Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.10.18

Front Page / Titelseite

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

Read more… https://theconversation.com/nasa-wants-to-send-humans-to-venus-heres-why-thats-a-brilliant-idea-104961

via the conversation https://theconversation.com –  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 https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK 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 https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g 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 https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg 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.

Read more… https://www.space.com/42155-soyuz-abort-astronaut-nick-hague-first-interviews.html

via Space.com https://www.space.com – 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.

Read more… https://www.space.com/42156-soyuz-abort-close-call-space-policy-leroy-chiao-opinion.html

via Space.com https://www.space.com – 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.

Space.com has been covering the incident and its implications for human space exploration since liftoff. Read our complete coverage below.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- 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.

 

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

The science must go on

Life and science go on aboard the International Space Station despite last week’s failed launch when an anomaly with the Soyuz booster a few minutes after liftoff forced an emergency landing of the Soyuz spacecraft.

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via Alexander Gerst’s Horizons Blog https://ift.tt/2wVS9L1 – October 15, 2018 at 01:53PM

Schüler löchern „Astro-Alex“ mit Fragen – Essen für Gerst gesichert

Ist Krafttraining in der Schwerelosigkeit des Alls genauso anstrengend wie auf der Erde? „Ja, leider“, sagte Astronaut Alexander Gerst am Dienstag bei einem Funkkontakt mit Schülern in seiner Heimatstadt Künzelsau.

Read more: https://web.de/magazine/wissen/schueler-loechern-astro-alex-fragen-essen-gerst-gesichert-33247170

via Web.de https://web.de  – October 17, 2018 at 06:30PM

Künzelsau ruft Alexander Gerst

Im Carmen-Würth-Forum in Gaisbach werden heute rund 1000 Schüler aus Künzelsau und Umgebung gebannt an ihren Lippen hängen und auf die Antwort warten: „Hier ist Alexander Gerst − over“. So oder so ähnlich wird der Künzelsauer Astronaut auf den sogenannten ARISS-Call antworten. „Die dann folgenden Fragen haben sich die Schüler bereits ausgedacht“, sagt der Schulleiter der Georg-Wagner-Schule Florian Frank. Gemeinsam mit seinen Kollegen vom Ganerben-Gymnasium, der Freien Schule Anne-Sophie und der Stadtverwaltung hat er das Großprojekt geplant.

Read more: https://www.stimme.de/hohenlohe/nachrichten/kuenzelsau/Kuenzelsau-ruft-Alexander-Gerst;art1912,4096229

via Stimme.de – https://stimme.de – October 17, 2018 at 06:35PM

 

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

The ‚Claw Game‘ on Mars: NASA InSight Plays to Win

If you’ve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to maneuver the metal „hand“ to pick up a prize. Imagine trying to play that game when the claw is on Mars, the objects you’re trying to grasp are far more fragile than a stuffed bear and all you have is a stitched-together panorama of the environment you’re working in. Oh, and there might be a dust storm. NASA’s InSight lander, slated to arrive on Mars Nov. 26, 2018, will be the first mission to use a robotic arm to grasp instruments from the spacecraft and release them into place on another planet. These instruments will help scientists study the deep interior of Mars for the first time.

Read more: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7259

via Jet Propulsion Laboritory https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ – 17.10.18 06:40PM

NASA Designed a Special Claw For the Mars Insight Lander

NASA’s InSight lander will arrive on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018, along with its robotic arm. At the end of this arm is five-fingered grapple or claw, which is designed to grasp and maneuver instruments and then place them on the surface of the red planet. You might be picturing something like a claw machine you would find in an arcade but NASA’s claw is much more reliable.

