Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 02.04.20

Front Page / Titelseite

ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis

Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth’s gravitational pull as it swings past the planet, will be performed amid restrictions ESA has implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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BepiColombo-Vorbeiflug an der Erde inmitten der Coronavirus- Krise

Die Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure des ESA-Satellitenkontrollzentrums in Darmstadt bereiten einen Vorbeiflug der europäisch-japanischen Merkur-Mission BepiColombo an der Erde vor, um mit Hilfe der Schwerkraft Schwung für die weitere Reise zu holen. Das Manöver, bei dem die Mission ihre Flugbahn durch die Erdanziehung anpassen wird, erfolgt im Rahmen von Einschränkungen durch die Coronavirus-Pandemie.

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Astronaut Pee Will Help Build Bases on the Moon

In a strange development, a new ESA-supported study has shown that urine could actually help astronauts build bases on the Moon

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BepiColombo’s last views of Earth

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Image: Earth and the Moon as seen by the selfie cameras on board of the Bepi Colombo spacecraft in early March 2020

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Lean team readies ESA’s Mercury-bound BepiColombo for planetary flyby

One job deemed essential by the European Space Agency during the coronavirus pandemic involves shepherding the BepiColombo spacecraft through a high-speed flyby of planet Earth next month, an immovable event on the $1.8 billion mission’s seven-year journey to Mercury.

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Raumfahrt: Ein Schloss aus Stein und Urin

Nicht nur Klopapier kann sich als kostbar herausstellen: Forscher haben Mondbeton aus Astronautenpipi entwickelt.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter makes last spin on Earth before before July launch

NASA’s next mission to Mars will carry what is meant to become the first aircraft to fly on another planet, and that experimental helicopter just spun its blades on Earth for the last time.

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China’s new crew spacecraft looks like it could dock with the International Space Station

A next-generation crew spacecraft that China is preparing for a flight test this spring appears to be capable of docking with the International Space Station.

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DLR: Schutzmasken statt Raumfahrtmodelle

Auch das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt hat wegen der Covid-19-Pandemie seine Standorte geschlossen und hält nur noch einen Notbetrieb aufrecht. Trotzdem bemühen sich Techniker, ihren Beitrag zur medizinischen Versorgung der Bevölkerung zu leisten: Sie testen, ob sich 3D-Drucker im DLR für die Herstellung von Schutzmasken und von Komponenten für Beatmungsgeräte nutzen lassen.

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NASA, Japan add 2 more astronauts to SpaceX’s 1st operational Crew Dragon flight

The passenger list for SpaceX’s first operational crewed mission is now complete.

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Full Mirror Deployment a Success

In a recent test, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space.

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Sun / Sonne

NASA Selects Mission to Study Causes of Giant Solar Particle Storms

NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms – known as solar particle storms – into planetary space.

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For NASA’s next sun mission, 6 tiny spacecraft will work as one massive telescope

Want to build the largest radio telescope to fly in space to date? Here’s an easier technique: Design six tiny satellites to fly in formation and work together.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

GK Roskosmos bleibt beim ISS-Fahrplan

Russland nimmt trotz der Corona-Epidemie keine Veränderungen am Fahrplan für die Internationale Raumstation ISS vor. So werde die neue Mannschaft mit Anatoli Iwanischin, Iwan Wagner (beide Russland) und Chris Cassidy (USA) am 9. April zur Station fliegen, allerdings unter besonderen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen, teilte die Pressestelle der GK Roskosmos […]

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Heart, Eye Studies in Space as Next Crew Nears Launch

Cardiac research and 3D bioprinting aboard the International Space Station today are helping NASA improve health for humans in space and on Earth. The three Expedition 62 crewmembers also participated in eye exams and radiation checks. Three new Expedition 63 crewmembers are in Kazakhstan just two weeks away from beginning a 195-day mission on the station. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy joined Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner for a traditional flag-raising ceremony today outside the Cosmonaut Hotel at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The trio is due to liftoff April 9 at 4:05 a.m. EDT and arrive at their new home in space about six-and-a-half hours later.

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In Photos: The Expedition 62 mission to the International Space Station

See photos of and by the crew of the Expedition 62 mission to the International Space Station.

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Space Biology on Station Ahead of Cargo and Crew Ship Activities

The Expedition 62 crew wrapped up the workweek with more space biology research to understand what living in space does to the human body. The International Space Station is also getting ready to send off a U.S. cargo craft and swap crews.

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Astronauts in space are beaming positivity to the people of Earth. (Amazing photos, too.)

Astronauts at the International Space Station are sharing positivity and stunning images of our home planet from their temporary home in orbit.

