Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.07.18

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Front Page / Titelseite

Europe’s satellite navigation system Galileo is already in use worldwide, usable by itself or in combination with the US Global Positioning System (GPS). Now a combined Galileo–GPS positioning fix has been achieved in space – aboard the International Space Station – through an ESA–NASA…
Der Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg wird in der Riege der Katastrophenprojekte gerne als führend genannt. Dass es trotzdem noch schlimmer……
NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover remains silent as a giant dust storm continues to swirl on the Red Planet.
Die ESA-Mars-Sonde Mars Express macht mit ihrer VMC-Kamera globale Aufnahmen der Mars-Oberfläche. Aktuell dokumentiert sie einen gewaltigen Staubsturm.
When you get caught in a storm here on Earth, you just find shelter for a little while and let it pass, but things are a whole lot different on Mars. It’s now been three weeks since the massive dus…
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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.
The Dragon awaits its liftoff encapsulated in the world’s most powerful rocket. SpaceX spacecraft’s belly is packed with more than 2600 kg of research and supplies for the crew, and the first experiment cubes born from Europe’s commercial space exploration strategy are nested inside it. A…
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Monday (July 2) carrying nearly 3 tons of supplies for astronauts, including super-caffeinated coffee, Texas blueberries and an extra special treat: ice cream.
Three days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 9:52 a.m. EDT.
Dragon successfully launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:42 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft’s solar arrays have deployed. It will arrive at the International Space Station Monday morning carrying more than 5,900 pounds of research investigations and…
On June 29, 2018, the private spaceflight company SpaceX successfully launched a used Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket that had also flown in space before. See photos of the CRS-15 cargo resupply mission here!
Spectators captured incredible photos of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on June 29, 2018.
SpaceX sent a cargo spacecraft skyward early this morning (June 29) during a dazzling predawn liftoff that showcased the company’s considerable reusability chops.
ARISS – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and  careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio…
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Kardinal Frings Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany
Der 3. Juli 2018 ist ein heißer Tag in Bonn. Das Thermometer klettert auf 30 Grad. Doch die Temperatur bei den 1.000 Schülerinnen und Schülern des Kardinal-Frings-Gymnasiums (KFG) ist noch höher, denn…
Ein neuer „Cyberkollege“ ist auf dem Weg zum deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst: Der Technologie-Demonstrator CIMON und sechs weitere vom Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) gemanag…
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is looking to the future. He took this image of Earth’s closest neighbour from the International Space Station recently, and it shines a spotlight on the next major focus for ESA and other international agencies – returning humans to the Moon.
Unbound by a traditional up or down, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is getting a handle on how microgravity affects our ability to grab and manipulate objects in space.

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.

Further News International Spacestation (ISS) /

Weiteres zur Internationalen Raumstation

SpX-15 Mission:  At 5:56 AM CDT, the ISS crew used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to capture the Dragon vehicle. Ground specialists then maneuvered the spacecraft to the pre-install position where they performed an inspection of the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM). …
Alexander Gerst — a German astronaut who arrived at International Space Station last month — shot footage of auroras and lightning in two incredible new videos.
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui doodles adorable constellations on photos he took from the International Space Station.
Moskau, 28. Juni 2018 —   Russland öffnet sein Segment in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS künftig auch für private Experimente. Interessierte wissenschaftliche und Bildungsorganisationen könnten an kommerziellen Programmen für wissenschaftliche und Grundlagenforschungsexperimente…
Koroljow,  2. Juli 2018 —  Die überschäumende Begeisterung über den unerwarteten Sieg Russlands gegen Spanien bei der Fußball-WM 2018 hat auch die russischen Kosmonauten in der Internationalen  Raumstation ISS erfasst. „Das ist ein historischer Sieg. Wir beglückwünschen unsere…
NASA’s relationship with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is likely to change as commercial spacecraft begin bringing astronauts to the International Space Station.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

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This image of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of a close flyby of the gas-giant planet.
Black Swift Technologies, a Boulder, Colorado-based firm, has been awarded a NASA contract to develop an aerial vehicle for atmospheric observations of Venus. “Black Swift Technologies has provided aerial solutions for wild land fires, volcanic observations, tornadoes, and hurricanes—some of…
Dust on Mars has caused the planet to appear shadowless.
In this curious view, Saturn looms in the foreground on the left, adorned by shadows cast by the giant planet’s rings. To the right, the rings emerge from behind the planet’s hazy limb, stretching outwards from Cassini’s perspective.At the time the images in this mosaic were collected, on…
This mosaic of a prominent mound located on the western side of Cerealia Facula was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on June 22, 2018 from an altitude of about 21 miles (34 kilometers).
This close-up image of the Vinalia Faculae in Occator Crater was obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2018 from an altitude of about 24 miles (39 kilometers).
  CERES Beeindruckender Blick auf den Occator-Krater Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Sonnensystemforschungastronews.com 3. Juli 2018

Politics / Politik

“We are the biggest users of space,” said Brig. Gen. Tim Lawson, deputy commanding general for operations at the Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
Moskau,  28. Juni 2018 —   Die Hauptaufgabe des Raumfahrtstaatskonzerns GK Roskosmos ist nach Ansicht seines Chefs Dmitri Rogosin die „Expansion im Weltraum“. Diese Expansion müsse im Weltraum,  auf der Erde und auf den kommerziellen Märkten mit Dienstleistungen erfolgen, die sich aus…

Technology / Technologie

The launch of NASA’s troubled James Webb Space Telescope has been pushed back another year, to no earlier than March 2021, as the agency grapples with construction issues.
Erst kürzlich wurde der Starttermin des Weltraumteleskops ausgesetzt. Nachdem eine Prüfungskommission das Projekt begutachtete, wurde er erneut verschoben.
After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.
Die Rakete Momo-2 des japanische Privatunternehmens Interstellar Technologies ging kurz nach dem Start in Flammen auf und explodierte nahe der Startrampe.
A private Japanese rocket crashed to Earth in a fiery explosion on Saturday (June 30) just moments after lifting off from a test site near the town of Taiki on Japan’s Hokkaido island.
irgin Orbit is planning a key test of its LauncherOne system as soon as next week, a final step before the vehicle’s first launch later this summer.
Boeing has dreams of a hypersonic passenger plane, and it looks like something straight out of science fiction.

Science / Wissenschaft

Microgravity makes everything harder … especially when bodily fluids are involved.
  MARS Flusstäler durch starke Regenfälle? Redaktion / idw / Pressemitteilung der ETH Zürich astronews.com 28. Juni 2018
A new report recommends that NASA update its policies that protect planets and other solar system bodies from possible contamination during space exploration missions.

History / Geschichte

An extensive effort is underway to save the last remaining flight-configured rocket of the type that launched the first Apollo astronauts 50 years ago. The Saturn IB on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is now receiving a much-needed restoration.
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