Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 31.01.2019

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Mars Rover Opportunity: 15 years anniversary and silence / 15 jähriges Jubiläum und derzeit ohne Kontakt

Opportunity: 15 Jahre auf dem Mars und noch etwas Hoffnung

Vor 15 Jahren landete der Marsrover Opportunity auf der Oberfläche des Roten Planeten. Doch richtige Freude kommt bei der NASA angesichts dieses seltenen Jubiläums nicht auf: Seit Juni hat das Team nämlich nichts mehr von Opportunity gehört. Trotzdem versucht man den Rover weiterhin regelmäßig zu kontaktieren und lauscht nach Signalen von ihm. (25. Januar 2019)

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January 25, 2019 at 02:19PM

NASA Has a New Plan to Revive the Mars Rover Opportunity, as Time Runs Short

NASA has developed a new, more powerful collection of commands to try to force the long-silent Opportunity rover on Mars to resume operations.

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via Space.com https://www.space.comJanuary 25, 2019 at 10:51PM

Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

Engineers at JPL have begun transmitting a new set of commands to Opportunity in an attempt to compel the Mars rover to contact Earth.

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January 26, 2019 at 12:36AM

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years on Mars

The rover landed in a region of the Red Planet called Meridiani Planum 16 years ago today, on Jan. 24, 2004.

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January 26, 2019 at 12:36AM

Silent Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 15 Years on Red Planet in Bittersweet Anniversary

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity is beginning its 16th year on the Red Planet the same way it ended its 15th — in silence.

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January 24, 2019 at 01:59PM

NASA Probe Snaps 1st Photos from Just a Mile Above Asteroid Bennu and the View’s AMAZING!

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is orbiting an asteroid closer than any spacecraft has ever orbited a body — and it shows in an incredible pair of photographs that the team released yesterday (Jan. 24). The spacecraft slipped into orbit around the asteroid, called Bennu, on Dec. 31, after the team carefully mapped the object to design a safe path for the probe. That was a challenge, since Bennu is the smallest space rock that’s ever been orbited.

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January 28, 2019 at 01:20PM

OSIRIS-REx stable in Bennu orbit, team refines sample collection plans

The team has yet to find a Bennu sample site that matches their pre-arrival expectations, meaning their plans will probably have to change.

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January 30, 2019 at 06:21PM

Why are there no stars in most space images?

There are a few questions that we get all the time at The Planetary Society. Look up at space at night from a dark location and you can see innumerable stars. Why, then, do photos of things in space not contain stars? How come the black skies of the Moon contain no stars in Chang’e photos? The answer: The stars are there, they’re just too faint to show up.

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January 28, 2019 at 05:14PM

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

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Further news / Weitere Nachrichten – Insight

Neue Mission zum Mars InSight gräbt tiefer

Der Mars ist nach der Erde der meist erforschte Planet. Seit den 1960er Jahren starten Missionen. Aber alle kratzten bisher an der Oberfläche. Nun soll die neue Marsmission InSight erstmals Einblicke in die Tiefen des Planeten geben.

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January 31, 2019 at 02:29PM

Mit dem Mars ganz nah dran: Der InSight-Lander der NASA zeigt an, dass sein Seismometer “geduckt” ist, um Geräusche zu hören.

Mit dem Mars ganz nah dran: Der InSight-Lander der NASA zeigt an, dass sein Seismometer “geduckt” ist, um Geräusche zu hören.

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January 31, 2019 at 02:32PM

 

International Spacestation (ISS)

Hundreds of impacts crater ESA’s Columbus science laboratory

On 6 September 2018, the 17-metre arm attached to humankind’s most distant outpost began to move. Its instructions were to survey the spaceship’s European science laboratory for signs of impact damage from marauding bits of space rock or space debris.

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January 23, 2019 at 07:20PM

Europe’s Space Station Module Has Hundreds of Tiny Dents from ‚Marauding‘ Debris

A new scan of an International Space Station module shows several hundred impact craters from „marauding“ debris, according to the European Space Agency. But so far, the hull of the European Columbus science laboratory is doing its job in protecting astronaut crews.

