Spacecraft Mission News (Englisch, German) – 05.04.18

Front Page / Titelseite

In zwei Monaten fliegt der deutsche Astronaut Alexander Gerst erneut in den Weltraum. Die Heimatstadt von „Astro-Alex“ will die Mission für viele Aktionen nutzen. Auch eine Liveschalte ins All ist geplant.
Die ersten Experimente für die Horizons-Mission mit dem deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst sind auf dem Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation: Am 2. April 2018 ist um 22.30 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer…
Gestern startete eine Falkon Rakete mit einer Dragon Versorgungskapsel zur ISS. Mit an Bord die Zeitkapsel der DLR. Am 4. April wird sie dann gegen 13 Uhr MESZ bei der ISS ankommen.
Interview mit dem deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst. Alexander Gerst Foto: ESA/NASA Bei seiner Vorbereitung musste Alexander Gerst unter anderem ein Überlebenstraining in Russland
Bremen, Germany (SPX) Mar 06, 2018 – Airbus, in cooperation with IBM, is developing CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN), an AI-based assistant for astronauts for the DLR Space Administration. The technology demonstrator, which is
The final countdown for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO’s second stay in orbit has begun
Köln (ots) – Wenn sich Astronaut Alexander Gerst in wenigen Wochen zum zweiten Mal auf den Weg ins Weltall macht, wird er ein paar ganz besondere Passagiere mit an Bord haben: Maus, Elefant und das Mainzelmännchen „Astro-Mainzel“. Die beiden Helden des ARD-Kinderfernsehens und ihr mutiger…
The European Space Agency portal features the latest news in space exploration, human spaceflight, launchers, telecommunications, navigation, monitoring and space science.
Watch European Space Agency’s Horizons News Conference on Livestream.com. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s last news conference in Europe before his second launch into space. The mission is called Horizons to evoke exploring our Universe, looking further than our planet and broadening…
NASA is about to go on a journey to study the center of Mars.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander, set to launch May 5 at earliest from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, will bring a trio of powerful instruments to measure the wobbles, quakes and heat flow that reveal what’s going on deep inside the Red Planet.
InSight, the next mission to the Red Planet, will use seismology to see into the depths of Mars.
NASA’s InSight spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California to begin final preparations for a launch this May.
Final checkouts are completed here at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to prepare the agency’s Parker Solar Probe for launch.
See the inner workings of the Parker Solar Probe, bound for the closest-ever approach to the sun.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA switched their spacesuits to battery power at 9:33 a.m. EDT, signifying the official start of today’s planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
Two experienced NASA astronauts overcame adversity outside the International Space Station on Thursday in a challenging spacewalk that started late and had to be cut short. Faced with technical issues, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold were confined to their space suits for over ten hours, of which…
Two NASA astronauts worked outside of the International Space Station on what marked the 100th spacewalk performed by members of the orbiting laboratory’s expedition crews. Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold installed and upgraded hardware during the spacewalk.
Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA completed the fourth spacewalk this year at 3:43 p.m. EDT, lasting 6 hours, 10 minutes. The two astronauts installed wireless communications antennas on the Tranquility module, replaced a camera system on the port truss and…
A flight-proven Falcon 9 – the ninth of its kind to take flight – lifted off from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 20:30:38 UTC on April 2nd, 2018 with the Dragon SpX-14 spacecraft, a previously-flown Dragon with 33 days of spaceflight experience. Falcon 9 successfully lifted Dragon…
A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule carrying 5,800 lbs. (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and science gear has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) after a two-day orbital chase.
A used SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch nearly 3 tons of food, supplies and science gear to the International Space Station today (April 2). And before the mission ends, Dragon will bring a glitchy NASA robot home for repairs.
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft stands atop its launch pad counting down to a 4:30 p.m. EDT liftoff today to the International Space Station. The Expedition 55 crew is preparing for its arrival on Wednesday while continuing a variety of advanced space research aboard the…
SpaceX launched a used Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station today (April 2) on a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket, marking the company’s second flight with both flight-proven components.
Two days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:00 a.m. EDT.
Russia’s Progress MS-07 spacecraft wrapped up its cargo-delivery and trash pick-up mission at the International Space Station, undocking from the Earth-facing Pirs Module on Wednesday to head off on a four-week free flight dedicated to scientific and engineering experiments before the spacecraft…

