Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.04.19

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Beresheet crashed on the Moon / Israelische Mondsonde abgestürzt

Israelische Mondsonde abgestürzt

Die israelische Mondsonde Beresheet (Anfang) ist am Donnerstag abgestürzt. Sie zerschellte bei der Landung, weil ein Motor ausgefallen war, teilte der Betreiber Spacell mit.

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Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

Israel’s lunar lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon

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Manual Command Likely Caused Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash

A preliminary investigation puts the apparent blame for Beresheet’s April 11 moon crash on a „manual command“ that was entered into the spacecraft’s computer.

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Did NASA Experiment Survive Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash?

A NASA piggyback experiment may have survived the April 11 crash of Israel’s Beresheet moon lander, experts said.

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Beresheet Comes Close before Crashing on the Moon

Mission controllers announced Beresheet had a problem with its main engine, and the spacecraft stopped transmitting shortly thereafter.

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via Planetary Society Blog http://bit.ly/QRHOCj

SpaceIL Spacecraft Isn’t Successful in Landing on the Moon

Israel succeeded in getting its spacecraft in orbit around the moon, however an engine problem during the landing attempt caused the spacecraft to crash. Prime Minister Netanyahu in attendance said shortly after the news that „if you don’t first succeed, try again.“ No doubt Israel will try again. A nation came together on what started as a Google Lunar X Prize entry. It can celebrate the effort and achievements it made along the way.

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Israelische Raumsonde zerschellt auf dem Mond

Die geplante Landung einer israelischen Raumsonde auf dem Mond ist gescheitert. „Beresheet“ zerschellte offenbar auf der Oberfläche.

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Beresheet: Israelische Raumsonde zerschellt bei Landung auf dem Mond

Die israelische Raumsonde Beresheet schaffte es bis zum Mond, dann gab es Probleme. Beim Landemanöver fiel der wichtigste Motor aus.

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Space Is Hard, Beresheet Israeli Lunar Crash Proves Again

An unassuming spacecraft called Beresheet shot for the moon. It couldn’t quite stick the landing, but it has plenty of company in its disappointing fate.

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Israel Will Build Another Moon Lander

The team behind the nation’s Beresheet probe, which crashed during its historic lunar-landing attempt Thursday (April 11), will take another crack at Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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The Moon Loses Water When Meteoroids Smack the Lunar Surface

Meteoroid impacts regularly liberate puffs of water vapor from the moon, suggesting that minuscule amounts of water may lurk just under the entire lunar surface, a new study finds.

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SOFIA entdeckt Baustein für das junge Universum

Das Heliumhydrid-Ion stellte die Wissenschaft vor ein Dilemma: Aus Laboruntersuchungen ist es seit fast 100 Jahren bekannt, aber im Weltall war es trotz aufwendiger Suche bisher nicht aufzufinden. Doch einem internationalen Forscherteam unter der Leitung von Rolf Güsten vom Bonner Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie ist es nun geglückt, dieses Molekül mit Hilfe des Ferninfrarot-Spektrometers GREAT an Bord der fliegenden Sternwarte SOFIA.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://www.dlr.de/dlr/

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch Will Spend Nearly a Year in Space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to break a record on her first spaceflight, the agency announced yesterday

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Breaking Records: How Astronaut Christina Koch’s Extended Space Mission Will Make History

Christina Koch has a(n out-of-this) world record in her future.

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Neuer Damen-Langzeitflugrekord in Sicht:   US-Astronautin Koch bleibt bis Februar 2020 in der ISS

US-Astronautin Christina Koch bleibt bis Februar 2020 in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Mit 328 Tagen auf der Umlaufbahn stellt sie damit einen neuen Langzeitflugrekord für Frauen auf, teilte die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA am Mittwoch mit. Den bisherigen Rekord hält die Amerikanerin Peggy Whitson mit 288 Tagen.

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International Spacestation (ISS)

More Brain and Breath Studies Top Research on Station Today

The Expedition 59 crew continued more brain and breath research aboard the International Space Station today. Along with a variety of other life science activities, the crew also filmed a virtual reality experience inside the station.

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Crew Trains to Capture U.S. Spaceship and Studies the Brain and Breathing

The Expedition 59 crew is now training to capture a U.S. cargo ship when it arrives at the International Space Station next week. The orbital lab residents are also busy researching how living in space affects the human mind and body.

