Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.05.20

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA to Provide Coverage of SpaceX Commercial Crew Test Flight with Astronauts

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX mission control to do social distancing for first crewed flight

SpaceX’s first crewed launch is planned for 27 May and will be run from a mission control with desks set six feet apart to comply with social distancing protocols

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Hubble’s impactful life alongside space debris

During its 30 years in orbit around Earth, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has witnessed the changing nature of spaceflight as the skies have filled with greater numbers of satellites, the International Space Station was born and in-space crashes and explosions have created clouds of fast-moving space debris.Hubble itself has felt the impact of this debris, accumulating tiny impact craters across its solar panels that evidence a long and eventful life in space. So what can we learn from these impacts, and what does the future hold for Hubble?

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NASA-Helikopter auf den Namen Ingenuity  getauft

Der Helikopter, der im Juli mit dem US-Marsrover Perseverance zum Roten Planeten gebracht werden soll, wurde auf den Namen Ingenuity (Findigkeit) getauft. Das teilte die Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA mit. Der Heli ist das erste Luftfahrzeug, das aus eigener Kraft einen Flug auf einem anderen Planeten unternehmen […]

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Earth flyby opens new science opportunities for BepiColombo

Science instruments aboard the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo are in excellent condition to gather high-quality data during the spacecraft’s long cruise to the innermost planet of the Solar System despite not having been designed for this purpose, teams collaborating on the mission learned during the spacecraft’s April flyby of Earth.

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US-Astronaut Behnken rechnet mit problemlosem Premierenflug von Crew Dragon

Der amerikanische Astronaut Bob Behnken (im Bild links) rechnet mit einem problemlosen Premieren-Flug des Crew Dragon von SpaceX zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS, mit dem sich sein Land am 27. Mai nach fast zehnjähriger Pause wieder in der eigenen bemannten Raumfahrt zurückmeldet. Der Flug mit seinem Landmann Doug […]

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Two NASA astronauts are ready to try something completely new: Ride a SpaceX spaceship

NASA astronauts Robert „Bob“ Behnken and Douglas „Doug“ Hurley are excited and prepared to launch to space this month.

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With SpaceX’s Dragon, NASA astronauts will ride a new spaceship for the 1st time in decades

It’s been nearly nine years since an American vehicle launched astronauts into orbit. This month, SpaceX and NASA aim to change that in an unprecedented test flight six years in the making.

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SpaceX aces final parachute test ahead of historic May 27 crew launch

SpaceX wrapped up the 27th and final drop test of Crew Dragon’s upgraded parachute system today (May 1), apparently clearing the path for the Demo-2 mission later this month.

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How long will the 1st astronauts to ride SpaceX’s Crew Dragon be in space? No one knows exactly (yet).

Two NASA astronauts will make history this month when they fly to the International Space Station in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. But how long their mission will last has yet to be determined.

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Hopeful for launch next year, NASA aims to resume SLS operations within weeks

With the Space Launch System’s inaugural test flight now officially delayed to November 2021, NASA says work halted by the coronavirus pandemic will resume within weeks to prepare for the first test-firing of the SLS core stage at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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Robotik: Valles Marineris im Computer

Wie testet man die Zusammenarbeit von Robotern in einer außerirdischen Umgebung, etwas auf dem Mars? Forschende der Universität Bremen haben jetzt eine Antwort parat: Sie haben 40 Quadratkilometer Marslandschaft in der virtuellen Realität rekonstruiert. Das Testumfeld ermöglicht die realistische Simulation von Robotermissionen und Funknetzen unter den Umweltbedingungen des Mars. (5. Mai 2020)

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Neue Rakete, neues Raumschiff: China hat hochfliegende Pläne im All

China hat den Mond, den Mars und den Bau einer Raumstation im Visier. Eine neue Generation von Raumschiffen und Raketen wird getestet.

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China just tested a spacecraft that could fly to the moon and beyond

China just tested its biggest rocket yet, along with a new capsule designed to carry humans to its planned space station, the moon, and beyond

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China launches next-generation space capsule on Long March 5B rocket test flight

China launched a new space capsule into orbit Tuesday (May 5) on the debut test flight of a Long March 5B rocket that will carry the country’s planned space station

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Sun / Sonne

The Sun is less active magnetically than other stars

While the Sun can be active, it is often quite a calm star. We now know it is unusually calm when compared to other stars. The post The Sun is less active magnetically than other stars appeared first on Universe Today.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Spider eyes in space

360 degree ISS Experience camera on the Space Station

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Russland will die Zahl seiner bemannten Starts zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS von derzeit zwei auf drei in den Jahren 2021 bis 2023 steigern. Das betreffe die Sojus-MS-Raumschiffe mit den Seriennummern 18 bis 26, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti am Samstag. Zu den Besatzungen wurde nichts mitgeteilt. […]

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Educators to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

Educators from across the nation will have an opportunity next week to talk with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

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Expedition 63 Explores Free-Flying Robots and Heart Research

ree-flying robots and heart research filled the science schedule aboard the International Space Station today. The Expedition 63 crew also managed cargo activities in a pair of resupply ships and cleaned biology research gear.