Read more: https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2018/10/nasa-designed-special-claw-mars-insight-lander/152070/

via Nextgov https://nextgov.com – 17.10.18 06:42PM

 

International Spacestation (ISS)

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz Launch Failure

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Thanks Rescuers, Supporters After Soyuz Rocket Launch Abort

NASA astronaut Nick Hague was one of the two men aboard the Soyuz rocket that failed soon after launch yesterday (Oct. 11) — and NASA had hardly confirmed that he was safe before speculation about his flight schedule began. NASA publicly confirmed that Hague and his colleague, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, were in good condition about 40 minutes after the mission’s liftoff. However, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said there was a period when he and Hague’s family weren’t sure about the astronaut’s safety.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 07:04PM

Safety Panel Fears Soyuz Failure Could Exacerbate Commercial Crew Safety Concerns

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Members of an independent NASA safety panel said they were worried that the Oct. 11 Soyuz launch failure could make safety concerns with the agency’s commercial crew program even worse. The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), in a previously scheduled meeting at the Johnson Space Center Oct. 11 only hours after the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft suffered a launch vehicle failure and had to make an emergency landing, said the incident only deepened concerns about the ability of Boeing and SpaceX to adhere to their schedules without jeopardizing safety.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 06:55PM

Soyuz Investigators Home in on Booster Separation, Promise Conclusions Oct. 20

Details surrounding the dramatic abort of the Oct. 11 Soyuz MS-10 launch are coming into focus as accident investigators collect debris from the Kazakh steppe and begin work on analyzing the cause of the failure. Roscosmos now says one of the Soyuz rocket’s four strap-on boosters failed to properly separate and nicked the core stage.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 06:32PM

Here’s How Space Agencies Prepare to Rescue Astronauts During Soyuz Launch Aborts and Landings

When a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday at 4:47 a.m. EDT (0847 GMT), everything seemed fine — but just in case it wasn’t, search-and-rescue crews were stationed across the region, ready to jump into action.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 01:53PM

ESA-Chef Wörner bietet den Russen allseitige Unterstützung bei der Ursachenfindung für den Sojus-Fehlstart an

Der Generaldirektor der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA,  Johann-Dietrich Wörner,  hat der russischen Raumfahrtagentur GK Roskosmos allseitige Hilfe bei der Ermittlung der Ursachen für den Fehlstart des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 angeboten.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 12, 2018 at 07:53AM

Astronaut, Cosmonaut in ‚Good Health‘ After Surviving Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure

Der Generaldirektor der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA,  Johann-Dietrich Wörner,  hat der russischen Raumfahrtagentur GK Roskosmos allseitige Hilfe bei der Ermittlung der Ursachen für den Fehlstart des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 angeboten.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 12:30AM

Here’s What the Failed Soyuz Rocket Launch Looked Like to an Astronaut in Space

Current International Space Station Cmdr. Alexander Gerst expected to be welcoming two additional crewmembers to the orbiting laboratory Thursday (Oct. 11) — but instead, he found himself photographing their failed launch.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 12:55PM

A Russian Soyuz Rocket Launch Failed, But Its Abort Safety System Saved Lives

Rocket science is always a risky business, which is why crewed capsules and the rockets that launch them carry a variety of systems built in to ensure the safety of those aboard, as the world remembered today.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 11:48PM

„Sojus“-Start zur ISS gescheitert: Antworten auf die wichtigsten Fragen

„Problem mit Triebwerk, zwei Minuten 45 Sekunden“, sagt Raumfahrer Alexej Owtschinin mit ruhiger Stimme. Und dann: „Das war eine kurze Reise.“ Die „kurze Reise“ – damit meint Owtschinin den ersten Fehlstart einer russischen „Sojus“-Rakete seit Jahrzehnten: Am Donnerstag um 14.40 Uhr Ortszeit (10.40 Uhr MESZ) hebt eine „Sojus“-Trägerrakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Baikonur in Kasachstan ab. 119 Sekunden später schaltet sie sich wegen technischer Probleme ab. Owtschinin und sein Kollege Nick Hague überlebten die Notlandung. Russland setzt die bemannte Raumfahrt nun aus, bis der Vorfall geklärt ist.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 12, 2018 at 07:39AM

Nach „Sojus“-Fehler: Russland will schnell wieder starten. Aber klappt das? – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Nach dem Fehlstart einer „Sojus“-Rakete bemüht sich Russland, die Lücke bei bemannten Flügen zur Internationalen Raumstation (ISS) nicht zu groß werden zu lassen. Bei der Suche nach der Unfallursache seien Ergebnisse bis zum 20. Oktober zu erwarten, sagte Sergej Krikaljow von der Raumfahrtbehörde Roskosmos. „Wir werden versuchen, den Start der nächsten Besatzung möglichst vorzuziehen“, so der Ex-Kosmonaut.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 12, 2018 at 01:28PM

In Photos: Space Station Crew’s Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Launch Failure

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 09:05PM

Nach dem Sojus MS-10-Fehlschlag:  Was wäre,  wenn… –   und was wird sein?

