Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.03.20

Front Page / Titelseite

Bartolomeo heading for space to join Columbus

Europe’s external commercial experiment-hosting facility is headed for the International Space Station on Saturday morning, hitching a ride on the SpaceX Dragon 20 cargo vessel. Named after Christopher Columbus’ younger brother, Bartolomeo will provide room for experiments from commercial and institutional organisations that want to capitalise on access to space as well as experiments from ESA, NASA and more.

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Europäische Außenplattform Bartolomeo an der ISS angekommen — Letzte Mission der Dragon-Kapsel der ersten Generation

Die Europäische Außenplattform Bartolomeo ist am Montag an der Internationalen Raumstation ISS angekommen. Sie machte ein Drittel der Fracht des US-Jubiläumsraumschiffes Dragon CRS-20 von SpaceX aus, das um 11.25 Uhr deutscher Zeit von der Astronautin Jessica Meir mit einem Roboterarm „eingefangen“ wurde. Der Frachter war am Samstagmorgen […]

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Bartolomeo heading for space to join Columbus

Europe’s external commercial experiment-hosting facility is headed for the International Space Station on Saturday morning, hitching a ride on the SpaceX Dragon 20 cargo vessel. Named after Christopher Columbus’ younger brother, Bartolomeo will provide room for experiments from commercial and institutional organisations that want to capitalise on access to space as well as experiments from ESA, NASA and more.

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Start frei für die Kommerzialisierung:  Außenplattform Bartolomeo erweitert die ISS-Nutzung

Auf dem Weltraumbahnhof Cape Canaveral in Florida wartet die europäische Außenplattform Bartolomeo auf ihren Start zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS, der für Samstagmorgen geplant ist. Mit diesem Forschungsbalkon beginne in der Station ein neues Zeitalter. Das Projekt Made in Germany treibe ihre Kommerzialisierung spürbar voran, sagte Walther Pelzer, […]

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Virginia Middle School Student Earns Honor of Naming NASA’s Next Mars Rover

NASA chose a seventh-grader from Virginia as winner of the agency’s „Name the Rover“ essay contest. Alexander Mather’s entry for „Perseverance“ was voted tops among 28,000 entries.

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NASA’s next Mars rover is called Perseverance and will search for life

Out of 28,000 suggestions, NASA selected the name Perseverance for its Mars 2020 rover, which will search for signs of life on the Red Planet

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Meet ‚Perseverance‘: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover has a new name

NASA’s next Mars rover — a life-hunting, sample-caching robot scheduled to launch this summer — is officially called Perseverance, agency officials announced today (March 5).

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Meet ‚Perseverance‘: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover has a new name

NASA’s next Mars rover — a life-hunting, sample-caching robot scheduled to launch this summer — is officially called Perseverance, agency officials announced today (March 5).

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NASA’s Voyager 2 probe is on its own in interstellar space until 2021

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe will have to fend for itself in interstellar space for the next 11 months or so.

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NASA: Voyager an Erde, bitte melden?!

Die NASA renoviert elf Monate lang ist die Deep-Space-Network-Antenne in Canberra. So lange muss die Sonde Voyager 2 im interstellaren Raum allein klarkommen.

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Europe’s Mission to Jupiter’s Moons Just Got its First Instrument

The ESA’s JUpiter Icy Moons Explore (JUICE), which will study Europa and Ganymede for evidence of life, just got its first instrument!

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NASA could have a timeline for Boeing’s next Starliner flight by the end of the month

NASA has still not decided whether it will require Boeing to do a second uncrewed test flight of its Starliner spacecraft, which failed to reach the International Space Station in December.

