Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.03.19

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Where We Are

Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.
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Methan auf Mars muss kein Hinweis auf Leben sein

Als der im Sommer 2012 im Rahmen der Nasa-Mission „Mars Science Laboratory“ im Gale-Krater abgesetzte Rover Curiosity Ausbrüche des Gases Methan registrierte, und mehr noch, als die Messungen mit dem Laser-Spektrometer an Bord des Robotfahrzeugs jahreszeitliche Schwankungen des Methan-Anteils in der dünnen Mars-Atmosphäre zeigten, gerieten die Forscher auf der Erde in Aufregung. Denn auf der Erde deutet so etwas zumeist auf biologische Aktivität…
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Amidst Cuts to NASA, Mars Sample Return May Finally Happen

The President’s Budget Request for NASA in 2020 would start a Mars Sample Return mission and ramp up efforts to send humans to the Moon. But it would still kick off the first year of a new decade with a half-billion dollar cut to the space agency.
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SwRI-led LAMP instrument sheds light on lunar water movement

Using the Southwest Research Institute-led Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters describes how LAMP measurements of the sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the surface helped characterize lunar hydration changes over the course of a day. Up until the last decade or so, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles. More recently, scientists have identified surface water in sparse populations of molecules bound to the lunar soil, or regolith. The amount and locations vary based on the time of day. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up.
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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.02.19

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NASA to Share Results of Effort to Recover Mars Rover

NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Mars-Rover Opportunity: Letzter Kontaktversuch der NASA

Nach mehr als sieben Monaten stellt die NASA ihre Versuche ein, mit Opportunity Kontakt aufzunehmen. Damit endet die überaus erfolgreiche Mission.

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Touchdown for InSight’s Heat Probe

InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground.

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Russische Medaille für Alexander Gerst

Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst ist am Dienstag im Sternenstädtchen bei Moskau mit der russischen Medaille Kosmos ohne Grenzen ausgezeichnet worden. Er nahm sie im Kosmonauten-Ausbildungszentrum( ZPK) Juri Gagarin entgegen.

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Shrinking its Mars Orbit to Prepare for Mars 2020 Rover

The MAVEN spacecraft today is starting a campaign to tighten its orbit around Mars to prepare to serve as a data-relay satellite for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which launches next year.

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MAVEN Spacecraft Shrinking its Orbit to Prepare for Mars 2020 Rover

NASA’s 4-year-old atmosphere-sniffing Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is embarking on a new campaign today to tighten its orbit around Mars. The operation will reduce the highest point of the MAVEN spacecraft’s elliptical orbit from 3,850 to 2,800 miles (6,200 to 4,500 kilometers) above the surface and prepare it to take on additional responsibility as a data-relay satellite for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which launches next year.

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NASA’s Webb Is Sound After Completing Critical Milestones

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has successfully passed another series of critical testing milestones on its march to the launch pad.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 24.01.19

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Age of Saturn‘s Rings / Alter der Ringe des Saturns

NASA-Sonde Cassini: Saturnringe viel jünger als gedacht – und bald verschwunden

Die Ringe des Saturn sind wohl erst frühestens vor 100 Millionen Jahren entstanden. Und mehr als nochmal so lange bestehen werden sie wohl nicht.

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Neue Forschungsergebnisse: Saturn-Ringe sind wohl jünger als gedacht

Der majestätische Saturn ist viele Milliarden Jahre alt. Doch sein Markenzeichen hat er wohl noch gar nicht so lange, wie ein Forscherteam herausgefunden hat.

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Saturn’s rings are ‚very young‘

We’re looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists. They’ve confirmed the planet’s iconic rings are very young – no more than 100 million years old, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth.

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NASA’s Cassini Data Show Saturn’s Rings Relatively New – Solar System Exploration: NASA Science

The rings of Saturn may be iconic, but there was a time when the majestic gas giant existed without its distinctive halo. In fact, the rings may have formed much later than the planet itself, according to a new analysis of gravity science data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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via Solar System Exploration: NASA Science – January 21, 2019 at 04:30PM

Hubble: Wide Field Camera 3 scheint wieder fit

Die Beobachtungen mit der Wide Field Camera 3 an Bord des Weltraumteleskops Hubbles dürften bald weitergehen: Die NASA hat das Instrument gestern wieder in den normalen Betriebsmodus versetzt. Nach einigen weiteren Tests könnte der normale Beobachtungsbetrieb bald wieder aufgenommen werden. In der letzten Woche hatte es Probleme mit der Kamera gegeben.