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Spacesuit Work and Heart Research Fill Crew Day

The three-member Expedition 63 crew aboard the International Space Station focused its attention on spacesuits and cardiac research today. The orbital residents also serviced science hardware and life support gear.

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Astronaut coffee break: filming in space

The images of Earth astronauts capture during their time in space are breathtaking, but footage from inside the Station is just as exciting. ISS Experience is a commercial initiative to create an immersive VR experience of life in space for people on Earth. Here, Luca explains ISS Experience to his fellow astronauts as they talk about plans to take VR cameras beyond the airlock.

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Station Trio Works Spacesuits, Science as SpaceX Readies Crew Launch

Spacesuits, photo inspections and pilot studies kept the Expedition 63 crew busy aboard the International Space Station today. Meanwhile, the Commercial Crew Program is getting ready to launch its first crewed mission.

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Cygnus Readied for Departure, Crew Trains for Medical Emergency

A U.S. cargo craft is one week away from completing its mission at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the three-member Expedition 63 crew focused its attention today on emergency training and orbital maintenance. On Monday May 11, the Cygnus space freighter from Northrop Grumman will complete its mission attached to the station’s Unity module. Cygnus will serve a dual purpose after its departure as it takes out the trash and deploys a set of CubeSats for a variety of space research.

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NASA TV to Air Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Departure from Space Station

Nearly three months after delivering several tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station, Northrup Grumman’s unpiloted Cygnus cargo craft is scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Monday, May 11.

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Earth / Erde

Asteroid grazes path of satellites in geostationary ring

A reasonably small 4-8 m asteroid recently flew by Earth, passing close to satellites orbiting in the geostationary ring at a distance of about 42 735 km from Earth’s centre and only about 1200 km from the nearest satellite.

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How amateur satellite trackers are keeping an ‚eye‘ on objects around the Earth

Around the planet, a loosely knit but closely woven band of amateurs monitor the whereabouts of satellites — be they secretive spacecraft, rocket stages, orbital debris or lost space probes

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Mapping methane emissions on a global scale

An important new tool to combat climate change is now available. Using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, this new technology makes it possible to track and attribute methane emissions around the world. 

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Shedding light on the ocean’s living carbon pump

Phytoplankton play a crucial role in ocean biology and climate. Understanding the natural processes that influence phytoplankton primary production, and how they are changing as the planet warms, is vital. A new study, using data from the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative, has produced a 20-year time-series of global primary production in the oceans – shedding new light on the ocean’s living carbon pump.

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Moon / Mond

NASA vergibt Aufträge an drei US-Firmen für Mondlandesysteme

Die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA hat an drei Firmen die Aufträge für die Entwicklung der Systeme für die bemannte Landung (human landing systems – HLS) ihres Artemis-Programms vergeben, mit dem 2024 erstmals eine Frau und der nächste Mann auf den Mond gebracht werden sollen. Es handele sich dabei um Blue […]

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NASA Commits to Future Artemis Missions with More SLS Rocket Engines

NASA has awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, to manufacture 18 additional Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engines to support Artemis missions to the Moon.

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NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024.

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NASA picks SpaceX, Dynetics and Blue Origin-led team to develop Artemis moon landers

NASA has picked SpaceX, Dynetics and a team led by Blue Origin to develop new moon landers for astronauts under the agency’s Artemis lunar program.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Earth flyby opens new science opportunities for BepiColombo

Science instruments aboard the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo are in excellent condition to gather high-quality data during the spacecraft’s long cruise to the innermost planet of the Solar System despite not having been designed for this purpose, teams collaborating on the mission learned during the spacecraft’s April flyby of Earth. 

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PIA23804: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A Rose By Any Other Name

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover is Going to Jezero Crater, Which is Looking Better and Better as a Place to Search for Evidence of Past Life on Mars

n 2018, NASA decided that the landing site for its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover would be the Jezero Crater. At the time, NASA said the Jezero Crater was one of the “oldest and most scientifically interesting landscapes Mars has to offer.” That assessment hasn’t changed; in fact it’s gotten stronger. A new research paper says

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Chaos reigns in detailed new views of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

Scientists have gotten their best look to date at three chaotic patches on the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa thanks to decade-old images from a long-defunct spacecraft.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Unravel Riddles of a Stellar Nursery

A bustling stellar nursery in the picturesque Orion Nebula will be a subject of study for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2021.

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Spitzer Telescope Reveals the Precise Timing of a Black Hole Dance

Black holes aren’t stationary in space; in fact, they can be quite active in their movements. But because they are completely dark and can’t be observed directly, they’re not easy to study. Scientists have finally figured out the precise timing of a complicated dance between two enormous black holes, revealing hidden details about the physical characteristics of these mysterious cosmic objects.

