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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NASA has built a helicopter to explore Mars and it’s finally ready to launch

NASA is ready to take its first spin at flying a helicopter on another world as the agency’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, prepares for launch in July.

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NASA says SpaceX can reuse Crew Dragon capsules and rockets on astronaut missions: report

NASA has approved the use of preflown Crew Dragon capsules and Falcon 9 rockets on SpaceX’s crewed missions to the International Space Station.

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NASA’s next Mars rover carries tribute to healthcare workers fighting coronavirus

NASA’s next Mars rover will bear to the Red Planet a tribute to brave healthcare workers fighting a pandemic here on Earth.

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Perseverance: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover

The Perseverance rover, the centerpiece of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, will pick up where Curiosity left off, searching for signs of past life, but with better technology

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New NASA spaceflight chief makes no guarantees about 2024 moon landing goal

Kathy Lueders, NASA’s newly appointed head of human spaceflight operations, said Thursday that without a crystal ball, she could not give a yes-or-no answer when asked whether she believes NASA can put astronauts back on the moon by the end of 2024 as called for by the Trump administration.

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Der Sojus-Nachfolger Orjol ist für vier Kosmonauten ausgelegt  –  Chefkonstrukteur Chamiz verrät Einzelheiten

Das neue bemannte Raumschiff Orjol, mit dem Russland 2028 zum Mond fliegen will, ist eigentlich für vier Kosmonauten ausgelegt. Der Sojus-Nachfolger kann aber in der Testphase, in der er die Internationale Raumstation ISS ansteuert,

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Don’t expect NASA’s 1st Artemis astronauts to drive on the moon in a fancy lunar car

Last year, NASA set itself an ambitious goal: Send astronauts to walk on the moon in 2024. Now, the agency is busy planning what astronauts will do during those excursions.

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SLS booster segments arrive in Florida, but stacking on hold until core stage test

Fueled segments of the solid rocket boosters that will lift off on the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but officials will hold off on stacking the boosters until the SLS core stage completes a crucial test-firing later this year.

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NASA agrees to fly astronauts on reused Crew Dragon spacecraft

NASA has agreed to allow its astronauts to fly on reused Crew Dragon spaceships and Falcon 9 boosters beginning as soon as SpaceX’s third launch of a crew to the International Space Station, a mission expected to launch next year.

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Sun / Sonne

Solar Orbiter nähert sich erstmals der Sonne

Die ESA-Mission zur Erforschung der Sonne, Solar Orbiter, hat am 15. Juni ihre erste Annäherung an den Stern vorgenommen. Sie kam der Oberfläche des Sterns bis auf 77 Millionen Kilometer nahe, was etwa der Hälfte der Entfernung zwischen Sonne und Erde entspricht.

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Citizen scientist discovers Sun-watcher

SOHO’s 4000th cometitizen scientist discovers Sun-watcher SOHO’s 4000th comet

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Crew Readies Satellite and Organizes Station

The International Space Station is getting ready to deploy another satellite while the Expedition 63 crew winds down the work week on logistics and space science.

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Spacesuit Work, Earth and Physics Studies Today

Two NASA astronauts are getting their spacesuits ready for a pair of spacewalks set to begin next week. The rest of the Expedition 63 crew juggled a variety of space science and life support work aboard the International Space Station today.

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Dragon Work, Space Research and Spacewalk Preps Today

Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station are getting ready for a pair of spacewalks set to begin at the end of June. Meanwhile, the Expedition 63 crew is still performing advanced space research to benefit Earth and space industries.

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Space Station stitch

This panorama of the International Space Station is a wider view of what ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano was capturing on camera during the first of a series of historic spacewalks that took place in November 2019.

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Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken Work on U.S. Spacesuits

NASA astronauts (from top) Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken work on U.S. spacesuits.

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Astronauts Check Spacewalk Tools and Suits, Study Space Physics

Two NASA astronauts are getting ready for Friday’s spacewalk to continue upgrading power systems on the International Space Station. The other three Expedition 63 crewmembers today explored a variety of microgravity phenomena to improve health and industry on Earth and in space.

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Spacesuit Fit Checks and Microsatellite Deployment Today

Two NASA astronauts spent all day Tuesday preparing for the first of two spacewalks that will start on Friday at 7:35 a.m. EDT. Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineer Bob Behnken began the morning on a specialized computer going over the complex tasks they will use to upgrade station power systems. The second spacewalk is scheduled for July 1 at 7:20 a.m.

