Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.02.20

Front Page / Titelseite

Solar Orbiter

What’s next for Solar Orbiter after its historic launch to the sun

Here’s a look at what’s next for the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter as it begins its long trek to the sun.

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Liftoff for Solar Orbiter, ESA’s mission to face the Sun up close

ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission lifted off on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 05:03 CET on 10 February on its mission to study the Sun from new perspectives.

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Solar Orbiter: Sonnensonde von ESA und NASA erfolgreich gestartet

Neben der Parker Solar Probe soll eine weitere Sonde die Sonne aus der Nähe erforschen. Der Solar Orbiter ist nun auf dem Weg.

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ESA-Raumsonde Solar Orbiter ist ins All gestartet, um die Sonne zu untersuchen

Die ESA-Mission Solar Orbiter hat offiziell begonnen. Die gleichnamige Raumsonde startete mit einer Trägerrakete vom Typ Atlas V 411 am 10. Februar um 05:03 CET von Cape Canaveral in Florida aus in den Weltraum. Die Aufgabe des Solar Orbiter: Unsere Sonne aus ganz neuen Perspektiven heraus zu erforschen.Signale des Raumfahrzeuges wurden um 06:00 CET von der Bodenstation in New Norcia empfangen, nachdem es in einer niedrigen Erdumlaufbahn von der oberen Stufe der Trägerrakete getrennt worden war.

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Liftoff for Solar Orbiter, ESA’s mission to face the Sun up close

ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission lifted off on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 05:03 CET on 10 February on its mission to study the Sun from new perspectives.

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Solar Orbiter liftoff

ESA’s new Sun exploring spacecraft Solar Orbiter launched atop the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:03 GMT (05:03 CET) on 10 February 2020. An ESA-led mission with strong NASA participation, Solar Orbiter will look at

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Solar Orbiter launches on historic mission to study the sun’s poles

The European-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft is officially on its way to the sun.

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Asteroid experts catch final glimpse of Solar Orbiter

Last night, ESA’s Planetary Defence team observed the rare moment in which an object escaped our planet’s gravity, in contrast to their normal objects of study – potentially hazardous rocks that could strike it.At 19:15 UTC (20:15 CET) on 10 February, just over 20 hours after the launch of Solar Orbiter, the team took the opportunity to capture this sequence of observations using the Schmidt telescope at Calar Alto, Spain.

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T-4: Was für Instrumente gibt es auf dem SolarOrbiter?

Der Solar Observer hat zwei verschiedene Arten von Instrumenten an Bord. Die „In-situ“- (also die „vor Ort“) Instrumente messen die Bedingungen um den Observer herum. Die Fernerkundungsinstrumente messen, was in größerer Entfernung passiert. Die Daten zusammen ergeben ein vollständigeres Bild der Vorgänge in der Sonnenkorona und im Sonnenwind. Die „In-situ“ Instrumente EPD: Energetic Particle Detector… Weiterlesen T-4: Was für Instrumente gibt es auf dem SolarOrbiter?

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T-3: Was erwartet uns und euch in Darmstadt?

So, inzwischen sind wir schon auf dem Weg ab nach Darmstadt zum #WeAreAllSolarOrbiters Event. Der Start findet ja leider erst am Montag statt, da werden wir dann vor dem Bildschirm sitzen. Aber was passiert dort eigentlich? Und wer wird dabei sein? Und wie seid ihr dabei? Freitag, 7.2. Am Freitag findet die SocialSpace-Veranstaltung „We Are… Weiterlesen T-3: Was erwartet uns und euch in Darmstadt?

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Here comes the Sun!

After months of intense simulation training, two delays at the launch pad and a dress rehearsal, the Solar Orbiter control teams at ESA’s mission control are ready for the Sun.

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The Solar Orbiter up close: Inside the clean room with the next sun probe (photos)

Final steps are underway here at Cape Canaveral to prepare the next sun-observing spacecraft, a $1.5 billion joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency, for launch.

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Sonne, wir kommen!

Nach Monaten voller nervenaufreibender Simulationstrainings, zwei Verzögerungen auf der Startrampe und einer Generalprobe sind die ESA-Kontrollteams am Boden nun bereit, den Solar Orbiter auf seine Reise Richtung Sonne zu senden.

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Heat shield ’sandwich‘ will keep Solar Orbiter cool close to the sun

When Solar Orbiter launches (currently scheduled for Feb. 10), its protection from the sun will come from a very special „sandwich“: its heat shield.

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Further Title News / Weitere Titelnachrichten

How to die on Mars

As we venture out off Earth, it’s important that we consider what might happen if we die.

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Voyager 2 bounces back from glitch in interstellar space

Voyager 2 is taking science data again after a glitch knocked the probe offline in late January.

