Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.09.18

Front Page / Titelseite

Hayabusa2 deployment of two rovers on Ryugu Asteroid

Sonde Hayabusa2 setzt zwei Rover auf Asteoriden Ryugu ab

Englisch articles in the 2nd half of this section

DLR – Blogs – Alle Blogeinträge

Nach knapp 4 Jahren im All wird der deutsch-französische Asteroidenlander MASCOT von der japanischen Muttersonde Hayabusa2 abgetrennt und beginnt im freien Fall zur Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu seine wissenschaftliche Mission. Die Separation, angetrieben durch einen kleinen Mechanismus, ist ein Schlüsselmoment von dem vieles abhängt. Einmal ausgelöst, entsteht eine mechanisch gekoppelte Kettenreaktion die die Mission unwiderruflich einleitet. Dies ist der Moment des „Point-of-no-Return“. Funktionsweise des Mechanismus und mögliche Risiken bei der Separation werden hier kurz erläutert.

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via DLR Blogs https://www.dlr.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:15AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Erste Lander auf dem Weg zum Asteroiden

Hayabusa2 untersucht den Asteroiden Ryugu nicht nur aus der Ferne, sondern hat auch drei Lander mitgebracht. Die ersten beiden sollen nun landen.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:06AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Lander senden erste Bilder von Asteroidenoberfläche

Zwei japanische Landeroboter sind auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu gelandet und senden Bilder. Mindestens einer hat auch bereits den Standort gewechselt.

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via heise online – September 24, 2018 at 02:20PM

A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese asteroid-sampling probe is about to get up close and personal with its target space rock. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will drop two tiny rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week, possibly as early as Thursday (Sept. 20), if all goes according to plan.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 20, 2018 at 01:16AM

MINERVA-Ⅱ1 Schedule for deployment operation | Topics

The mission operation to deploy the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers will be conducted from September 19 – 21. On September 19, activities will focus on preparation for the spacecraft to descend towards asteroid Ryugu and on September 20, the actual descent will begin. The scheduled deployment of the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers is on September 21.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

The small exploration rovers, MINERVA-II1 | Topics

The MINERVA-II (standing for the “MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid, the second generation”) are a successor to the exploration rover, MINERVA, that was installed with the first Hayabusa mission to asteroid Itokawa.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

Navigation Images from the #MINERVA-Ⅱ1 deployment operation (Real time delivery)

https://t.co/zMi3EA5VAq UTC 2018-09-20 03:36 >> UTC 2018-09-20 22:19 — JAXA/j. Roger –… https://t.co/NmBosbzlPM

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via Twitter https://twitter.com- September 21, 2018 at 09:13AM

The spacecraft shadow and opposition effect

The first operation rehearsal for the first touchdown of Hayabusa2 was performed from September 10 – 12. The spacecraft reached an altitude of about 600 m from the surface of Ryugu and then began to ascend once again. During the operation, the images taken for navigation purposes with the Optical Navigation Camera Wide angle (ONC-W1) were released in real time. The last image captured is shown in Figure 1. This photograph was taken on September 12 at around 12:40 JST at an altitude of 635m from the surface of Ryugu.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project – September 21, 2018 at 09:14AM

They Made It! Japan’s Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 22, 2018 at 03:32PM

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on target asteroid

After months of hovering around its target, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission has made contact. Two of the host spacecraft’s landers (ROVER-1A and 1B) have touched down on the surface of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu and have already been hopping around as they take photos (like the one above) and gauge the space rock’s temperature. As far as the mission has come, though, it’s really just the start.

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via Engadget https://ift.tt/2OImhAI September 23, 2018 at 08:02PM

Hayabusa-2: Incredible images taken from asteroid Ryugu after Japanese spacecraft lands on 1km-wide space rock

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via mirror https://ift.tt/2zpbp5e September 23, 2018 at 08:03PM

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“ – die neue Mission von Alexander Gerst

„Horizons“ – so heißt die nächste Mission des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst. Anfang Juni 2018 soll der 41-jährige Geophysiker mit der Expedition 56/57 seine zweite „Forschungsreise“ zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS antreten. Gerst wird nach dem Belgier Frank de Winne der zweite Europäer sein, der als Kommandant auf der ISS eingesetzt wird. Knapp fünf Monate – bis Ende Oktober 2018 – soll Gerst in knapp 400 Kilometern Höhe unterwegs sein. Der englische Name der Mission, Horizons, symbolisiert dabei die Neugier und Faszination, Unbekanntes zu entdecken und zu erforschen.

