Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.02.20

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA InSight Mars Lander

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period.

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Die Beben des Mars

174 Erschütterungen in acht Monaten hat die Nasa-Sonde Insight auf dem Mars gemessen. Das lässt Rückschlüsse auf den Aufbau des Roten Planeten zu.

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InSight: Im Schnitt ein Erdbeben pro Tag auf dem Mars

Der Planet Mars ist seismisch aktiv. Das zeigen erste wissenschaftliche Analysen von Daten, die der NASA-Marslander InSight von der Marsoberfläche zur Erde gefunkt hat. Im Schnitt konnte das Seismometer SEIS jeden Tag ein Erdbeben registrieren. Von der Auswertung der Aufzeichnungen verspricht sich das Team wichtige Informationen über das Innere des Mars.

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Marssonde InSight: Überraschend starkes Magnetfeld und ein unruhiger Untergrund

Seit mehr als einem Jahr sammelt die NASA-Sonde InSight Daten auf dem Mars. Dabei hat sie einiges gefunden, was die Forscher überrascht.

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NASA has a new idea to get the InSight lander’s ‚mole‘ on Mars digging again

The „mole“ aboard NASA’s Mars InSight lander is about to get yet another push.

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NASA’s Insight Detects Many Marsquakes on the Red Planet

Persistent tremors on Mars suggest the planet’s interior is cooling and hint that there might be a pocket of magma beneath the surface.

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After a Challenging First Year on Mars, InSight Shows Us that Mars is Seismically Active

The NASA and DLR InSight lander has been on Mars for over a year now. The mission has faced significant challenges getting its HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) into the subsurface, but the spacecraft’s other instruments are working as intended. Now, researchers have published six papers outlining some of the mission’s scientific results. …

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Further Title News / Weitere Titelnachrichten

What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?

A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. But what does that have to do with Mars?

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Japan to launch a sample-return mission to Mars moon Phobos in 2024

The Martian Moon Exploration (MMX) mission, which aims to haul pieces of the Mars moon Phobos to Earth, has officially become a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) project.

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Phobos sample return mission enters development for 2024 launch

Japan’s space agency has approved a robotic mission to retrieve a sample from the Martian moon Phobos for return to Earth to begin full development for a planned launch in 2024, officials said Thursday.

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LightSail 2 captures stunning photos of Earth from space

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has beamed back stunning new images of Earth.

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Sun / Sonne

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Parker Solar Probe Reports Successful Record-Setting Fourth Close Encounter of the Sun

Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, received a “status A” beacon from the spacecraft at 5:20 a.m. EST on Feb. 1. Status A is the best of four possible status signals, and indicates that the spacecraft is operating nominally and the instrument suites are collecting science data. This status also indicates that any minor issues that may have occurred were identified and resolved by Parker Solar Probe’s onboard autonomy and fault management systems.

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First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday, providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in a good shape following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun

The ESA’s Solar Orbiter, which took to space over earlier this month, recently sent back its first batch of data to mission controllers on Earth. The post Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun appeared first on Universe Today.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Sojus MS-16-Stammbesatzung muss möglicherweise ausgetauscht werden –   Grund:  Zeitweilige Fluguntauglichkeit eines Kosmonauten

Die russische Stammbesatzung des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-16 mit Nikolai Tichonow und Andrej Babkin, die am 9. April mit dem Amerikaner Chris Cassidy zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS starten soll, muss möglicherweise durch ihre Doubles ersetzt werden. Grund sei, dass eines der Mitglieder für zeitweilig fluguntauglich erklärt werden muss, teilte der amtierende […]

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Cygnus Open for Business as New Science Starts

The Cygnus space freighter is open for business at the Unity module where it will stay for the next three months. The Expedition 62 crew has begun unloading over three tons of science, supplies and station hardware delivered Tuesday to replenish the orbital lab.

