Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.04.19

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Picture of Blackhole in Messier 87

Chandra Captures X-rays in Coordination with Event Horizon Telescope

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to obtain data of Messier 87, or M87, during the April 2017 observing run by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

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Live-Blog zum Event Horizon Telescope Reveal

Zwei Jahrzehnte ist es nun her, dass diese Computersimulationen in dem Paper „Viewing the Shadow of the Black Hole at the Galactic Center“ erschienen sind: zu sehen das mutmaßliche Schwarze Loch Sgr A* im Zentrum der Milchstraße, bei 0.6 mm (links) und 1.3 mm Wellenlänge rechts), für den Fall schneller Rotation (oben) bzw. keiner Rotation (unten), unter Berücksichtigung der leider ziemlich gravierenden Streuung derart kurzer Radiowellen im interstellaren Medium. Anfang 2000 hatte das MPI für Radioastronomie ob dieses Papers die Hoffnung ausgesprochen, dass „die Weiterentwicklung bereits vorhandener astronomischer Beobachtungsmethoden es Astronomen bald erlauben könnte, die verworrenen Wege von Photonen zu verfolgen, die nur um Haaresbreite den Fängen eines Schwarzen Lochs entkommen sind“: Die entscheidende Entdeckung war nämlich gewesen, dass der ‚Schatten‘ des Schwarzen Lochs vor umgebendem strahlendem Gas durch die Lichtablenkung in seinem eigenen extremen Schwerefeld winkelmäßig deutlich vergrößert wird, wenn auch nur auf etwa 50 Mikrobogensekunden.

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Eureka! Black Hole Photographed for 1st Time

For the first time ever, humanity has photographed a black hole, shining light on an exotic realm that had long been beyond our ken.

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‚Black Holes: The First Image‘ Premieres Tonight on Science Channel (Video)

Learn how a scientific team used radio telescopes to peer past galactic clouds of dust and gas trying to take the first-ever photograph a black hole.

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Event Horizon Telescope to Unveil Big Black Hole News Today! Watch Live

The Event Horizon Telescope project is unveiling a major black hole discovery Wednesday morning (April 10) at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), and you can watch the event live.

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Israeli Moon Lander Poised for Lunar Touchdown Thursday

Israel’s robotic Beresheet moon lander is nearing its moment of truth: an epic lunar touchdown attempt scheduled to occur between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday (April 11).

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What Exactly Is a Black Hole Event Horizon (and What Happens There)?

On Wednesday (April 10), the international Event Horizon Telescope project will release the first results from its plan to image black holes. But what exactly is an event horizon?

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Revolutionäre Beobachtung im All: Forscher zeigen erstmals Foto von einem schwarzen Loch

Ein weltweites Netzwerk von Teleskopen hat eine Beobachtung ermöglicht, auf die Astronomen seit Jahrzehnten warten: Das erste Bild von einem schwarzen Loch. Wir erklären, was zu sehen ist.

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Hayabusa 2 creates new Crater on Ryugu / Hayabusa sprengt Krater in Asteroiden Ryugu

Hayabusa 2 creates new crater on Ryugu – Briefing documents (PDF)

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Pow! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Bombs Asteroid Ryugu to Make a Crater (Photo)

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft slammed a copper cannonball into the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to blast out a crater.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Shoots Copper Bomb at Asteroid Ryugu to Create Artificial Crater

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe deployed a heavy copper plate toward the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to create an artificial crater.

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Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Dropping Explosives, Hiding behind Ryugu

Hayabusa2 is safe and sound after successfully deploying its explosive-packed SCI experiment.

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BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.

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Controlling the future

New, innovative software developed by ESA will ensure future missions fly flawlessly. From virtual reality to autonomous robots, check out our video on the future of mission control

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Israel’s Moon Lander Beresheet

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

SpaceIL’s Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

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Beresheet is about to land on the Moon

A successful landing will make SpaceIL the first private organization, and Israel the fourth country, to soft-land on the Moon.

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Israel’s Moon Lander Arrives in Lunar Orbit Tomorrow

Beresheet will slip into orbit around the moon tomorrow morning (April 4) — if it aces a crucial engine burn.

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International Spacestation (ISS)

Russischer Frachter legt nach superkurzem Flug vorzeitig automatisch an der ISS an

Nach einem superkurzen Flug hat ein russisches Frachtraumschiff am Donnerstag perfekt automatisch und zudem zwei Minuten früher als geplant an der Internationalen Raumstation ISS angelegt.

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Express Delivery from Russia Brings 3.7 Tons of Station Supplies

Traveling about 254 miles over central China, the unpiloted Russian Progress 72 cargo ship docked at 10:22 a.m. EDT to the Pirs docking compartment on the Russian segment of the complex.

