Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 31.05.18

Front Page / Titelseite

To develop a long-term Mars colony, we need to think about the challenges of reproducing and raising kids on the Red Planet, scientists say.
Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets, and soon will run out of fuel. Now it’s begun its 18th observing campaign, with a focus on objects including the famous nearby Beehive star cluster and infamous asteroid Apophis.
Watch how a SpaceX rocket launch melted a NASA photographer’s camera in a this animated photo clip by photographer Bill Ingalls.
Wenn Alexander Gerst demnächst ins All fliegt, ist er in einem russischen „Sojus“-Raumschiff unterwegs. Die ersten Modelle flogen vor mehr als 50 Jahren. Ist das ein Problem?


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…
Der Podcast „Auf Distanz“ begleitet die Horizons-Mission von ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst. Vom Start bis zur Landung.

Alexander Gerst
@Astro_Alex

 

“5 days until launch. Last check of the space ship #SoyuzMS09 before it will be mounted on the rocket. She looks great, ready for launch. #Horizons @AstroSerena (thanks Sergey for the photo)”

Alexander Gerst
@Astro_Alex

 

“5 days until launch. Last check of the space ship #SoyuzMS09 before it will be mounted on the rocket. She looks great, ready for launch. #Horizons @AstroSerena (thanks Sergey for the photo)”

Kinder der Junior Uni in Wuppertal haben eine Minirakete entwickelt, die jetzt auch im Weltall getestet werden soll. Der Astronaut Alexander Gerst wird sie auf seiner nächsten Mission mitnehmen.
Der Astronauten-Assistent Cimon sieht, hrt, spricht, fliegt und reist ebenfalls zur ISS. Der Entwickler spricht in seinem Vortrag ber die Knstliche Intelligenz, die Alexander Gerst begleiten wird.
Die Seite mit der Maus – Wieso ist es im Sommer viel wärmer als im Winter? Warum gibt es Jahreszeiten und wer macht die Tage länger? Maustronaut Alexander Gerst beantwortet die wichtigsten Fragen rund um Sonne, Mond und Sterne.
Diesmal mit Alexanders Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation, Lolas Geheimfreund Sören Lorenson, mit Kai und einem sehr besonderen Motorrad, mit Käpt’n Blaubärs Ritt auf dem Kometen – und natürlich mit der Maus, dem Elefanten und der Ente.
Alexander Gerst (42) wird der erste deutsche Commander der Internationalen Raumstation – Hier mehr lesen.
During the last days before launch Alexander Gerst’s schedule is as busy as always. To give you an impression we’d like to share this general schedule here. So, here’s the plan of the pre-launch activities of ISS expedition 56/57 at the cosmodrome in Baikonur: 27.05.18 Sunday 1. Medical…

DLR_de
@DLR_de

 

“Heute vor 4 Jahren ist @Astro_Alex zum 1. Mal zur #ISS geflogen – in 9 Tagen startet er zu seinem zweiten Aufenthalt im All mit seiner Mission #horizons! 🚀 Den Start am 6.6. um 13.12 Uhr könnt ihr hier im Livestream sehen: t.co/1hmAbhpPjs t.co/SpLrkVIcKz

Sendung mit der Maus
@DieMaus

 

“Der Elefant ist noch nicht fit genug hat er gesagt, der @Astro_Alex.
Herausforderung angenommen! 💪
#Maustronauten #ISS t.co/cyzlS1aRpa

Tradition has it that all astronauts plant a tree before their first flight to space from the world’s first and largest spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst had the opportunity to revisit the Cosmonauts Alley, where he planted a tree in 2014 as part of Expedition 40/41…
Baikonur,  29. Mai 2018 —   Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst,  sein russischer Sojus-Kommandant Sergej Prokopjew und die amerikanische Astronautin Serena Aunon-Chancellor haben am Dienstag auf dem Kosmodrom Baikonur (Kasachstan) ein sogenanntes offenes Training in Anwesenheit der…
Beeinflusst der Klimawandel die Zugvögel? Wie verhält sich der Organismus in der Schwerelosigkeit? In wenigen Tagen soll Alexander Gerst zu seinem zweiten Flug zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS aufbrechen. Dort wird er eine Reihe von Experimenten durchführen. Die Ergebnisse sollen uns auch…