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Sun / Sonne

Das war unser #SolarOrbiter Start

Nun ist schon wieder ein ganzer Monat vergangen und wir sind noch immer ganz beeindruckt von der Social Media Veranstaltung der ESA zum Start des Solar Orbiters. Nochmals vielen Dank an das ESA-Team, das uns dieses Erlebnis ermöglichte und die anderen Teilnehmer, durch die es zu etwas ganz Besonderem wurde. Wir ihr bereits in „T-3:…

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

ZPK-Chef Wlassow:   Russische Kandidaten für Flüge mit neuen US-Raumschiffen schon benannt

Die Gruppe der russischen Kosmonauten, die einmal im Barter-Verfahren mit den neuen US-Raumschiffen zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS fliegen sollen, steht im Prinzip. Sie sei aber noch nicht festgeschrieben, sagte der Chef des Kosmonautenausbildungszentrums (ZPK) Juri Gagarin im Sternenstädtchen bei Moskau, Juri Wlassow (Foto), am Freitag in […]

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SpaceX plans to send 3 tourists to the space station next year

SpaceX is partnering with a US start-up called Axiom Space to launch three space tourists on a ten-day trip to the International Space Station

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Dragon “Go” for Friday Launch; Crew Studies Biology and Physics

NASA and SpaceX mission managers have given the “go” for Friday’s launch of the Dragon cargo ship at 11:50 p.m. EST. The Expedition 62 crewmembers continue to get ready for Dragon’s arrival at the International Space Station on Monday.

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Dragon “Go” for Friday Launch; Crew Studies Biology and Physics

NASA and SpaceX mission managers have given the “go” for Friday’s launch of the Dragon cargo ship at 11:50 p.m. EST. The Expedition 62 crewmembers continue to get ready for Dragon’s arrival at the International Space Station on Monday.

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3D Bioprinter, Bone Research Continues Ahead of Dragon Launch

The Expedition 62 crew is continuing its human research activities midweek aboard the International Space Station. The SpaceX Dragon resupply mission is also due to launch Friday with over 5,600 pounds of science, supplies and hardware.

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SpaceX to fly private astronauts to space station for startup Axiom in 2021

Axiom, a start-up based in Houston, Texas, and SpaceX have agreed to work together to fly three private astronauts along with a fourth mission commander to the International Space Station.

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Bartolomeo: Start frei für kommerzielle ISS-Nutzung

Die erste kommerzielle Außenplattform Europas auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS soll in der kommenden Nacht ins All starten. Die in Deutschland gebaute und getestete Bartolomeo-Plattform sei, so die Verantwortlichen, ein großer Schritt in Richtung kommerzieller Raumstationsnutzung in Europa.

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US-Frachter Dragon zu 20.  Versorgungsmission auf dem Weg zur ISS –  Europäische Außenplattform an Bord

Das US-Frachtraumschiff Dragon CRS-20 von SpaceX ist seit Samstagmorgen mit 1,977 Tonnen Nachschub auf dem Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Es hob um 5.50 Uhr deutscher Zeit an der Spitze einer Falcon 9-Trägerrakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Cape Canaveral (Florida) ab.

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SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 11:50 p.m. EST Friday. Dragon will deliver more than 4,300 pounds of NASA cargo and science investigations, including a new science facility scheduled to be installed to the outside of the station during a spacewalk this spring.

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SpaceX launches cargo toward space station, aces 50th rocket landing

SpaceX successfully launched an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft for NASA today (March 6), sending fresh supplies toward the International Space Station — and also sticking another rocket landing, the company’s 50th overall.

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Tenacious bacteria flourish on space station, but they’re no more dangerous than Earth bugs

It turns out that bacteria contaminating the drinking water on the International Space Station aren’t any more dangerous than bacteria here on Earth.

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Space station to receive new outdoor deck for science experiments

An Airbus-owned, German-built outdoor science deck is set for launch Friday night from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule, heading for the International Space Station to make the orbiting research outpost more accessible for commercial space experiments.

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DRAGON ARRIVES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on March 9, 2020 and was captured at 3:25 a.m. PDT while flying over 262 statute miles over the Pacific Northwest. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory.

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Robotic Arm Captures Dragon Packed With Science

While the International Space Station was traveling more than 262 miles over the Northeast Pacific near Vancouver, British Columbia, Expedition 62 Flight Engineer Jessica Meir of NASA grappled Dragon at 6:25 a.m. EDT using the space station’s robotic arm Canadarm2 with NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan acting as a backup.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, the last to be caught by robot arm, arrives at space station

SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo capsule arrived at the International Space Station early this morning (March 9), delivering more than 4,300 lbs. (1,950 kilograms) of supplies to the orbiting lab.

