Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.05.20

Front Page / Titelseite


SpaceX Crew Dragon Start to ISS / Start der SpaceX Crew Dragon zur ISS

ISS-Programm-Chef der NASA:  SpaceX kam Modifizierungswünschen der Russen an Crew Dragon nach

Der SpaceX-Konzern von Elon Musk hat auf Wunsch der GK Roskosmos zahlreiche Modifizierungen an seinem neuen Raumschiff Crew Dragon vorgenommen, das am kommenden Mittwoch zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS starten soll. Die größte Befürchtung der Russen sei gewesen, dass es trotz der sehr, sehr geringen Wahrscheinlichkeit eines Misserfolgs […]

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NASA und SpaceX geben grünes Licht für Crew Dragon-Start

Die US-Luft und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA und der Konzern SpaceX haben am Freitag in Cape Canaveral (Florida) grünes Licht für den Start der Demo-2-Mission des Crew Dragon am 27. Mai gegeben. Er werde um 16:33 Uhr Ortszeit (22.33 Uhr deutscher Zeit) stattfinden, wurde mitgeteilt.

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SpaceX Demo-2 Rollout

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rolled out of the horizontal integration facility at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission.

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SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley listen as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gives remarks after the crew arrived at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

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Astronauts have a surprise name for their Crew Dragon spacecraft

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken plan to reveal a name for their Crew Dragon spaceship on the day they launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, reclaiming a tradition that dates back to the dawn of the Space Age. Hurley and Behnken are preparing for launch on a test flight to restore orbital human spaceflight capability to the United States.

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Dragon crew runs through launch day dress rehearsal

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken donned their SpaceX-made launch and entry flight suits Saturday and rode to pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in a final dress rehearsal before launch day. They rode in a Tesla SUV with the license plate “ISSBND” — noting the crew’s destination of the International Space Station.

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SpaceX’s astronaut launch debut won’t be the first human spaceflight to American soil since 2011

SpaceX’s first crewed mission, which is set to launch on Wednesday (May 27), will be epic and historic. But it doesn’t mark the return of human spaceflight to American soil.

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SpaceX, NASA give final ‚go‘ for historic astronaut launch Wednesday

SpaceX is officially „go“ to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station this week after the final launch readiness review. But some bad weather could potentially cause delays.

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For SpaceX’s historic astronaut launch, the stakes have never been higher

The stakes have never been higher for SpaceX, which is poised to become the first commercial spaceflight company to launch NASA astronauts to space on Wednesday (May 27).

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SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch will be a ‚unique moment‘ for America, NASA chief says

SpaceX is still one day away from launching astronauts back into orbit from the U.S., but, NASA has already announced the target date for the company’s next crewed mission: Aug. 30.

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Further Title News / Weitere Titelnachrichten

OSIRIS-REx Will Collect a Sample from Bennu on October 20th

The date is finally set for OSIRIS-REx’s sampling maneuver. The spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since the end of December 2018. During that time, it’s found a few surprises, and mapped the surface in great detail. Now, we can circle October 20th on our calendars, as the date OSIRIS-Rex will collect its sample. OSIRIS-REx …

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Drittes Europäisches Servicemodul für die Mission zur Landung von Astronauten auf dem Mond

Nun ist es offiziell: Wenn 2024 Astronautinnen und Astronauten auf dem Mond landen, werden sie vom Europäischen Servicemodul ESM unterstützt. Die Europäische Weltraumorganisation unterzeichnete einen Vertrag mit Airbus über den Bau des dritten Europäischen Servicemoduls für das NASA-Raumschiff Orion, das die nächsten Astronautinnen und Astronauten auf den Mond befördern wird.

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Third European Service Module for mission to land astronauts on the Moon

It’s official: when astronauts land on the Moon in 2024 they will get there with help from the European Service Module. The European Space Agency signed a contract with Airbus to build the third European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will ferry the next astronauts to land on the Moon.

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European Service Module 3

The Artemis programme is bringing humans back to the Moon. It depends heavily on NASA’s Orion spacecraft that consists of a crew module and the European Service Module, which will provide propulsion, life support, environmental control and electrical power. Main contractor Airbus has just been green-lighted by ESA to develop a third European Service Module. 