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.
» InSight Spacecraft Moves on Towards Mars with Its First Course Correction | The Premier Source of Space Exploration and Satellite Technology
IWF-Forscher Günter Kargl war auf der Vandenberg Air Force Base, als der Marslander abhob. Ein Backstage-Bericht
NASA’s InSight Mars lander performed its first engine burn on Tuesday (May 22), refining its course toward the Red Planet.
NASA’s InSight spacecraft has completed its first major course correction, setting it on its way to Mars. On May 22, the unmanned probe made a 40-second burn to not only alter the probe’s trajectory, but to also protect the Red Planet from biocontamination by the mission’s Centaur…

Further News International Spacestation (ISS) /
Weiteres zur Internationalen Raumstation

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are celebrating Memorial Day and remembering those who’ve served the same way they do every year — by working.
Life on „One Strange Rock“ — aka Earth — is weird enough, but when you leave the planet, you could encounter everything from cognitive changes to questionable space pizza.
Moskau,  26. Mai 2018 —   Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin und Japans Premier Shinzo Abe haben am Samstag mit der Besatzung der Internationalen Raumstation ISS gesprochen. Während einer Videoschaltung direkt aus dem Kreml würdigten beide Politiker die enge Zusammenarbeit ihrer Länder in…
The Cygnus resupply ship from Orbital ATK is now open for business and the Expedition 55 crew has begun unloading the 7,400 pounds of cargo it delivered Thursday morning. The orbital residents are also conducting space research and preparing for a crew swap in early June.

Alexander Gerst
@Astro_Alex

 

“The reason why we do a 34-orbit trip to #ISS is orbital mechanics. For a quick 4-orbit trip, ISS would have to be on a certain position during our launch. Moving it there would would cost fuel. 34-orbit rdzvs is more flexible, saving precious ISS fuel (Photo NASA/V. Zelentsov)”

International Space Station Commander Anton Shkaplerov will lead fellow Expedition 54-55 crewmates Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai back to Earth early Sunday morning. The trio will undock from the Rassvet module inside the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft on Sunday at 5:16 a.m. Just three and a half hours…

Earth / Erde

CyanoTRACKER
@CyanoTracker

 

“Recent #Sentinel2 scene captured another massive bloom in Pongolapoort Dam, South Africa. @CopernicusEU @SANSA7 @CyanoLakes @CYANOCOST @WaterTrends @DWS_RSA @ATRAPP6 t.co/6VKl7bM8Zz

Copernicus EU
@CopernicusEU

 

“Die französische Organisation @Ifremer_fr untersucht schädliche Algen in den Gewässern der Normandie. Alle 2 Wochen werden Temperatur, Salzgehalt und Sauerstoffgehalt des Wassers gemessen und mit unseren #Sentinel3-Daten kombiniert.
t.co/p3dg7vRIZ0

As part of its ongoing move to simplify and modernise the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Commission has adopted new rules that will for the first time expressly allow a range of modern technologies to be used when carrying out checks for area-based CAP payments. This includes…
A stunning new time-lapse video shows stars streaking across Hawaii’s night sky while the clouds glow from the volcanic activity below. The glowing light comes from lava-spewing fissures generated by Kilauea’s continued eruption.

Copernicus EU
@CopernicusEU

 

“Struggling with allergies? Copernicus can help you!
➡Read how Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service #CAMS data is helping people with allergies in our latest #CopernicusObserver: t.co/FBPO0pfgEg


Solar System / Sonnensystem

China’s Chang’e-4 mission will become the first mission to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon.
Vesta is the second largest asteroid. Learn facts and figures about the asteroid Vesta and its history.
Artificial intelligence is already being used in space exploration. How concerned should we be that the machines will take over?
It looks like Curiosity’s drill is finally back in action.
Pluto may have long ago coalesced from 1 billion or so comets, a new analysis of data from NASA’s New Horizons mission and the European comet-orbiting Rosetta probe suggests.

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Astronomers have discovered a special kind of neutron star for the first time outside of the Milky Way galaxy, using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.
An interactive NASA visualization tool puts you on the surface of TRAPPIST-1d, Kepler-186f and a handful of other exoplanets.