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Erster bemannter Crew Dragon-Flug zur ISS für 7. Mai geplant

Der erste bemannte Flug des Crew Dragon von SpaceX zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS soll am 7. Mai stattfinden. Alle technischen Ausrüstungen einschließlich Trägerrakete und Raumschiff seien voll für den Beginn der bemannten Mission bereit,

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Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth

In 2031 a cannonball shot from Mars should fall to Earth somewhere in the deserts of the western U.S., allowing scientists to get their hands on what some would consider the most precious materials in human history: pristine geologic samples taken from the surface of another planet.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Einladung an die Medien: ESA-Astronaut und ISS-Kommandant Luca Parmitano kehrt aus dem Weltraum zurück

ESA-Astronaut Luca Parmitano kehrt nach sechs Monaten von der Internationalen Raumstation ISS zurück. Nach 201 Tagen im All wird er zusammen mit Alexander Skworzow und Christina Koch am 6. Februar 2020 in Kasachstan landen. Parmitano fliegt dann umgehend zum Europäischen Astronautenzentrum EAC in Köln weiter. Seine dortige Ankunft wird für etwa 21:00 GMT (22:00 CET) erwartet.

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Rekord-Astronaut landet nach sechs Monaten im Weltraum wieder auf der Erde

Der ESA-Astronaut Luca Parmitano ist heute zusammen mit der NASA-Astronautin Christina Koch und dem Roscosmos-Kosmonauten Alexander Skworzow auf die Erde zurückgekehrt. Damit ist Parmitanos zweite sechsmonatige Mission an Bord der Internationalen Raumstation ISS, die Mission „Beyond“, offiziell beendet.

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Watch live: Luca speaks with European media

Just two days after landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan, watch live as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano shares his spaceflight experiences with media in Europe.

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Sojus MS-13-Besatzung kehrt sicher zur Erde zurück –  Christina Koch mit neuem Damen-Langzeitflugrekord

Die Besatzung des russischen Raumschiffes Sojus MS-13 ist am Donnerstag wohlbehalten von der Internationalen Raumstation ISS auf die Erde zurückgekehrt. Bei stürmischem Wetter und etwa 7 Grad minus ging die Landekapsel mit dem Russen Alexander Skworzow, dem italienischen ESA-Astronauten Luca Parmitano und der Amerikanerin Christina Koch um 10.12 Uhr deutscher […]

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Christina Koch Completes 328-Day Mission in Space

Setting a record for the longest single spaceflight in history by a woman, NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) landed on Earth at 4:12 a.m. EST in Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan. The trio departed the International Space Station in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft at 12:50 a.m.

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Christina Koch Undocks in Soyuz Crew Ship With Expedition 61 Crew

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying three people back to Earth undocked from the  International Space Station at 12:50 a.m. EST. NASA astronaut Christina Koch, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov are expected to land in their Soyuz MS-13 at 4:12 a.m. EST southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (3:12 p.m. Kazakhstan time).

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NASA TV is Live as Expedition 61 Crew Prepares to Depart Station

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) are saying their farewells to NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos before their board their Soyuz spacecraft and close the hatches between them and the space station. Hatches are expected to close at about 9:25 p.m. EST for a series of leak checks before the Soyuz undocks and returns to Earth early Thursday morning.

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In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

NASA astronaut Christina Koch wrapped up her first stay on the International Space Station today (Feb. 6).

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U.S. Cygnus Cargo Craft Launch Scrubbed

Northrop Grumman’s launch attempt of the NG CRS-13 cargo mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed due to off-nominal data from ground support equipment. The launch team is assessing the situation. NASA’s Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston has informed the space station crew that Northrop Grumman will assess a launch attempt on Monday, however the weather forecast is not favorable. NASA and Northrop Grumman will provide additional information on NASA’s homepage as it becomes available.

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Space station to forge ultra-fast connections

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plan to install a high-speed radio link to enable almost real-time connections with Earth.The upgrade to the ESA Columbus laboratory will relay data from experiments on the Station back to Earth almost instantaneously.

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Crew Studies DNA and Space Flames Before Cargo Ship Launch

The three-member Expedition 62 crew is getting ready for a resupply mission scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Thursday, Feb. 13, at 4:06 p.m. EST due to an unfavorable weather forecast in the next few days and the time required to address a ground support issue. The crewmates from the United States and Russia also …

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U.S. Cargo Mission Targets Friday Launch as Crew Maintains Lab

The next U.S. cargo mission is now targeting Friday for its launch to replenish the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the Expedition 62 crew is continuing the upkeep of orbital lab systems.

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Earth / Erde

Satellite spies gigantic ‚fuzzball‘ clouds spreading near Australia coast

On Jan. 29, an instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a photo of cloud forms that look like bursting fuzzballs near the west coast of Australia, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory, which released the image Friday (Feb. 7). These fuzzballs, or actinoform clouds, are impossible to see from the ground, because they are just so big, sometimes stretching as far as 180 miles (300 kilometers) across, which is a little over the width of Florida.

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Moon / Mond

A single grain of Apollo moon dust opens new world of lunar science

Scientists found a new way to analyze moon dust based on only a single grain of the material.

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NASA has a plan for yearly Artemis moon flights through 2030. The first one could fly in 2021.

The first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule was originally scheduled to launch this year, but the mission is now expected to slip to 2021.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Rosetta’s ‚rubber ducky‘ comet changed color as it neared the sun. Here’s why.

