Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 24.05.18

Front Page / Titelseite

Engineers will now test delivering samples to instruments inside NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
Rover engineers at JPL will try to restore percussive drilling on Mars this week, part of a larger series of tests that will last through summer.
The laws of physics have won again, it would appear: The propellantless EmDrive engine doesn’t actually generate any thrust, a new study suggests.
„The ‚thrust‘ is not coming from the EmDrive, but from some electromagnetic interaction,“ the team reports in a proceeding for a recent conference on space propulsion.
SpaceX launched two new Earth science satellites for NASA and five Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit today (May 22).
Vor einigen Monaten verglühten die zwei Satelliten der amerikanisch-deutschen „Grace“-Forschungsmission. Nun sind die Nachfolger erfolgreich gestartet. Sie sollen vor allem den Meeresspiegel im Blick behalten.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by a reused first stage climbed into orbit Tuesday from California’s Central Coast, carrying five satellites to upgrade Iridium’s global messaging service and two research craft to study Earth’s water cycle.
Vandenberg,  22. Mai 2018 —   Das US-Unternehmen SpaceX hat am Dienstag im zweiten Anlauf gleich sieben Satelliten in ihre Umlaufbahn geschossen  Die schwere Falcon 9-Trägerrakete mit fünf Iridium-6 und zwei GRACE-FO an der Spitze stieg um 21.47 Uhr deutscher Zeit von der Luftwaffenbasis…
Die Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment-Follow-On (GRACE-FO) Mission ist am 22. Mai 2018, 21:47 Uhr gestartet. Der Missionsbetrieb wird vom German Space Operations Center (GSOC ) beim Deutschen Ze…

Feature – ISS Horizions Mission Alexander Gerst

‘Horizons’ is the name of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s second mission to the International Space Station. The mission name evokes exploring our Universe, looking far beyond our planet and broadening our knowledge. Alexander would also like to make people realise that there is always a chance to go beyond their personal horizons.Alexander will be launched on 6 June with US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. Alexander will take over command of the International Space Station for the second half of his mission. Alexander Gerst is the 11th German citizen to fly into space.The astronaut is now in the last stages of training for his challenging spaceflight. The science programme is packed with European research: more than 50 experiments will deliver benefits to people back on Earth and prepare for future space exploration.

„Horizons“ – so heißt die nächste Mission des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst. In knapp einem Jahr, Ende April 2018, soll der 41-jährige Geophysiker mit der Expedition 56/57 seine zweite „Fo…
Alexander Gerst: als Kommandant auf die ISS | Podcast omega tau – Episode 250

 

Host: Markus Völter

„Im April habe ich in Köln am Europäischen Astronautenzentrum Alexander Gerst getroffen, der dort gerade für seinen zweiten Flug zur ISS im Jahr 2018 trainiert. Er wird dann als erster Deutscher im Rahmen der Expedition 56/57 “Horizons” die Aufgabe des Kommandanten übernehmen. …“
This is a cross-post of the ESA portal. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be launched into space on 6 June at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) alongside Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor. Watch the launch and docking live with commentary by ESA astronaut…
DLR-Trailer zur Mission horizons von Alexander Gerst

 

Der 80er-Klassiker „Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)“ von Peter Schilling bringt den ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst in unserem Trailer auf die Internationale Raumstation ISS. „Bei seiner Ankunft an Bord der ISS wird es etwas ruhiger – mit der bislang unveröffentlichten „Classical Orchestra Version“ von Peter Schillings „Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)“. Allerdings dürfte es mit der Ruhe für Alexander Gerst im echten Leben an Bord der ISS bald vorbei sein…

ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst wird am 6. Juni um 13.12 Uhr MESZ in Begleitung von Roskosmos-Kommandant Sergej Prokopjew und NASA-Astronautin Serena Auñón-Chancellor zur Internationalen Raumstation (ISS) aufbrechen Die drei werden vom Kosmodrom Baikonur in Kasachstan starten.