Nach dem Fehlstart des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom Donnerstag, den die russisch-amerikanische Besatzung glücklicherweise unbeschadet überstanden hat, erhebt sich die Frage, wie das Programm von Alexej Owtschinin und Nick Hague aussah –  und wie es nun in der ISS und der Raumfahrt generell weiter geht.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 13, 2018 at 12:26PM

Staatliche Kommission zur Untersuchung des Sojus-FG-Versagens nimmt in Samara Arbeit auf

Die Staatliche Kommission zur Untersuchung des Fehlstarts der Sojus-FG-Trägerrakete hat am Montag im Herstellerwerk GKZ Progress in Samara an der Wolga ihre Arbeit aufgenommen. Die Trümmer des Havaristen waren in den letzten Tagen hierher gebracht worden, teilte die GK Roskosmos in Moskau mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 15, 2018 at 02:17PM

Chiefs of NASA, Russian Space Agency Pledge Swift Return to Soyuz Launches

As NASA and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos continue to investigate what went wrong during last week’s crew launch to the International Space Station, both agencies‘ chiefs have expressed confidence in Soyuz’s ability to fly again soon.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 15, 2018 at 07:39PM

ISS: „Nicht einfach den Stecker ziehen“

Bis 2024 soll die ISS mindestens noch fliegen. Und dann? Ein Gespräch mit Bernardo Patti von der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation

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via ZEIT ONLINE – October 13, 2018 at 08:49AM

Expedition 57 Space Station Status Briefing

NASA held a news conference at noon EDT, Oct. 11, from Johnson Space Center in Houston, to provide a status update on the International Space Station following this morning’s Soyuz spacecraft abort during launch that ended with the safe landing of two Expedition 57 crew members. Participants are Kenny Todd, International Space Station Operations Integration Manager and Reid Wiseman, Deputy Chief Astronaut.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx October 11, 2018 at 10:16PM

Station Crew Busy With Science After Aborted Launch Ascent

Three Expedition 57 crew members are staying busy aboard the International Space Station after the climb to orbit of two crewmates was aborted Thursday morning. American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin made an emergency landing shortly after launch, but are in excellent shape and back in Russia. The trio in orbit is continuing science and maintenance aboard the orbital laboratory.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx October 12, 2018 at 08:01PM

Hague Back in Houston, Station Crew Works Science and Cargo

NASA astronaut Nick Hague is safe and sound and back in Houston after last week’s mission to the International Space Station was aborted during ascent. Meanwhile, the three orbiting Expedition 57 crew members continue ongoing research, maintenance and cargo packing.

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx October 15, 2018 at 07:14PM

Krikaljow:  Owtschinin und Hague holen ihren Flug zur ISS im Frühjahr nach –  Nächster Start wird vorgezogen

Der Russe Alexej Owtschinin und der Amerikaner Nick Hague,  die in der vergangenen Woche einen Fehlstart ihres Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 schadlos überstanden haben,  fliegen nun im zweiten Anlauf im Frühjahr 2019 zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 16, 2018 at 11:56AM

Crew of Failed Soyuz Rocket Will Fly Again Next Spring, Russia’s Space Chief Says

One day after a Soyuz rocket failed just after liftoff, sending its two-man crew on a dramatic abort in midflight, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said the American and Russian aboard the flight will fly again next year.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 16, 2018 at 01:33PM

 

Earth / Erde

Amateurs used a Chinese satellite to photograph Earth and the moon

Smile, you’re on camera! This new portrait of Earth and the moon was taken this week by a camera on board a student-built microsatellite, Longjiang-2. It was launched on 25 May 2018 alongside a larger lunar communications satellite designed to support China’s upcoming Chang’e 4 lunar rover, and has been orbiting the moon since.