As Rosetta’s comet got near enough to the sun for frost to evaporate off its surface, a color-changing water and dust cycle began that shuffled its colors around.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Cheops image of its first target star

Image of HD 70843, the star chosen as the first target for Cheops, ESA’s Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite. The star, located around 150 light years away in the constellation of Cancer, is visible at the centre of the image, surrounded by fainter stars in the background.

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A perfect blur – First image by exoplanet watcher CHEOPS

ESA’s exoplanet-observer CHEOPS acquired the first image of its initial target star, following the successful telescope cover opening on 29 January 2020. The intentionally blurry image is a product of the specially designed telescope optics, which are deliberately defocused to maximise the precision of CHEOPS‘ measurements and enable its unprecedented study of exoplanets, or planets in other solar systems.

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Hurra! Die ersten Bilder des neuen Weltraumteleskops CHEOPS sind unscharf!

CHEOPS steht für “CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite” und ist ein Weltraumteleskop, das von der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA am 18. Dezember 2019 ins All geschickt worden ist. Ursprünglich war es mal ein Projektvorschlag aus dem Jahr 2010 von Didier Queloz (der 2019 Nobelpreis für Physik erhalten hat) und dem ebenfalls aus der Schweiz stammenden Astrophysiker Willy Benz.

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Europe’s planet-hunting CHEOPS telescope beams down its first image. It’s better than expected

A planet-hunting probe has taken its first photos, and they’re better than expected

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Technology / Technologie

DLR nimmt in Dresden Supercomputer für Luft- und Raumfahrtforschung in Betrieb

Die Simulation neuer Technologien in der Luft- und Raumfahrt erfordert aufgrund ihrer Komplexität eine immense Rechnerleistung. Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) hat deshalb seinen neuen Hochleistungsrechner CARA (Computer for Advanced Research in Aerospace) in Dresden in Betrieb genommen. „Mit seinen fast 150.000 Recheneinheiten ist CARA im internationalen […]

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OneWeb will launch 34 internet satellites today: Here’s how to watch it live

A Soyuz rocket carrying 34 of OneWeb’s broadband satellites is scheduled to launch today at 4:42 p.m. EST (2142 GMT) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Watch the liftoff live here.

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All About the Laser (and Microphone) Atop Mars 2020, NASA’s Next Rover

SuperCam is a rock-vaporizing instrument that will help scientists hunt for Mars fossils.

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News. ExoMars-2020 instruments installed on the landing platform

Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and NPO Lavochkin specialists (part of Roscosmos) have finished installing the scientific equipment onto the ExoMars-2020 spacecraft landing platform.

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Boeing’s 2nd Starliner software glitch could have led to an in-space collision

Seven weeks after Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner failed to reach the International Space Station during its first orbital flight test, NASA and Boeing officials disclosed the preliminary results of an investigation into what went wrong.

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Boeing’s Starliner test flight had a 2nd critical software issue, NASA panel finds (report)

Boeing is considering another test flight for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft amid concerns from a NASA safety panel about its first flight.

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Politics / Politik

Space Force: What will the new military branch actually do?

The Space Force has been officially established, but it’s still unclear exactly what the organization will do.

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NASA erhält 25,2 Milliarden Dollar für das Haushaltsjahr 2021

Die USA stellen der Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA für das Haushaltsjahr 2021 25,2 Milliarden Dollar zur Verfügung. Das sieht der am Montag veröffentlichte Haushaltsentwurf der Regierung vor. Das bedeute eine 12-prozentige Steigerung und einen der höchsten NASA-Haushalte in der Geschichte, sagte Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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Trump’s 2021 NASA budget proposal axes 2 telescopes, 2 Earth science missions & STEM grants

In the Trump administration’s federal budget request for 2021, NASA proposes the cancellation of two telescopes, two earth science programs and STEM engagement efforts.

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NASA’s Mars sample-return plans get a boost in 2021 budget request

The White House’s proposed 2021 federal budget helps keep the ball rolling on one of planetary science’s highest priorities, Mars sample-return, and funds development of a potential mission that would map water ice on the Red Planet.

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World / Welt

ESA starts definition phase for Comet Interceptor

Following an internal assessment of the results of the phase 0 studies, the European Space Agency is moving forward starting the Definition Phase (phase A) for the F-class mission Comet Interceptor.

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SpaceX is holding a Starship career day to ramp up its Mars colonization effort

SpaceX is hosting a Starship career day today (Feb. 6) at the company’s facility near the South Texas village of Boca Chica, where the big spaceship is coming together.

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NASA Administrator Statement on Moon to Mars Initiative, FY 2021 Budget

Jim Bridenstine addresses NASA’s ambitious plans for the coming years, including Mars Sample Return.

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Russland begeht 65. Jahrestag von Baikonur

Russland hat am Mittwoch den 65. Jahrestag des Kosmodroms Baikonur begangen. Am 12. Februar 1955 hatte der Ministerrat der damaligen Sowjetunion beschlossen, hier ein Testgelände für interkontinentale ballistische Raketen zu schaffen.

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