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via Astronomie – January 21, 2019 at 08:05AM

Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 Recovered, Collecting Science Data

The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today, Jan. 17. The instrument autonomously shut down on Jan. 8 after internal data erroneously indicated invalid voltage levels.  The Wide Field Camera 3 was installed on Hubble in May 2009 during the last servicing mission. It has taken over 240,000 observations to date and is the most used instrument of Hubble’s current complement.

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Genaue Startdaten von Boeings Starliner zur ISS stehen angeblich fest

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China’s Moon Plants Are Dead

The moon is a lifeless world once again. The cotton plants that sprouted on the moon’s far side aboard China’s Chang’e 4 lander are dead, done in by the bitter cold of the lengthy lunar night, GBTimes reported today (Jan. 16).

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 17.01.19

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Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Life, Could Be Dead Inside

For more than two decades, scientists have wondered whether extraterrestrial life may be flourishing deep below the icy coatings boasted by moons in our outer solar system. Spacecraft like the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn have stumbled on evidence that some of their moons hide global oceans, warmed by the pull of the giant planet they orbit. And oceanic explorers much closer to home have discovered dynamic communities living in darkness around geologic features on the ocean floor. Combine the two and it’s easy to be carried away with dreams of alien seafloors teeming with microbes. But new research is looking deeper, into the rock itself, and suggesting that these worlds may be dead inside — not just biologically, but geologically as well.

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Shutdown Grounds NASA’s Airborne Observatory

The ongoing partial government shutdown has grounded a NASA aircraft used for astronomical observations amid reviews about how to operate that program in the future. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a Boeing 747 with a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in its fuselage, has been unable able to perform any science flights since the shutdown started Dec. 22, project officials said during a town hall session about the program Jan. 8 during the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) here.

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Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway: NASA’s Proposed Lunar Space Station

The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is a proposed NASA program that would bring astronauts to the moon to operate a lunar space station. The concept has generated a wealth of research and numerous political discussions since 2017, especially because NASA’s stated goal under the Trump administration is to return to the moon before going to Mars.

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Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon’s Far Side in Historic First by China’s Chang’e 4

Before China finished packing up its Chang’e 4 lunar lander to be blasted off on a never-before-accomplished journey to the far side of the moon, scientists slipped in a small tank holding plant seeds. And now, the team announced, a cotton seed has sprouted.

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There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

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China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

China’s bold moon-exploration plans don’t stop with the pioneering Chang’e 4 mission, which made the first-ever soft landing on the lunar far side on Jan. 2.

The State Council Information Office of China (SCIO) held a press conference Monday (Jan. 14) to discuss that epic touchdown, and to give an overview of the nation’s future activities on Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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Hubble Space Telescope’s Glitchy Eye Should Clear Up Soon

The Hubble Space Telescope’s main eye on the universe should be back up and running soon. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) took itself offline last week as a safety precaution, after onboard software noticed anomalous voltage readings within the instrument. But Hubble team members have now determined that voltage levels actually remained within the normal range, ascribing the glitch to a telemetry issue rather than a power-supply problem.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.12.18

On My Own Behalf / In eigener Sache

Dies ist die letzte Ausgabe in diesem Jahr. Die nächste Spacecraft Mission News wird am 10. 01.19 erscheinen. Ich wünsche allen Lesern schöne Feiertage und einen guten Start ins neue Jahr!

This will be the last issue for this year. Spacecraft Mission News will return on 10.01.19. I wish you a great holiday season and a good start into the new year!


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Alexander Gerst returns from ISS / Alexander Gerst kehrt von der ISS zurück

Alexander Gerst ist wieder zurück auf der Erde: All-Zeit vorbei

Fast 200 Tage lang war Astronaut Alexander Gerst auf der ISS, jetzt ist er zurück: Um kurz nach sechs Uhr landete er in Kasachstan. Noch am Abend wird er in Deutschland erwartet.

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Rückkehr des ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst am 20.12.2018

Der deutsche ESA- Astronaut Alexander Gerst beendet seinen zweiten Aufenthalt auf der Internationalen Raumstation. Er ist bisher der zweite ESA-Astronaut, der das Kommando über die Internationale Raumstation inne hatte. Damit geht auch seine Horizons-Mission zu Ende, bei der über 50 Experimente  im schwerelosen Forschungslabor der ISS für die Partner durchgeführt wurden.