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via New Scientist – October 13, 2018 at 08:48AM

Report of the DSLWP-B Amateur observations of the Moon and Earth – Daniel Estévez

The Chinese microsatellite DSLWP-B has been in lunar orbit since 25 May 2018. This satellite carries an Amateur radio payload which includes a small 640×480 CCD camera. The JPEG images taken by the camera can be transmitted using the SSDV protocol at 125 bits per second in the 70cm Amateur satellite band.

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via Daniel Estévez – October 13, 2018 at 08:49AM

Space Agencies Welcome New Entrants Developing Satellites for Tracking Greenhouse Gases

As a growing number of organizations propose satellites to monitor greenhouse gases, national space agencies who already operate such spacecraft welcome those new entrants — as long as they’re willing to share their results.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 15, 2018 at 01:59PM

 

Solar System / Sonnensystem

MASCOT auf Asteroiden Ryugu / MASCOT on Asteroid Ryugu

DLR-Sonde Mascot: Noch mehr Fotos der Asteroidenoberfläche

Der DLR-Lander Mascot hat seine Mission als vollen Erfolg abgeschlossen. Nun sind weitere Fotos der Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu öffentlich gemacht worden.

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via heise online News https://ift.tt/2wPbflo October 12, 2018 at 01:59PM

Viel Geröll, viele Steine, kein Staub: MASCOTs Zickzackkurs über den Asteroiden Ryugu

Sechs Minuten freier Fall, sanfter Aufprall auf einem Stein und dann elf Minuten wiederholtes abprallen bis zur ersten Ruhelage. So begann die Reise des Asteroidenlanders MASCOT am frühen Morgen des 3. Oktober 2018 auf Asteroid Ryugu, einem Land voller Überraschungen, Geheimnissen und Herausforderungen. Nach diesem ersten Weg auf dem knapp 900 Meter großen Asteroiden folgten rund 17 Stunden intensiver wissenschaftlicher Erkundung. Hierzu wurde die Landesonde vom MASCOT-Kontrollraum am Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Köln in Anwesenheit von Wissenschaftlerteams aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Japan kommandiert und gesteuert. MASCOT übertraf alle Erwartungen und führte seine vier Experimente an mehreren Stellen auf dem Asteroiden aus. Noch nie zuvor in der Geschichte der Raumfahrt wurde ein Körper des Sonnensystems auf diese Art und Weise erforscht. Der Weg, den MASCOT dabei auf der Oberfläche zurücklegte, konnte nun anhand von Bilddaten der japanischen Sonde Hayabusa2 sowie der Bilder und Daten von MASCOT genau nachvollzogen werden.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 12, 2018 at 10:49AM

‚Crazy‘ Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images

A shoebox-sized European space robot turned up a few surprises when it hopped around on an asteroid last week.

In newly released images, the surface of the asteroid Ryugu is „even crazier“ than expected, said Ralf Jaumann of the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research, the scientific director of the MASCOT mission. „Everything is covered in rough blocks and strewn with boulders,“ he added in an image release. With a diameter of about 3,000 feet (900 meters), Ryugu is one of 17,000 known near-Earth asteroids, and it’s made up of some of the most primordial material in the solar system. Studying the space rock’s properties and composition could help scientists understand the building blocks of planet formation. [These Asteroid Ryugu Photos from the MASCOT Landing are Amazing]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 02:07PM

Ein paar Bilder mehr während MASCOTs Abstieg

Ein paar Bilder mehr während MASCOTs Abstieg sind heute – eine Woche nach der letzten Auskunft über den Missionsverlauf des deutsch-französischen Asteroidenlanders – veröffentlicht worden, dazu Informationen über die Bewegung MASCOTs, aber weiterhin keine Aufnahmen ruhend auf der Oberfläche:

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via Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null https://ift.tt/2Nw0izr October 12, 2018 at 02:27PM