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Alexander Gerst: als Kommandant auf die ISS

Podcast auf Omega Tau. Dort wird über die Aufgaben des Kommandanten, über die Ausbildung zum Astronaut generell und zum Kommandant im Speziellen, sowie über wissenschaftliche Experimente auf der ISS gesprochen. Natürlich kommen auch seine Eindrücke während seines früheren Fluges 2014 zur Sprache.

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41 Experimente des Alexander Gerst sind „made in Germany“

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 macht der Aufenthalt im All mit unserem Immunsystem? Wie lassen sich aus Schmelzprozessen auf der ISS die industriellen Gießprozesse auf der Erde verbessern? Was können wir vom Wanderverhalten der Tiere über den Klimawandel lernen? Diese und viele weitere wissenschaftlich und gesellschaftlich relevante Fragen sollen auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS in 41 deutschen Experimenten beantwortet werden, die das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) für die nächste Mission von Alexander Gerst zur ISS – „horizons – Wissen für Morgen“- koordiniert und steuert.

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Die Maus im Weltall – Die Seite mit der Maus

Am 06. Juni 2018 pünktlich um 13:12 Uhr ist unser Maustronaut Alexander Gerst zusammen mit der Maus zu seiner zweiten Mission ins Weltall gestartet. Sechs Monate wird er auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS verbringen, drei Monate lang sogar als Kommandant. Die neue Mission trägt den Titel „Horizons“, das ist englisch und bedeutet „Horizonte“. Denn Alexander will herausfinden, was sich hinter dem Horizont verbirgt – und Maus und Elefant werden ihn dabei begleiten.

Das ist jetzt die Crew auf der ISS: In der hinteren Reihe schweben die Astronauten Oleg Artjemjew, Andrew Feustel, Richard Arnold und die Maus. Vorne siehst du Sergej Prokopjew, Alexander Gerst und Serena Auñón-Chancellor. Auf dem Foto hinter der Crew ist der russische Ingenieur Sergei Koroljow zu erkennen, der ein großer Weltraumpionier war.

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Further news / Weitere Nachrichten – Alexander Gerst

Spacewalk update

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s two September spacewalks will be rescheduled due to the postponed launch of Japan’s HTV-7 resupply vehicle.

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via Alexander Gerst’s Horizons Blog https://ift.tt/2wVS9L1 September 20, 2018 at 03:21PM

Smartphones, tablets, video calling and more…

We, the PR and communications team behind Alexander Gerst, are often asked by media and the public whether the crew have smartphones on board the International Space Station, whether video calls are possible or how @Astro_Alex tweets. Well, wonder no more. We summarise your top questions to help demystify communications on board the Space Station, starting with…

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via Alexander Gerst’s Horizons Blog https://ift.tt/2wVS9L1 September 21, 2018 at 05:26PM

 

Feature – NASA’s Insight Mars Lander

Homepage – NASA’s Insight Mars Lander

BR News – Einblick in das Innerste des Mars

Noch ist der NASA-Lander Insight auf dem Weg zum Mars. Ende November soll er dort ankommen und darauf Platz nehmen. Dieses Rendezvous wird dem Roten Planeten tatsächlich unter die Haut gehen. Die NASA ist dem Mars bereits mehrfach zu Leibe gerückt – unter anderem mit den Rovern Opportunity und Curiosity sowie den Sonden Odyssey, MRO und Maven. Am 5. Mai 2018 wurde der stationäre Lander InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) zum Schnüffeln losgeschickt. InSight startete mithilfe einer rund 57 Meter großen Atlas-V-401-Rakete von der Vandenberg Air Force Basis in Kalifornien und soll am 26. November auf dem Roten Planeten ankommen. Dann wird der Lander für rund zwei Jahre zum geduldigen Spürhund.

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Nasa’s InSight mission will target ‚Marsquakes‘

InSight will be the first probe to focus its investigations predominantly on the interior of the Red Planet. The lander – due to touch down in November – will put seismometers on the surface to feel for „Marsquakes“. These tremors should reveal how the underground rock is layered – data that can be compared with Earth to shed further light on the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. „As seismic waves travel through [Mars] they pick up information along the way; as they travel through different rocks,“ explained Dr Bruce Banerdt, InSight’s principal investigator. „And all those wiggles you see on seismograms – scientists understand how to pull that information out. After we’ve gotten many, many Marsquakes from different directions, we can put together a three dimensional view of the inside of Mars.“

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Media resources | InSight

Homepage – InSight Media Resources

 

Further news / Weitere Nachrichten – Insight

InSight Camera Calibration Target, Laser Retroreflector, and Microchip

A camera calibration target sits on the deck of the NASA’s InSight lander, adorned with the flags of the countries participating in the mission.