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January 28, 2019 at 08:39PM

Russisches Frachtraumschiff über dem Pazifik verglüht

Das russische Frachtraumschiff Progress MS-09 ist am Freitag um 17. 50 Uhr deutscher Zeit über dem Pazifik in den dichten Schichten der Atmosphäre verglüht. Es war rund vier Stunden zuvor von der Internationalen Raumstation ISS abgekoppelt worden, teilte die GK Roskosmos mit.

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January 26, 2019 at 09:11AM

Cargo Ship Takes out Trash; Crew Works on Cygnus Preps and Science Hardware

International Space Station Configuration. Three spaceships are parked at the space station including the Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply ship and Russia’s Progress 71 resupply ship and Soyuz MS-11 crew ship. A Russian cargo ship left the International Space Station this morning and was deorbited for a destructive demise over the Pacific Ocean. The Expedition 58 crew now turns its attention to the departure of a U.S. space freighter next month.

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January 25, 2019 at 05:14PM

Russian Cargo Ship Undocks; U.S. Cygnus Leaves in February

Russia’s Progress 70 cargo craft undocks on time today from the Pirs Docking Compartment . A Russian Progress 70 (70P) cargo craft undocked from the International Space Station today at 7:55 a.m. EST loaded with trash and discarded gear. It will orbit Earth a few more hours before reentering the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean for a fiery but safe destruction.

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January 25, 2019 at 02:13PM

ESA-Chef Wörner schlägt Pesquet für zweiten Flug zur ISS vor

er Generaldirektor der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, schlägt den Franzosen Thomas Pesquet für einen zweiten Flug Ende 2020/Anfang 2021 zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS vor. Die formelle Entscheidung dazu würden die ESA-Mitgliedsländer zu gegebener Zeit treffen, twitterte Wörner.

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January 23, 2019 at 05:44PM

BEAM Stowage, Medical Procedures Review and Commercial Crew Update

A portion of the International Space Station’s solar arrays caps this nighttime view of the Earth’s limb with an aurora as the orbital complex orbited 258 miles above Ukraine and Russia.

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January 23, 2019 at 08:06PM

SpaceX Video Shows Off Crew Dragon Access Arm for Astronauts

SpaceX just unveiled the view astronauts will see when they board a Crew Dragon spaceship.

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January 28, 2019 at 09:43PM

‚ISS Experience‘ to Bring Public Onto and Outside Space Station in VR

What if you could visit the International Space Station, join its crew for their daily activities and even go outside on a spacewalk — all without having to leave your home, let alone the ground?

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January 28, 2019 at 04:46PM

Station Crew Helping Future Orion Explorers

The International Space Station photographed by departing Expedition 56 crew members aboard a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking on Oct. 4, 2018.

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January 29, 2019 at 10:11PM

Crew Works CubeSats, Life Science and Configures Physics Hardware

Portions of Cuba, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands are viewed from the International Space Station as the orbital complex flew 252 miles above the Atlantic Ocean. At left, is the aft end of the Progress 70 resupply ship from Russia attached to the Pirs docking compartment.

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January 30, 2019 at 05:46PM

 

Earth / Erde

Saragossa

Heute führt uns der Copernicus Sentinel 2B-Satellit nach Saragossa, die in Aragonien im Nordosten Spaniens liegt und Hauptstadt der gleichnamigen Provinz ist.

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January 25, 2019 at 03:27PM

Changing How We Build Satellites Could Do More Than Reduce Space Junk

„Space is for everyone“ is a popular saying, but it rarely holds true — partly because space is expensive, and partly because certain countries have decades of a head start and established procedures to rely on.

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January 24, 2019 at 02:06PM

Neue finanzielle Mittel für die Weltraumkomponente von Copernicus

Die EU und die ESA haben eine Zusatzfinanzierung in Höhe von 96 Millionen Euro für die Weltraumkomponente der ESA als Teil des weltweit größten Umweltüberwachungsprogramms, Copernicus, beschlossen.

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January 29, 2019 at 11:20AM

European Space Junk Cleanup Concept Gets New Mission: Refuel and Repair

The European Space Agency (ESA) has redesigned its active space-debris-removal demonstration mission concept e.Deorbit as a multipurpose, in-orbit servicing vehicle that could be used to refuel, refurbish or re-boost satellites.

