Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.06.20

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Erste Einzelheiten des neuen russischen Weltraumprogramms enthüllt –  RKK Energija-Chef Osar soll Raketen-Holding leiten

Moskau, 22. Juni 2002 — In Moskau wurden erste Einzelheiten des neuen Einheitlichen Weltraumprogramms Russlands bekannt, das auf vier sogenannten Profil-Holdings für Raketenbau, Satellitenbau, kosmische Bodenstrukturen und Wissenschaft beruht. Der Generaldirektor der GK Roskosmos, Dimitri Rogosin, hatte es im Februar angekündigt, um die „chronischen Probleme“ der Branche aus den letzten […]

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Offenbar Zweifel an NASA-Mondlandetermin 2024

In der US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA ist man sich offenbar nicht ganz sicher, dass der von Präsident Donald Trump für 2024 vorgegebene Termin für die nächste bemannte Mondlandung zu halten ist. Sie könne keine klare Ja- oder Nein-Antwort auf diese Frage geben, sagte die neue Direktorin für das bemannte Raumfahrtprogramm,

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The Launch Is Approaching for NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance

The Red Planet’s surface has been visited by eight NASA spacecraft. The ninth will be the first that includes a roundtrip ticket in its flight plan.

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NASA’s next Mars rover is just one month away from launch

The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover, the life-hunting, sample-caching Perseverance, is just a month away.

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China reveals details of next-gen crew spacecraft’s 1st test flight

A first glimpse inside the prototype of China’s next-generation crew-carrying spacecraft has been provided in Beijing following a successful uncrewed test flight in May.

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Astronomie ohne Teleskop: Vorschau für Juli 2020

In dieser Blogartikelserie gebe ich eine Vorschau auf astronomische Ereignisse und Konstellationen, die mit bloßem Auge oder maximal einem Fernglas beobachtet werden können. Bitte beachten Sie: die Uhrzeiten für den Juli sind in Mitteleuropäischer Sommerzeit (MESZ) angegeben und entsprechen dem Standort Berlin.

Verlinkung innerhalb dieser Serie:

Sonnenaufgang und -untergang, Mondsichtbarkeiten

Die Sonnenaufgangs- und untergangszeiten im Juli sind wie folgt:

  • 01.07.20: Aufgang: 04:48, Untergang: 21:32
  • 16.07.20: Aufgang: 05:03, Untergang: 21:20
  • 31.07.20: Aufgang: 05:25, Untergang: 20:59
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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.06.20

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ESAIL maritime satellite ready for launch

The ESAIL microsatellite for tracking ships worldwide – developed under an ESA Partnership Project – has completed its accommodation on Vega’s new dispenser for small satellites and is ready for launch. 

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NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help

Using an online tool to label Martian terrain types, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm that could improve the way engineers guide the Curiosity rover.

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Another delay: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope won’t launch in March 2021

We’ll have to wait a bit longer still to see NASA’s next big space telescope get off the ground.

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New Horizons‘ „Alien View“ from the Outer Solar System

NASA’s New Horizons mission deep in the Kuiper Belt has measured the parallax to two nearby stars with the help of Earth-based observers.

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University-built CubeSat launched with swarm of auroral science nodes

Rocket Lab successfully launched five small satellites from New Zealand Saturday for customers in the United States and Australia, including a CubeSat with a novel swarm of tiny magnetometers to measure the plasma currents that shape colorful auroras.

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After crane problem, ULA caps build-up of Atlas 5 rocket for Mars rover launch

United Launch Alliance has completed stacking of the major elements of the Atlas 5 rocket assigned to power NASA’s Perseverance rover toward Mars, but the mission’s launch date has been pushed back three days to July 20 after teams repaired an issue with a crane in the Atlas 5’s assembly building.

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New Horizons is so Far From Earth That the Positions of the Stars Look a Little Different From its Perspective

From its current position in the Kuiper Belt, the New Horizons spacecraft recently conducted a parallax experiment that is not only groundbreaking, but historic!