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Watch Alexander Gerst’s return to Earth

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is wrapping up his second stay on the International Space Station, the Horizons mission, running over 50 experiments for the partners of the weightless research laboratory as well as maintaining the outpost. Alexander became the second ESA astronaut to take over command of the International Space Station.

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NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission

Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned to Earth Thursday, safely landing at 12:02 a.m. EST (11:02 a.m. local time) in Kazakhstan. Auñón-Chancellor and her crewmates, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev, launched June 6 and arrived at the space station two days later to begin their mission. Over 197 days, they circled the globe 3,152 times, covering 83.3 million miles.

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Most distant encounter: Spacecraft New Horizons approaching Ultima Thule / Bisher entfernteste Begegnung: Raumsonde New Horizons wird bald Ultima Thule erreichen

New Horizons Spacecraft on Target for Superclose Flyby of Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will indeed get very close to the mysterious, distant object Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day. Mission principal investigator Alan Stern today (Dec. 18) gave the all-clear for New Horizons to stay on its optimal flyby course, which will take the probe within just 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) of Ultima Thule at 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT) on Jan. 1.

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What to Expect When New Horizons Visits 2014 MU69, Ultima Thule

New Horizons is rapidly approaching its New Year’s encounter with the most distant world ever visited, 2014 MU69. Closest approach will be at a distance of 3,500 kilometers at about 05:33 on 1 January UTC, and it’ll happen at a zippy 14.16 kilometers per second. Space fans can’t wait to see pictures of this distant, tiny world, an ancient relic of the formation of our solar system, which the mission and NASA have nicknamed “Ultima Thule,” until it is formally named. (I think we should all get to give it our own nicknames. I’m partial to „Moo,“ or maybe „Peanut.“)

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Hell Yes, NASA’s New Horizons Will Buzz Right Past Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day

Today was the last possible day for mission controllers to adjust the trajectory of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Ultima Thule, a distant Kuiper Belt object. With no detectable dangers in sight, NASA has given the green light for the spacecraft to remain along its optimal path—a trajectory that will result in an intimate flyby in just two weeks time.

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New Horizons‘ Flyby of Ultima Thule (KBO 2014 MU69)

After the successful flyby of Pluto on July 14th 2015, the interplanetary probe New Horizons is continuing it’s mission targeting 2014 MU 69, nickamed Ultima Thule, a remote trans-neptunian Kuiper Belt Object.

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via TheSkyLive: The Solar System at your Fingertips – December 19, 2018 at 09:26PM

Saturn loses its rings / Saturn verliert seine Ringe

Saturn’s Rings Are Beautiful, But They Won’t Last

Chances are, you wouldn’t recognize Saturn without its trademark thick band of rings. But if you could travel 300 million years into the future, you would need to, because by then, chances are those rings would be gone — and they could disappear even faster.

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Saturn verliert seine Ringe

Die typischen Ringe des Planeten verschwinden allerdings nicht plötzlich, sondern allmählich. Sie bestehen zu großen Teilen aus Wassereis und regnen sozusagen auf die Saturnoberfläche. Astronomen der Nasa haben ausgerechnet, dass jede Sekunde etwa eineinhalb Tonnen Eis durch die Schwerkraft des Planeten runterkommen. Wenn das so weitergeht, hat Saturn in 300 Millionen Jahren keine Ringe mehr. Das Team hat noch andere Verluste eingerechnet und kommt dann sogar auf nur noch 100 Millionen Jahre. Das ist ganz schön kurz, wenn man es mit den vier Milliarden Jahren vergleicht, die der Saturn alt ist.

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Bröckelndes Geröll: Der Saturn verliert seine Ringe – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

100.000 Ringe umfassen den Saturn, ihr äußerer hat einen Durchmesser von nahezu einer Million Kilometer. Erstaunlich dünn sind die Ringe, der dickste misst gerade mal 100 Meter. Eine Schallplatte mit dem gleichen Verhältnis von Dicke zu Durchmesser wäre nicht mal einen Zehntausendstel Millimeter hoch.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – December 19, 2018 at 09:25PM

Ringless Saturn? The Planet’s Famous Feature May Be Surprisingly Young.

Saturn’s rings are among the most eye-catching sights in the solar system—and yet they haven’t always been there. A new analysis suggests the planet’s majestic bangles might be so young that if dinosaurs looked up, they could have witnessed an otherwise plain, straw-colored Saturn putting a ring on itself—one that would have been briefly enormous.