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January 29, 2019 at 09:02PM

 

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Ex-Astronaut Reiter: Bemannte Mars-Mission „theoretisch möglich“

Forscher arbeiten am Schutz vor kosmischer Strahlung und an kürzerer Reisezeit zum Mars. Auf dem roten Planeten soll auch örtliche Materie verarbeitet werden.

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January 27, 2019 at 05:23PM

PIA23017: View of Ceres‘ Limb

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January 23, 2019 at 06:17PM

What’s next for China in lunar exploration?

China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions.

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January 23, 2019 at 05:22PM

Saturn’s Biggest Moon Titan May Bake Its Own Atmosphere

The dense atmosphere roiling on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, may come from organic material baking in the moon’s interior.

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January 26, 2019 at 01:59PM

Distant Ultima Thule Looks Amazing in Best New Horizons Photo Yet

NASA’s New Horizons mission has shared its most detailed view yet of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. It’s become nearly impossible to remember that just a few weeks ago the object was a fuzzy blur.

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January 25, 2019 at 01:31PM

Ultima Thule: Neue Bilder der fernsten Welt

Ultima Thule! Der fernste Asteroid, den wir aus der Nähe gesehen haben. Der Himmelskörper in den eisigen Außenregionen des Sonnensystems, der kürzlich Besuch von der Raumsonde New Horizons bekommen hat. Das Ding, das noch aus der Entstehungszeit des Sonnensystems stammt und sich in den 4,5 Milliarden Jahren seit damals kaum verändert hat. Kurz: Eines der interessantesten Objekte der aktuellen astronomischen Forschung. Genau dieser Asteroid ist kürzlich wieder ein Stück interessanter geworden. Denn vor ein paar Tagen sind die neuesten Bilder auf der Erde eingetroffen und wir sehen Ultima Thule nun so deutlich wie nie zuvor:

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January 28, 2019 at 01:13PM

Daily Sun

This montage of 365 images shows the changing activity of our Sun through the eyes of ESA’s Proba-2 satellite during 2018. The images were taken by the satellite’s SWAP camera, which works at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to capture the Sun’s hot turbulent atmosphere – the corona, at temperatures of about a million degrees.

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January 29, 2019 at 03:05AM

Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars‘ Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA’s Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on Vera Rubin Ridge and descended toward a clay region of Mount Sharp. The twisting ridge on Mars has been the rover’s home for more than a year, providing scientists with new samples — and new questions — to puzzle over.

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January 28, 2019 at 07:52PM

Curiosity Snaps Epic ‚Selfie‘ on Mars as It Moves On to New Martian Sights

We all edit our selfies to capture our best side, and the Curiosity rover on Mars is no different, as shown in a new „selfie“ NASA released to mark the rover’s last days at Vera Rubin Ridge.

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January 29, 2019 at 01:22AM

Scientists Prepare for Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Europa

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is one of the most tantalizing worlds for exploration — which is why NASA scientists are deep in the process of designing Europa Clipper, a spacecraft meant to crack its secrets.

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January 29, 2019 at 01:37PM

Newfound Distant Space Rock May Be Missing Link of Planet Formation

The far outer solar system is teeming with mountain-size space rocks left over from the long-ago planet-formation period, a new study suggests.

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January 29, 2019 at 01:30PM

Once Around the Sun! NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Aces 1st Trip Around Our Star

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has completed its first loop around the sun and entered the second of 24 planned orbits.

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January 29, 2019 at 11:02PM

Space Rock Leaves ‚Evil‘ Splat on Mars‘ Surface

There is a splat on Mars.

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January 29, 2019 at 08:55PM

Opportunity: Rettungsversuche für Marsrover intensiviert

Zum 15. Jahrestag der Landung des Marsrovers Opportunity auf der Oberfläche des Roten Planeten hat die NASA ihre Versuche zur Kontaktaufnahme noch einmal intensiviert: Das Team identifizierte mögliche Szenarien, die verhindern könnten, dass der Rover Kontakt zur Erde aufnimmt und sendet nun darauf abgestimmte Kommandos Richtung Mars. Die Zeit wird nämlich langsam knapp.