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Earth / Erde

SMOS monitoring droughts

In orbit for more than a decade, ESA’s Earth Explorer satellite SMOS has not only exceeded its planned lifespan, but also surpassed its original scientific goals.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Neptune’s weird moon Triton could get a visit from a NASA spacecraft called Trident

A possible new mission called Trident aims to explore Neptune’s strange moon Triton.

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NASA Thinks it’s Time to Return to Neptune With its Trident Mission

Is it time to head back to Neptune and its moon Triton? It might be. After all, we have some unfinished business there. It’s been 30 years since NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past the gas giant and its largest moon, and that flyby posed more questions than it answered. Maybe we’ll get some answers …

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Surprise! Pluto may have had an underground ocean from the very beginning

Though Pluto is now famously frigid, it may have started off as a hot world that formed rapidly and violently, a new study finds.

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Pluto and Other Kuiper Belt Objects Started Out With Water Oceans, and Have Been Slowly Freezing Solid for Billions of Years

t seems unlikely that an ocean could persist on a world that never gets closer than 30 astronomical units from the Sun. But that’s the case with Pluto. Evidence shows that it has a sub-surface ocean between 100 to 180 km thick, at the boundary between the core and the mantle. Other Kuiper Belt Objects …

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Hera and its asteroid target

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

X-rays From a Newborn Star Hint at Our Sun’s Earliest Days

By detecting an X-ray flare from a very young star using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have reset the timeline for when stars like the Sun start blasting high-energy radiation into space.

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XMM-Newton spies youngest baby pulsar ever discovered

An observation campaign led by ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory reveals the youngest pulsar ever seen – the remnant of a once-massive star – that is also a ‘magnetar’, sporting a magnetic field some 70 quadrillion times stronger than that of Earth.

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Hubble Provides Holistic View of Stars Gone Haywire

For stars nearing the end of their lives, the forecast is clear: It’s time for the fireworks! Planetary nebulas, whose stars shed their layers over thousands of years, can turn into crazy whirligigs while puffing off shells and jets of hot gas. New images from the Hubble Space Telescope have helped researchers identify rapid changes in material blasting off stars at the centers of two nebulas — causing them to reconsider what is happening at their cores.

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Astronomie: Das Universum im Röntgenlicht

Galaxien, Quasare, explodierende Sterne: Spektakuläre Bilder aus zwei Jahrzehnten zeigen, wie das Weltraumteleskop Chandra unser Bild vom Röntgenhimmel prägt.

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Politics / Politik

Just Remember: Pence Said „By Any Means Necessary“

Keith’s note: VIce President Pence super duper turbocharged the whole Artemis program to land humans on the Moon by 2024. No one denies the political significance of this date i.e. before the end of a theoretical second term. This was a Herculean task to say the least and the White House certainly delivered with a massive budget request increase. That said, NASA clearly had to think outside of the box, bend some rules, and dial up procurement. And Pence certainly gave them the firm ground rule „to accomplish this goal by any means necessary“. Them’s fightin‘ words. So guess what: NASA and its contractors took up the challenge.

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Defense Space Strategy

„The Department is taking innovative and bold actions to ensure space superiority and to secure the Nation’s vital interests in space now and in the future. Establishing the U.S. Space Force (USSF) as the newest branch of our Armed Forces and the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) as a unified combatant command, as well as undertaking significant space acquisition reform across the DoD, has set a strategic path to expand spacepower for the Nation. It is a path that embraces space as a unique domain of national military power that, together with the other domains, underpins multi-domain joint and combined military operations to advance national security.“

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Technology / Technologie

Watch Vega’s rideshare launch live

Update: As high-altitude winds above Europe’s Spaceport remain unfavourable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to initiate the final chronology operations for Flight VV16 on Sunday 20 June (19 June in Kourou).A new target date will be announced as soon as possible, based on the evolution of weather conditions.The Vega launch vehicle and its 53 spacecraft payloads are in stable and safe conditions.

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Zeitung:   Großbritannien arbeitet an eigenem Satellitennavigationssystem auf OneWeb-Basis

Großbritannien arbeitet an einem eigenen Satellitennavigationssystem auf OneWeb-Basis. Wie die Financial Times weiter berichtet, verzichtet man dafür auf ein seit 2018 geplantes und erheblich teureres Projekt, dessen Kosten mit rund fünf Milliarden Pfund veranschlagt worden waren. Das neue System, das nur eine Milliarde kosten soll, ist Teil einer ganzen Reihe

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Foam ’spider webs‘ from tiny satellites could help clean up space junk

The Russian startup StartRocket is developing a „Foam Debris Catcher,“ a small, autonomous satellite that would snag and de-orbit space debris using sticky polymer foam.

