Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.05.18

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA’s InSight Mars lander is now cruising to the Red Planet. Here’s how the spacecraft will spend its seven-month interplanetary journey.
NASA’s Mars Cube One duo, officially known as MarCO-A and MarCO-B, checked in with their handlers Saturday afternoon (May 5), not long after launching from California along with NASA’s InSight Mars lander.
MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA’s InSight lander today.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT). See photos from the historic launch here.
NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
In its 60 year history, NASA launched more than 50 spacecraft to study the solar system beyond Earth and its moon. Despite the long record, the space agency’s next mission will do something that no previous interplanetary probe has done before. Go west.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to launch Saturday morning (May 5), was originally supposed to lift off in March 2016. Here’s why InSight didn’t meet that first opportunity, and why NASA decided to stick with the mission anyway.
Gebirgsbildung, Vulkanismus und Erdbeben werden durch die thermischen und mechanischen Kräfte im Inneren eines Planeten bestimmt. Auf der Erde bildeten sich Kontinente und das Leben, wie wir es heute …
Der Marsmaulwurf HP3 des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) wird sich in wenigen Monaten erstmals vollautomatisch bis zu fünf Meter tief in den Untergrund des Roten Planeten graben und s…
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Ursprünglich sollte die rund 650 Millionen Euro teure Mission schon vor zwei Jahren beginnen – jetzt ist die Nasa-Raumsonde „InSight“ zum Mars gestartet. Die Landung auf dem Planeten ist für November geplant.
To get a better view of InSight’s launch into foggy skies, these spectators took their skywatching to great heights.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Following release from the International Space Station by ground controllers at 9:23 a.m. EDT, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at about 3 p.m. This marks the end of the company’s 14th contracted cargo resupply mission to the space station for NASA.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth today (May 5) to end a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule is returning nearly 2 tons of science gear, including a group of intrepid mice.
Robotic flight controllers released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 9:23 a.m. EDT, and Expedition 55 Flight Engineer Scott Tingle of NASA is monitoring its departure.
The Expedition 55 crew members are getting their U.S. spacesuits and equipment ready for a spacewalk in two weeks. The Dragon cargo craft from SpaceX is nearly loaded with NASA science and gear ahead of its Saturday return to Earth.
International Space Station officials will preview a pair of upcoming spacewalks live on NASA TV Tuesday. Meanwhile, Orbital ATK is getting its Cygnus resupply ship ready for launch in less than two weeks while the Expedition 55 crew focuses on biomedical studies today.
The first humanoid robot in space splashed down on Earth 57 years to the day after the first U.S. astronaut did the same. Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, returned aboard SpaceX’s 14th Dragon capsule to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station.
Activities on the International Space Station are moving ahead towards next week’s spacewalk to swap out thermal control equipment. Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will work outside the orbital lab for the maintenance job on May 16.

Alexander Gerst

“Riding a rocket to space actually uses up less fuel than a transatlantic passenger flight. Our Soyuz carries ~77t of Kerosene fuel, the rest is Oxygen. The trick is to burn it quickly: these engines spit out 20 Gigawatts – equiv to 10 large nuclear power stations – for 2 mins.”

Alexander Gerst

“Ein Raketenstart verbraucht weniger Treibstoff als ein typ. Transatlantikflug. Unsere Soyuz hat ~77t Kerosin an Bord, der Rest ist Sauerstoff. Der Trick ist, es schnell zu verbrennen: dann erzeugen diese Triebwerke 20 Gigawatt, ca so viel wie 10 große Kernkraftwerke – für 2 min.”

Earth / Erde


“The newest @CopernicusEU satellite has delivered its first images of #Earth. The first #Sentinel3 B images include the sunset over #Antarctica, sea ice in the #Arctic, and northern #Europe.

Mark Parrington

“Good surface #AirQuality predicted for #EuropeDay2018 by the regional forecast models used in the #Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service

Simon Proud

“Great to see that Sentinel-3B is already up-and-running. The several months of ‚formation flying‘ data will be useful not just for calibration but also for my research. 😀
Congrats to all at @eumetsat, @CopernicusEU and @ESA_EO for the successful mission thus far….”

ESA EarthObserva..

““Hello…is it me you’re looking for?“ Yes, #Sentinel3 B! We just received the first images from the newest @CopernicusEU satellite… how do you like them? Cause we LOVE them 😍


“Less than two weeks after its launch we are pleased to announce that the #Copernicus #Sentinel3 B satellite is already delivering results! 👏
For more information on each of the images captured, go here:

Solar System / Sonnensystem

At first glance, Saturn’s rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way. In actuality, this view from the international Cassini spacecraft shows the rings in front of the planet, upon which the shadow of the rings is cast. And because rings like the A ring and Cassini Di…
  SDO Riesige Wirbel auf der Sonne entdeckt Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Sonnensystemforschung 8. Mai 2018
NASA says it cancelled a lunar rover mission despite a renewed focus on lunar exploration because that one-time effort did not fit into its new plans.

Politics / Politik

„NASA is returning to the Moon with commercial and international partners as part of an overall agency Exploration Campaign in support of Space Policy Directive 1. It all starts with robotic missions on the lunar surface, as well as a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway for astronauts in space beyond…
„I just wanted to let you know that Jen Rae Wang has resigned her position as associate administrator of the Office of Communications. I want to thank Jen Rae for the hard work she put into leading the office during this extended transition time. In the interim, I’ve asked Bob Jacobs to pick up…

Technology / Technologie

China on Thursday launched the Apstar-6C communications satellite, successfully inserting the 5-metric-ton spacecraft into a geostationary-transfer orbit.
China was back in action on Thursday, conducting a rare commercial launch of a Long March 3B rocket with the APStar-6C communications satellite for APT Satellite Holdings to join their constellation of Geostationary Communications Satellites. Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite…
As an independent review of NASA’s JWST continues, the project is dealing with a new problem discovered in recent testing of the spacecraft.
Amazon-Gründer Jeff Bezos hat erneut eine Rakete an die Grenze zum Weltraum geschickt. Diesmal war neben einer Puppe auch Nutzlast aus Deutschland an Bord. Die wird für Experimente gebraucht.
China is developing a Long March launch vehicle with a reusable first stage that could have its trial launch as early as 2020, according to a senior Chinese rocket designer
SpaceX is set to debut the latest, most advanced version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, called the Block 5, this Thursday (May 10).
Made In Space, which built the two 3D printers aboard the International Space Station, just secured a NASA contract to continue developing its next-generation off-Earth manufacturing system, known as Vulcan.
Geospatial data manipulation and analysis in real time is the holy grail in the military intelligence business.

World / Welt

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is using a powerful rocket technology. NASA advisers say it could put lives at risk, Washington Post
Keith’s note: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will speak at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, DC today from 8:35-8:55 am EDT.
Nearly 600 United Launch Alliance workers at three sites voted May 6 to reject the company’s latest contract and go on strike.
Ab 9. Mai 2018 präsentiert das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien die Sonderausstellung »KOMETEN – Die Mission Rosetta. Reise zu den Ursprüngen des Sonnens…
An aerospace executive and NASA director who helped lead rocket engine development for the Saturn V booster and space shuttle is being memorialized with the christening of a commercial cargo spacecraft. Orbital ATK is naming its next Cygnus for J.R. Thompson.
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