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Earth / Erde

Aufräumen im All

Die ESA-Mission ClearSpace-1 wird die erste Müllabfuhr im All sein. Die Vorbereitungen dafür sind in vollem Gang. Das bei einem internationalen Wettbewerb ausgewählte Konsortium unter Leitung des Schweizer Startups ClearSpace arbeitet derzeit an detaillierten Bauplänen für einen „Abschleppwagen“, der 2025 in den Orbit starten soll.

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China launches Beidou satellite, aims for completion of navigation network in May

A Chinese Long March 3B launcher carried a Beidou satellite into orbit Monday, adding the penultimate satellite to China’s independent navigation fleet before another mission in May completes the constellation to give it a global reach.

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Ab heute werden viele Tiere aus dem All beobachtet

Mit Hilfe winziger Sender, angebracht an tausenden Vögeln, Mäusen oder anderen Tieren und verfolgt aus dem All, sagen Forscher künftig Katastrophen vorher.

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ISS: Tierbeobachtung aus dem All soll starten

Das deutsch-russische Beobachtungssystem für Tierwanderungen ICARUS soll heute in Betrieb genommen werden. Eigentlich war das bereits für den Sommer des vergangenen Jahres vorgesehen, doch machte ein Computer Probleme und musste ausgetauscht werden. In einer mehrmonatigen Testphase wird das System nun überprüft und soll dann ab Herbst wissenschaftliche Daten liefern.

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Moon / Mond

NASA still aiming for 2024 moon landing despite SLS megarocket delays

The first launch of NASA’s back-to-the moon program has slipped into the second half of next year, but 2024 remains the target for the first crewed lunar landing since the Apollo days.

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China’s Chang’e 4 lander and rover complete 15th lunar day on moon’s far side

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has completed its 15th lunar day of work on the far side of the moon.

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The First Artemis Launch has Been Delayed Until Mid-to-Late 2021

To kick off the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC), NASA Assoc. Admin. Steve Jurczyk indicated that the first Artemis mission will be delayed a little. The post The First Artemis Launch has Been Delayed Until Mid-to-Late 2021 appeared first on Universe Today.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

NASA-Rover Curiosity macht 1,8-Gigapixel-Panorama seiner Umgebung

Seit mehr als sieben Jahren erforscht Curiosity den Mars. Nun gelang ihm ein neuer Rekord – das größte Panorama von dessen Oberfläche.

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface. Composed of more than 1,000 images taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the composite contains 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape. The rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its telephoto lens to produce the panorama; meanwhile, it relied on its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution, nearly 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover’s deck and robotic arm.

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The dark dunes of Mars: Moreux crater

Known for its wide swathes of rippling, textured, gently sloping dunes, the Terra Sabaea region on Mars is home to many fascinating geological features – including the prominent Moreux crater, the star of a new image from ESA’s Mars Express.

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Jupiter as Never Seen Before!

See Jupiter’s Great Red Spot as you’ve never seen it before in this work of art.

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Voyager 2 is gathering science data again after recovering from a glitch in interstellar space

All five remaining instruments on NASA’s venerable Voyager 2 spacecraft are back to gathering science data after power overuse in late January interrupted the probe’s operations.

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Curiosity Finds Organic Molecules That Could Have Been Produced by Life on Mars

What do coal, crude oil, and truffles have in common? Go ahead. We’ll wait. The answer is thiophenes, a molecule that behaves a lot like benzene. Crude oil, coal, and truffles all contain thiophenes. So do a few other substances. MSL Curiosity found thiophenes on Mars, and though that doesn’t conclusively prove that Mars once …

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OSIRIS-REx did its Closest Flyover Yet, just 250 Meters Above its Sample Site

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is getting closer, physically and temporally, to its primary goal. The spacecraft arrived at Bennu at the end of 2018, and for just over a year it’s been studying the asteroid, searching for a suitable sampling site. To do that, it’s getting closer and closer. OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, …

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Bye-Bye, BepiColombo

On 20 October 2018, ESA launched its Mercury Mission BepiColombo. This space probe will follow a rather complex path to the innermost planet. This path leads past the Earth on Friday, 10 April 2020.