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China launches final Beidou satellite to complete GPS-like navigation system

China successfully launched the final member in its Beidou satellite constellation Tuesday (June 23) completing a new global navigation system 30 years in the making.

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SpaceX pops huge Starship SN7 test tank on purpose in pressure test (videos)

SpaceX pushed a massive tank for its latest Starship prototype beyond its limits Tuesday (June 23) in an intentionally explosive test in South Texas.

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Watch Vega’s rideshare launch live

Update: As high-altitude winds above Europe’s Spaceport remain unfavourable, Arianespace has taken the decision not to initiate the final chronology operations for Flight VV16 on Sunday 20 June (19 June in Kourou).A new target date will be announced as soon as possible, based on the evolution of weather conditions.The Vega launch vehicle and its 53 spacecraft payloads are in stable and safe conditions.

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Zeitung:   Großbritannien arbeitet an eigenem Satellitennavigationssystem auf OneWeb-Basis

Großbritannien arbeitet an einem eigenen Satellitennavigationssystem auf OneWeb-Basis. Wie die Financial Times weiter berichtet, verzichtet man dafür auf ein seit 2018 geplantes und erheblich teureres Projekt, dessen Kosten mit rund fünf Milliarden Pfund veranschlagt worden waren. Das neue System, das nur eine Milliarde kosten soll, ist Teil einer ganzen Reihe

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Foam ’spider webs‘ from tiny satellites could help clean up space junk

The Russian startup StartRocket is developing a „Foam Debris Catcher,“ a small, autonomous satellite that would snag and de-orbit space debris using sticky polymer foam.

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China launches final Beidou satellite to complete GPS-like navigation system

China successfully launched the final member in its Beidou satellite constellation Tuesday (June 23) completing a new global navigation system 30 years in the making.

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SpaceX pops huge Starship SN7 test tank on purpose in pressure test (videos)

SpaceX pushed a massive tank for its latest Starship prototype beyond its limits Tuesday (June 23) in an intentionally explosive test in South Texas.

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World / Welt

REXUS-BEXUS: Gesucht: Forschungsideen für Rakete und Ballon

Das deutsch-schwedische REXUS/BEXUS-Programm geht in die nächste Runde: Ab sofort können sich Studierende von deutschen Hochschulen mit ihren Experimentideen für wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen auf Forschungsraketen und -ballonen bewerben. Auch Teilnehmern anderer ESA-Mitgliedsstaaten steht das Programm offen. (17. Juni 2020)

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What Does it Mean to Be a Space Architect?

In a recent article, space architect Anastasia Prosina explores the concept of space architecture and how it will play a major role in humanity’s future.

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NASA wants to send astronauts on private suborbital spaceflights

NASA’s administrator says he wants to step up commercial flight opportunities for astronauts.

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Virgin Galactic will work with NASA to train private astronauts for orbital spaceflights

NASA and Virgin Galactic have signed a Space Act Agreement, under which they will work together to support commercial space activity.

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NASA inspector general looking into Boeing moon lander bid after input from agency official: report

Boeing, one of the two companies supplying commercial crew vehicles, is under investigation in relation to a lucrative contract to land humans on the moon, according to a Washington Post report.

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Science / Wissenschaft

Spacecraft was able to measure how long neutrons last before they decay

Using NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft’s close encounters with Venus and Mercury, researchers were able to measure the lifetime of neutrons, an important prediction of the Standard Model of particle physics. Bundled up inside an atomic nucleus, the neutron (a massive, neutrally-charged particle) can live basically forever. But once liberated from those nuclear confines, the neutron doesn’t …

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eROSITAs neuer Röntgenhimmel

Eine Million Röntgenquellen, das ist das Fazit von einem halben Jahr Beobachtungen der Mission eROSITA. Röntgenastronom*innen sind begeistert – auch diese Bloggerin.

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Spacecraft was able to measure how long neutrons last before they decay

Using NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft’s close encounters with Venus and Mercury, researchers were able to measure the lifetime of neutrons, an important prediction of the Standard Model of particle physics. Bundled up inside an atomic nucleus, the neutron (a massive, neutrally-charged particle) can live basically forever. But once liberated from those nuclear confines, the neutron doesn’t …

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eROSITAs neuer Röntgenhimmel

Eine Million Röntgenquellen, das ist das Fazit von einem halben Jahr Beobachtungen der Mission eROSITA. Röntgenastronom*innen sind begeistert – auch diese Bloggerin.

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History / Geschichte

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