Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.06.18

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NASA did find two more scraps of evidence about the kind of life that might exist on Mars. Here’s what the new research really shows.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover hasn’t found signs of alien life, but one of its wheeled brethren just might do so a few short years from now.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules on the Red Planet’s surface and found that methane levels vary seasonally in its air. The discoveries aren’t proof of Mars life, but they’re consistent with the idea.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA’s search for life.
  CURIOSITY Methan und organische Verbindungen entdeckt von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 8. Juni 2018
Darmstadt – Die Geheimnisse des Merkurs will die europäische Weltraumorganisation Esa mit ihrer bisher schwierigsten Mission lüften: Im Oktober schickt sie eine Raumsonde auf eine sieben Jahre lange Reise zum kleinsten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems.
The $1.1 billion Juno mission has been extended through at least July 2021, NASA officials announced yesterday (June 6). The agency will fund Juno into 2022, to cover the cost of data analysis and close-out activities.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up from hibernation to prepare for a historic New Year’s Day flyby.
You can now watch almost two decades of weather patterns on Earth thanks to an incredible tool from NASA.
One of the main activities in recent weeks for the BepiColombo team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou has been the installation of multi-layered insulation foils and sewing of high-temperature blankets on the Mercury Planetary Orbiter.The insulation is to protect the spacecraft from the ext…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.03.16

 

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On 6 March 2018, the BepiColombo engineering model was delivered to ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.BepiColombo – ESA’s first mission to Mercury – is based on two spacecraft: the ESA-led Mercury Planetary Orbiter, with 11 experiments and instruments, and the Japanese sp…
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury passed a review milestone last week, confirming that it can leave Europe and begin preparations for launch at the Kourou spaceport.The spacecraft and ground equipment, along with personnel, will start transferring to Kourou towards the end of next month.…
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/JPL
„The only problem is, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm’s application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds. The FCC is responsible for regulating commercial satellites, including minimizing the chance of accidents in space. It feared that…
Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container in a high bay at Northrop Grumman on March 8, signaling the next step in the observatory’s integration and testing.
China’s Mars 2020 probe is undergoing testing for atmospheric entry, descent and landing on the red planet, a researcher involved in the mission has stated.
China’s space station, set to be completed in 2022, will contain a core and two laboratory modules, the prototypes of which are currently being built.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) declared Friday that it would start to make preparations for a new flagship X-ray space observatory for the research of black holes, neutron stars and quark stars.
​China’s latest lunar probe, the Chang’e-4, is expected to land on the far side of the Moon on the second half this year in what is to be the first soft landing on the dark side of the moon in the history of space flight.
China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the Moon will include two microsatellites to be used to test low frequency radio astronomy in lunar orbit.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.01.18

 

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The Most Exciting Space Missions to Watch in 2018
China’s Tiangong-1 space lab has been orbiting Earth since September 2011, but it is slated for an uncontrolled re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere in late January or later, officials…
Looking Ahead: Space Missions for 2018 - Sky & Telescope
The next year will see space missions headed for Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and more. Asteroid rendezvous, exoplanet discoveries, and a Mars landing await.
Flying Observatory SOFIA to Explore Magnetic Universe and Beyond
NASA’s flying observatory SOFIA, is preparing for its 2018 observing campaign, which will include observations of celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets, Saturn’s giant…
SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Now at Launchpad Ahead of Maiden Flight
Watch a time-lapse video of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket going vertical at launch pad 39A this morning. #SpaceX #FalconHeavy https://t.co/6fqapAIetc pic.twitter.com/kyLSUTKEuF -…
Dem Merkur entgegen
Im Oktober 2018 soll die europäisch-japanische Raumsonde BepiColombo zum innersten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems starten. Nach der Ankunft werden Ende 2025 je ein europäischer und…
Airbus BepiColombo Probe to Mercury
Airbus BepiColombo Probe to Mercury
The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017
From claims of alien life on the International Space Station to the discovery of titanium snow on an alien planet, there were some strange space stories that made headlines in 2017….