Earth / Erde

Every week, on average, a substantial, inert satellite drops into our atmosphere and burns up. Monitoring these reentries and warning European civil authorities has become routine work for ESA’s space debris experts.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Engineers are practicing operations for NASA’s Mars InSight lander, which is launching this spring.
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken recently offers a preview of what comes next.
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably.
The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.
Download raw imagery from JunoCam and upload your processed imagery to the gallery!
Citizen scientist Rick Lundh created this abstract Jovian artwork using data from the JunoCam imager onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Appearance of the most distant star. Credit: NASA & ESA and P. Kelly (University of California, Berkeley)
The most distant main-sequence star ever observed, spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope, sits 9 billion light-years from Earth.
New observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show that the Large Magellanic Cloud is pulling huge amounts of gas from the Small Magellanic Cloud, which, in turn, is being fed into our Milky Way galaxy and fueling new star birth.
Gaia’s view of a dark nebula in Orion. Click here for further details, full credits, and larger versions of the image. Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC
A ghostly galaxy lacking dark matter. Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. van Dokkum (Yale University)
What is the first creature that comes to mind when you look at the dark cloud in this image? Perhaps a dark kitten with a vivid white nose, front paws stretching towards the right of the frame and tail up towards the left? Or perhaps a fox, running with its mouth open and looking ahead, i…

Politics / Politik

„AMERICA FIRST AMONG THE STARS: President Trump’s National Space Strategy works within his broader national security policy by putting America’s interests first.“
„We must recapture the excitement of creation, the spirit of innovation, and the spark of invention. And we’re starting. You saw the rocket the other day, what’s going on with cars, what’s going on with so much. You see what’s going on … NASA space agency. All of a sudden it’s back. Did you…
While @realDonaldTrump continues to attack @Amazon and @JeffBezos his own administration is also hoping that @BlueOrigin (fueled by Amazon profits) will be one of the companies that will commercialize many @NASA activities. You can’t have it both ways. Just sayin‘ pic.twitter.com/NTMQYNi9JL
NASA Internal Memo: Presidents Management Agenda and upcoming GSA led satisfaction survey for mission support services „This HR Message is being delivered to you via HRMES On Behalf Of: Krista Paquin, Deputy Associate Administrator. I am sending this note to provide you with some information on…
„NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is taking essential steps to refocus efforts to ensure a successful mission for the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after an independent assessment of remaining tasks revealed more time is needed for testing and integration to meet a new launch…