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January 30, 2019 at 02:13PM

 

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

The Hubble Telescope’s Deep View of the Universe Is Now Even More Astounding!

One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most famous images peered even deeper into the cosmos than scientists had thought. That photo is the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF), which combines hundreds of images taken by the space telescope over multiple years into the deepest view of the universe ever created. The composite pic of a small patch of sky contains a whopping 10,000 galaxies, astronomers have estimated. (The HUDF also refers to that patch of sky, not just imagery of it.)

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January 28, 2019 at 08:04PM

Das Hubble-Weltraumteleskop startet beeindruckend ins Neue Jahr

Vor ein paar Jahren kam der Spielfilm Pixels in die Kinos. Im Mittelpunkt des Films standen dabei klassische alte Videospiele wie Pac Man und Donkey Kong. Diese Spiele sind bekannt für ihr altes, pixeliges „Retro“-Aussehen, das durch eine geringe Anzahl von Pixeln verursacht wird.

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January 31, 2019 at 12:37AM

Astronomers Find Dark Energy May Vary Over Time

A new study using Chandra, XMM-Newton and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data suggests that dark energy may have varied over cosmic time.

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January 29, 2019 at 04:07PM

Chandra & XMM: Wird die Dunkle Energie stärker?

Die Dunkle Energie sorgt dafür, dass sich unser Universum beschleunigt ausdehnt. Sie wurde erst vor rund 20 Jahren durch die Beobachtung entfernter Supernova-Explosionen entdeckt. Bislang hielt man die Dunkle Energie für konstant, jetzt deuten neue Beobachtungen darauf hin, dass sie mit der Zeit stärker wird. Für das Verständnis der Entwicklung des Universums könnte dies fundamental sein.

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January 31, 2019

 

Politics / Politik

NASA Gets a Three Week Reprieve

If ever there was an example of how quickly political winds can shift, look no further than the sudden end to a seemingly endless government shutdown on January 25th.

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January 26, 2019 at 08:07PM

House Spending Bill Fires Warning Shot at James Webb Space Telescope

A new appropriations bill the House plans to vote on next week would provide $21.5 billion for NASA in 2019 but warns that any further problems with the James Webb Space Telescope could lead to its cancellation.

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January 23, 2019 at 11:00PM

NASA Ready to Launch Back Into Action After Government Shutdown, Agency Chief Says

Just days after returning to work from five weeks of furlough, NASA employees convened for a town hall meeting with the agency’s administrator Jim Bridenstine today (Jan. 29) to discuss the implications of the longest government shutdown in history.

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January 29, 2019 at 11:16PM

 

Technology / Technologie

Der Mondbaustein

Der 1,5 Tonnen schwere Prototyp wurde im 3D-Druckverfahren aus künstlichem Mondstaub hergestellt.

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January 24, 2019 at 11:52AM

Indien schießt bisher leichtesten Satelliten ins All

Indien hat am Freitag den bisher weltweit leichtesten Satelliten ins All gestartet. Kalamsat-V2, der von Studenten gebaut wurde, wiegt lediglich 1,26 Kilogramm, teilte die indische Raumfahrtagentur ISRO in Neu Delhi mit. Die Hauptnutzlast der Trägerrakete PSLV-44 war jedoch der 740 Kilogramm schwere Militärsatellit Microsat-R, der hochpräzise Fotos von Objekten

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January 25, 2019 at 10:01AM

ICYMI: China Has Launched 2 Rockets So Far This Year, Placing 5 Satellites in Orbit

The China National Space Administration has launched two rockets so far in 2019, placing five satellites in orbit for a variety of uses.

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January 27, 2019 at 03:36PM

Chinese Companies OneSpace and iSpace are preparing for First Orbital Launches

Chinese private companies OneSpace and iSpace are making progress with plans to attempt their first orbital launches in the first half of 2019.

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January 27, 2019 at 02:40PM

GRAIL: NASA’s Mission to Study the Gravity of the Moon

Before their fiery demise, NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecraft mapped the moon in a quest to learn more about our closest neighbor.

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January 25, 2019 at 07:54PM

Israel’s 1st Moon Lander Arrives in Florida for Launch on a SpaceX Rocket

The first privately-developed lunar spacecraft has arrived in Florida in preparation for its launch next month.