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 06.07.17

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SpaceX Launches Intelsat 35e
It was a case of the third time being the charm as SpaceX conducted its 10th launch this year. The Intelsat 35e is currently in orbit making it’s way to its parking orbit. Watch the ongoing…
Three Launches in 12 Days! SpaceX Lofts Heavy Communications...
For the third time in 12 days, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully took off from Earth and sent a satellite payload into orbit. The rocket launched from the historic Launch Complex 39A at…
SpaceX Launches Super-Heavy Intelsat 35e Satellite (Photos)
Author Bio Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer Michael was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and has been an intern at Wired.com, The Salinas Californian newspaper, and the…
Live Falcon 9 Launch Coverage - Falcon 9 - Intelsat 35e |...
Falcon 9 to Launch Intelsat 35e A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff on Sunday on a heavy Geostationary Mission with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite that will join the…
@s101_live: SEPARATION! Intelsat 35e has been...
SEPARATION! Intelsat 35e has been sent on its way after a flawless launch aboard #Falcon9. https://t.co/ItXInDhtDO
SpaceX: Falcon-9-Start musste abgebrochen werden
Zehn Sekunden vor der Zündung musste der Start einer Falcon-9-Rakete abgebrochen werden. Eigentlich sollte die Falcon-9-Rakete von SpaceX am gestrigen Sonntag einen leistungsfähigen…
Falcon 9 Launch Scrubbed after Last-Second Computer-Controlled...
SpaceX aimed for a third launch in a period of just nine days, but plans were hampered by a last-second countdown abort on Sunday, keeping the company’s Falcon 9 rocket on the ground for at…
Falcon 9 Encounters Repeat Launch Scrub after Automatic Abort...
It was an uncomfortable Déjà-vu for SpaceX Launch Controllers on Monday when their Falcon 9 rocket aborted its countdown in the last seconds before a planned end-of-window launch attempt…
SpaceX aims for Wednesday Falcon 9 launch from KSC
SpaceX might be ready Wednesday evening for a third attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center with an Intelsat communications satellite. The Air Force has approved a…
Back Again ... Again: SpaceX Craft Heads for Historic 2nd...
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has departed the International Space Station, finishing its historic second journey to the orbiting lab. The space station’s robotic arm, Canadarm-2, released the…
SpaceX Dragon Departure Slips to Monday
Due to a forecast of unacceptable sea states in the Pacific Ocean in the prime opportunity splashdown zone, SpaceX and NASA have elected to delay the return of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft…
Dragon Cargo Craft Flies Away From Station
Expedition 52 astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson of NASA released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 2:41 a.m. EDT. Dragon’s…
SpaceX hat erstmals eine Dragon-Kapsel zweimal gelandet
Zum ersten Mal hat Elon Musks Raumfahrtunternehmen eine bereits verwendete Kapsel ins All geschickt und heil wieder zur Erde zurückgebracht. Damit ist die Dragon das erste kommerzielle…
Daniel Fischers Skyweek Zwei Punkt null: Rückkehr der Dragon
Daniel Fischers Skyweek Zwei Punkt null: Rückkehr der Dragon
4. Juli Hier kehrt der Dragon zur Erde zurück – aus Sicht der ISS! Auf diesem Foto …
Dragon Spacecraft`s Historic Second Return to Earth: How to...
On Sunday (July 2), the crew of the International Space Station will bid farewell to a Dragon cargo spacecraft, which will head back to Earth with more than 4,100 lbs. (1,900 kilograms) of…
`There Goes Dragon`: ISS Astronaut Snaps Incredible Shots of...
Astronaut Jack Fischer caught some amazing pictures of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule leaving the International Space Station today (July 3), and shared the images on Twitter. The first two…
SpaceX Dragon Parachutes to Pre-Sunrise Splashdown, capping...
SpaceX’s first Dragon re-use mission successfully concluded on Monday with the spacecraft parachuting to a safe splashdown landing in the Pacific Ocean to return nearly two metric tons of…
NASA`s Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter`s Great Red Spot July...
NASA’s Mission Juno will explore Jupiter, seeking to unlock secrets of the giant planet and our solar system.
Probe, Telescopes Tag Team to Spy Jupiter`s Great Red Spot
The Juno spacecraft is preparing to fly close over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, with a little help from the probe’s ground-based friends. On July 10, Juno will pass just 5,600 miles (9,000…
Stunning Juno Approach Video shows Cosmic Ballet of Jupiter`s...
NASA celebrated the successful orbital insertion of the Juno spacecraft Monday night, becoming the second to enter orbit around the Gas Giant after the Galileo mission flown in the 1990s….

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