Mascot-Mission: Asteroid Ryugu überrascht Forscher

Daten des Roboters „Mascot“ vom Asteroiden Ryugu zeigen: Der Himmelskörper besteht aus uraltem und deutlich härterem Material als erwartet. Die Wissenschaftler sind begeistert.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE http://www.spiegel.de- October 13, 2018 at 01:44PM

MASCOT: Erlebnisse im Wunderland

Ende der vergangenen Woche haben die Verantwortlichen des Asteroidenlanders MASCOT weitere Details über die rund 17-stündigen Mission des kleinen Landers auf der Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu vorgestellt. Unter anderem präsentierten sie eine genaue Rekonstruktion seines Wegs auf der Oberfläche. Ryugu selbst scheint eine Welt mit viel Geröll, vielen Steinen, aber ohne Staub zu sein.

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via astronews.com https://ift.tt/2Nsqawi October 15, 2018 at 08:58PM

Opportunity Rover Still Silent on Mars, 4 Months After Epic Dust Storm Began

The Opportunity rover’s silent stretch on Mars has now reached four months. Opportunity hasn’t made a peep since June 10. Around that time, a developing dust storm shrouded its environs in darkness, preventing the solar-powered rover from harvesting enough sunlight to recharge its batteries.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 01:09PM

NASA’s Kepler Planet-Hunting Space Telescope Wakes Up Again

The Kepler wake-up whipsaw continues. NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than 2,650 alien planets to date, emerged from yet another slumber Thursday (Oct. 11), agency officials said. Kepler has been running very low on fuel for a while now. So, mission team members have put the spacecraft to sleep multiple times over the past few months in an effort to ensure there’s enough propellant left for Kepler to orient toward Earth and beam its latest batches of data home. [Gallery: A World of Kepler Planets]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 02:21PM

Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA’s next Red Planet rover – Mars 2020.

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via Latest News – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program https://ift.tt/2O4OzrQ October 15, 2018 at 08:22PM

 

Politics / Politik

NASA Has No Education and Public Outreach Coordination

Apparently there is a NASA education competition for „Children ages 4-12 around the world, including NASA families, to submit artwork“ on different space-related themes. This calendar was apparently announced on 13 September 2018. Given the global aspirations of this competition you would expect NASA to use its global brand i.e. @NASA and NASA.gov. But there is no mention. Nor is there any mention on the NASA STEM Engagement page or the NASA Commercial crew page.

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 10, 2018 at 04:33PM

 

Technology / Technologie

Chandra Röntgentelescope ebenfalls im Safe Mode / Chandr X-ray Telescope enters Safe Mode, too

Chandra Enters Safe Mode; Investigation Underway

At approximately 9:55 a.m. EDT on Oct. 10, 2018, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode, in which the observatory is put into a safe configuration, critical hardware is swapped to back-up units, the spacecraft points so that the solar panels get maximum sunlight, and the mirrors point away from the Sun.

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via NASA – October 13, 2018 at 08:46AM

NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope enters safe mode

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory entered into safe mode, according to a statement from the U.S. space agency. This comes about a week after another telescope—Hubble—entered into safe mode because of a gyroscope issue.

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via SpaceFlight Insider – October 13, 2018 at 08:47AM

Another NASA Space Telescope Sidelined by Glitch

Another NASA space telescope is out of commission, at least for the time being. The Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has been observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, entered a protective „safe mode“ on Wednesday (Oct. 10), NASA officials announced.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 10:19PM

Status Hubble Space Telescope / Status Hubble Weltraumteleskop

Update on the Hubble Space Telescope Safe Mode

NASA continues to work toward resuming science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyroscope (gyro) on Friday, Oct. 5.