Vertreter der Medien sind zur Startveranstaltung im Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin eingeladen. Sie werden Gelegenheit bekommen, von Astro­nauten, Wissenschaftlern und anderen Raumfahrtexperten …
Am 6. Juni ist der Start von Alexander Gerst zu seiner zweiten ISS Mission und ich bin schon wieder zu spät und mit meiner Zählung etwas durcheinander. Egal, 18 Aufgaben habe ich noch zum weiter Tr…
Ab Juni 2018 wird der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst mehrere Monate auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS leben und arbeiten und dabei zahlreiche Experimente in Schwerelosigkeit durchführen …
Weltraumforschung mit der Maus: Dieses und weitere Experimente für die horizons-Mission des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst sind nun auf dem Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Die Expe…

Alexander Gerst
@Astro_Alex

 

“Hey @astro_reid glad there are some things we are better at than planting trees… ;)”

Baikonur,  20. Mai 2018 —   Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst,  sein russischer Sojus-Kommandant Sergej Prokopjew und die amerikanische Astronautin Serena Aunon-Chancellor sind am Samstag auf dem Kosmodrom Baikonur (Kasachstan) eingetroffen. Bis zu seinem Start am 6. Juni…

Feature – NASA’s Insight Mars Lander

The InSight lander will study the interior of Mars and listen for Marsquakes.
„Einblick“ heißt der Lander, den die NASA am 5. Mai auf den Mars schicken will. „InSight“ soll dem Roten Planeten erstmals in sein Innerstes blicken.
The InSight probe launched from California to investigate the interior of the Red Planet.
The InSight lander will study the interior of Mars and listen for Marsquakes.
Der Marslander InSight der NASA, seine Mission und das deutsche Experiment HP³
Am 5. Mai 2018 soll der Lander InSight zum Mars starten. Die Landung auf dem Mars ist für den 26. November 2018 vorgesehen. Mit an Bord sind mehrere Experimente, darunter HP³ vom Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und…
SNC hardware is once again on its way to Mars, this time aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander. Learn more…
Die nächste Marsmission ist unterwegs: Gestern sind in Kalifornien der stationäre NASA-Lander InSight und die beiden CubeSat-Minisatelliten MarCO-A und -B von einer Atlas V und einer Centaur-Oberstufe auf die Reise geschickt worden, Ankunft am 26. […]
The InSight lander will study the interior of Mars and listen for Marsquakes.
Eine Falcon-9-Trägerrakete hat die Erdbeobachtungssatelliten am Dienstag von der Vandenberg Air Force Base in Kalifornien aus in ihre Umlaufbahn gebracht.

Further News International Spacestation (ISS) /

Weiteres zur Internationalen Raumstation

Wow, time has gone by extremely fast. The mid-deployment phase will be short-lived for me this time, as the new crew (Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold, and Oleg Artemyev) will arrive on March 23rd, and then we have at least one spacewalk on the 29th, followed by a planned SpaceX Dragon cargo craft…
While flying fast-moving jets, we practice the art of recovering from unusual attitudes. We close our eyes, and let the instructor put the jet in an unexpected attitude. Sometimes straight up, sometimes straight down, sometimes upside down, and sometimes anything in-between. The goal is to open our…
The Expedition 55 crew members had a full complement of work today as they conducted microgravity research, trained to capture a resupply ship and prepared for a June spacewalk.
We just finished a 20-hour work day. I spent nearly 11 hours in the spacesuit, and 7 hours and 24 minutes doing a spacewalk. The view was amazing. The changes from day to night, and back to day were phenomenal. My fellow astronaut Mark Vande Hei and I completed the primary task of replacing the…
The smoke detectors have been setting off alarms. This happens routinely due to dust circulating in the modules, but every alarm is taken seriously. This is the third time that the alarm has sounded while I was using the Waste & Hygiene Compartment (toilet). I am starting to think that my actions…
I did an interview with some students today, and I was asked a two-part question by one of the students. He asked, “What is the most exciting thing about being in space, and how did you keep yourself motivated to get there?”
Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft lifted off at 4:44 a.m. EDT and is on its way to the International Space Station. At the time of launch, the space station was traveling at an altitude of about 250 miles, over the central south Atlantic.
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft began its next supply run to the International Space Station Monday, with liftoff aboard an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. Launch came at the end of a five-minute window at 04:44 Eastern Time (08:44 UTC).
The cargo ship will rendezvous with the International Space Station on Thursday, May 24. Expedition 55 Flight Engineer Scott Tingle will grapple the spacecraft at approximately 5:20 a.m. EDT, backed by Ricky Arnold, and Drew Feustel will monitor Cygnus systems during its approach. They will use the…
The Cygnus space freighter from Orbital ATK is closing in on the International Space Station ready to deliver 7,400 pounds of cargo Thursday morning. The Expedition 55 crew members are getting ready for Cygnus’ arrival while also helping researchers understand what living in space does to the…
The goal of the ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) Initiative is to observe global migratory movements of small animals through a satellite system.
Is NASA painting itself into a corner with its ISS transition plans?