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Russia replaces two cosmonauts on next space station crew, citing medical reasons

Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station „for medical reasons,“ according to the Russian space agency. Roscosmos said Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will no longer fly in April.

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Bone Research and Pilot Studies as Crew Trains for Emergencies

New bone research kicked off on the International Space Station today to improve human health on and off the Earth. The Expedition 62 crew also practiced an emergency simulation with ground controllers.

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Earth / Erde

What should we do if a ‚planet-killer‘ asteroid takes aim at Earth?

If a giant object looks like it’s going to slam into Earth, humanity has a few options. A new guide could help NASA decide which one is best.

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Moon / Mond

What’s up with that rock? China’s moon rover finds something strange on the far side.

China’s Yutu-2 lunar rover has discovered what appear to be relatively young rocks during its recent exploration activities on the lunar far side.

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On the far side of the moon, Chinese lander and rover begin 15th lunar day

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has entered its 15th lunar day of work on the far side of the moon, with both the lander and Yutu 2 rover still in good condition.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Surprise! There’s more water on Jupiter than anyone thought

Jupiter appears to have more water than anyone expected.

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Jupiter’s Equator

Thick white clouds are present in this JunoCam image of Jupiter’s equatorial zone.

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Dust Devils Have Left Dark Streaks All Over This Martian Crater

There may be no life on Mars, but there’s still a lot going on there. The Martian surface is home to different geological process, which overlap and even compete with each other to shape the planet. Orbiters with powerful cameras give us an excellent view of Mars’ changing surface. The HiRISE (High Resolution Science Imaging …

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Spacecraft look back on our cosmic home

Image: A mosaic of spacecraft images of Earth from locations across the Solar System.

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Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

While the cold, dry, radiation-blasted surface of Mars is widely considered to be uninhabitable, the subsurface may be a very different story.

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See the new Solar Orbiter’s 1st space measurements (and an awesome video)

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter has sent back its first measurements from space, confirming the successful deployment of the boom that carries many of its sun-gazing instruments.

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New Horizons Reveals Full Picture of Arrokoth…and How Planets Form

New Horizon’s flyby of Arrokoth, a planetesimal in the Kuiper Belt, reveals a pristine object untouched since the solar system’s origin. Its shape and geology show that planetesimals form more gently than previously thought.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ’super flare‘ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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via ESA Top News https://www.esa.int/

Politics / Politik

‚By any means necessary‘: Vice President Pence urges NASA on moon-Mars goal

Returning American astronauts to the moon in 2024, and then sending pioneers on to Mars in the next decade, remains a top priority for the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence stressed.

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NASA needs to put a price on its moon landing missions to gain support from Congress

When planning for human moon landing missions in the 2020s, NASA needs detailed budgetary estimates to get a better chance of securing Congress‘ support.

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Rogosin übt sich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung

Der russische Raumfahrtchef Dmitri Rogosin, der immer für einen flotten Spruch gut ist, übt sich plötzlich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung. So werde er nicht verraten, wie viele Weltraumstarts die GK Roskosmos für das Jahr 2020 plane, sagte er am Freitag auf einer Konferenz zum Thema „Luft- und […]

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Technology / Technologie

China startet vier Experimentalsatelliten

China hat am Donnerstag vier Experimentalsatelliten gestartet. Sie stiegen an der Spitze einer Trägerrakete des Typs Langer Marsch 2D vom Raumfahrtzentrum Xichang in der südwestlichen Provinz Sichuan auf, teilte die Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua mit.

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Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020

Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits.

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First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

Image: First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

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World / Welt

NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team

The leadership council for Mars 2020 science added two new members who represent the interests of scientists destined to handle and study the first samples from Red Planet.

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NASA Awards Contract to Launch CubeSat to Moon from Virginia

NASA has selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, California, to provide launch services for the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat. Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard an Electron rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. After launch, the company’s Photon platform will deliver CAPSTONE to a trans-lunar injection. The engine firing will allow the CubeSat to break free of Earth’s gravity and head to the Moon. Then, CAPSTONE will use its own propulsion system to enter a cislunar orbit, which is the orbital area near and around the Moon. The mission is targeted for launch in early 2021 and will be the second lunar mission to launch from Virginia.