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Space Botany, Biology During Robotics and Spaceship Work

A U.S. cargo craft is just one week away from departing the International Space Station and returning to Earth packed with science and hardware for analysis. Meanwhile, the Expedition 62 crew is continuing its space biology research as robotics controllers begin installing the new Bartolomeo science platform.

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Der nächste russische Frachter startet mit Rakete des Sieges zur ISS

Der nächste russische Frachter Progress MS-14 startet am 25. April anlässlich des bevorstehenden 75. Jahrestages des Sieges über Hitler-Deutschland mit einer Rakete des Sieges zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Wie die GK Roskosmos am Dienstag mitteilte, wird die Sojus-2.1a mit dem Emblem des 75. Jahrestages, dem Sankt-Georgs-Band als Symbol der Tapferkeit […]

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Exercise Research, Spaceship Packing During Robotics Work

Exercise tests aboard the International Space Station today are helping doctors evaluate the best ways to keep crews healthy and fit on long-term space missions. The Expedition 62 crew also readied cargo and crew ships for departure as a variety of other life science experiments took place.

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Earth / Erde

Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe – including Paris, Madrid and Rome.

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See how coronavirus has changed society in this video of before-and-after satellite views

The coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, satellites in space are revealing a radical shift in human behavior.

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Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe – including Paris, Madrid and Rome.

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See how coronavirus has changed society in this video of before-and-after satellite views

The coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, satellites in space are revealing a radical shift in human behavior.

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Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe

New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations over several major cities across Europe – including Paris, Madrid and Rome.

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

See how coronavirus has changed society in this video of before-and-after satellite views

The coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, satellites in space are revealing a radical shift in human behavior.

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Moon / Mond

NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Gateway Logistics Services

NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo, experiments and other supplies to the agency’s Gateway in lunar orbit.

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NASA picks SpaceX to fly cargo to moon-orbiting Gateway space station

SpaceX cargo craft will soon reach much farther out into the final frontier, if all goes according to plan.

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NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to Gateway station in lunar orbit

NASA has selected SpaceX to deliver supplies to the planned Gateway mini-space station in lunar orbit using a new version of the Dragon cargo vehicle launched atop Falcon Heavy rockets.

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Last stop before launch: Orion passes tests and returns to Kennedy Space Center

The Orion spacecraft that will fly on the Artemis 1 mission around the Moon has returned to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, after finishing space environment tests. The spacecraft, including ESA’s European Service Module, is now at its final destination before launch.  

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NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo, experiments and other supplies to the agency’s Gateway in lunar orbit.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Highest Resolution Mosaic Image of the Surface of Bennu

NASA and the University of Arizona have released a stunning new global map of asteroid Bennu. At 2 inches (5 cm) per pixel, this is the highest-resolution global map of any planetary body. This hi-res map will help guide the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the surface of the asteroid to collect a sample, currently scheduled for …

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Bennu Global Mosaic – OSIRIS-REx Mission

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Pluto formed quickly with a deep ocean covering its entire surface

Pluto’s ancient oceans may have come about just after the icy world was born, melting from ice in a process that suggests the dwarf planet took just 30,000 years to form

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Mars may have had hot springs millions of years ago

he more we look at Mars, the more signs of ancient water we find. Now a study suggests that the Red Planet could have been home to hot springs

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On Mars, deep-water diversity has stood the test of time, meteorites show

The water buried deep within Mars likely came from at least two very different sources long ago, a new study suggests.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Hubble Hooks a One-Arm Galaxy

Located about 21 million light-years from our galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici, NGC 4618 has a diameter of about one-third that of our Milky Way. Together with its neighbor, NGC 4625, it forms an interacting galaxy pair, which means that the two galaxies are close enough to influence each other gravitationally.

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Politics / Politik

Not enough Americans understand the need for Space Force, a top commander says

Space Force vice commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson urges Americans to better understand the need to be prepared for military actions in space.

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Are China’s moon missions a threat to the US? Space experts don’t think so

U.S. fears that China could set up a moon base for spying do not line up with the country’s statements about its space program, according to security experts.

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Technology / Technologie

US launches advanced satellite in 1st Space Force national security mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took to the skies Thursday afternoon (March 26), delivering a highly advanced communications satellite to orbit for the U.S. Space Force.

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SpaceX stacks third Starship prototype ahead of testing (photos)

The latest test version of the Mars-colonizing Starship spacecraft, called the SN3, has been stacked at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, new photos tweeted out by company founder and CEO Elon Musk show.

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Last stop before launch: Orion passes tests and returns to Kennedy Space Center

The Orion spacecraft that will fly on the Artemis 1 mission around the Moon has returned to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, after finishing space environment tests. The spacecraft, including ESA’s European Service Module, is now at its final destination before launch.  

