Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.06.18

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA did find two more scraps of evidence about the kind of life that might exist on Mars. Here’s what the new research really shows.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover hasn’t found signs of alien life, but one of its wheeled brethren just might do so a few short years from now.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules on the Red Planet’s surface and found that methane levels vary seasonally in its air. The discoveries aren’t proof of Mars life, but they’re consistent with the idea.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA’s search for life.
  CURIOSITY Methan und organische Verbindungen entdeckt von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 8. Juni 2018
Darmstadt – Die Geheimnisse des Merkurs will die europäische Weltraumorganisation Esa mit ihrer bisher schwierigsten Mission lüften: Im Oktober schickt sie eine Raumsonde auf eine sieben Jahre lange Reise zum kleinsten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems.
The $1.1 billion Juno mission has been extended through at least July 2021, NASA officials announced yesterday (June 6). The agency will fund Juno into 2022, to cover the cost of data analysis and close-out activities.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up from hibernation to prepare for a historic New Year’s Day flyby.
You can now watch almost two decades of weather patterns on Earth thanks to an incredible tool from NASA.
One of the main activities in recent weeks for the BepiColombo team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou has been the installation of multi-layered insulation foils and sewing of high-temperature blankets on the Mercury Planetary Orbiter.The insulation is to protect the spacecraft from the ext…


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. …“
Wie kann Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) den Astronauten bei ihrem Job im All helfen und was lernen wir für die Anwendung auf der Erde daraus? Wie verhalten sich lebende Zellen in Schwerelosigkeit? Was ma…
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.

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“Das vermisst @Astro_Alex wirklich im All … es ist nicht das Essen! IHR kommt nie darauf 🤨🤔😮 #Raumfahrt t.co/UGMatq3mmJ

At 17:25 CEST we’ll connect from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne to the International Space Station. Alexander Gerst will answer the questions of the journalists present in Cologne. We broadcast the press conference live on the net. The event will be predominantly in German.
Der deutsche Astronaut Alexander Gerst und seine Crew haben die ´Mission Horizons´ begonnen. Bis zum 13. Dezember werden auf der Internationalen Raumstation nun zahlreiche Experimente durchgeführt. Alle Infos gibt es im News-Ticker von FOCUS Online.
Kurz vor der Fußball-WM ist Raumfahrer Alexander Gerst zur Internationalen Raumstation geflogen – gemeinsam mit einem russischen Kollegen. Zeit für eine Wette.
Small sensor problem during the flight to the ISS

 

Today at the press conference Astronaut Alexander Gerst explained that during the flight to the ISS, the crew had to deal with a small sensor problem on one of the nozzles (Minute: 02:24 – 03:23)….
Horizons vision ‘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 p…

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.
To discover for the first time what hides under the surface of Mars, to analyze its underground, seismic activity, and to collect important clues on the evolution of the rock planets of the Solar System is the objective of NASA’s launch of the InSight mission to the Red Planet on 5 May.
InSight Lego: The Next NASA’s Mars Lander

 

InSight: NASA’s Next Mars Mission to Investigate the Interior of the Red Planet Bonjour, les passionnés de Lego! Ce texte est aussi disponible avec ce lien en: Français Hola, amigos de Lego! Este texto también está disponible con este enlace: Español Hallo Lego-Fans! Dieser Text ist über…

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

The World Cup kicks off in Russia this week, and two cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated the impending event with a little microgravity soccer action of their own.
NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are set to go on their third spacewalk together this year on Thursday at the International Space Station. Their new Expedition 56 crewmates Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst are training today to support the two spacewalkers.
Moskau,  11. Juni 2018 —   Die Tests des russischen Mehrzweck-Labormoduls (MLM) Nauka (Wissenschaft) für die Internationale Raumstation ISS gehen dem Ende zu. Sie sollen nach der bisherigen Planung noch im Juni abgeschlossen werden, berichten Moskauer Medien. Der Start zur ISS ist nach der…