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Coronavirus isn’t stopping China from launching rockets

China resumed satellite launches Wednesday (Feb. 19) amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, lofting a Long March 2D rocket in the country’s first launch since the Chinese New Year.

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China wants to build a new space station. A planned launch in April will set the stage.

China is planning a launch in April to prepare for building the country’s next space station.

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ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars

ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. The winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme. 

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Hubble Team Wins the 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

In recognition of Hubble’s scientific prowess and longevity, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has awarded their 2020 Collins Trophy for Current Achievement to the Hubble operations team

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Explorers Wanted: Media Invited to Experience Artemis Astronaut Training

NASA is offering media a glimpse of astronaut training at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 25, before the application process opens March 2 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

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Connie Moore and Sheva Moore: Keepers of NASA’s Imagery

Connie Moore (left) and Sheva Moore are not related but they share a passion for helping the public find just the right image or film clip for projects.

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‚Mad Mike‘ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil „Mad Mike“ Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam.

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Astra’s 1st flight for DARPA Launch Challenge delayed by bad weather

A California spaceflight company’s quest to win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge won’t kick off tomorrow (Feb. 25) after all.

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NASA picks moon catapults, lasers, electricity and other wild lunar projects for student contest

NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to student teams looking to deploy robots, towers and other small vehicles alongside moon-roving astronauts.

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Wostotschny erhält vierten Startkomplex

Das neue russische Kosmodrom Wostotschny im Amur Gebiet erhält einen vierten Startkomplex. Für die neuen Trägerraketen Sojus-5 und Sojus-6 werde man eine eigene Rampe errichten, teilte der Generaldirektor des Zentrums für die Nutzung der Objekte der kosmischen Infrastruktur (ZENKI), Andrej Ochlopkow, in einem RIA Nowosti-Interview mit. […]

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NASA Continues To Hide Its Astrobiology Program

Oh yes – it has been a week and no one from NASA SMD, PAO, JPL, etc. has responded to my inquiry to explain why JPL and GSFC avoid the use of the word „Astrobiology“ when referring to missions overtly focused on Astrobiology research. See „NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Has An Issue With Certain Words“

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

For All Mankind’s alternate history of the space race is brilliant

When the Soviet Union lands on the moon first people in the US are shocked. But For All Mankind provides an even bigger surprise when one cosmonaut’s identity is revealed, says Emily Wilson

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Science / Wissenschaft

New Wave of Parker Solar Probe Science Published

Researchers using Parker Solar Probe data released a new wave of research papers in a special supplement of The Astrophysical Journal on Feb. 3, 2020. The supplement, titled Early Results from Parker Solar Probe: Ushering a New Frontier in Space Exploration, includes some 47 papers with new findings based on the mission’s first three solar flybys. Several other papers still under review will be published later as part of this same issue. The introduction for the issue was written by Marcia Neugebauer, who first confirmed the existence of the solar wind after it was predicted by Eugene Parker — namesake of Parker Solar Probe — in 1958.

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Alien-life hunters are eyeing icy ocean moons Europa and Enceladus

As the hunt for life on Mars starts getting into full swing, some scientists are already looking beyond the Red Planet, to our solar system’s next astrobiological frontier.

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History / Geschichte

Celebrating John Glenn’s Historic Mission

On February 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in American history.

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Katherine Johnson

The following is a statement from Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of NASA legend Katherine Johnson, who worked for the agency from 1953 to 1986.

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NASA-Mathematikerin von spätem Ruhm: Katherine Johnson ist gestorben

Ihre Berechnungen waren eine Grundlage des frühen US-Raumfahrtprogramms, aber in der Öffentlichkeit war sie lange unbekannt. Die Anerkennung folgte spät.

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