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Saturn is losing its rings: NASA says they will be gone in 100m years

The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles, a new NASA study has revealed. Ring particles are caught in a balancing act between the pull of Saturn’s gravity, which wants to draw them back into the planet, and their orbital velocity, which wants to fling them outward into space. ‚We estimate that this ‚ring rain‘ drains an amount of water products that could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool from Saturn’s rings in half an hour,‘ said James O’Donoghue of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Steph Curry Tells Former Astronaut Scott Kelly Moon-Landing Comment Was ‚Made in Jest‘

Steph Curry is sorry for all the trouble his moon-landing comments have caused. On a podcast that aired last week, the NBA superstar said he doesn’t believe that humanity actually landed on the moon. The offhand remark (which was echoed by several other NBA players on the podcast) went viral, prompting a wave of reaction from folks imploring Curry to clarify or repudiate his stance, and to educate himself about NASA and spaceflight history.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) 13.12.18

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China‘s spacecraft to the backside if the moon / Chinas schickt Raumsonde zur Rückseite des Monds

Chang’e-4 spacecraft enters lunar orbit ahead of first ever far side landing –

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit Wednesday following a four-and-half-day flight to the moon. The spacecraft entered an elliptical lunar polar orbit with a perilune of 100 kilometers at 3:45 a.m. Eastern (08:45 UTC) Dec. 12 following a lunar orbit insertion burn.

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Chang’e-4 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar mission, the first-ever soft-landing endeavor on the lunar farside, launched successfully on 8 December at 02:23 Beijing time (7 December at 18:23 UTC) via a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch carried a lander and a rover toward the Moon. On 12 December at 8:45 Beijing time (16:45 UTC), the spacecraft arrived in lunar orbit, preparing for a landing in early January.

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Weltraum: Wie China als erste Nation auf der Rückseite des Mondes landen will – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die letzten Vorbereitungen zur Reise „hinter den Mond“ laufen. Der Start der Sonde „Chang’e 4“ ist für Freitagabend deutscher Zeit vom Weltraumbahnhof im westchinesischen Xichang geplant, wie Quellen im Umfeld des chinesischen Raumfahrtprogramms der Deutschen Presse-Agentur bestätigten.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – December 6, 2018 at 01:35PM

Auf zur 1. Landung auf der Rückseite des Mondes

In der Fußgängerzone in Essen konnte man letztens schon einen detaillierten Blick auf die Mond-Rückseite werfen (dank eines kurzen Gastspiels des ‚Museum of the Moon‘, oben) – aber heute gegen 19:20 MEZ soll mit Chinas Chang’e-4 zum ersten Mal ein Lander nebst Rover und schon im Mai gestartetem Kommunikations-Satellit (Grafik darunter) zum Aitken-Becken (Karte in der Mitte) geschickt werden

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Chang’e 4 in Pictures: China’s Mission to the Moon’s Far Side

China launched its Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon on Dec. 8, 2018 Beijing Time (Dec. 7 EST/GMT). China is the first country ever to send a rover to soft-land on the lunar farside.

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China Launches 1st Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moon

The first-ever surface mission to the far side of the moon is underway. China’s robotic Chang’e 4 spacecraft streaked away from Earth today (Dec. 7), launching atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 1:23 p.m. EST (1823 GMT; 2:23 a.m. on Dec. 8 local China time). If all goes according to plan, Chang’e 4 will make history’s first landing on the lunar far side sometime in early January. The mission, which consists of a stationary lander and a rover, will perform a variety of science work and plant a flag for humanity in a region that remains largely unexplored to date.

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China bricht zur Rückseite des Mondes auf

China ist als erste Weltraumnation zu einer Reise auf die Rückseite des Mondes aufgebrochen. Eine Rakete vom Typ „Langer Marsch 3B“ hob am Samstag vom Raumfahrtbahnhof Xichang in der südwestchinesischen Provinz Sichuan ab, um die Mondsonde „Chang’e 4“ mit einem Roboterfahrzeug an Bord in Richtung des Erdtrabanten zu schicken.

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via heise online – December 10, 2018 at 07:56AM

Chang’e-4: Erdabgewandte Seite des Mondes im Visier

China macht Ernst in Sachen Monderforschung: Aktuell ist schon der zweite Rover auf dem Weg zum Erdtrabanten – und diesmal mit einem besonderer Ziel. Das Gefährt soll nämlich die erdabgewandte Seite des Mondes erforschen, die bislang nur aus dem Orbit erkundet wurde. An Bord des Landers von Chang’e-4 ist auch ein Instrument, das Kieler Physiker beigesteuert haben.