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Sun / Sonne

Solar Orbiter: Wissenschaftliche Instrumente sind bereit

Freude beim Team der europäischen Sonnenmission Solar Orbiter: Alle wissenschaftlichen Instrumente der im Februar gestarteten Sonde sind inzwischen aktiviert und getestet worden und alle arbeiten einwandfrei. Nun müssen sie noch unter Beweis stellen, dass auch der gemeinsame Blick auf die Sonne wie vorgesehen funktioniert.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Erhöhte Benzol-Konzentration in der ISS abgesenkt

In der Internationalen Raumstation ISS sind die Reinigungssysteme aktiviert worden, um die erhöhte Benzol-Konzentration in der Luft abzusenken. In letzter Zeit waren rund sechs Milligramm pro Kubikmeter registriert worden. Inzwischen sollen es nur noch zwei Milligramm sein, teilte die GK Roskosmos mit. Die erhöhten Werte seien […]

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Letzter Kounotori-Frachter auf dem Weg zur ISS

Der neunte und letzte japanische Kounotori-Frachter ist mit rund sechs Tonnen Nachschub auf dem Weg zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Er stieg am Mittwoch um 19.31 Uhr deutscher Zeit an der Spitze einer H2B-Trägerrakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Tanegashima in der Präfektur Kagoshima im Südwesten des Landes auf, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur Kyodo. Die […]

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Expedition 63 Awaits Japanese Cargo and American Crew

Three Expedition 63 crewmates are orbiting Earth getting ready to welcome a Japanese cargo ship and the first crew to launch from America in almost a decade. NASA Commander Chris Cassidy will command the Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Japan’s ninth space freighter to visit the station on Memorial Day at 8:15 a.m. EDT. The H-II Transfer Vehicle-9 (HTV-9) is delivering over four tons of crew supplies, space experiments and new lithium-ion batteries to upgrade station power systems. NASA TV’s live coverage begins Monday at 6:45 a.m.

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Here’s what SpaceX’s 1st spaceship to carry astronauts looks like from space (satellite photos)

A satellite has spotted SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon standing tall on a launch pad in Florida, ready for this week’s historic crewed flight.

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Japanischer Frachter legt problemlos an der ISS an

Der neunte und letzte japanische Kounotori-Frachter hat am Montag mit rund sechs Tonnen Nachschub die Internationale Raumstation ISS erreicht. Er wurde um 14:14 Uhr deutscher Zeit vom US-Astronauten Chris Cassidy mit Unterstützung seines russischen Kollegen Iwan Wagner mit dem kanadischen Roboterarm „eingefangen“, um später an das Harmony-Modul […]

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Japan’s Resupply Ship Installed on Station’s Harmony Module

The unpiloted Japanese cargo spacecraft was installed this morning at 10:46 a.m. EDT to the Earth-facing port of the International Space Station’s Harmony module, where it will remain for two months. Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA, with assistance from Russian Flight Engineer Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos, operated the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola and grappled the 12-ton spacecraft.

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Canadian Robotic Arm Captures Japanese Space Freighter

After a five-day journey, the H-II Transport Vehicle-9 (HTV-9) was captured by Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola to grapple the 12-ton spacecraft.

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Japanese cargo ship arrives at space station to make one last delivery

A robotic Japanese cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station Monday (May 25) to make one final delivery before its fleet is retired.

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Expedition 63 Awaits SpaceX Crew, Unpacks Japanese Cargo

The Expedition 63 crew is getting ready for the launch and arrival this week of two NASA astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. This follows Monday morning’s arrival of a Japanese cargo craft that delivered over four tons of food, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

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Earth / Erde

Week in images: 18-22 May 2020

Discover our week through the lens

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

PIA23805: Jupiter’s Racing Stripes

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Ready for Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu – OSIRIS-REx Mission

NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu’s surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security – Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has targeted Oct. 20 for its first sample collection attempt.

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NASA’s Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks’ of Our Solar System

With James Webb, researchers will observe far-flung asteroids, some with moons, to learn more about the makeup and history of our solar system.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Ocean Circulation Might Be the Key to Finding Habitable Exoplanets

We’ve found thousands and thousands of exoplanets now. And spacecraft like TESS will likely find thousands and thousands more of them. But most exoplanets are gassy giants, molten hell-holes, or frozen wastes. How can we find those needles-in-the-haystack habitable worlds that may be out there? How can we narrow our search? Well, first of all, …

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Politics / Politik

Russia Says Nyet To Artemis Accords

„Attempts to privatize the Moon run counter to international law, CEO of Russia’s Roscosmos State Space Agency Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station on Monday. „We will not, in any case, accept any attempts to privatize the Moon. It is illegal, it runs counter to international law,“ Rogozin pointed out. The Roscosmos CEO emphasized that Russia would begin the implementation of a lunar program in 2021 by launching the Luna-25 spacecraft to the Moon. Roscosmos intends to launch the Luna-26 spacecraft in 2024. After that, the Luna-27 lander will be sent to the Moon to dig up regolith and carry out research on the lunar surface.“

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Technology / Technologie

Air Deliveries Bring NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Closer to Launch

A NASA Wallops Flight Facility cargo plane transported more than two tons of equipment — including the rover’s sample collection tubes — to Florida for this summer’s liftoff.

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Sensor glitch delays Virgin Orbit’s 1st launch of new LauncherOne rocket

Virgin Orbit called off the planned debut launch of its new LauncherOne rocket Sunday (May 24) due to a sensor issue on the air-launched booster.