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Technology / Technologie

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Will Look at Mars Through These ‚Eyes‘

A pair of zoomable cameras will help scientists and rover drivers with high-resolution color images

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Smart Chips für den Weltraum

Smart Chips für den Weltraum

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Chinas neue Trägerrakete Langer Marsch-5B absolviert erfolgreich Jungfernflug

Die neue chinesische Trägerrakete Langer Marsch-5B hat am Dienstag erfolgreich ihren Jungfernflug absolviert. Sie stieg um 12.00 Uhr deutscher Zeit mit dem unbemannten Prototyp des bemannten Raumschiffes der neuesten Generation samt einer Frachtrückkehrkapsel vom Weltraumbahnhof Wenchang in der Provinz Hainan auf, teilte die Weltraumagentur CMSA mit. Nach 488 Sekunden sei […]

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Ten New Pictures from LightSail 2

Images from around the globe, plus some night pictures and the spacecraft’s solar panels.

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Elon Musk shows off Starship prototype’s rocket engine ahead of test fire (photo)

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk just tweeted an image looking up at the belly of the latest Starship prototype, the SN4, which is on the test stand ahead of a key engine firing.

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The UAE is going to Mars. Here’s the plan for its Hope orbiter.

The United Arab Emirates had its sights set on Mars the day before it launched its second satellite ever.

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Virgin Orbit’s first launch could happen later this month

Virgin Orbit could attempt its first orbital test launch later this month over the Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles, capping a development program for an air-launched small satellite carrier that began in earnest eight years ago.

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World / Welt

Building satellites amid COVID-19

During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 lockdown, trying to work poses huge challenges for us all. For those that can, remote working is now pretty much the norm, but this is obviously not possible for everybody. One might assume that like many industries, the construction and testing of satellites has been put on hold, but engineers and scientists are finding ways of continuing to prepare Europe’s upcoming satellite missions such as the next Copernicus Sentinels.

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RKK Energija-Vize Mikrin an Coronavirus gestorben

Der Generalkonstrukteur und 1. Stellvertretende Generaldirektor des Raumfahrtkonzerns RKK Energija, Jewgeni Mikrin, ist im 65. Lebensjahr an einem Coronavirusinfekt gestorben, teilte der Generaldirektor der GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, am Dienstag mit. Der Verstorbene habe einen bedeutenden Beitrag zur Entwicklung von Steuerungssystemen für bemannte kosmische Transportsysteme, Frachtraumschiffe, […]

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Russische Privatfirma kündigt Start von fünf Kleinsatelliten an

Die russische Privatfirma Sputniks will im 4. Quartal fünf Kleinsatelliten ins All schicken. Sie sollen als Beifracht mit dem südkoreanischen Satelliten CAS500-1 mit einer Sojus-2.1a-Trägerrakete vom Kosmodrom Baikonur (Kasachstan) gestartet werden, teilte das Unternehmen mit. Ein Bildungssatellit ist für Saudi-Arabien und ein Internetsatellit für Tunesien bestimmt. […]

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Astronautentraining in COVID-Zeiten

Nach fast zwei Monaten Isolation kehren nicht nur die Schülerinnen und Schüler allmählich in den Unterricht zurück. Auch ESA-Astronaut Matthias Maurer nahm sein Training im Europäischen Astronautenzentrum (EAC) der ESA wieder auf und begann mit einer etwas ungewöhnlichen Auffrischung.

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Ready, set, go for COVID-conscious astronaut training

After nearly two months of confinement, it is not only school students who are progressively returning to class. ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer also returned to training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC), starting with a slightly unusual robotics refresher.

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Head of Russian human spaceflight program dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

evgeny Mikrin, the head of Russia’s human spaceflight program, has died, space agency Roscosmos confirmed in a statement released on May 5.

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Virgin Galactic, NASA teaming up on superfast ‚point to point‘ flight

NASA has signed a Space Act Agreement with Virgin Galactic and its manufacturing subsidiary „to advance the United States‘ efforts to produce technically feasible, high-Mach vehicles for potential civil applications.“

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

‚Mars Horizon‘ beta lets you command your own space agency, but act fast

„Mars Horizon,“ a space agency simulator game by Auroch Digital, launched a free beta this week to let you command your own space agency.

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NASA working with Tom Cruise to film movie on the International Space Station

NASA said Tuesday it is working with Tom Cruise to film a movie on the International Space Station, but details on the arrangements are scarce. The news that Cruise was in talks with to shoot an action-adventure film on the space station was first reported Monday by Deadline, which said the actor is working with SpaceX on the project.

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Science / Wissenschaft

Astronomers Find Jupiter-like Cloud Bands on Closest Brown Dwarf

Brown dwarfs, often called “failed stars,” weigh up to 80 times as much as Jupiter, yet their gravity compacts them to about the size of Jupiter in diameter. And like Jupiter, brown dwarfs can have clouds and weather. Astronomers have found evidence that the closest known brown dwarf, Luhman 16A, has Jupiter-like cloud bands. In contrast its companion brown dwarf, Luhman 16B, shows signs of patchy clouds.

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Want to Mine the Moon? Here’s a Detailed Map of all its Minerals

The USGS‘ Astrogeology Science Center has released a complete mineral map of the Moon, which the lunar mining crowd is sure to appreciate!

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NASA Perseverance Mars Rover Scientists Train in the Nevada Desert

Team members searched for signs of ancient microscopic life there, just as NASA’s latest rover will on the Red Planet next year.

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