 

About a month ago, NASA quietly released a congressionally mandated report re-thinking the agency’s approach to human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, or LEO. NASA is currently the primary sponsor of the International Space Station, shelling out between $3 to $4 billion each year for operations and transportation costs. The White House and NASA want to change that, envisioning NASA as just one of many participants in a thriving economy where humans live, work, and play in LEO.

Earth / Erde

Many developers have taken advantage of full, free and open Copernicus data to create apps for various purposes. From tracking pollen and air quality to real-time information about sea conditions and surfing data maps – we selected 20 applications that you can try out yourself today.
On May 3, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island erupted from new fissures and sent lava flowing over streets and neighborhoods. As the disaster response on the ground lead by the U.S. Geological Survey kicked into gear…
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted in May 2018, creating a vast ash cloud visible from space with lava spewing from fissures and devastating homes. See photos of the volcano’s ash and destruction from space.
Scientists can’t explain why in the world someone would decide to pump out the dangerous gases again.
Die Mission Copernicus Sentinel-2 führt uns diiesmal zur Bucht von Mont Saint-Michel in Nordfrankreich. Zwischen der Bretagne im Westen und der Normandie im Osten liegt diese bemerkenswerte Bucht, die von der UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt wurde und einige der größten Gezeitenunterschi…
Einer vierköpfigen Forschergruppe ist die größte Antarktis-Expedition seit den 1950er Jahren gelungen. Damals gelang der Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition erstmals die erfolgreiche Durchquerung …

Copernicus EU
@CopernicusEU

 

“Three different #Sentinel 🇪🇺🛰 views of the same scene: #KilaueaEruption as seen by our multi-satellite, multi-sensor fleet and its #OpenData
1️⃣ Sentinel2 in Short Wave InfraRed (SWIR) band
2️⃣ Sentinel1 radar vision
3️⃣ Sentinel3 #SLSTR instrument”

Fresh water is changing around the world, and a new set of NASA satellite observations is helping scientists better understand why. The causes range from human activities to natural variations in the climate.
The Midwestern United States is ablaze in a striking new satellite video captured by a lightning-mapping instrument aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-17 weather satellite.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

New work shows how Saturn’s strangely shaped moons could have formed through tiny moonlet mergers.
  SATURN Die eigentümliche Form der kleinen Monde Redaktion / idw / Pressemitteilung der Universität Bern astronews.com 22. Mai 2018
A gorgeous photo by NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows Jupiter as you’ve probably never seen it before.
This extraordinary view of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet.

NASA_TESS
@NASA_TESS

 

“.@NASA_TESS Mission Update: Based on great performance from the lunar fly-by, no adjustment burn is required. The next maneuver is the Period Adjust Maneuver (PAM) on May 30th; it will put #TESS into final science orbit. Observatory is in Coarse Pointing Mode operating nominally.”

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is an MIT-led NASA mission to spend two years discovering transiting exoplanets.
system-sounds.com converts the orbits of Jupiter moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto into a mind-bending visual and audio experience.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Das Weltraumteleskop Gaia sammelt Daten für Jahrzehnte der Forschung. Astronomen haben mit Daten vom Weltraumteleskop Gaia eine Himmelskarte mit mehr als einer Milliarde Sternen erstellt – mehr als genug Material für Jahrzehnte der Forschung. Im Pariser Observatorium treffen wir As…
Stellar nurseries are cloudy and dusty places that shine brightly in infrared light. The G305 star-forming complex is no exception. It features a number of bright, intricate gas clouds heated by infant stars in their midst. In this spectacular image by ESA’s Herschel space observatory, th…
Stellar nurseries are cloudy and dusty places that shine brightly in infrared light. The G305 star-forming complex is no exception. It features a number of bright, intricate gas clouds heated by infant stars in their midst. In this spectacular image by ESA’s Herschel space observatory, th…
  HUBBLE Das lokale Universum in ultraviolett von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 18. Mai 2018
The glowing spiral arms of NGC 6744. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the LEGUS team
Diese Aufnahme vom NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope zeigt den „Ameisen-Nebel“. Der Nebel wird so genannt, weil die Form einer Ameise ähnelt. Tatsächlich handelt es sich bei dem Objekt um einen sterbenden sonnenähnlichen Stern.  Mehr hier (Englisch): http://www…
Moderne Astronomie: Die Zusammenführung des brandneuen zweiten Katalogs des Gaia-Satelliten mit weiteren Himmelsdurchmusterungen auf der Erde und im Weltraum hat den bis jetzt absolut leuchtkräftigsten Quasar des Universums dingfest gemacht. In dessen Zentrum nach heutigem […]
Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