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via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) – Space Mission and Science News, Videos and Images – September 25, 2018 at 12:58PM

MarCO: Tiny cube satellites headed to Mars | EarthSky.org

Twenty years ago, CubeSats – a class of boxy satellites small enough to fit in a backpack – were used by universities as a teaching aid. Simpler, smaller and cheaper than traditional satellites, they’ve made space more accessible to private companies and science agencies. This summer, NASA has been flying the first two next-generation CubeSats to deep space. They’re currently on their way to Mars, trailing thousands of miles behind the InSight spacecraft. InSight and its CubeSat tag-alongs are already more than halfway to the Red Planet.

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via EarthSky – September 25, 2018 at 12:59PM

Is Mars still alive? | OUPblog

Less than 50 days after this year’s World Space Week (4-10 October)—a global network of over 1,000 space-related organizations celebrating the role space plays in bringing the world together for peaceful purposes—NASA’s InSight spacecraft is scheduled to land near the Red Planet’s equator to take the planet’s pulse. As NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an agency video tweet, “This is an important mission not just for the United States but an important mission for the world, so we can better understand why planets change and ultimately understand even more about our own planet.”

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via OUPblog – September 25, 2018 at 12:59PM

 

International Spacestation (ISS)

IMBP-Vize Kotow beklagt Verringerung der Forschungszeit im russischen ISS-Segment

Der Vizedirektor des Moskauer Instituts für Medinisch-Biologische Probleme (IMBP),  Oleg Kotow,  hat die Kürzung der Besatzungen im russischen Segment der Internationalen Raumstation ISS seit dem Frühjahr 2017 von drei auf zwei Kosmonauten beklagt.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 September 21, 2018 at 08:03AM

Japanese Cargo Ship towards ISS – 
Japanisches Versorgungsschiff auf dem Weg zur ISS

Launch Slips One Day as Station Boosts Orbit and Life Science Continues

The launch of a Japanese resupply ship to the International Space Station was postponed till Saturday. Meanwhile, the Expedition 56 crew moved on with critical space research and orbital lab maintenance.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx September 20, 2018 at 08:57PM

Japanese Rocket Blasts Off to Resupply Station

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s H-IIB rocket launched at 1:52 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 22 (2:52 a.m. Sept. 23 Japan standard time) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. At the time of launch, the space station was 254 miles over the southwest Pacific, west of Chile.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx September 22, 2018 at 08:38PM

Japanese Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

A robotic Japanese resupply ship has launched toward the International Space Station (ISS), kicking off a five-day orbital chase. The HTV-7 freighter — which is loaded with more than 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of science gear, food, fuel and other supplies — lifted off atop an H-II rocket from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center today (Sept. 22) at 1:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT; 2:52 a.m. on Sept. 23 Japan standard time).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 22, 2018 at 08:30PM

Japan Delivery Due Thursday as Trio Preps Russian Spacecraft for Return

A Japanese cargo craft is orbiting Earth today and on its way to resupply the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the six Expedition 56 crew members are researching a variety of space phenomena as a trio prepares to return to Earth.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx September 24, 2018 at 07:47PM

 

Earth / Erde

Glitch interrupts space mission to map Earth’s gravity

A US–German gravity-mapping mission that launched in May has not gathered science data since mid-July because of a problem with a key instrument. The twin satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission measure minute differences in the distance between them to chart changes in Earth’s gravity. Doing so can reveal the distribution and flow of water and ice across the planet.

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via www.nature.com https://www.nature.com- September 21, 2018 at 09:18AM

RemoveDEBRIS net capture experiment successful | SSTL

RemoveDEBRIS began its experimental phase of its mission on 16 September with the deployment of the net to capture a deployed target cubesat.