Politics / Politik

A new policy President Trump will sign May 24 implements regulatory reforms to support commercial space recommended earlier this year.
The Trump administration’s push to ease regulations on private industry is no longer confined to Earth.
Bombastic and colorful, Rogozin’s international profile shot up significantly in 2014 when, in response to the first round of Western sanctions against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea, he tweeted that NASA could use a trampoline to reach the International Space Station.
„Russian President Vladimir Putin has nominated former Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin to head the State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The meeting between Putin and Rogozin took place on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018). „I will do everything possible and…
In his first testimony since becoming NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine sought to reassure senators about several programs threatened with cancellation.
I fought Jim Bridenstine to run NASA because he was a climate denier. He has since changed his mind, and has confirmed that climate change is caused by humans. This is an act of common sense and courage. Thank you, Administrator Bridenstine. https://t.co/ZxBbkqefVn
The President signed a significant space policy directive dealing w/ commercial space yesterday. @NASA & @JimBridenstine responded. So did Congress and @csf_spaceflight. But not a word from @AIAA, @AIA, @XploreDeepSpace @NSS @exploreplanets @SpaceFoundation @SpaceFrontier #FAIL…
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Kitay: ‚We’re excited about the new partnership with Commerce on space traffic management.‘
„As NASA shifts human exploration back to the Moon, U.S. commercial partnerships will be a key to expediting missions and building a sustainable presence on the lunar surface. The agency is orchestrating a robotic lunar campaign with a focus on growing commercial base of partnerships and activity…

Technology / Technologie

NOAA’s GOES-17 was supposed to watch for deadly storms and dust clouds in the Western Hemisphere. Instead, it’s spending half the day blind.
Warnings of a Russian hypersonic weapon that the U.S. can’t defend against may have had you running for the bomb shelter last week. But what, exactly, is this weapon, and how does it work?
Members of a NASA safety panel said May 17 they believed that SpaceX’s “load-and-go” fueling approach could be used for future commercial crew missions.
The utility of space sensors has been studied for decades so the Pentagon has plenty of data to draw from.

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Time to cruise across the universe in style. The Millennium Falcon can not only make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, but it also does it in true style — with leather, with surround sound and yes, with some pretty nifty hyperdrive controls.
With so many incredible, newly developing technologies, could we build a real-life Millennium Falcon?
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson talks about coming home from a record-breaking mission on the series finale of „One Strange Rock.“

World / Welt

BepiColombo
@BepiColombo

 

“Our spacecraft trio are featured as @esascience #ImageOfTheWeek! A great image of @ESA_Bepi (right) @JAXA_MMO (centre) and @ESA_MTM (left) unpacked at the #Spaceport: t.co/HAECF6R5Ku

It turns out you can just go to a rocket launch — and, after attending my first, I can say with certainty that everyone should watch a rocket launch at least once in their life.
As NASA requests proposals for space sttaion studies, another study presented May 17 concludes such stations are unlikely to be financially viable by 2025.
PASADENA — NASA intends to begin buying rides on small commercial lunar landers by the end of the year and start looking for miniature instruments for those flights. “We have a strong push to get a lander service to the Moon as quickly as possible,” James Reuter, NASA deputy associate…
Companies that one vied for the Google Lunar X Prize now expect to fly their first lunar landers in the next two years for government and commercial users.
From 15 – 18 May 2018, 21 students from 9 different ESA Member and Associate States descended upon ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESA’s European space Security and Education Centre (ESEC), Redu, Belgium. Their mission: complete the ESEO Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operation…

Science / Wissenschaft

Astrobiologists should consider searching for viruses in their quest to find evidence for life beyond Earth.

History / Geschichte

Apollo astronaut Alan Bean, who shared his experiences as the fourth human to walk on the moon through art, has died at the age of 86. Bean flew to the moon on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing mission, and then lived on Skylab, the first U.S. space station.
NASA’s Apollo 12 mission sent three astronauts to the moon in November 1969 to make the second crewed lunar landing in history. See how that mission went in photos in our photo gallery here!
Alan Bean walked on the moon during Apollo 12. He turned to painting to chronicle his experiences. Biography of Apollo 12 astronaut and Skylab commander Alan Bean.
Houston,  26. Mai 2018 —   US-Astronaut Alan Bean ist tot. Er starb am Samstag im Alter von 86 Jahren in einem Krankenhaus in Houston (Texas),  teilte die Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA mit.
ESRO-2 control room at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1968. On 17 May 1968, ESA’s predecessor, the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO), launched ESRO-2B – an 86kg cylindrical spacecraft designed to study X-rays from our closest star, the Sun, and cosmic rays from the rest …
Berlin,  27. Mai 2018 —   Der russische Kosmosveteran Alexander Wolkow begeht am Sonntag seinen 70. Geburtstag. Der gebürtige Ukrainer hat zwischen 1985 und 1992 drei Raumflüge mit einer Gesamtdauer von 391 Tagen zu den Raumstationen Salut 7 und MIR absolviert.
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