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via – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – December 11, 2018 at 06:48AM

Astronaut Nick Hague describes „violent shaking“ during failed Soyuz rocket launch

For the first time, both astronaut Nick Hague and his wife are sharing dramatic details about a failed rocket launch in October. Hague was in a Soyuz rocket headed for the International Space Station when a violent booster failure forced them to abort the mission mid-flight, 31 miles above earth. „It was going perfect for the first two minutes,“ Hague told CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. „And then all of a sudden there was this violent shaking side to side. … And the alarm’s going off. And I see a red light that’s lit up and it says that you’ve had an emergency with the booster.“

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via CBS News – December 9, 2018 at 09:25AM

Voyager 2 leaves solar system / Voyager 2 verlässt das Sonnensystem

„Voyager 2“: Hinterm Sonnenwind geht’s weiter – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Auf ganz einfache Fragen gibt es oft keine einfachen Antworten. Wo, zum Beispiel, ist eigentlich unser Sonnensystem zu Ende? Irgendwo weit hinter dem letzten Planeten Neptun muss es sein, irgendwo weit hinter dem zum Kleinplanten degradierten Pluto – und all den anderen Objekten des sogenannten Kuipergürtels, der Rumpelkammer unserer kosmischen Nachbarschaft, durch die gerade die Nasa-Sonde „New Horizons“ fliegt.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – December 10, 2018 at 08:09PM

It’s Official! NASA’s Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space

It’s time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space, NASA announced today (Dec. 10).Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, has spent more four decades exploring our solar system, most famously becoming the only probe ever to study Neptune and Uranus during planetary flybys. Now, it has joined its predecessor Voyager 1 beyond the bounds of our sun’s influence, a milestone scientists weren’t able to precisely predict when would occur. And intriguingly, humanity’s second crossing doesn’t look precisely like data from the first journey out.

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What’s Next for NASA’s Voyager 2 in Interstellar Space?

Voyager 2 has passed an incredible milestone in its journey to explore the solar system by entering interstellar space, but neither its travels nor its science are ending any time soon.

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New Horizons – Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule in Sight! New Horizons Probe Snaps New Photo of Its Target

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed home another glimpse of the distant, icy body it will zoom past just three weeks from now. The small object Ultima Thule swims amid a sea of distant stars in the new composite photo, which New Horizons snapped with its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera at around midnight EST (0500 GMT) on Dec. 1.

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New Horizons: Kurskorrektur im Kuipergürtel

Das Jahr 2019 beginnt mit einem Highlight: Am 1. Januar 2019 soll die Sonde New Horizons in einem Abstand von nur 3500 Kilometern am Kuipergürtel-Objekt 2014 MU69 vorüberfliegen. Vor einigen Tagen wurde dazu ein erstes Manöver zur Kurskorrektur durchgeführt. Nie zuvor hatte man den Kurs einer Sonde in so großer Entfernung angepasst.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 06.12.18

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OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Mission – Asteroid Bennu / OSIRIS-REx Raumsonde – Asteroid Bennu

NASA’S OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu – OSIRIS-REx Mission

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday. The spacecraft executed a maneuver that transitioned it from flying toward Bennu to operating around the asteroid.

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OSIRIS-REx: Offizielle Ankunft bei Asteroid Bennu

Die NASA-Sonde OSIRIS-REx hat gestern Abend offiziell den Asteroiden Bennu erreicht. Mitte August hatte die Sonde den Asteroiden erstmals aus einer Entfernung von 2,2 Millionen Kilometern ins Visier genommen und sich ihm seitdem immer weiter angenähert. OSIRIS-REx soll den Asteroiden gründlich untersuchen und im Jahr 2020 eine Bodenprobe nehmen.

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via – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – December 5, 2018 at 09:23PM

Final Approach to Bennu – OSIRIS-REx Mission

This set of images shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s view of Bennu during the final phase of its journey to the asteroid. From Aug. 17 through Nov. 27 the spacecraft’s PolyCam camera imaged Bennu almost daily as the spacecraft traveled 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km) toward the asteroid.

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via OSIRIS-REx Mission – December 4, 2018 at 07:48AM

Bennu Full Rotation at a Distance of 50 Miles – OSIRIS-REx Mission

This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the 36 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes.

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via OSIRIS-REx Mission – December 4, 2018 at 07:48AM

OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu

After traveling through space for more than two years and over two billion kilometers, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

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via NASA – December 4, 2018 at 07:50AM

What’s Next for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Probe at Asteroid Bennu?

