Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 03.10.19

Front Page / Titelseite

SpaxeX Starship

SpaceX zeigt stählernes Sternenschiff

Den „schnellsten Weg zu einer selbsterhaltenden Stadt auf dem Mars“ soll SpaceX‘ Starship darstellen. Elon Musk zeigte einen Prototyp.

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Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX’s New Starship Plans for Private Trips to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

The architecture is the best path toward a self-sustaining city on Mars, Musk stressed.

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SpaceX Finishes Assembling New Starship Prototype (Photo)

SpaceX has mated the top and bottom halves of the Starship Mk1 vehicle at its South Texas facilities, Elon Musk said today (Sept. 27).

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SpaceX’s Starship Project Not Affecting Crew Dragon Flights for NASA, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX’s quest to help humanity colonize Mars isn’t interfering with the company’s contracted work closer to home, Elon Musk said.

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Elon Musk Just Dropped More Tantalizing Details About SpaceX’s Starship Prototype

Elon Musk is doling out more and more details about SpaceX’s next Starship prototype ahead of his big presentation this weekend.

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‚Totally Nuts‘? Elon Musk Aims to Put a Starship in Orbit in 6 Months. Here’s SpaceX’s Plan.

SpaceX will soon have a whole fleet of shiny silver Starship prototypes, if all goes according to plan.

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Further News on Page One / Weitere Leitartikel

Luca wird Kommandant der ISS

ESA-Astronaut Luca Parmitano wird nach einer offiziellen Zeremonie am 2. Oktober 2019 der dritte europäische und erste italienische Kommandant der Internationalen Raumstation.

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NASA hilft ESA bei ExoMars-Fallschirmtests

In den bisherigen ExoMars-Fallschirmtests konnte das komplexe  zweistufige Fallschirmsystem für die Rover-Mission ExoMars RSP nicht überzeugend für den Einsatz qualifiziert werden. Deswegen soll nun die wesentlich erfahrenere US-Raumfahrtbehörde NASA der ESA und der russischen Roskosmos

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Centaurs Rising: NASA Eyes Missions to Weird Asteroid-Comet Hybrids

The Centaurs may get their first-ever close-up soon.

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NASA Hands Out $43 Million for ‚Tipping Point‘ Tech for the Moon and Mars

NASA is funding more than a dozen technology projects that could aid exploration of the moon and Mars, focusing on issues including cryogenics, energy production and independent mobility.

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This Is China’s New Spacecraft to Take Astronauts to the Moon (Photos)

China is developing a next-generation spacecraft for human spaceflight that would allow astronauts to travel to the moon and deep space.

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Nasa Insight Mars Lander

International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Hazzaa Ali Almansoori: The 1st Emirati Astronaut’s Space Station Mission in Photos

Hazzaa Ali Almansoori is the first astronaut of the United Arab Emirates. He launched on his first space mission on Sept. 25, 2019. See photos of Almansoori’s mission in this Space.com gallery.

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ESA unterstützt Raumfahrtprojekte der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate

Der erste Astronaut der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE), Hazza Al Mansouri, ist gestern Abend auf der Internationalen Raumstation angekommen. Das Betriebspersonal im neu eingerichteten Kontrollzentrum in Dubai wurde zuvor von der ESA geschult.

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VAE-Astronaut wirkt in der ISS an ESA-Projekten mit

Der erste Astronaut der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE), Hazza al-Mansuri, wirkt in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS an zwei Experimenten der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA mit. Dabei gehe es um die Themen Zeit und Strömungstechnik, teilte die ESA in Paris mit.

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Sojus-Raumschiff legt problemlos an ISS an –   Vorübergehend neun Astronauten aus vier Ländern an Bord

Das Raumschiff Sojus MS-15 mit dem Russen Oleg Skripotschka (49), der Amerikanerin Jessica Meir (42) und Hazza al-Mansuri (36) aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) an Bord hat am Mittwochabend um 21.43 Uhr deutscher Zeit die Internationale Raumstation ISS erreicht. Es war rund sechs Stunden zuvor bei […]

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Japanischer Frachter HTV-8 hat an der ISS angedockt

Der japanische Frachter HTV-8 hat am Samstag an der Internationalen Raumstation ISS angedockt. Er wurde mit einem Roboterarm eingefangen und dann an die Station umgesetzt, meldete die Nachrichtenagentur Kyodo. Das unbemannte Raumschiff war am Dienstag an der Spitze einer H-2B-Trägerrakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Tanegashima aufgestiegen.

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Japan’s Kounotori Spaceship Attached to Station

Ground controllers successfully installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori 8 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-8) to the Earth-facing port of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 10:09 a.m. EDT.

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U.S. Astronauts Captured Japanese Cargo Spacecraft at 7:12 a.m. EDT

Using the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, Expedition 60 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA, backed up by her NASA crewmate Andrew Morgan, operated the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola to capture the 12-ton spacecraft as it approached from below. Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) monitored HTV-8 systems during its approach to the station.