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via www.sstl.co.uk https://www.sstl.co.uk- September 21, 2018 at 09:18AM

Watch a Satellite Net a Cubesat in Awesome Space Junk Cleanup Test

The video is stunning: A satellite in orbit fires a net to snare a nearby target in the pioneering demonstration of space-junk-cleanup technology.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 20, 2018 at 09:42PM

„Remove Debris“: Satellit wirft Netz gegen Weltraumschrott aus

Ein kleiner europäischer Satellit hat im All ein Netz getestet, um damit Weltraumschrott einzufangen. Der Versuch hat wohl geklappt, doch große Herausforderungen bleiben.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE http://www.spiegel.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:33AM

NASA Balloon Observes Glowing Blue Clouds in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere (Video)

A NASA long-duration balloon mission observed glowing blue clouds that ripple at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. The mission aims to help researchers learn about how energy transfers through the atmosphere’s layers.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 24, 2018 at 01:07PM

 

Solar System / Sonnensystem

“’First Light Data for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe‘ image from the #NASA_App

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via Twitter – September 20, 2018 at 06:44AM

Illuminating First Light Data from Parker Solar Probe

Just over a month into its mission, Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. These early observations – while not yet examples of the key science observations Parker Solar Probe will take closer to the Sun – show that each of the instruments is working well.

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via Parker Solar Probe https://ift.tt/2prZBd2 September 21, 2018 at 09:16AM

Cerberus Fossae: Tausend Kilometer lange, junge tektonische Brüche auf dem Mars

Die Cerberus Fossae – lateinisch für die Gräben des Kerberos, des mehrköpfigen „Höllenhundes“, der in der griechischen Mythologie den Eingang zur Unterwelt bewacht – sind besonders markante tektonische Bruchstrukturen. Beide Gräben verlaufen fast exakt parallel und erstrecken sich von Nordwesten bis nach Südosten.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 September 20, 2018 at 11:08AM

Solar Warning

ESA’s space weather expert, Juha-Pekka Luntama, took to the stage at this year’s New Scientist Live to illustrate the hazards that come from our star and the agency’s plan to protect infrastructure on Earth and in space.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g September 20, 2018 at 06:24PM

NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Sidelined by Glitch

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has temporarily halted science operations because of a glitch, mission team members announced today (Sept. 19). The mysterious issue, which cropped up Saturday night (Sept. 15), prevents the rover from beaming to Earth much of the science and engineering information stored in its memory, Curiosity project scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, wrote in an update today.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 19, 2018 at 10:11PM

Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch

It’s still unclear exactly what’s ailing NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 22, 2018 at 02:00PM

Staring at the sun: Solar Orbiter telescopes will get closest view yet

European Space Agency’s seven-year, €1bn mission will investigate the effects of the sun on satellite technology.

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via the Guardian https://ift.tt/2xAyMI7 September 21, 2018 at 09:17AM

NASA Seeking Partner in Contest to Name Next Mars Rover

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via Latest News – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program https://ift.tt/2O4OzrQ September 21, 2018 at 09:34PM

NASA’s MAVEN Selfie Marks Four Years in Orbit at Mars

Today, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft celebrates four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet and how it interacts with the Sun and the solar wind. To mark the occasion, the team has released a selfie image of the spacecraft at Mars.

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via Latest News – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program https://ift.tt/2O4OzrQ September 21, 2018 at 09:34PM

After Pluto, New Horizons Probe Draws Near to Its Next Target: Ultima Thule

The history-making probe, which famously zoomed past Pluto in July 2015, is closing in on its next flyby target, a frigid chunk of ice and rock about 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) from Earth dubbed Ultima Thule.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 21, 2018 at 01:19PM

By Jove! Juno Snaps Picture of Elusive ‚Brown Barge‘ on Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft caught a quick glimpse of a weather formation called a „brown barge“ emerging from the silky bands across Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 21, 2018 at 12:51PM

Dust storms on Titan spotted by Cassini for the first time

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- September 24, 2018 at 06:25PM

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least the agency can see it again. A new image produced by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), shows a small object on the slopes of the Red Planet’s Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending into the Martian valley when a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days ago.

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via Latest News – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program https://ift.tt/2O4OzrQ September 25, 2018 at 07:23PM

Silent Opportunity Mars Rover Spotted from Space (Photo)

The dust has cleared enough for NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity to be spotted from space.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 25, 2018 at 10:26PM

Dust Storms Rage on Saturn Moon Titan, Just Like on Mars and Earth

Images from the 1930s captured the immensity of the American Dust Bowl, and modern snapshots reveal massive „haboob“ dust storms intensely rolling over the Sahara Desert. Now, astronomers have taken pictures of something stunningly similar on an altogether alien location: They observed dust storms on Saturn’s moon Titan.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 25, 2018 at 08:40PM

Japanese Moon-Exploration Startup ispace to Launch Landers on SpaceX Rockets in 2020, 2021

A Japanese company that aims to help humanity explore and settle the moon will fly its first two lunar missions with SpaceX.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 26, 2018 at 01:57PM

A Base on Mars? It Could Happen by 2028, Elon Musk Says

Humanity could have an outpost on Mars just a decade from now, Elon Musk said.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 26, 2018 at 01:35PM

BepiColombo Stack complete

The BepiColombo spacecraft ‘stack’ is complete. ESA’s Mercury Transfer Module sits at the bottom, its two 15 m-long solar arrays folded for launch. It will use a combination of solar electric propulsion, chemical propulsion, and nine gravity assist flybys over seven years to deliver the two science orbiters that sit above, to Mercury.