NASA’s first asteroid-sampling mission has arrived at its destination, but it still has a lot of prep work ahead before the spacecraft can bite into the space rock. Yesterday (Dec. 3), NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe sidled up to its diamond-shaped target, the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, ending a deep-space chase that lasted 27 months and covered more than 1.25 billion miles (2 billion kilometers).

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via December 4, 2018 at 12:59PM

Hello, Bennu! NASA Asteroid-Sampling Probe Reaches Its Target Space Rock

The United States‘ first asteroid-sampling probe has arrived at its target, acing a deep-space rendezvous about 76 million miles (122 million kilometers) from Earth.

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via December 3, 2018 at 06:25PM

Asteroid Bennu: NASA-Sonde Osiris-Rex nach zwei Jahren am Ziel

Eines Tages könnte Bennu der Erde gefährlich nahe kommen. Nach zwei Jahren Flug ist die NASA-Sonde bei dem Asteroiden angekommen, um ihn genau zu erforschen.

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via heise online – December 3, 2018 at 09:39AM

The Space Party Continues: NASA Probe Arrives at Asteroid Bennu Monday

I hope you’re not all partied out after the InSight lander’s successful touchdown on Mars this week, because there’s another big spaceflight event just around the corner. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe will officially arrive at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu at about 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Monday (Dec. 3), ending a 27-month deep-space chase. NASA will mark the occasion with a special webcast event from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST (1645 to 1715 GMT), which you can watch live here at, courtesy of NASA TV.

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via November 30, 2018 at 09:56PM

Russians Are Struggling to Keep Soyuz Reliable, Space Expert Warns Ahead of Crew Launch

While the Soyuz spacecraft has been delivering crews to space for decades, with a history of reliability over that time, changes in the industry mean that Russia is now struggling to keep its spaceflights safe, said an expert on the Russian space program. However, he said he does expect more safety checks ahead of the Expedition 58 launch on Dec. 3, which will include a U.S. astronaut

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via November 29, 2018 at 01:53PM

Success of Tiny Mars Probes Heralds New Era of Deep-Space Cubesats

The era of the interplanetary cubesat has definitively dawned. Less than seven months ago, no tiny spacecraft had ever voyaged beyond Earth orbit. But two briefcase-size probes just blazed a trail all the way to Mars, covering 301 million deep-space miles (484 million kilometers) and beaming home data from NASA’s InSight lander during the latter’s successful touchdown on the Red Planet Monday (Nov. 26).

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via November 29, 2018 at 01:18PM

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NASA Insight Mars Lander

NASA’s InSight Sends First Pictures

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via Mars InSight November 26, 2018 at 09:49PM

Touchdown on Mars! NASA’s InSight Lands to Peer Inside the Red Planet

NASA’s InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover’s arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity’s launch, no less. Signals confirming InSight’s touchdown came down to Earth at 2:53 p.m. EST (1953 GMT), eliciting whoops of joy and relief from mission team members and NASA officials here at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages the InSight mission. A few minutes later, the team received confirmation from the lander that it’s functioning after the landing. [NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Full Coverage]

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via November 26, 2018 at 09:03PM

NASA-Sonde gelandet: InSight schickt erstes Foto vom Mars

Der NASA-Roboter InSight ist am Montag erfolgreich auf dem Mars gelandet und hat erste Daten zurück zur Erde gesendet. Zuerst erreichte die Verantwortlichen im Kontrollzentrum das vorgegebene Signal, kurze Zeit später folgte bereits das erste Foto von der Oberfläche des Roten Planeten. Durch den noch vorhandenen und verdreckten Linsenschutz zeigt es die charakteristische rote Oberfläche des Planeten, eine äußerst glatte Umgebung und einen Stein direkt neben der Sonde. Sie und die Signale wurden über zwei experimentelle Satelliten zur Erde übertragen, die InSight mitgebracht hatte. Die beiden Mars Cube One sind die erste Kleinsatelliten des Typs CubeSat, die so weit entfernt eingesetzt werden.

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via heise online – November 27, 2018 at 03:52AM

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Planlos ins All

Das Geschenk, das die Europäer mitgebracht und in silbrig schimmernde Folie gewickelt haben, steht an historischer Stelle. Hier, in einem unscheinbaren Zweckbau auf dem Gelände des Kennedy Space Centers in Florida, wurden einst die Apollo-Raumkapseln startklar gemacht, mit denen US-Astronauten zum Mond flogen. Hier nächtigten Neil Armstrong und seine Kollegen, bevor sie vor knapp 50 Jahren durch eine der Türen marschierten, in einen Kleinbus stiegen und sich aufmachten zur ersten Mondlandung. Und hier soll nun erneut Geschichte geschrieben werden. Europas Geschenk, das vergangenen Freitag feierlich übergeben worden ist, könnte dabei eine entscheidende Rolle spielen.

