Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.10.18

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NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea

Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting reservations for the first space tourism mission, well before the modern era of Blue Origins, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. All you had to do was supply your address and tick the box for your preferred destination, which included Venus. Today, Venus is unlikely to be a dream destination for aspiring space tourists. As revealed by numerous missions in the last few decades, rather than being a paradise, the planet is a hellish world of infernal temperatures, a corrosive toxic atmosphere and crushing pressures at the surface. Despite this, NASA is currently working on a conceptual manned mission to Venus, named the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept

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via the conversation –  October 16, 2018 at 06:55PM

BepiColombo Spacecraft – Mercury / Merkur

Das Missionsteam übt für den epischen Start der Merkur-Mission BepiColombo

Der Flug der internationalen Raumsonde BepiColombo steht kurz bevor und bringt sie auf einer äußerst komplexen Reise zum innersten Planeten des Sonnensystems, dem Merkur. Mit einer Flugroute von fast 9 Milliarden Kilometern über einen Zeitraum von mehr als sieben Jahren wird BepiColombo neun planetarische Flybys absolvieren. Es handelt sich dabei um eine der anspruchsvollsten Missionen, die jemals im ESOC-Kontrollzentrum der ESA durchgeführt wurden.

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via ESA Germany October 15, 2018 at 06:05PM

Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury

The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven years, this will be one of the most intricate journeys ever flown by mission teams at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre.

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via ESA Operations October 12, 2018 at 03:48PM

Watch BepiColombo launch

Watch live as the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury is launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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via ESA Space Science October 16, 2018 at 02:07PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz Launch Failure

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague ‚Rolls with Punches‘ After Harrowing Soyuz Launch Failure

On Oct. 11, NASA astronaut Nick Hague was supposed to make the longest journey of his life to that point, traveling up to the International Space Station for a six-month stint. Instead, he and his colleague came abruptly tumbling back to Earth after the rocket experienced a booster failure a couple of minutes into the launch.

Today, Hague spoke to media and the public for the first time since the failed launch, sharing what it was like to be in the capsule and how he and his family are responding to the event.

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via – October 16, 2018 at 06:53PM

Soyuz Rocket’s Launch-Abort Close Call Highlights Poor Space-Policy Decisions (Op-Ed)

On Oct. 11, a Russian Soyuz MS-10 launched into a blue sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a crew of two bound for the International Space Station (ISS). Everything was going well until just after first-stage separation, when observers saw a cloud of debris fall from the rocket. Moments later, a Russian flight controller announced that the booster had suffered a failure. The crew and the mission control team acted calmly and professionally, conducting a successful abort that led to a safe landing from which the crew walked away.

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via – October 16, 2018 at 06:54PM

Soyuz Space Crew Launch Failure 2018: Full Coverage

On Oct. 11, 2018, two astronauts piled into a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for what should have been a routine trip to the International Space Station. But just a few minutes after liftoff, an issue with the Soyuz’s rocket — also called Soyuz — triggered an emergency landing, which both crewmembers survived in good condition. has been covering the incident and its implications for human space exploration since liftoff. Read our complete coverage below.

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via October 12, 2018 at 08:53PM


Read more artikels about the Soyus Launch failure, please refer to chapter “International Space Station.

Mehr Artikel zum Fehlstart der Sojus finden Sie im Kapitel “Internationale Raumstation.


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