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Assembly of Mars rover’s rocket to begin this week

Two key pieces of hardware needed for NASA’s next Mars rover — an Atlas rocket booster and sterile components of the rover’s sample collection system — recently arrived at Cape Canaveral ahead of the mission’s scheduled launch July 17. The first stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Skid Strip runway May 18 aboard a Ukrainian-built Antonov An-124 transport plane. The cargo aircraft carried the 107-f0ot-long (32-meter) Atlas first stage from Huntsville, Alabama, near ULA’s rocket factory in Decatur.

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Virgin Orbit’s air-launched rocket fails on first test flight

Making its first flight, a privately-funded air-launched rocket developed and built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit failed to reach space Monday after release from the company’s modified 747 carrier airplane over the Pacific Ocean.

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Virgin Orbit: Testflug von Trägerrakete ist gescheitert

Rückschlag für Richard Bransons Virgin Orbit: Ein erster Versuch, eine Trägerrakete ins Weltall zu befördern, ist missglückt. Dennoch habe man einen Schritt vorwärts gemacht, so das Unternehmen.

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Russland visiert bemannte Raumschiffe mit Tragflächen an

Offenbar mit Blick auf eine künftige eigene Raumstation visiert Russland den Bau von mehrfach verwendbaren bemannten Raumschiffen mit Tragflächen an. „Die Entwicklung der bemannen Programme ist heute mit der Schaffung von Kosmoplanen verbunden“, sagte der Chef der GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, in einem Rundfunkinterview. In den USA liefen solche Versuche […]

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The Detective Aboard NASA’s Perseverance Rover

An instrument called SHERLOC will, with the help of its partner WATSON, hunt for signs of ancient life by detecting organic molecules and minerals.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has a new space toilet for astronauts. But how does it work?

SpaceX has a new toilet! So, to answer the burning question of every kid (and most adults): what is this space toilet like?

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How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot?

A new study takes a look at the challenges of sending and receiving data over interstellar distances using tight-beam lasers

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

#Code4Stella eine Pflanzenüberwachung

Aufmerksam „Der kleine Major Tom“ lesende AstroZwerge haben festgestellt, dass Stella ihre Pflanzen im Gewächshaus des Space Camp 1 besonders mag und pflegt. Schließlich stellen sie sicher, dass es regelmäßig frisches Obst und Gemüse im All gibt. Dazu muss sie regelmäßig Sensoren kontrollieren, die die Umgebungsbedingungen überwachen. Im Band 11 erklärt sie Ming: „Auf dem… Weiterlesen #Code4Stella eine Pflanzenüberwachung

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World / Welt

GK Roskosmos-Chef Rogosin zieht ausschließlich positive Zwei-Jahres-Bilanz

Der Generaldirektor der Staatlichen Korporation (GK) Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, hat eine ausschließlich positive Bilanz seiner Arbeit seit seiner Berufung durch Präsident Wladimir Putin vor zwei Jahren gezogen. In dieser Zeit sei es der neuen Führung der Branche gelungen, eine „positive Dynamik bei der Lösung vieler Fragen […]

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DLR baut Forschungsobservatorium für Beobachtung von Satelliten und Weltraumschrott

Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) plant ein neues Forschungsobservatorium zur Beobachtung von Flugbahnen und Beschaffenheit von Objekten im erdnahen Orbit. Die Bauarbeiten für das optische Großteleskop mit dem Projektnamen MS-LART (Multi-Spectral Large Aperture Receiver Telescope, Multispektrales Empfangsteleskop) beginnen Ende Mai auf dem Innovationscampus Empfingen im Nordschwarzwald, teilte […]

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Neues Observatorium: Objekte in erdnahen Umlaufbahnen im Blick

Immer mehr Objekte kreisen um die Erde – kontrolliert und unkontrolliert. Die Raumfahrt stellt dies vor besondere Herausforderungen, gilt es doch, Kollisionen zu vermeiden, durch die teure Satelliten zerstört und weitere Trümmerteile entstehen könnten. Bei Stuttgart baut man nun ein neues Teleskop, mit dem auch noch Objekte erfasst werden sollen, die nur zehn Zentimeter groß sind. (26. Mai 2020)

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Science / Wissenschaft

Meet the Experts: Isolation in Antarctica

Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on a wide range of topics, from climate studies and astronomy to glaciology and human physiology and psychology. Dr. Stijn Thoolen, the ESA-sponsored research doctor based at the French/Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica, discusses life in isolation in what is often referred to as White Mars.

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The Bold Plan to See Continents and Oceans on Another Earth

A group of researchers, backed by NASA funding, wants to use solar sails and the Sun’s gravity to capture an image of an exoplanet so sharp we can see continents, oceans, and clouds.

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Maybe a Fleet of Tiny Spacecraft Could Help Detect a Primordial Black Hole Planet 9

There are eight classical planets in our solar system, from speedy Mercury to distant Neptune. There are also numerous dwarf planets, such as Pluto and Ceres. While we continue to find more dwarf planets, there are some hints that another large planet could lurk far beyond Neptune. This Planet Nine is thought to be a …

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