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There Are Bacteria and Fungi All Over the Space Station, and Now We Know What They Are

Just like on Earth, there is a robust population of bacteria and fungi on the International Space Station (ISS) — and a new study catalogues its exact composition.

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Forschung auf der ISS

Nach drei Spacewalks in weniger als einem Monat könnte man annehmen, dass es für Astronauten an Bord der Internationalen Raumstation ruhig zugeht. Die Praxis zeigt jedoch, dass die Wissenschaft nie schläft und die Zeit sehr kostbar ist. Tauchen Sie mit uns in einige der Highlights der letzten zwei Wochen vom orbitalen Außenposten der Menscheit ein.

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U.S. Resupply Ship Poised for Launch as Crew Studies Life Science

The U.S. Cygnus resupply ship from Northrop Grumman is encapsulated atop the Antares rocket and standing at its launch pad in Virginia. The Expedition 59 crew is training for its capture at the end of the week in the midst of ongoing life science aboard the International Space Station.

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Cygnus Spaceship at Launch Pad as Crew Trains for Delivery Mission

The next U.S. spaceship to deliver goods to the International Space Station rolled out to its launch pad in Virginia today. The Expedition 59 crew is training to capture the U.S. space freighter while also filming a virtual reality experience aboard the orbital lab.

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Neue Plattform für die ISS

Die Internationale Raumstation ISS erhält die neue Plattform Bartolomeo für wissenschaftliche Experimente.

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Earth / Erde

Rocket break-up provides rare chance to test debris formation

The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces.

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via ESA Operations http://bit.ly/1Canxo4

Raketenexplosion bietet seltene Gelegenheit zur Untersuchung von Trümmerbildung

Die ausgediente Oberstufe einer vor fast 10 Jahren gestarteten Rakete ist kürzlich explodiert.

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via ESA Germany http://bit.ly/2CZ632x

 

Solar System / Sonnensystem

First results from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit.

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via ESA Space Science http://bit.ly/1urjQU2

ExoMars-Spurengasorbiter liefert erste Erkenntnisse über die Marsatmosphäre

Der ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter bringt in seinem ersten Jahr in der Mars-Umlaufbahn gleich zwei wissenschaftliche Highlights zutage. Die Satellitendaten zeigen zum einen, wie sich ein kürzlich aufgetretener, planetenweiter Staubsturm auf den Wassergehalt in der Mars-Atmosphäre ausgewirkte und zeigen zum anderen einen überraschenden Methanmangel auf.

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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in ‚Clay-Bearing Unit‘

This new region on Mars might reveal more about the role of water on Mount Sharp.

read more … https://go.nasa.gov/2KuSais

via Latest News – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program https://go.nasa.gov/2gRBMK4

Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have ‚Phantom Lakes‘ and Caves

Picture a world where rain falls, gathers in lakes and ponds, seeps into the surrounding rock, and evaporates away, only to fall again. There’s just one catch: the rain isn’t water — it’s liquid methane.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Mission Finds 1st Earth-Size Alien World

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite spotted the planet, as well as a weird „sub-Neptune“ world, circling the star HD 21749, which lies about 53 light-years from Earth.

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A New Signal for a Neutron Star Collision Discovered

These images show the location of an event, discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, that likely signals the merger of two neutron stars.

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A “Jellyfish” Galaxy Swims Into View of NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope

Webb will target sites of star formation at different points along the tail: close to the galaxy, in the middle, and near the end of the tail.

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via Webb Telescope Features http://www.nasa.gov/

Discovery Alert: A Third Planet in Kepler-47 System

Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/

 

Technology / Technologie

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Sticks Triple Rocket Landing with 1st Commercial Launch

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy successfully launched its first operational mission today (April 10), more than a year after its demo mission catapulted a red Tesla and a dummy nicknamed Starman into space.

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A recent epic SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch — only the second trip to space for this rocket line — brings a set of NASA technologies one step closer to getting its own ride into orbit.

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In Photos: The Amazing Triple Rocket Landing of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch of Arabsat-6A

See photos of SpaceX’s historic second Falcon Heavy rocket launch on April 11, 2019.

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SpaceX’s Center Core Booster for Falcon Heavy Rocket Is Lost at Sea

The center core booster of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was lost at sea after its April 11 landing.

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NASA’s Webb Telescope Mirrors Utilize Innovative Space Shielding

NASA’s Webb telescope mirrors utilize innovative space shielding.