Earth / Erde

The ongoing event is now said to be one of Kilauea’s most destructive eruptions in modern times.
Copernicus Sentinel-2 images from 23 May and 7 June 2018 show changes in lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. It is estimated that around 600 homes have been destroyed in one of the volcano’s most destructive eruptions in modern times. According to Hawaii County Mayo…
Antarctica’s iceberg B-15 will finally melt in the South Atlantic Ocean. Farewell, friend. It’s been a crazy, 18-year ride.
This may look like moldy bread, but it’s actually the Sahara Desert, as seen from the International Space Station.
Guatemala’s deadly Fuego volcano eruption is responsible for dozens of deaths and cast a vast ash cloud into the sky that’s visible from space when it erupted Sunday, June 3, 2018. See photos of the massive volcano eruption as only satellites can.
Two decades of environmental and seasonal changes to planet Earth whirl by in this animation.
NASA is celebrating the Landsat 8 satellite’s five years of stunning Earth images.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Größter am Boden gemessener Marssandsturm bedroht alten Rover
14 Jahre ist Opportunity auf dem Mars unterwegs und hat schon einiges überstanden. Nun steckt der Rover aber in einem Sandsturm, der das Ende bedeuten könnte.
NASA’s Curiosity rover is keeping tabs on the huge Martian dust storm that has sidelined its cousin on the other side of the planet.
NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars did not return a call from Earth late Tuesday (June 12) while battling a massive dust storm that scientists have called „one of the most intense ever observed.“
Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a growing dust storm on Mars.
Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a growing dust storm on Mars. The storm now spans more than 7 million square miles (18 million square kilometers) — an area greater than North America — and includes Opportunity’s current…
  OPPORTUNITY Staubsturm macht Marsrover zu schaffen von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 13. Juni 2018
Lightning storms on Jupiter are much more frequent, and much less alien, than previously thought, a pair of new studies suggests.
This image of Nar Sulcus in Yalode Crater was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 19, 2018 from an altitude of about 875 miles (1410 kilometers).
This image of Juling and Kupalo Craters was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 25, 2018 from an altitude of about 855 miles (1380 kilometers).
This color mosaic of Dantu Crater was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 23, 2018 from an altitude of about 305 miles (490 kilometers).
This image of Xevioso Crater was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 470 miles (760 kilometers).
This image of the region between Urvara Crater’s eastern rim and Yalode Crater’s western rim was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 20, 2018 from an altitude of about 1070 miles (1720 kilometers).
This image was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 465 miles (750 kilometers).
This image of was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 420 miles (675 kilometers). Ejecta from Haulani Crater can be seen on the right side of the image.
This image of Urvara Crater was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on May 20, 2018 from an altitude of about 920 miles (1480 kilometers).
„NASA is in the process of evaluating the report from the Independent Review Board chaired by Tom Young to assess the status of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Established in March, the Board was due to submit its report on May 31. NASA said today that the Board has completed its work and…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

This turbulent celestial palette of purple and yellow shows a bubble of gas named NGC 3199, blown by a star known as WR18 (Wolf-Rayet 18).Wolf-Rayet stars are massive, powerful, and energetic stars that are just about reaching the end of their lives. They flood their surroundings with thi…

Politics / Politik

„Our return to the Moon will not be like the Apollo-style sorties of the old Constellation project. This new approach calls for true lunar habitation – our first foothold on another world. The sooner we understand what is needed to get started, the better. The Trump administration’s national policy…
House Science Committee Oversight Democrats Request Hearing on White House’s „Ignore“ Science Memorandum, House Science Committee Democrats
„Russia should make many steps forward to return its leading positions in space exploration, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his Q&A session on Thursday. „These technologies are developing and they are developing very actively and are being commercialized very actively and in this…
Issuance of a new Ukraine-related Executive Order; Ukraine-related Designations, U.S. Department of the Treasury: „ROGOZIN, Dmitry Olegovich (a.k.a. ROGOZIN, Dmitriy; a.k.a. ROGOZIN, Dmitry); DOB 21 Dec 1963; POB Moscow, Russia; Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (individual)…
In the face of emerging novel threats and vulnerabilities, whether the self-defense doctrine allows us to counter the threat before the attack occurs can make the difference between peace and war.
NASA has directed teams studying proposed flagship-class astrophysics missions to fit their concepts within cost caps that could force major changes.
Keith’s note: China is getting ready to launch a new space station which, when complete, will be on par with Mir with many capabilities similar to those offered by the ISS. China is openly seeking governmental and commercial participation. Meanwhile they are about to land a rover on the far side…
NASA’s new administrator says he’s talking to companies about taking over operations of the International Space Station, Washington Post
„U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness will convene a hearing entitled ‚Examining the Future of the International Space Station: Stakeholder Perspectives,‘ at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The second in a series of hearings to…
„Bridenstine’s embrace of these missions goes hand-in-hand with his evolution on climate change, turning from an occasional critic of the scientific consensus to a supporter of the realities of human-driven global warming. „I want to be clear,“ he said, „I do believe that carbon dioxide is a…
Members of the Senate space subcommittee used a June 6 hearing to once again oppose the administration’s proposal to end NASA funding of the ISS in 2025.
In 2013, then congressman Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, stepped onto the floor of the House of Representatives and said these words: Mr. Speaker, global temperatures stopped rising 10…

