Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 08.11.18

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ISS: NASA 8K-Video

NASA’s 1st 8K Video from Space Is Just Awesome

High-definition video has a new home: the International Space Station. A new video from NASA shows the astronauts working on their experiments, recorded in 8K imagery so clear that it makes it feel like you’re floating right alongside them. „Microgravity unlocks new worlds of discovery,“ reads text in the video, which was a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). „The science being conducted aboard the International Space Station is answering questions that hold the keys to our future in space and on Earth.“

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 5, 2018 at 08:35PM

NASA veröffentlicht eindrucksvolles 8K-Video von der ISS

Auf der ISS werden nicht nur wissenschaftliche Experimente durchgeführt, sondern auch das Weltraum-Experiment an sich dokumentiert. Das geschieht jetzt auch mit Videos in 8K-Auflösung. Darin zu sehen ist das Leben auf der Raumstation und auch einige eindrucksvolle Bilder der Erde.

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via pcgameshardware.de: http://www.pcgameshardware.de – November 6, 2018 at 09:15PM

Europäisches Servicemodule für das neue amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff / European Servicemodule for the new American Orion-Spacecraft

Neuer Aufbruch zum Mond –   Erstes Servicemodul für das amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff in Bremen übergeben

Das erste Europäische Servicemodul (ESM) für das neue amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff ist am Freitag in Bremen an die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA übergeben worden. Es war am Airbus-Standort in den vergangenen vier Jahren systemführend gefertigt worden. Am 5. November soll das ESM-1 zum Kennedy Space Center (KSC) nach Florida geflogen werden,  wo es am 16. November vorgestellt wird. Dort wird es mit dem Orion-Mannschaftsmodul verbunden und auf seinen ersten unbemannten Testflug, die Exploration-Mission 1, vorbereitet.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 November 2, 2018 at 01:28PM

Orion: ESA-Servicemodul auf dem Weg in die USA

Das erste Europäische Servicemodul für das NASA-Raumschiff Orion ist auf dem Weg zum Kennedy Space Center in Florida: Das Modul startete heute Morgen von Bremen aus Richtung USA und soll dort Ende der nächsten Woche vorgestellt werden. Der Erstflug des Raumschiffs Orion, mit dem später einmal Astronauten zu Mond und Mars aufbrechen könnten, ist für 2020 geplant.

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via astronews.com – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – November 6, 2018 at 04:11PM

First Orion European Service Module to be Delivered Next Week

„Airbus will deliver the first European Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft from its aerospace site in Bremen, Germany on 5 November 2018.“

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- November 2, 2018 at 05:15PM

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Made Its First Close Pass by the Sun!

One of humanity’s newest spacecraft faced a harrowing test late Monday night (Nov. 5), darting just 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the surface of our sun.

That spacecraft is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which launched in August with a daring mission to study the star that shapes our lives. To do so, it is flying a course of 24 close loops around the sun, the first of which reached what scientists call perihelion — the moment of closest approach — Monday at 10:28 p.m. EST (0328 GMT Nov. 6).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 6, 2018 at 01:21PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.10.18

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Hayabusa 2 – Mascot Lander – Asteroid Ryugu

MASCOT landet auf Asteroid Ryugu

Endlich ist es so weit! Die Mission der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa 2 erreicht morgen (am 3. Oktober 2018) einen ihrer Höhepunkte. Ende Juni ist die Sonde beim Asteroid Ryugu angekommen. Im August hat Hayabusa 2 die ersten Nahaufnahmen der Asteroidenoberfläche aus der Umlaufbahn gemacht. Und nun wird die mitgebrachte deutsch-französische Landeeinheit MASCOT abgesetzt.

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via Astrodicticum Simplex https://ift.tt/2pEuSJT October 2, 2018 at 09:31AM

MASCOT landete sicher auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu

Der Asteroid Ryugu hat in 300 Millionen Kilometern Entfernung von der Erde einen neuen Bewohner:  Lander MASCOT wurde am 3. Oktober 2018 auf dem Asteroiden abgesetzt und nahm seine Arbeit auf. Um 3.58 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer Zeit wurde das Landegerät erfolgreich von der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa2 getrennt. Damit beginnen für das internationale Team aus Ingenieuren und Wissenschaftler die 16 Stunden, in denen der Lander mit Messungen auf der Asteroidenoberfläche beginnt.