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Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft leaves Ohio

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Back in Florida, Orion capsule nears readiness for Artemis test flight

The Orion spacecraft slated to fly around the moon on an unpiloted mission next year has arrived back at the Kennedy Space Center following an environmental test campaign in Ohio, ready for a series of final checkouts before officials pause launch preparations this summer to await readiness of NASA’s Space Launch System.

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SpaceX unveils users‘ guide for giant Starship rocket

SpaceX just released a users‘ guide for Starship, the reusable spaceship-rocket combo the company is developing to help colonize Mars.

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Photos: Atlas 5 soars into clear skies over Cape Canaveral

Propelled by five strap-on solid rocket boosters and a Russian-made kerosene-fueled RD-180 main engine, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 26 with the U.S. military’s sixth AEHF communications satellite.

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US military may start moving towards launching fleets of tiny satellites

With much of the commercial space industry focused on putting small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), how quickly will the U.S. military follow?

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Science / Wissenschaft

Dunkle Materie: Aus für sterile Neutrinos?

Mehrere Forschergruppen hatten in den vergangenen Jahren Röntgenstrahlung bei weit entfernten Galaxien aufgespürt, die zu sterilen Neutrinos passt. Doch die jetzt im Fachblatt „Science“ veröffentlichten Messergebnisse des US-Teams zeigen, dass die Strahlung nicht vom Zerfall Dunkler Materieteilchen stammen kann. „Eine Vielzahl astrophysikalischer Beobachtungen zeigt, dass Dunkle Materie etwa 80 Prozent der Materie im Kosmos ausmacht“, erläutern…

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Dunkle Materie: Jagd im Halo der Milchstraße

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Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole [heic2005]

New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have provided the strongest evidence yet for mid-sized black holes in the Universe. Hubble confirms that this „intermediate-mass“ black hole dwells inside a dense star cluster.

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World / Welt

OneWeb, a satellite internet startup, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Satellite internet startup OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that comes less than a week after the company launched nearly three dozen satellites into orbit.

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Sea Launch-Verlegung nach Russland abgeschlossen

Die Verlegung des schwimmenden Weltraumbahnhofs Sea Launch (Morskoj start) in seinen neuen russischen Heimathafen Slawjanka südlich der fernöstlichen Hafenstadt Wladiwostok ist abgeschlossen. Als letztes Element traf am Montag die Startplattform Odyssey an Bord eines Frachtschiffes ein. Sie soll am Dienstag auf eine Werft gebracht werden. Das […]

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India’s space agency pauses rocket launches to make coronavirus supplies: report

As the coronavirus-borne disease spreads around the world, India’s space agency has responded by pausing launches and pivoting resources to develop ventilators and hand sanitizer.

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Virgin Orbit designs new ventilator as part of Virgin Group’s efforts to combat coronavirus

The small-satellite launch company Virgin Orbit has developed a new ventilator meant to be mass-producible to help support teams taking care of patients affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance rover has a hidden message for the Red Planet

It won’t be the first hidden message that NASA sends to Mars.

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Dunkle Materie: Aus für sterile Neutrinos?

Mehrere Forschergruppen hatten in den vergangenen Jahren Röntgenstrahlung bei weit entfernten Galaxien aufgespürt, die zu sterilen Neutrinos passt. Doch die jetzt im Fachblatt „Science“ veröffentlichten Messergebnisse des US-Teams zeigen, dass die Strahlung nicht vom Zerfall Dunkler Materieteilchen stammen kann. „Eine Vielzahl astrophysikalischer Beobachtungen zeigt, dass Dunkle Materie etwa 80 Prozent der Materie im Kosmos ausmacht“, erläutern…

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Dunkle Materie: Jagd im Halo der Milchstraße

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Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole [heic2005]

New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have provided the strongest evidence yet for mid-sized black holes in the Universe. Hubble confirms that this „intermediate-mass“ black hole dwells inside a dense star cluster.

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Dunkle Materie: Aus für sterile Neutrinos?

Mehrere Forschergruppen hatten in den vergangenen Jahren Röntgenstrahlung bei weit entfernten Galaxien aufgespürt, die zu sterilen Neutrinos passt. Doch die jetzt im Fachblatt „Science“ veröffentlichten Messergebnisse des US-Teams zeigen, dass die Strahlung nicht vom Zerfall Dunkler Materieteilchen stammen kann. „Eine Vielzahl astrophysikalischer Beobachtungen zeigt, dass Dunkle Materie etwa 80 Prozent der Materie im Kosmos ausmacht“, erläutern…

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Dunkle Materie: Jagd im Halo der Milchstraße

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via Wissenschaft

Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole [heic2005]

New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have provided the strongest evidence yet for mid-sized black holes in the Universe. Hubble confirms that this „intermediate-mass“ black hole dwells inside a dense star cluster.

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