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Bye-Bye, BepiColombo

On 20 October 2018, ESA launched its Mercury Mission BepiColombo. This space probe will follow a rather complex path to the innermost planet. This path leads past the Earth on Friday, 10 April 2020.

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Asteroid Bennu is Getting Some Official Names for its Surface Features

Late last summer, NASA and the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (a.k.a WGPSN) approved the naming convention for features on Bennu, the asteroid currently being orbited and studied by the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft. The naming theme chosen was “birds and bird-like creatures in mythology.” The first twelve features thusly named have now …

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Hubble Spies Galactic Traffic Jam

NGC 3887 is one of many galaxies in our universe with spiral arms, just like our own Milky Way. Until the 1960s, the behavior of spiral arms was an astronomical puzzle.

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XMM Newton Catches a Tiny Flare Star in Action

Sometimes, even small stars can pack a mighty punch. And in the case of a flare star, the results can be awesome. Very awesome. Astronomers uncovered just such an anomaly recently, culling through data from the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatory: the first X-ray flare from a distant cool L-dwarf type star. Said …

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What Hubble Photo Is This?

Let’s see how many of you pay close attention to all of the photos that NASA releases from Hubble – there have been so many over the past 20+ years. Where is this image from?

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This gas-giant exoplanet has water-rich clouds. Here’s why it thrills astronomers.

Three teams of astronomers have been fascinated by an alien world known as K2-18b. But what’s all the fuss about?

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Politics / Politik

Is the end near for Mars Odyssey? Trump’s proposed 2021 budget could doom long-lived mission

The proposed 2021 budget could cancel Odyssey by default due to timing challenges.

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NASA SLS Cost Exceeds Congressional Agency Baseline Commitment

NASA OIG: NASA’S Management of Space Launch System Program Costs and Contracts, OIG „NASA continues to struggle managing SLS Program costs and schedule as the launch date for the first integrated SLS/Orion mission slips further. Rising costs and delays can be attributed to challenges with program management, technical issues, and contractor performance. For example, the structure of the SLS contracts limits visibility into contract costs and prevents NASA from determining precise costs per element

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India faces big budget cut for new human spaceflight program

As India prepares to launch its first astronauts into space, the program will proceed under tighter funding than hoped, at least for the time being.

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NASA inspector general says SLS moon rocket costs continue to climb

The powerful Space Launch System rocket being built for NASA’s Artemis moon program by Boeing, using solid-propellant boosters from Northrop Grumman and main engines from Aerojet Rocketdyne, will have cost more than $18 billion by the time it blasts off on its maiden flight in 2021, NASA’s Office of Inspector General reported Tuesday.

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Technology / Technologie

Artemis I’s Orion Capsule Undergoing Testing

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, a critical part of the agency’s Artemis I mission, is nearing the end of a three-month testing campaign at the agency’s Plum Brook Station.

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NASA taps SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch mission to metal asteroid

NASA has selected SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch a robotic mission in July 2022 to explore Psyche, a metal-rich asteroid located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The Psyche probe is NASA’s first mission assigned to fly on SpaceX’s heavy-lift launcher.

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NASA’s WFIRST space telescope moves forward as Trump administration tries to scrap it again

NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is moving forward on development even as President Donald Trump’s administration tries to cancel the mission, for the third budget in a row.

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WFIRST Passes an Important Milestone, it’s Time to Begin Development and Testing

Soon, astronomers and astrophysicists will have more observing power than they know what to do with. Not only will the James Webb Space Telescope one day, sometime in the next couple years, we hope, if all goes well, and if the coronavirus doesn’t delay it again, launch and begin operations. But another powerful NASA space …

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An Exoplanet-Hunting Space Telescope and a Name for a Rover

Meet NASA’s Perseverance rover. Plus, we’re hiring!