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via Sü – November 22, 2018 at 04:32PM

Japan angeblich bereit zur Teilnahme an US-Gateway-Projekt

Japan ist angeblich bereit,  an dem US-Gateway-Projekt zum Bau einer Raumstation auf der Mondumlaufbahn teilzunehmen. Zugleich sei man bereit,  ein Raumschiff für den Transport von Nutzlasten und Menschen auf den Erdtrabanten zu entwickeln, meldet die Zeitung Sankei Shimbun am Mittwoch.

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via Gerhard Kowalski November 28, 2018 at 08:40AM

NASA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Sign Joint Statement on Space Exploration

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have a long history of cooperation in all agency mission areas, including human exploration and operations on the International Space Station, Earth and space science, and fundamental aeronautics research. This week, the agencies signed a joint statement affirming their strong mutual interest in continued future cooperation in space exploration.
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via NASA.GOC November 28, 2018 at 04:10PM

China’s Latest Beidou Satellite Launch Clears Way for Chang’e-4 Trip to Moon’s Far Side

An enhanced Long March 3B with a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 2:07 p.m. Eastern Nov. 18 sending two Beidou satellites directly into medium Earth orbits at around 21,500 kilometers altitude. The launch was consistent with airspace closure notices issued Nov. 15, with amateur images and footage (link in Chinese) providing the first evidence of the activity.

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via November 22, 2018 at 08:53PM

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20 years ISS / 20 Jahre ISS

20 Jahre ISS: Die unwahrscheinlichste Maschine, die die Menschheit jemals gebaut hat

Heute vor 20 Jahren, am 20. November 1998, hob eine russische Proton-Rakete vom Kosmodrom in Baikonur ab und brachte mit dem Sarja-Modul (Sarja, russ. für Morgenröte) das erste Element der Internationalen Raumstation ISS in die Erdumlaufbahn. 16 Tage später, am 6. Dezember 1998 verband die Besatzung des Space Shuttles Endeavour das russische Sarja-Modul mit dem US-amerikanischen Unity-Modul. Das Andockmanöver bedeutete weit mehr als eine beeindruckende technische Leistung. Es war der sichtbare Anfang des größten Kooperationsprojektes der Menschheit im All.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt November 20, 2018 at 10:33AM

20 Jahre ISS: Wie lange macht’s die Internationale Raumstation noch?

Technikfehler, ein Leck und ein Beinahe-Crash: Die ISS kämpft kurz vor ihrem 20. Jubiläum mit großen Problemen. Wie lange hält die Station noch durch?

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via heise online – November 20, 2018 at 02:12PM

Zarya: Live Broadcast

The first component of the International Space Station – the Zarya Module – was launched on november 19th, 1998, by a Proton rocket. Combining interviews, VT inserts and feeds, this transmission from ESTEC in the Netherlands provides live coverage of the event.

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via European Space Agency – November 21, 2018 at 08:16AM

20 questions for 20 years: Happy Birthday International Space Station

This week we celebrate 20 years since the first International Space Station module Zarya was launched into space on 20 November, 1998. To mark the occasion, we are answering 20 of your most frequently asked questions about Alexander Gerst’s time on board the orbital outpost. Read on to be enlightened…

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via Alexander Gerst’s Horizons Blog November 21, 2018 at 01:54PM

In 15 Minuten um die Erde

Seit dem Start des allerersten Moduls Zarya am 20. November 1998 vom Weltraumbahnhof Baikonur, eröffnet uns die Internationale Raumstation eine völlig neue Perspektive auf unseren Planeten. Wir freuen uns auf 20 Jahre internationale Zusammenarbeit und Forschung zugunsten der Erde – zusammen mit dem bisher längsten Zeitraffer des ESA-Astronauten Alexander Gerst. In knapp 15 Minuten führt Sie dieser Clip von Tunesien über Peking bis nach Australien. Auf der Karte oben rechts auf dem Bildschirm finden Sie neben Anmerkungen zu den Fotos die genaue Position der jeweiligen Station. Dieser Zeitraffer umfasst rund 21.375 Bilder von der Erde, die ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst von der Internationalen Raumstation aus aufgenommen hat und die 12,5 mal schneller als die tatsächliche Geschwindigkeit wiedergegeben werden. Hinterlegt ist der Clip mit Music is Orbital Horizons, eine Eigenkomposition von Matt Piper, einem Musiker aus Los Angeles.
Mit dem Hashtag #SpaceStation20th können Sie in den sozialen Netzwerken an weiteren Veranstaltungen der Raumstation teilnehmen.
Weitere Informationen zu Alexander und der Horizons-Mission finden Sie auf und im Horizons-Blog