Politics / Politik

Steve Jurczyk Appointed NASA Associate Administrator; Krista Paquin Retires; Melanie W. Saunders Named Acting Deputy Associate Administrator
Cruz, Nelson: Congress, And Only Congress, WIll Decide When To End Funding For ISS, Space Policy Online
„President Trump’s newly minted head of NASA said Thursday that climate change is happening and humans are contributing to it in a „major way.“ Jim Bridenstine, a GOP congressman who was confirmed as the new administrator of NASA last month, made the comments while speaking to employees at his…
A spending bill to be marked up by House apropriators would provide some funding for WFIRST, but not necessarily enough to keep the mission on schedule.

Technology / Technologie

„At a May 17 meeting of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, panel member Don McErlean said the committee had been briefed on a „late development“ with the core stage, being constructed at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. A „routine quality…
China just launched a spacecraft that will help pave the way for a historic mission to the moon’s far side later this year.
„Astronauts soon will have new experiments to conduct related to emergency navigation, DNA sequencing and ultra-cold atom research when the research arrives at the International Space Station following the 4:44 a.m. EDT Monday launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus lifted off on an…
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched an Antares rocket and the uncrewed Cygnus OA-9 cargo ship to the International Space Station on May 21, 2018. See the mission in photos here!
The Angaraa family of rockets is under development to eventually take satellites to low-Earth orbit.
SpaceX Crew Dragon ship in anechoic chamber for EMI testing before being sent to @NASA Plum Brook vacuum chamber pic.twitter.com/BckUBkroLw
Peking,  18. Mai 2018 —   In China wurde erstmals eine private Trägerrakete getestet. Die OS-X der Firma OneSpace stieg von einem Startgelände im Nordwesten des Landes auf,  teilte die Pekinger Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua mit. Der Flug auf einer ballistischen Bahn dauerte 306 Sekunden.
China just took a big leap into the private-spaceflight game.
Moskau,  18. Mai 2018 —  Bisher war es nur ein Gerücht, jetzt ist es offiziell. Russland plant den Bau eines Frachtraumschiffes,  das auch Nutzlasten von der Internationalen Raumstation ISS auf die Erde zurückbringen kann: Sojus GWK. Der neue Frachter kann zwei Tonnen Nachschub auf die…
Peking,  21. Mai 2018 —   China hat am Montag erfolgreich den Verbindungssatelliten Queqiao (zu Deutsch etwa:  Elsternbrücke) für die geplante Chang´e-4-Mission gestartet. Er stieg an der Spitze einer Trägerrakete des Typs Langer Marsch-4C vom Weltraumbahnhof Xichang im Südwesten des…

World / Welt

In the second episode of the Facebook Watch series „Spacing Out with the Everyday Astronaut,“ which premieres Saturday (May 19), Tim Dodd revels in the awesomeness of SpaceX’s first-stage rocket landings and explains some of the physics involved.
Bereits zum 15. Mal findet in diesem Jahr der European Satellite Navigation Competition statt, um richtungsweisende Ideen für künftige kommerzielle Anwendungsmöglichkeiten im Bereich der Satellitennav…
Two student teams have won the Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge, a competition run by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and Marvel Entertainment, the organizations announced Tuesday (May 22).
@NASA photographer Bill Ingalls is one of the best in the business. His launch photos are legendary. But he put this remote camera just a tad too close to the pad. Extreme closeup gone bad! Guessing warranty doesn’t cover this? pic.twitter.com/xtB8Sk8Cmo

Science / Wissenschaft

A mundane federal solicitation may be key to ensuring the lander happens.

History / Geschichte

See images of space-themed postage stamps from the United States and around the world that celebrate space exploration.
Sally Ride did not know it at the time, there’s no way she could have, but a photo that she autographed 35 years ago came to serve as the inspiration for her portrait on a new U.S. postage stamp commemorating her place in history as America’s first woman in space.
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