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Wow! Astronaut Spots Cargo Ship Launch from Space Station (Photo)

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques snapped a photo of a Russian cargo spacecraft’s zigzag launch trail from the International Space Station this morning (April 4).

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Spacewalk This Monday Ahead of Two U.S. Cargo Missions This Month

The Expedition 59 crew is going into the weekend preparing for another spacewalk on Monday. The International Space Station residents also continue microgravity research as they wait for two U.S. cargo ships to arrive before the end of the month.

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U.S. and Canadian Astronauts Wrap Up Power Upgrades Spacewalk

xpedition 59 Flight Engineers Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency concluded their spacewalk at 2 p.m. EDT. During the six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, the two astronauts successfully established a redundant path of power to the Canadian-built robotic arm, known as Canadarm2, and installed cables to provide for more expansive wireless communications coverage outside the orbital complex, as well as for enhanced hardwired computer network capability. The duo also relocated an adapter plate from the first spacewalk in preparation for future battery upgrade operations.

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Post-Spacewalk Checkups and Space Research Before U.S. Cargo Deliveries

The Expedition 59 crew has switched focus from Monday’s spacewalk to microgravity science aboard the International Space Station. Soon, the orbital residents will be unpacking a pair of U.S. space freighters.

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Astronauts Whipped Up a Pizza Dinner to Prep for Spacewalk (And It Looks Tasty)

Make-your-own pizza is a dinner classic for a reason — and the meal’s appeal holds in space, too.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Makes 2nd Daring Flyby of the Sun

NASA’s record-breaking solar mission silently completed another close pass of the sun yesterday (April 4).

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What’s Eating Mars‘ Methane? ExoMars Results Deepen Mystery

The first findings from the ExoMars orbiter show no signs of methane in Mars‘ atmosphere.

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Fingerprints of Venus Transformation May Be Hidden in Plain Sight

The transformation of a water-rich Venus to an overheated world may be preserved in its complex geological features.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Just Saw 2 Eclipses on Mars! Now You Can, Too

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars got lucky last month and spotted not one but two eclipses — in less than two weeks, one for each of the Red Planet’s moons.

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Curiosity Captured Two Solar Eclipses on Mars

Observing the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos crossing in front of the Sun helps scientists better understand their orbits.

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Devil in the detail

Space Science Image of the Week: ExoMars orbiter captures the details of intense dust devil activity on Mars

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PIA22947: Jupiter Spiral

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

This ‚Habitable Planets Catalog‘ Will Help NASA Probe’s Hunt for Alien Worlds

NASA’s newest planet-hunting mission just got a list of high-priority targets.

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Technology / Technologie

ESA’s ‘Cubesat central’ for smaller missions into space

ESA has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids.

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DLR and the University of Stuttgart test the transmission of Earth observation data using laser communications

Earth observation satellites play a key role in weather forecasting, climate research, monitoring of the planet’s surface and the detection of forest fires. These tasks require satellites to transmit very large amounts of data to the ground for analysis. Today’s radio systems are reaching their limits in this area.

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NASA Test-Fires Megarocket Engine That May Take Astronauts to the Moon (Video)

Water vapor poured across the Mississippi landscape as NASA ground-tested an engine type that may take astronauts to the moon in the next three years.

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Who’s in control?

Down on Earth, teams of specialists control every move made by the spacecraft we send into space. Click through these images to explore some of the many control rooms located at ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany

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Hidden connections

Operations image of the week: Mission controllers will link up with ESA’s new Sun-observing satellite before it’s even left Earth

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SpaceX Fires Up Falcon Heavy Ahead of Rocket’s 2nd-Ever Launch Next Week

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket performed a static fire test today (April 5), helping pave the way for a planned April 9 launch for the huge rocket.

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NASA Will Test 5 Habitat Designs for Its Lunar Gateway Space Station

NASA’s Lunar Gateway space station design process is beginning to take shape: The agency has announced five new prototypes that it plans to test on the ground.

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A ‚Self-Driving‘ Spacecraft May Help Save Earth from Asteroid Collisions

Europe’s next asteroid mission, which could launch in 2023, will rely on the same kind of navigation technology as self-driving cars.

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SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype for Starship Reaches End of Its Rope In Test Hop

SpaceX’s squat Starhopper testbed for the future Starship spacecraft reached the end of its tether in an April 5 test.

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See SpaceX Assemble Its Falcon Heavy Rocket for Arabsat 6A Satellite Launch (Time-Lapse Video)

The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to fly for the second time ever on Tuesday (April 9), and you can see a video of its in-hangar assembly.