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January 25, 2019 at 06:36PM

SpaceX Test Fires Rocket for 1st Crew Dragon Launch in February

SpaceX has fired up the rocket that will launch its first Dragon spacecraft built for astronauts ahead of an uncrewed test flight next month.

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January 25, 2019 at 03:39PM

Russische Medien:  Problem mit der Fregat-Oberstufe einer Sojus-ST in Kourou

In der Fregat-Oberstufe einer russischen Sojus-ST-Trägerrakete in Kourou (Französisch-Guyana) ist offenbar ein Problem aufgetreten.

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January 30, 2019 at 04:27AM

What Spacecraft Will Enter Interstellar Space Next?

Pioneers 10 and 11, Voyagers 1 and 2, and New Horizons are the only spacecraft currently capable of leaving the solar system. Which one will be the next to go?

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January 30, 2019

 

World / Welt

PTScientists to examine future ESA mission on in-situ resource utilisation on the Moon – PTScientists

The European Space Agency ESA and ArianeGroup, as prime contractor of a consortium of Arianegroup, Space Application Services and PTScientists, have signed a contract to study and prepare ESA’s planned ISRU mission. In space, in-situ resource use (ISRU) is the practice of collecting, processing, storing and using materials found or produced on other celestial bodies (Moon, Mars, asteroids, etc.) to replace materials that would otherwise be brought from Earth.

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via PTScientists – January 24, 2019 at 04:05PM

EU-Weltraumkonferenz diskutiert Pläne für die Zukunft der Raumfahrt

Auf der 11. Europäischen Weltraumkonferenz (European Space Policy Conference) haben Vertreter aus der Politik sowie von Raumfahrtagenturen, Industrie und Forschung am Dienstag und Mittwoch in Brüssel aktuelle Themen der Raumfahrt diskutiert.

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January 24, 2019 at 11:22AM

Swarm Raises $25 Million for Smallsat Constellation

Swarm Technologies, the startup that ran afoul of the FCC last year for its unauthorized launch, has raised $25 million to continue building and deploying a constellation of 150 very small satellites.

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January 27, 2019 at 02:47PM

Virgin Galactic Lays Off Staff as Test Program Continues

Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as part of a realignment of „skill sets“ in the company’s workforce as it prepares to shift into commercial operations later this year.

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January 26, 2019 at 02:21PM

Canada’s First Woman in Space Reflects on the Milestone Year That Is 2019

Neurologist, astronaut, wildlife photographer, nonprofit founder, public speaker, inspirer of countless children for a generation — is there anything that Roberta Bondar can’t do?

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January 26, 2019 at 01:59PM

Virgin Galactic Boldly Goes with Under Armour for Suborbital Spacesuits

Under Armour will design the gear worn by passengers and pilots on Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spaceflights, representatives of both companies announced today (Jan. 24).

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January 25, 2019 at 01:31PM

In New Moon Race, NASA Values Teamwork Over Competition with China and Others

With other space agencies around the world making big plans for lunar exploration, will NASA be left in the (moon) dust?

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January 24, 2019 at 02:13PM

 

Science / Wissenschaft

Apollo Astronauts May Have Found the Oldest Earth Rock We Know On the Moon

A chunk of material brought back from the moon by NASA astronauts in 1971 harbors a 4-billion-year-old piece of Earth that was blasted off our planet by a long-ago impact, a new study suggests.

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January 25, 2019 at 01:52PM

Active galaxies point to new physics of cosmic expansion

Investigating the history of our cosmos with a large sample of distant ‘active’ galaxies observed by ESA’s XMM-Newton, a team of astronomers found there might be more to the early expansion of the Universe than predicted by the standard model of cosmology.

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January 28, 2019 at 06:03PM

Space Travel May Increase Astronauts‘ Susceptibility to Cancer

Lengthy space missions such as a journey to Mars may take a serious toll on astronauts‘ immune systems, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed blood samples from eight astronauts who served roughly six-month missions aboard the International Space Station. They found significant negative impacts on „natural killer“ (NK) cells, a class of white blood cell that knocks out cancer cells.

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January 28, 2019 at 01:20PM

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