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Slime and Cancer Research Before Japan Cargo Ship Arrives Saturday

A Japanese space freighter is on track to deliver more than four tons of cargo to the International Space Station on Saturday morning. The Expedition 60 crew is preparing for its arrival while also researching a variety of microgravity phenomena.

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Expanded Station Crew Relaxes Before Cargo Delivery, Crew Departure

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir took a five-hour and 45-minute ride to the orbiting lab on Wednesday with Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates. They blasted off from Kazakhstan inside the Soyuz MS-15 crew ship and docked to the rear port of the Zvezda service module. Family and mission officials on the ground congratulated the trio shortly after the new crew boarded the station expanding the population of the space lab to nine.

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Soyuz Spacecraft With Three Crewmates Docks to Orbiting Lab

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) docked to the International Space Station at 3:42 p.m. EDT. The new crew members will be greeted by station commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Nick Hague, Andrew Morgan, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov.

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Unpiloted Japanese Cargo Ship Delivers Fresh Batteries and More to Space Station

A Japanese cargo ship successfully reached to the International Space Station Saturday (Sept. 28) carrying 4 tons of supplies, including new batteries for the outpost’s solar power grid.

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Astronaut Jessica Meir’s Lifelong Dream Just Came True as She Begins 1st Space Mission

Today (Sept. 25), NASA astronaut Jessica Meir launched on a six-month mission to the International Space Station.

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Russland halbiert 2020 angeblich Zahl der bemannten ISS-Missionen

Russland halbiert 2020 die Zahl seiner bemannten Missionen zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. So würden nur noch zwei Flüge stattfinden, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti unter Berufung auf die Versicherungsgesellschaft RK-Strachowanije. Grund sei die Wiederaufnahme der bemannten US-Starts.

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Russland halbiert 2020 angeblich Zahl der bemannten ISS-Missionen

Russland halbiert 2020 die Zahl seiner bemannten Missionen zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. So würden nur noch zwei Flüge stattfinden, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti unter Berufung auf die Versicherungsgesellschaft RK-Strachowanije. Grund sei die Wiederaufnahme der bemannten US-Starts.

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Russisches Privatunternehmen plant wiederverwendbares Frachtraumschiff Argo

Das russische Privatunternehmen Meshdunarodnyje transportnyje kosmitscheskije sistemy (MTKS) plant den Bau eines billigen wiederverwendbaren Weltraumfrachters, der nach dem Schiff der Argonauten aus der griechischen Mythologie Argo heißen soll. Er soll rund zwei Tonnen Nutzlast zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS bringen und mit einer Tonne Nutzlast wieder auf […]

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Crowded Space Station: There Are 9 People from 4 Different Space Agencies in Orbit Right Now

It’s a bit crowded at the International Space Station right now.

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Station Gears Up for Spacewalks as Christina Koch Hits 200 Days

The International Space Station is gearing up for a record pace of spacewalks this year. The Expedition 61 spacewalkers will upgrade the orbiting lab’s power systems and repair a cosmic particles detector. NASA TV will preview the upcoming spacewalks during a live briefing on Friday at 2 p.m. EDT.

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Earth / Erde

How the European Space Agency Does Planetary Defense

Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.

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Moon / Mond

Nobody Knows What Made the Gargantuan Crater on the Dark Side of the Moon

The moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin is one of the largest craters in the solar system, and a new study debunks the most popular explanation for its formation.

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India’s Lost Moon Lander Is Somewhere in This NASA Photo

It looks like just a barren moonscape of craters, but somewhere in this image is a hunk of metal and electronics that carried a country’s hopes of lunar science.

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Here Is China’s Most Detailed View Yet of Its Chang’e-4 Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon

Landing on the moon takes only minutes, but analyzing that process afterward takes much longer.

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Here Is China’s Most Detailed View Yet of Its Chang’e-4 Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon

Landing on the moon takes only minutes, but analyzing that process afterward takes much longer.

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Here Is China’s Most Detailed View Yet of Its Chang’e-4 Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon

Landing on the moon takes only minutes, but analyzing that process afterward takes much longer.

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NASA Needs a Second Mobile Launcher for Its Massive SLS Megarocket

In a turn from the agency’s original plan, NASA has awarded a contract for a second mobile launcher to be built at Kennedy Space Center.

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NASA Is Now Accepting Proposals for Artemis Landers to Fly Astronauts to the Moon

NASA is officially taking proposals for Artemis landers to fly astronauts to the moon by 2024.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

PIA23437: Moon Shadow

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Sonnensystem: Explosionen auf Saturnmond Titan?

Auf Titan existieren Seen aus flüssigem Methan. Entstanden sie durch Explosionen – ähnlich wie unsere Eifel-Maare?