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via Webb Telescope Features http://www.nasa.gov/

SpaceX Falcon Heavy to Launch Cutting-Edge NASA Space Tech

Stratolaunch Flies World’s Largest Plane for the First Time

Stratolaunch, the private launch company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, has just flown the world’s largest aircraft for the first time.

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NASA Chooses SpaceX to Launch Asteroid-Walloping Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft in June 2021, agency officials announced Thursday (April 11).

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3 New Rockets Are on Track for 1st Test Flights in 2021

Three new commercial rockets are on track to make their first test flights in 2021.

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SpaceX Recovered Falcon Heavy Nose Cone, Plans to Re-fly it This Year (Photos)

SpaceX recovered the payload fairing during yesterday’s Falcon Heavy megarocket launch and plans to employ it on another mission this year, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

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ESA bringt Ihren Cubesat zum Fliegen

Neue Cubesat-Technologie und sinkende Startkosten ermöglichen es Unternehmen, Universitäten und anderen Organisationen zunehmend, eigene Kleinsatelliten zu starten. Die ESA bietet ihnen Einrichtungen und Know-how, um sie zu unterstützen.

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World / Welt

Kontroverse um Sinn und Zweck der bemannten Raumfahrt

Unter russischen Wissenschaftlern ist eine Kontroverse um den Sinn und Zweck der bemannten Raumfahrt ausgebrochen. Ausgelöst wurde sie durch den Leitenden Mitarbeiter des Instituts für Nuklearforschung der Akademie der Wissenschaften (RAN) Wjatscheslaw Dokutschajew.

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Pepsi Drops Plans to Use Orbital Billboard

Pepsi says it will not pursue plans to advertise its products in space using a Russian startup.

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Science / Wissenschaft

Lunar gravity 600 kilometres above Earth

The compact German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Eu:CROPIS satellite is now rotating in space at a rate of 17.5 revolutions per minute, generating a gravitational force in its interior similar to that found on the Moon. After its launch on 3 December 2018, DLR engineers successfully tested and commanded the spacecraft.

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via DLR Portal – News http://bit.ly/2SP1Nvl

Die ersten Detektoren für Exoplaneten-Weltraumteleskop PLATO ausgeliefert

Die erste Serie von lichtempfindlichen Kamerasensoren, die auf dem Weltraumobservatorium PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) zum Einsatz kommen, wurden im März 2019 von der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA abgenommen. Die Auslieferung dieser Detektoren ist ein wichtiger Meilenstein auf dem Weg zum Bau eines bahnbrechenden Weltraumteleskops, das ab 2026 erdgroße Exoplaneten im Orbit um benachbarte Sterne suchen und entdecken wird.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://www.dlr.de/dlr/

Landmark NASA Twins Study Reveals Space Travel’s Effects on the Human Body

A year on the space station has an undeniable impact across the human body, but many of the body’s systems recover after a return to Earth.

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See the X-ray Neighborhood of the First-Ever Black Hole Photo in This Space Telescope View

The orange speckles in a new image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory add another dimension to the first-ever image of a black hole.

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All Your Questions About the New Black Hole Image Answered

Yesterday, Earthlings first laid eyes on an actual image of a black hole — turning what lived only in our collective imaginations into concrete reality.

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Of Mice and Microgravity: How Spacefaring Rodents Adapt to Life in Space (Video)

Mice on Earth may like running in wheels, but mice in space apparently take advantage of the microgravity to run in circles by bouncing off the walls.

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Planck reveals link between active galaxies and their dark matter environment

Scientists have used the tiny distortions imprinted on the cosmic microwave background by the gravity of matter throughout the Universe, recorded by ESA’s Planck satellite, to uncover the connection between the luminosity of quasars – the bright cores of active galaxies – and the mass of the much larger ‚halos‘ of dark matter in which they sit. The result is an important confirmation for our understanding of how galaxies evolve across cosmic history.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int

 

History / Geschichte

Voyager Wide-Angle Views of Jupiter

Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the historic Voyager 1 encounter with Jupiter in 1979.

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via Planetary Society Blog http://bit.ly/QRHOCj

Owen Garriott, Skylab and Space Shuttle Astronaut, Dies at 88

Owen Garriott, a Skylab and space shuttle astronaut who was the first to use amateur radio from orbit, has died at the age of 88

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