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via NASA – October 13, 2018 at 08:47AM

Hubble Space Telescope Should Be Back in Action Soon

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shouldn’t be sidelined for too much longer. Hubble went into a protective „safe mode“ last Friday (Oct. 5) after one of its orientation-maintaining gyroscopes failed. Mission team members tried to recruit a backup gyro, but that instrument has not cooperated to date, returning anomalous data readings.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 02:28PM

NASA OIG SLS Audit: Poor Management By Boeing – Send More Money

„At its current rate, we project Boeing will expend at least $8.9 billion through 2021–double the amount initially planned–while delivery of the first Core Stage has slipped 2 1/2 years from June 2017 to December 2019 and may slip further. Between June 2014 and August 2018, Boeing spent over $600 million more than planned on developing Core Stages 1 and 2, and NASA officials have confirmed that in FY 2018 alone Boeing expended $226 million more than planned.“

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 10, 2018 at 04:52PM

NASA’s SLS Megarocket Over Budget, Behind Schedule, Report Finds

It’ll cost several billion dollars more than originally planned to get NASA’s huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket off the ground, and that already-delayed first flight will probably end up being pushed back yet again, a new report by the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) finds.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 10, 2018 at 10:51PM

Europa or Enceladus? If NASA switches from SLS to Falcon Heavy, it won’t have to choose – SpaceNews.com

If NASA uses a Falcon Heavy instead of the more-expensive SLS, it could explore two icy moons for the price of one

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via SpaceNews.com – October 12, 2018 at 08:56AM

Argentinien im Weltraum

Am frühen Montagmorgen, als die argentinische Weltraumbehörde CONAE den SAOCOM-1A-Satelliten an Bord einer SpaceX Falcon 9 Rakete in den Weltraum startete, fotografierte William T. Reid ein beeindruckendes Motiv von dem jüngsten Bewunderer der Erde. Der neue Erdbeobachtungssatellit SAOCOM-1A liefert aktuelle Daten über unseren Planeten aus dem Weltraum, die in Zusammenhang mit natürlichen und durch Menschen verursachten Katastrophen stehen. Mit diesen Daten können beispielsweise Projekte zur Überwachung der Wälder, zur Erfassung der Bodenfeuchte und zur Messung der Oberflächenverformung gefördert werden.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 12, 2018 at 09:45AM

Kepler Spacecraft Updates

Oct. 12 – On October 11, NASA woke up the Kepler spacecraft and maneuvered it into a stable configuration that will allow NASA to download the latest data with the least amount of fuel consumption. We are still monitoring the health of the spacecraft while working towards downloading data from Campaign 19.

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via NASA – October 13, 2018 at 08:48AM

Should We Be Worried About Russian Rockets?

The failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with two space fliers aboard adds a new chapter to an already long story of mishaps and failures besetting the Russian space industry, according to space safety experts.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 10:26PM

Boeing Plans Changes for Upper Stages NASA’s Space Launch System Megarocket

With NASA’s decision to continue using an interim upper stage for additional flights of the Space Launch System, Boeing is working on changesto both that stage and a more powerful upper stage. In an Oct. 3 call with reporters, John Shannon, vice president and program manager for the Space Launch System at Boeing, said NASA has asked Boeing to look at changes to the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) to improve its performance.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 15, 2018 at 01:59PM

Enceladus-Explorer: Schmelzsonde im Gletschertest

Wie könnte in Zukunft eine Mission zum eisigen Saturnmond Enceladus aussehen? Einen kleinen Vorgeschmack gab es im August auf einem Gletscher in den italienischen Hochalpen: Hier fand ein abschließender Test der Schmelzsonde der Enceladus-Explorer-Initiative statt, in deren Rahmen Technologien für eine solche Mission entwickelt werden.

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via astronews.com https://ift.tt/2Nsqawi October 16, 2018 at 01:47PM

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Bouncing Back from Glitch

The Chandra X-ray Observatory went into a protective safe mode Wednesday (Oct. 10) because one of its orientation-maintaining gyroscopes was on the fritz, NASA officials announced today (Oct. 15). That glitch caused the spacecraft to gather 3 seconds‘ worth of bad data, confusing the onboard flight computer. With the problem identified, a fix is just around the corner.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 15, 2018 at 07:39PM

 

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Follow Neil Armstrong to The Moon! New VR Experience Debuts in U.S.