Technology / Technologie

Fengyun-2H is the eighth and final of the Fengyun-2 series of spin-stabilized weather satellites for geostationary orbit, development of which began in the 1980s under CASC.
On June 4, 2018, a used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES-12 satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. See photos of the dazzling launch here!
„The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) released a new policy paper today that explores the benefits of Launch Unit standards for smallsats during its Emerging Issues in Space Technology and Policy event at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. „More…
A NASA satellite designed to study the region where space weather and Earth weather meet won’t launch this week after all.
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope is celebrating 10 years of scientific discoveries this week. From black-hole clues to mysterious radiation, here are some of the secrets it’s unlocked.

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

The new novel „Adrift“ catapults the classic castaway tale into the farthest reaches of outer space.
A new book by space scientist Natalie Starkey examines what we’re discovering about comets and asteroids — how we learn about them and what the dusty, icy rocks have to share about the origins of the solar system.
Universal Pictures has released the first look at „First Man.“ The studio launched a trailer for director Damien Chazelle’s film about the first man to walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong as he faced „one of the most dangerous missions in history.“
Houston, the „First Man“ trailer has landed — and with it, a whirlwind of scenes that depict almost a decade of space flight history. Here is a step-by-„small step“ review of the teaser that shows Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

World / Welt

It’s not easy to steer spacecraft in the frictionless environment of space, as the latest episode of „Spacing Out with the Everyday Astronaut“ shows.
SpaceX won’t launch two space tourists on a mission around the moon in 2018 after all, according to media reports.
Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for the future.
According to a national survey, the majority of Americans think that it is essential for the U.S. to remain a global leader in space exploration.
Russia hopes to launch most space missions from Vostochny to reduce its dependence on the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is in Kazakhstan.
Russia has been a powerhouse in space exploration since the Space Age began. In 1961, the nation (then known as the Soviet Union) rocketed Yuri Gagarin into space, marking the first human to venture into orbit.
The remote Kazakhstan town of Baikonur is a powerhouse of Russian space history.— Here are some of the major space-related monuments around the town.
Space.com contributor Elizabeth Howell journeyed to Moscow and Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to see three new space station crewmembers lift off.
Every time that space crews launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they literally follow in the footsteps of the first human in space – Yuri Gagarin.
Russian space flights are full of legend and tradition in the days leading up to launch. Here are some of the rituals that crews at the Baikonur Cosmodrome follow before, during and after every launch.
One new rocket challenge is encouraging diversity and offering a staggering $1 million prize.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman’s $7.8 billion purchase of defense and space contractor Orbital ATK.
SpaceX plans to significantly expand its footprint at KSC, a sign that its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets will play a key role for years to come.
As space exploration moves further into the solar system, do we require a single operating language in space for safety and efficiency?

Science / Wissenschaft

  PARABELFLÜGE Schwerkraft in unterschiedlicher Stärke Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR astronews.com 7. Juni 2018
Once again, we have Earth’s magnetic field to thank for protecting us from our fire-breathing sun.
NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft has shown for the first time that magnetic reconnection occurs in the extremely turbulent near-Earth environment known as the magnetosheath.
  SONNE Die unterschätzte Kraft des Sonnenwinds Redaktion / idw / Pressemitteilung der Technische Universität Wien astronews.com 12. Juni 2018

History / Geschichte

The United States Postal Service now offers a passport to visit space exploration history. The USPS’s „Postal Passport to the Galaxy“ promises its holder „a journey through space in stamps.“
A $650K NASA grant is funding the return of historic mission control consoles to inspire a new generation of engineers, scientists and explorers. The „Apollo Redux“ tour, from the Cosmosphere museum in Kansas, will reach underserved students across the country.
NASA has taken a small step to celebrate its history and promote its ’next giant leap.‘ The agency revealed the official logo for the 50th anniversary of its Apollo missions, marking a half century since astronauts traveled to and landed on the moon.
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