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ExoMars spots unique green glow at the Red Planet

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected glowing green oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere – the first time that this emission has been seen around a planet other than Earth.

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Rocket Motors for First NASA Artemis Moon Mission Arrive at Spaceport

The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA’s first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday for launch preparations.

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NASA lit a fire in space to keep future astronauts safe (video)

NASA deliberately set a fire in a spacecraft to see if a „smoke eater“ and carbon dioxide scrubber could make future moon missions safer for astronauts.

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Hilarious Supercut of Astronauts Falling on the Moon

The Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon, yes. But they also hopped, bounded, and shuffled. And sometimes they fell, spectacularly. That caused a lot of consternation back on the Earth, especially for the engineers who designed the Apollo spacesuits. James McBarron was an aerospace technologist who worked on spacesuits for every NASA program, from Mercury …

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.06.20

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Preparing the Perseverance Mars Rover to Collect Samples on the Red Planet

The samples Apollo 11 brought back to Earth from the Moon were humanity’s first from another celestial body. The upcoming Perseverance rover mission will collect the first samples from another planet.

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Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we’ve landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

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Happy birthday, Falcon 9! SpaceX’s workhorse rocket debuted 10 years ago today

SpaceX’s famous Falcon 9 rocket has now been flying for a decade.

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Life on Mars? Meet the new rover built to give us the answer

NASA’s Curiosity rover has shown that Mars was habitable billions of years ago. And NASA is about to launch another rover, called Perseverance, to look for signs of Red Planet life.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.06.2020

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

SpaceX just launched 2 astronauts into orbit. What’s next for the NASA crew?

What’s next for the NASA astronauts who launched to space today (May 30) aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule?

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Liftoff! SpaceX launches 1st astronauts for NASA on historic test flight

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule launched from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today (May 30), ending a nine-year orbital human spaceflight drought for the United States.

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NASA, SpaceX Launch Historic Mission to International Space Station

The post NASA, SpaceX Launch Historic Mission to International Space Station appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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Commercial Crew: Ein historischer Start für die NASA

Seit Außerdienststellung der Space Shuttle im Jahr 2011 war die NASA für den Transport von Astronautinnen und Astronauten zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS auf russische Sojus-Raumschiffe angewiesen. Mit dem Start des Mission Commercial Crew Demo-2 heute Abend soll dies der Vergangenheit angehören. Die NASA setzt dabei auf ein Raumschiff von SpaceX. (27. Mai 2020)

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Putin gratuliert Trump zum erfolgreichen Start von Crew Dragon

Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin hat US-Präsident Donald Trump zum erfolgreichen Start des Raumschiffes Crew Dragon gratuliert. Beide Politiker hätten in dem Telefongespräch zudem ihre Bereitschaft erklärt, die beiderseitig nützliche Zusammenarbeit in der Raumfahrt weiter zu entwickeln, teilte der Pressedienst des Kreml am Montag mit.

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NASA Administrator, Sen. Cruz, Rep. Babin to Discuss Crew Dragon Test Flight at Briefing in Houston

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Brian Babin of Texas will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 31, at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert

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NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon

For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.

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Demo-2: Launching Into History

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

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Protokoll der Mission Demo 2 des Crew Dragon

Nun sind sie gut im Orbit angekommen, die ersten beiden Passagiere eines Crew Dragon, der gestern um 21:22 MESZ trotz Wettersorgen den ganzen Tag abheben konnte und heute gegen 16:30 MESZ an die ISS andocken sollen: Die Bilder hier zeigen von unten eine Georgia-Gopherschildkröte vor der Startrampe (aus dem Demo-2-Album des NASA HQ, eine kleine Anspielung auf die Tatsache, dass der erste kommerziele Astronauten-Start mehrere Jahre später erfolgt ist als einst geplant?),

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