If you ever wanted to follow in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps to the moon, you can do so this month — in virtual reality.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 10, 2018 at 05:53PM

‚Above and Beyond‘: Rory Kennedy on Her New Film, NASA’s 60th and the Moonshot Needed to Save Earth

When director Rory Kennedy set out to make a documentary about NASA’s first 60 years of space exploration, she did not expect that her focus would ultimately turn back toward Earth.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 02:00PM

Major Tom in der Urania Sternwarte

Der diesjährige 15. Bundesweite Vorlesetag steht unter dem Thema „Natur und Umwelt“ und findet am 16. November statt. In diesem – unserem 4-ten – Jahr wollen wir aus dem hier bereits vorgestellten Buch „Der kleine Major Tom – Völlig losgelöst“ von Bernd Flessner, Peter Schilling und Stefan Lohr vorlesen. Hat doch auf jeden Fall auch was mit Natur und Umwelt zu tun, oder? Und natürlich lesen wir wieder in der Volkssternwarte Urania in Jena.

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via astrozwerge » Feed https://astrozwerge.de- October 16, 2018 at 08:51AM

Future Moon Mission May be Needed to Solve Neil Armstrong Mystery in ‚First Man‘

Sometime in perhaps the not too distant future, a robotic rover, or maybe even an astronaut, will visit a small crater on the moon to answer a mystery inspired by the movie „First Man.“ Spoiler warning: What follows reveals a major detail from Damien Chazelle’s film starring Ryan Gosling as Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong. If you have not yet seen „First Man,“ you may want to bookmark this article and return to it later.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 15, 2018 at 04:49PM

 

World / Welt

Sind Europäer und Amerikaner nicht mehr an der ISS interessiert?

Sind Europäer und Amerikaner nicht mehr an der ISS interessiert oder warum kann nur noch Russland Personen zur Raumstation bringen?

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via Raumfahrt – October 12, 2018 at 03:18PM

How Will Private Space Travel Transform NASA’s Next 60 Years?

NASA’s next 60 years will probably be very different than its first six decades. When the agency opened for business in 1958, private spaceflight was just a sci-fi dream. But companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos‘ Blue Origin are working to make that dream a reality and open the space frontier to huge numbers of people for the first time. What role will NASA play in the private sector’s liftoff? Space.com recently talked to three commercial-spaceflight experts to get some ideas.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 01:09PM

Draper Bids on NASA Commercial Lunar Lander Competition

The organization that helped NASA’s Apollo spacecraft land on the moon a half-century ago is now working with an industry team that includes a Japanese lunar lander company to propose a commercial return to the lunar surface.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 02:36PM

 

Science / Wissenschaft

Experimente in der Schwerelosigkeit

Die Arbeitsgruppe Plasma- und Raumfahrtphysik der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (JLU) unter der Leitung von Prof. Markus Thoma ist an Experimenten auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS beteiligt. Erstmals sind jetzt Ergebnisse aus dem Plasmakristall-Experiment 4 (PK-4) in der Fachzeitschrift „Physics of Plasmas“ veröffentlicht worden. Die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler unter der Federführung des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) haben sogenannte Plasmawellen untersucht, die sich in der Plasmakammer von PK-4 bilden und ausbreiten.

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via idw – Nachrichten – October 13, 2018 at 08:50AM

 

 

History / Geschichte

Apollo’s First Crewed Trip to Space Happened 50 Years Ago

Precisely 50 years ago today, three astronauts blasted off into the achingly blue sky and sped into orbit around Earth. The flight was a crucial stepping stone to the moon landing that occured just nine months later.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 05:10PM

Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space

Yuri Gagarin was the first person to fly in space. His flight, on April 12, 1961, lasted 108 minutes as he circled the Earth for a little more than one orbit in the Soviet Union’s Vostok spacecraft. Following the flight, Gagarin became a cultural hero in the Soviet Union. Even today, more than six decades after the historic flight, Gagarin is widely celebrated in Russian space museums, with numerous artifacts, busts and statues displayed in his honor. His remains are buried at the Kremlin in Moscow, and part of his spacecraft is on display at the RKK Energiya museum.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 13, 2018 at 01:21AM

 

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