohne den kann sie gesammelte Daten nicht mehr zur Erde schicken. brings you the latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Politics / Politik 

Despite uncertainty about who will lead the agency after the end of April, NASA’s current acting administrator says he expects few changes.
The U.S. military may add another branch, this one devoted to defending the ultimate high ground, President Donald Trump teased today (March 13).

Technology / Technologie

Die EDRS-Weltraum-Datenautobahn hat ihren Betrieb aufgenommen: Über sie werden nun regelmäßig Erdaufnahmen des Satelliten Sentinel-2A weitergeleitet. Damit steht auch der letzte der vier sich im Orbit befindlichen Copernicus-Satelliten erfolgreich im Dienst des EDRS.
Orbital ATK announced March 13 it is developing a new version of a satellite life extension vehicle intended to provide more flexibility to customers.
„From: James Green, Director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division via Lunar and Planetary Institute: After analysis and consultation with the Department of Energy, NASA’s Planetary Science Division is pleased to announce that the ban on the use of Radio-isotope Power Systems (RPS) by proposers…
Two proposed NASA missions are competing for the opportunity to launch in the mid-2020s. Will NASA go with a Titan quadcopter or a comet-sample return?
NASA is pressing forward on plans to build a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, an outpost for astronauts positioned in the space near Earth’s moon.
The Mars 2020 rover will pick up where Curiosity left off, searching for signs of past life, but with better technology.
  It’s called CubeRover – a novel and new small rover platform for the Moon. Astrobotic, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected by NASA for a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (or SBIR) Award to develop this 4.4 pound (2-kilogram) rover platform capable of…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Along with incredible astronomy photos, Hubble collects data that doesn’t always result in a pretty picture. A team of graphic designers take us behind the scenes to discuss how they translate some of the science obtained by the space telescope into incre

World / Welt

WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Wednesday awarded two major launch contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. Under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX received a $290 million firm-fixed-price contract for three GPS 3 missions. ULA was awarded a $351 million…

ESA EarthObservation

#Sentinel3B is on the move people! Next stop: Plesetsk! Follow its journey: 🌎🚀🛰”

Science / Wissenschaft

„Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your genes. Preliminary results from NASA’s Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genes did not return to normal after his return to Earth two years ago. The study looks at what happened to Kelly before, during…
After a stream of erroneous media coverage about how spaceflight affects your genes, NASA issued a rare updated statement yesterday (March 15) about its „twins study“ concerning former astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.
Space radiation may be a bigger worry for voyaging astronauts than scientists had thought, at least in the near future, a new study suggests.

History / Geschichte

After five months on display in „Space City,“ the historic NASA spacecraft that carried the first astronauts to land on the moon is now destined for the „Gateway to the West.“ The Smithsonian’s „Destination Moon“ exhibition features the Apollo 11 command module.
On March 16, 1966, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott performed the first space docking on the Gemini 8 mission. See photos from that historic spaceflight here.
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