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg September 26, 2018 at 02:46PM

 

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

NASA’s New Planet Hunter Just Found Its 1st Alien World — an Evaporating ‚Super-Earth‘

NASA’s newest planet-hunting mission has reported detecting its first alien world — a „super-Earth“ that is likely evaporating under the heat from its star, a new study finds.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 20, 2018 at 01:37AM

NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Telescope Spots Its Second Possible World Already

Scientists poring over data from NASA’s newest planet-hunting telescope have announced that they’ve spotted a second possible planet, just three days after many of the same team members announced their first find.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 21, 2018 at 01:12PM

To infinity and beyond

An odd-shaped formation of gas and dust at the centre of the Milky Way, captured by the far-infrared cameras on board ESA’s Herschel space observatory. The nearly continuous strip of dense and cold clumps of material forms an infinity symbol, or sideways 8, that is a few hundred light years across. In this image, the strip twists around an invisible axis running roughly from the top left to the bottom right.

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg September 24, 2018 at 02:09PM

Gaia finds candidates for interstellar ‚Oumuamua’s home

Using data from ESA’s Gaia stellar surveyor, astronomers have identified four stars that are possible places of origin of ‚Oumuamua, an interstellar object spotted during a brief visit to our Solar System in 2017.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- September 25, 2018 at 08:29PM

NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has explored our solar system and beyond, it has developed increasingly sophisticated tools to address this fundamental question. Within our solar system, NASA’s missions have searched for signs of both ancient and current life, especially on Mars and soon, Jupiter’s moon Europa. Beyond our solar system, missions, such as Kepler and TESS, are revealing thousands of planets orbiting other stars.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- September 25, 2018 at 06:38PM

 

Politics / Politik

Russland investiert bis 2021 rund 7,5 Milliarden Euro in die Raumfahrt

Russland investiert in den kommenden drei Jahren umgerechnet rund 7,5 Milliarden Euro in die Raumfahrt.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 September 20, 2018 at 09:25AM

Apparently The Force Is Not With The Space Force

Days after the Air Force released a Space Force memo that seemed to contradict a plan laid out by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the number two at the Pentagon downplayed any differences of opinion.

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- September 20, 2018 at 05:08AM

Russia Complains About A Gateway Role It Can’t Afford

Moscow may abandon a project to build a space station in lunar orbit in partnership with U.S. space agency NASA because it does not want a „second fiddle role, …

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- September 23, 2018 at 06:31AM

 

Technology / Technologie

Frag astronews.com: Welche Rolle wird das James Webb Space Telescope bei der Untersuchung extrasolarer Planeten spielen?

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via astronews.com https://ift.tt/2Nsqawi September 20, 2018 at 06:21PM

The New BFR: How SpaceX’s Giant Rocket-Spaceship Combo for Mars Has Changed

SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceflight system just went through a growth spurt. The reusable rocket-spaceship duo will stand 387 feet (118 meters) tall at launch, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday (Sept. 17) during a webcast event at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. That’s 11 percent taller than the previous design iteration, which the billionaire entrepreneur laid out in September 2017.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 21, 2018 at 01:26PM

Ariane 5 bringt bei 100. Start zwei Telekommunikationssatelliten ins All

Eine Ariane 5 hat am frühen Mittwochmorgen deutscher Zeit zwei Kommunikationssatelliten sicher ins All geschossen.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 September 26, 2018 at 01:18AM

Jubiläum für Europa-Rakete: 100. Ariane 5 gestartet

Die europäische Ariane 5 ist zum 100. Mal gestartet und hat dabei zwei Kommunikationssatelliten ins All gebracht.