Technology / Technologie

Tiangong-1 is no more. China’s prototype space station, whose name translates as „Heavenly Palace 1,“ met a fiery end in Earth’s atmosphere today (April 1), breaking apart and burning up over the southern Pacific Ocean.
China’s abandoned Tiangong-1 space station met its fiery end in the early hours of Monday when re-entering Earth’s atmosphere after 2,376 days in orbit, serving as a stepping stone toward a large modular Space Station China plans to deploy in 2020. The seven-and-a-half metric ton space…
In der Nacht zum Montag ist die chinesische Raumstation wie prognostiziert in die Atmosphäre eingetreten und verglüht. Das geschah über dem Südpazifik, weitab der Landmassen, die auch hätten betroffen sein können.
Der größte Teil ist verglüht, der Rest in den Südpazifik gestürzt: Die letzten Trümmer von Chinas Raumstation „Tiangong-1“ sind auf der Erde niedergegangen – ohne Schaden anzurichten.
31. März Es wird wohl am Abend MESZ des Ostersonntags passieren Berechnungen aus den vergangenen Stunden deuten auf den 1. April 23:29 MESZ ±10 Stunden, 22:30 ±14, 20:00 ±13, 1…
India is attempting to regain contact with a communications satellite launched on March 29.
India’s GSAT-6A military communications satellite has unexpectedly gone silent after conducting a major engine burn on Saturday, indicating a potentially serious onboard anomaly had occurred less than two days after the craft’s successful launch atop a GSLV rocket. The Indian Space Research…
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle powered away from the country’s Eastern Shore on Thursday, successfully placing the GSAT-6A advanced S-Band communications satellite into orbit and introducing an upgraded engine as the first of a number of improvements coming up on India’s…
Russia conducted a secretive launch out of the country’s primary military spaceport on Thursday, involving what is officially only known as a Small Experimental Satellite going by the acronym EMKA and suspected to be a former remote-sensing satellite design turned into a black project by the…
NASA is investing in technology concepts, including several from JPL, that may one day be used for future space exploration missions.
China carried out its tenth successful space launch of the year on Saturday, employing a Long March 4C rocket with extra-extended payload fairing to transport a stack of three Gaofen-1 Earth-observation satellites into Sun Synchronous Orbit. Liftoff from the country’s Taiyuan Satellite Launch…
China launched a Long March 3B rocket on Thursday, carrying the next pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites to join the country’s growing Global Navigation Satellite System set to reach operational strength later this year. Out of nine orbital space launches carried out so far this year by the…
The largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission has been deployed in the first of a series of tests to prepare for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.
Blue Origin quietly changed the design of its New Glenn rocket around the beginning of the year in order to hold to a 2020 first launch and increase the range of orbital missions the rocket can complete.
As NASA prepares to send astronauts to space in private space taxis, Boeing and SpaceX are running multiple parachute tests for the crucial re-entry phase.
Despite problems with JWST and its own threatened cancellation, NASA’s WFIRST is expected to clear a major review next month after having reduced its costs.
MCLEAN, Va., April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iridium Communications announced today that the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, launched Friday by SpaceX, are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. Not o…
A flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from SLC-4E at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 14:13:51 UTC on March 30, 2018 with the fifth set of Iridium-NEXT Satellites. The previously used first stage executed a two-and-a-half-minute burn before being expended via some…
A flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from SLC-4E at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 14:13:51 UTC on March 30, 2018 with the fifth set of Iridium-NEXT Satellites. The previously used first stage executed a two-and-a-half-minute burn before being expended via some…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Five decades after the famous „2001: A Space Odyssey“ movie came out, we still don’t have astronauts operating near Jupiter. What is so difficult about the planet’s environment?
An excerpt from „Space Odyssey,“ by Michael Benson, chronicles a vivid episode during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s classic film.
„Space Odyssey“ by Michael Benson documents the making of the iconic film „2001: A Space Odyssey,“ which celebrates its 50th anniversary in April 2018. Here’s a look at photos from the movie’s production process.
Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram, speaks with Space.com about the impact of „2001: A Space Odyssey“ on its 50-year anniversary.
NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a new mobile app produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, brings spacecraft to users.

World / Welt

Flight recordings from pilots flying over the Arizona desert spot the same potential UFO. Nobody can explain it.
NASA invites digital creators to apply for social media credentials to cover the launch of the InSight mission to Mars, May 3-5, at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
NASA has taken a huge leap forward in its quest to create an aircraft that can travel faster than the speed of sound without causing the ear-splitting sonic boom.
Keith’s note: Recently-confirmed NASA CFO Jeff DeWit made a campaign video in 2014 singing Karaoke over a Disney song. Let’s hope he does one at NASA too. Maybe he can cover this Bill Murray classic.
Despite a statement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that the Iridium-5 mission’s fairing recovery attempt had failed due to a twisted parafoil, Teslarati captured photos of clawboat Mr Steven arriving in the Port of San Pedro early Saturday morning with an apparently intact fairing half. Not to be…

History / Geschichte

When Vanguard 1 – the „grapefruit satellite“ – was launched in 1958, its only companions were Explorer 1 and Sputnik 2. Soon it may have thousands of descendants swarming around it.
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