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India postpones powerful Earth-imaging satellite launch for ‚technical reasons‘

A powerful imaging satellite from India that was set to launch Thursday (March 5) is delayed indefinitely due to an undisclosed technical problem, according to multiple reports.

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Rocket issue delays launch of UAE’s Falcon Eye 2 satellite for a month: report

A sharp-eyed satellite’s launch has been pushed back from its expected Thursday (March 5) launch date until no earlier than April due to a rocket problem, according to a media report.

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Soyuz launch with UAE surveillance satellite facing one-month delay

Russian and European teams at the Guiana Space Center in South America plan to detach a UAE spy satellite from its Soyuz launcher to replace the rocket’s Fregat upper stage, forcing a likely delay until early April from the mission’s original launch date of Friday.

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Erster Proton-M-Start des Jahres muss wegen mangelhafter Raketenteile verschoben werden

Peinliche Panne in der russischen Raumfahrt: Der erste Proton-M-Start dieses Jahres, der für den 31. März geplant war, muss auf Ende Mai verschoben werden. Grund seien mangelhafte Raketenteile, die 2015 und 2016 hergestellt worden waren, teilte die GK Roskosmos am Dienstag mit. Sie seien im Zuge […]

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains why we need a ‚whole new architecture‘ for space travel

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says humanity needs a „whole new architecture“ to fly in space beyond low Earth orbit.

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World / Welt

Code4Space –   Fraunhofer und Stiftung »erste deutsche Astronautin« starten Wettbewerb für Grundschulen

Kinder programmieren eigene Experimente für den Einsatz auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS und greifen dabei spielerisch nach den Sternen: Die Stiftung »erste deutsche Astronautin« gGmbH und die Roberta-Initiative des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme IAIS gehen mit Grundschulen auf Weltraummission. Beim Wettbewerb Code4Space, der am Donnerstag in München für […]

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Axiom strikes deal with SpaceX to ferry private astronauts to space station

Axiom Space, a Houston-based company with plans to develop a commercial outpost in space, announced Thursday it has signed a contract with SpaceX to ferry a professional astronaut and three paying passengers to the International Space Station as soon as next year on the first fully private human spaceflight mission to Earth orbit.

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Russische Kosmonautenabteilung beging 60. Jahrestag ihrer Gründung

Die russische Kosmonautenabteilung hat am Samstag den 60. Jahrestag ihrer Gründung begangen. Sie war am 7. März 1960 auf Befehl des Oberkommandos der Luftstreitkräfte mit 12 Fliegern gebildet worden, teilte die GK Roskosmos mit.

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LISA Pathfinder lead scientist awarded prestigious prize

Professor Stefano Vitale, principal investigator of ESA’s LISA Pathfinder and currently the chair of ESA’s Science Programme Committee, has been honoured with the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal for leading the ambitious mission that demonstrated technology to detect gravitational waves from space.

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SpaceX optimistic about May crewed mission as launch industry leaders monitor coronavirus

Leaders in the commercial space industry are optimistic that the coronavirus outbreak won’t unduly affect the launch industry, while SpaceX is confident in a May timeline to loft humans for the first time.

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Science / Wissenschaft

ISS: Menschliches Gewebe im Erdorbit züchten

Mit dem jüngsten Versorgungsflug zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist auch ein ganz besonderes Experiment in den Erdorbit gebracht worden: Aus menschlichen Stammzellen soll in Schwerelosigkeit Gewebe gezüchtet werden. Künftig könnte es möglich sein, auf einen Patienten abgestimmte Transplantate im All zu züchten. Auch Tierversuche könnten sich so vermeiden lassen.

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Eye spy a foam

Another fluid experiment joins long running research on foam stability on the International Space Station. The Foam-Coarsening experiment, developed by Airbus for ESA, is scheduled to be activated this month in the Fluid Science Laboratory in the European Columbus module.

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