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ExoMars carrier module prepares for final pre-launch testing

The module that will carry the ExoMars rover and surface science platform from Earth to Mars has arrived in Italy for final integration preparations.

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SpaceX Delays 1st Commercial Launch of Falcon Heavy Rocket to Wednesday

SpaceX has postponed the launch of its first commercial Falcon Heavy mission to no earlier than Wednesday (April 10)

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Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today!

SpaceX will attempt to pull off the first triple rocket landing during the launch of its first commercial Falcon Heavy mission today (April 10). Here’s how to watch.

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Mondgravitation in 600 Kilometern über der Erde

Mit 17,5 Umdrehungen in der Minuten rotiert der Kompaktsatellit Eu:CROPIS des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) nun im All – und erzeugt damit in seinem Inneren eine Schwerkraft, wie sie auf dem Mond herrscht.

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Ein großer Schritt für die Menschheit – 50 Jahre Mondlandung

Das Buch trägt einem Titel, dem es leider nicht ganz gerecht wird. Im ersten Teil werden die bekannten Anfänge der Raumfahrt durchaus hintergründig und mehr oder weniger detailliert beschrieben. „Der Aufbruch ins All“ mit dem „Space Race“, den Mercury-, Gemini- und ersten Apollo-Missionen werden historisch genau nachvollzogen und auch ein Blick auf die sowjetischen Bemühungen, ihre Anfangserfolge und ihre – bis heute bekannten – Niederlagen…

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World / Welt

ESA unterstützt Startup PTScientists bei Mondflug

Die Europäische Weltraumorganisation ESA unterstützt das europäische Startup PTScientists mit Sitz in Berlin dabei, zum Mond zu fliegen. Das Unternehmen plant, Lander und Rover in Zukunft regelmäßig für Mondmissionen einzusetzen, teilte die ESA am Mittwoch in Paris mit. Der Jungfernflug werde für das Jahr 2020 erwartet.

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Russland und Kasachstan wollen Baikonur zielstrebig weiterentwickeln

Russland und Kasachstan wollen im Rahmen des Baiterek-Projekts das Kosmodrom Baikonur weiterentwickeln. Ziel sei die pünktliche Durchführung der ersten Teststarts des neuen Mittelklasseträgers Sojus-5 (Irtysch) im Jahre 2022, teilte der Chef der GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, am Freitag nach Gesprächen in Nur-Sultan mit.

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„Bavaria One“: Kaum Geld für Söders Raumfahrtprogramm – Opposition spottet

Für Bayerns Luft- und Raumfahrtprogramm wird es eng: im Haushalt ist kaum Geld vorgesehen. Betroffen sind auch Flugtaxis und eine Hyperloop-Strecke.

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RKK Energija zieht erste Konsequenzen aus dem Leck in der ISS

Die RKK Energija hat erste Konsequenzen aus dem Vorfall mit dem Leck in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS von Ende August vergangenen Jahres gezogen. Der Hersteller der Sojus-Raumschiffe veröffentlicht in seiner Zeitung „Kosmitscheskaja technika i technologii“ (Weltraumtechnik und Technologien) einen Maßnahmenkatalog für ähnliche Notfälle, wie die Nachrichtenagentur […]

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Astronauts on the Moon in 2024? US Can’t Do It Alone, NASA Chief Says

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is confident that the agency will be able to land astronauts on the moon in 2024, but the U.S. won’t undertake the mission alone.

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SpaceX Drops Protest of NASA Launch Contract

SpaceX has withdrawn its protest of a launch contract NASA awarded to United Launch Alliance earlier this year for a planetary science mission.

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Science / Wissenschaft

Historische Satellitendaten für unsere Zukunft

Warum ist die Archivierung und Aufbereitung von historischen Satellitendaten so wichtig? Wie können historische Daten von alten Satelliten verwendet werden, um sie mit aktuellen Erkenntnissen zu vergleichen?

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Flight dynamics – what?

Every spacecraft has a dedicated team of ’spacecraft navigators‘ – experts in flight dynamics who work with extraordinary precision to ensure it ends up in the right place. Click through to the image gallery to learn more…

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Sirius-19: Eine Mondmission auf der Erde

Während einer längeren bemannten Mission zum Mond oder zum Mars müssen die Besatzungsmitglieder über viele Wochen auf engstem Raum zusammenleben und schwierige Situationen meistern. Welche psychologischen Belastungen dabei auftreten können, wird bei Langzeit-Experimenten auf der Erde untersucht. Im März startete beispielsweise eine simulierte Mondmission in Moskau.

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This Single Mission Could Solve 2 of the Biggest Mysteries of the Universe

Here’s how the biggest thing in the universe could reveal secrets of the smallest things.

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