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Parting views

Space Science Image of the Week: One of Rosetta’s final images before touching down on the comet three years ago

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PIA23465: Circumlocuting Jupiter’s Shadow (Animation)

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Found: Three Black Holes On Collision Course

A study using data from Chandra and other telescopes provides the strongest evidence yet for three supermassive black holes on a collision course.

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Rare Discovery! 3 Monster Black Holes Are About to Collide

A rare trio of supermassive black holes has been caught in the act of coming together.

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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!

This cloud of gas and dust in space is full of bubbles inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars. Each bubble is about 10 to 30 light-years across and filled with hundreds to thousands of stars. The region lies in the Milky Way galaxy, in the constellation Aquila (aka the Eagle).

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Bow Shocks Between the Bubbles

These four images show bow shocks, or arcs of warm dust formed as winds from fast-moving stars push aside dust grains scattered sparsely through most of the nebula.

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Politics / Politik

CASIS Update

Keith’s note: According to LinkedIn CASIS has a new Director of Programs and Partnerships – Gary Rodrigue. Based on his LinkedIn page Rodrigue apparently has zero space experience. No surprise. CASIS hires lots of people with no space experience to run the place. The person who was supposed to replace former CASIS PR guy Brian Talbot, Chief Communications Officer John Murphy, is out of his job at CASIS. So is Chief Strategic Officer Rick Leach according to sources. CASIS CEO Joe Vockley is still on full pay – but without any current CASIS responsibilities.

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Technology / Technologie

Shapeshifter Robots Could Explore Volcanoes and Caves on Saturn’s Moon Titan

New shapeshifting robots could give us access to distant worlds like never before — including the soupy moon Titan in Saturn’s neighborhood.

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World / Welt

Alexander Gerst bekommt eine weitere Stufe des Bundesverdienstkreuzes

„Mut zur Zukunft: Grenzen überwinden“ – unter diesem Motto zeichnete heute Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit Alexander Gerst mit einer weiteren Stufe des Bundesverdienstkreuzes aus.

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Mars 2020 Rover: Sloppy Reporting, Lazy Websites, Quaint Opinions

Keith’s note: Sloppy work from CNN. Jim Green is not the „agency chief“ as the headline claims.Jim Bridenstine is. Nor is Green the director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA. Lori Glaze is. He is the NASA Chief Scientist. As for Green’s comments, this article recycles quotes published by UK papers who are known to skew things and write articles about other articles. Now CNN is writing articles about other articles.

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NASA Hires Company to Build Spacecraft for the Artemis Moon Missions

NASA recently tasked a company to open production on the spacecraft that will bring astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

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After Summer at Ballparks, Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Statues Head to Museums

Having spent the past baseball season rounding the plates, the Smithsonian is now sending its team of „Apollo at the Park“ Neil Armstrong spacesuit statues home.

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Raumfahrt: Matthias Maurer wird der nächste Deutsche auf der ISS

Ein 49-jähriger Saarländer steht vor seiner ersten Raumfahrt: Schon 2021 könnte mit Matthias Maurer erneut ein Deutscher auf der ISS forschen.

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Elon Musk Doesn’t Know Where the Aliens Are (So, Stop Asking)

At a recent event in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirms that, to his knowledge, we haven’t yet discovered aliens.

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Rocket Lab Gearing Up for 1st Launches from US Soil in Early 2020

Rocket Lab will start flying from the United States just a few short months from now, if all goes according to plan.

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

‚For All Mankind‘ Recruits Women Astronauts for Moon Landing in New Trailer

Apple TV’s new alternate history series „For All Mankind“ shows NASA racing to land the first woman on the moon before the Soviet Union during the Space Race.

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Science / Wissenschaft

NASA’s Webb to Unlock the Mysteries of Comets and the Early Solar System

Shortly after its launch in 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will observe three different types of comets in infrared light, which is invisible to human eyes.

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Kosmologie: Hubble-Debatte wird noch rätselhafter

Astrophysiker sind sich uneins, wie schnell das Weltall expandiert. Nun sorgt eine neue Messung für Überraschung – womöglich mit unabsehbaren Folgen für unser Weltbild.

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History / Geschichte

Jetzt ist Jähns Double mehr denn je gefragt —   Zum 80. Geburtstag von Eberhard Köllner

Eberhard Köllner hat im Stillen gehofft, auch einmal in den Weltraum fliegen zu können, als er im August 1978 in Baikonur auf der Startrampe stand und sah, wie Sigmund Jähn als erster Deutscher ins All gestartet ist. Ich stand neben ihm. Mit Tränen in den Augen bat […]

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Gennadi Manakov, Cosmonaut Who Led Two Missions to Mir, Dies at 69

Russian cosmonaut Gennadi Manakov, who commanded two Soyuz missions to the former space station Mir, has died at the age of 69.

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Tourism: Apollo’s Forgotten Legacy

Americans were deeply divided over the value of the Apollo program. One member of Congress had a radical idea: open Kennedy Space Center to the public.

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