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via ESA Germany November 21, 2018 at 11:47AM

20 unvergessliche Momente von der Internationalen Raumstation

Dienstag, der 20. November 2018 markiert die 20-jährige Zusammenarbeit am größten internationalen Projekt aller Zeiten: der Internationalen Raumstation. Die Station, die in partnerschaftlicher Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten, Russland, Japan, Kanada und Europa gebaut, bemannt und betrieben wird, schwebt ca. 400 km über der Erde und umrundet sie alle 90 Minuten mit einer Geschwindigkeit von ca. 28.000 km/h.

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via ESA Germany November 20, 2018 at 04:45PM

Space Station Astronauts Mark Their Home’s 20th Birthday with a Video Message

The three astronauts living and working on board the International Space Station took a moment to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the very first piece of their current home, touching on what they see as the value of the long-term project. Their recorded video message, combined with a one-on-one interview with NASA’s ISS program manager Kirk Shireman, make up a new video released by NASA to mark the anniversary.

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via November 20, 2018 at 08:05PM

International Space Station at 20: A Photo Tour

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‚An Entirely New Way Of Thinking‘: The ISS Celebrates 20 Years in Space

For two minutes, NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao could see nothing but blue-marbled Earth swirling above his head. „Surreal“ is how he described the moment. Chiao was in the middle of a lengthy spacewalk to assemble part of the International Space Station, an orbiting laboratory the likes of which had never been seen before.

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via November 20, 2018 at 04:39PM

Astronauts Snap Amazing Last Glances of Space Station For 20th Anniversary (Gallery)

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via November 20, 2018 at 04:39PM

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander: Full Coverage

On Nov. 26, NASA will make history on Mars. The space agency’s newest Mars probe, the InSight Mars lander, will touch down on the flat plains of Elysium Planitia to study the Red Planet’s core like never before. Armed with a crane, heat probe and seismometer, InSight will look deep to understand Marsquakes and other Martian secrets. See our full coverage of the mission below.

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via November 19, 2018 at 10:24PM

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What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. As with all Mars landings, no one who is watching will be able to do anything to affect the outcome; all we can do is wait and hope everything works. JPL shared a great video featuring Mars landing engineer Rob Manning explaining how everything works. Here, I made you an infographic to follow along with the action.

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via November 14, 2018 at 09:26PM

NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Is Rolling (and Drilling) Again

After suffering a couple technical glitches that have put NASA’s Curiosity rover off its duties on Mars this year, the robotic explorer seems to be back in full health, having driven to a new site and drilled a sampling hole, according to NASA statements.

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via November 10, 2018 at 12:09AM

Extended life for ESA’s science missions

ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed the continued operations of ten scientific missions in the Agency’s fleet up to 2022.

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via ESA Science & Technology November 14, 2018 at 01:23PM

What Does Sunrise on Mars Sound Like? Listen Here.

Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise& on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it sound like?

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via November 14, 2018 at 01:09PM

Russland plant unbemannte Mondstation

Russland plant auf dem Mond die Errichtung einer langlebigen Forschungsbasis. Sie werde unbemannt sein,  aber besucht werden können, teilte der Chef des Staatskonzerns GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski November 14, 2018 at 11:01AM

China baut neue Mondrakete

China hat mit dem Bau einer Trägerrakete der neuen Generation für bemannte Flüge zum Mond begonnen. Der Träger werde von der China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) entwickelt,  sei 90 Meter hoch und habe einen Durchmesser von 5 Metern und ein Startgewicht von mehr als 2.000 Tonnen,  meldet die Zeitung China Daily.

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via Gerhard Kowalski November 9, 2018 at 06:55AM

Elections Can Have Consequences Billions Of Miles Away

“NASA programs — especially Orion, which is focused on putting humans back on the moon — could be in trouble after Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson lost his House seat to Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. Culberson, a Republican from Texas, led the House Appropriations Committee that funds NASA for the last four years.”

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via NASA Watch November 8, 2018 at 03:28AM

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