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via heise online News https://ift.tt/2wPbflo September 26, 2018 at 09:15AM

 

Welt / World

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: ‚We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US‘

During an appearance on Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: „Would SpaceX launch military weapons?“

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 23, 2018 at 02:13PM

GK Roskosmos erwägt Bau einer wissenschaftlichen Station auf dem Mond

Die GK Roskosmos erwägt den Bau einer wissenschaftlichen Station auf dem Mond. Diese könne als rein nationales Programm,  aber auch in internationaler Kooperation entstehen, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur TASS unter Berufung auf den Staatskonzern. Wie die Station aussehen werde, hänge von den Möglichkeiten der GK Roskosmos  und den Ergebnissen der Gespräche mit den Partnern ab.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 September 24, 2018 at 09:32AM

Astronaut Maurer auf dem Weg ins All: „Weltraum macht süchtig“

Während Alexander Gerst in der ISS über der Erde schwebt, bereitet sich am Boden der nächste Deutsche auf seine erste Weltraum-Mission vor: Matthias Maurer.

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via heise online News https://ift.tt/2wPbflo September 25, 2018 at 05:16PM

Matthias Maurer offiziell zum Astronauten ernannt

Dr. Matthias Maurer erhielt am 25. September 2018 seine Graduierung als Astronaut, den „Ritterschlag“ nach der Grundausbildung – und damit die formale Genehmigung für einen Flug ins All. Die Zeremonie fand am Europäischen Astronautentrainingszentrum (EAC) auf dem Gelände des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Köln statt.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 September 25, 2018 at 02:46PM

A Schoolkid Will Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover

NASA’s next Mars rover will be named by a schoolkid, just like the agency’s previous wheeled Red Planet explorers.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 25, 2018 at 01:28PM

RIA Nowosti:   RKK Energija baut noch 17 Sojus-Raumschiffe bis 2025

17 Sojus MS-Raumschiffe in ihren Auftragsbüchern bis zum Frühjahr 2025.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 September 26, 2018 at 09:52AM

 

Science / Wissenschaft

ExoMars highlights radiation risk for Mars astronauts, and watches as dust storm subsides

Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet, according to data from the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter being presented at the European Planetary Science Congress, EPSC, in Berlin, Germany, this week.

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg September 19, 2018 at 09:17AM

‚Ask a Spaceman‘ Reveals Why You Wouldn’t Want to Enter a Wormhole

Whether you’re a fan of „Star Trek,“, „Doctor Who“ or the Marvel universe, all of these franchises have at least one thing in common —– they use wormholes to move people through space rapidly. Are wormholes a real thing, or just a staple of science fiction?

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 19, 2018 at 07:35PM

How to Grow Crops on Mars If We Are to Live on the Red Planet

Preparations are already underway for missions that will land humans on Mars in a decade or so. But what would people eat if these missions eventually lead to the permanent colonization of the red planet?

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 23, 2018 at 02:06PM

Antarctica Greenhouse Produces Cucumbers, Tomatoes and More in Mars-Like Test

An Antarctic greenhouse known as EDEN ISS not only survived the polar night but emerged from it with a harvest for local researchers, thus providing hope that future Mars colonists could also enjoy fresh food during their time on the Red Planet, German Aerospace Center (DLR) officials said in a statement.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 24, 2018 at 01:14PM

Bemannte Raumfahrt im äußeren Sonnensystem?

Dieser Artikel ist Teil des ScienceBlogs Blog-Schreibwettbewerb 2018. Informationen zum Ablauf gibt es hier. Leserinnen und Leser können die Artikel bewerten und bei der Abstimmung einen Preis gewinnen.

Die NASA möchte Menschen weiter ins All bringen als jemals zuvor. Diese Pläne sehen eine dauerhafte Rückkehr zum Mond, eine Marslandung und ein bemannten Flug zu einem Asteroiden vor. Doch was ist danach? Wohin fliegen Menschen, wenn wir auf dem Mars waren und dort eine permanente Präsenz geschaffen haben?

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via Astrodicticum Simplex https://ift.tt/2pEuSJT September 21, 2018 at 08:18AM

 

History / Geschichte

Apollo 8: First Around the Moon

Apollo 8 was the second crewed mission of the Apollo program and the first mission to bring humans to the moon. The six-day mission lifted off on Dec. 21, 1968, with its crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders. The flight included a day orbiting the moon, during which the astronauts took the „Earthrise“ picture — one of the most iconic photographs ever taken of our planet.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 18, 2018 at 11:12PM

Apollo 9: The Lunar Module Flies

Apollo 9 was an Earth-orbiting mission that tested out the Apollo lunar module for the first time. The lunar module was designed to bring astronauts to the surface of the moon and NASA wanted to ensure that the spacecraft worked well in Earth orbit before testing it at the moon.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 18, 2018 at 10:08PM

 

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