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Live-Blog zur Landung von MASCOT auf Ryugu

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via Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null https://ift.tt/2Nw0izr October 3, 2018 at 01:45AM

Mascot: Landung geglückt

Der wohl heikelste Teil der Hayabusa2-Mission ist anscheinend geglückt. Der Lander Mascot hat die Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu erreicht.

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Abstieg ins Unbekannte: MASCOT im finalen Countdown vor Asteroidenlandung

Läuft alles nach Plan, ist es am 3. Oktober 2018 soweit: Am frühen Morgen, um 03:58:15 MESZ, wird der Asteroidenlander MASCOT von der Raumsonde Hayabusa2 abgetrennt und einige Minuten später auf der Oberfläche von Ryugu aufsetzen.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 1, 2018 at 11:36AM

Raumsonde Hayabusa2: Anflug für deutschen Asteroidenlander Mascot hat begonnen

In der Nacht zum Mittwoch soll der deutsche Lander Mascot auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu aufsetzen. Hayabusa2 hat bereits mit dem dafür nötigen Manöver begonnen.

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via heise online – October 2, 2018 at 03:06PM

Tiny German Spacecraft Poised for Hopping Landing on Asteroid Ryugu

A tiny German asteroid lander is expected to touch down on its target late Tuesday, Oct. 2 (EDT). The craft is on a quest to send back data about the mysterious Ryugu’s surface, whose precise composition continues to elude investigators more than three months after the Japanese Hayabusa2, which will deliver MASCOT to the surface, arrived at the space rock.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 2, 2018 at 04:01PM

Japanese Probe Drops Hopping, Shoebox-Sized Lander on Asteroid Ryugu

Two tiny, hopping robots now have a companion on the surface of the big asteroid Ryugu.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 3, 2018 at 06:18AM

ESA & Japan: BepiColombo Mission to Mercury / Merkur

ESA Science & Technology: BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury

This animation is based on a launch date of 5 October, marking the start of the launch window in October 2018. It illustrates the gravity assist flybys that the spacecraft will make at Earth, Venus and Mercury before arriving at Mercury in December 2025.

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ESA Science & Technology: Mission Operations – Getting to Mercury

The Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) is ESA’s scientific contribution to the mission. The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is providing the other science spacecraft, the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). ESA is also building the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which will carry the two orbiters to their destination, and the MMO Sunshield and Interface Structure (MOSIF), which provides thermal protection and the mechanical and electrical interfaces for the MMO.

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JAXA | „BepiColombo“ Launch Schedule Change

Though Ariane 5 launch with BepiColombo mission explorers aboard was originally scheduled for 10:45 p.m., October 18, (local time in French Guinea) 2018, due to schedule adjustments the launch has moved later as follows:

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Raumfahrt: Wie „BepiColombo“ den Merkur erforschen soll

Die europäisch-japanische Mission „BepiColombo“ macht sich auf den Weg zum Merkur. Wir erklären Aufgabe und Zeitplan – und was sich die Wissenschaftler von dem Projekt erwarten.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.04.18

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Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.

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“️ “Launch of Sentinel 3B and reaching the Orbit“. Everything looks fine #Sentinel3 #Sentinel3B #ESA t.co/FCkEHHzBAc

Tomorrow’s launch of Sentinel-3B will complete the Sentinel-3 constellation and represents the culmination of months of training to fly Europe’s latest Copernicus satellite.
Making what is likely its last commercial launch, Russia’s Rokot rocket will give the European Sentinel-3b satellite a ride to orbit Wednesday. Liftoff, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, is scheduled for 20:57 Moscow Time (17:57 UTC). Wednesday’s launch will deploy…
Tweet With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch! Monday’s dress rehearsal involved teams here in Plesetsk, the satellite operations team at…
Europe’s Copernicus satellite fleet is gearing up for the arrival of its next addition on Wednesday with a Russian Rockot booster set to blast off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 17:57 UTC carrying the Sentinel-3B multi-function satellite. Pending successful delivery into orbit, the…
Noch nie folgten bei der Europäischen Weltraumagentur Esa so viele Satelliten-Starts so dicht aufeinander. 2018 soll es nach jahrelanger Planung auch zum Merkur gehen.
Tweet With the satellite being rolled out to the launch pad and positioned in the launch tower, it’s been a very exciting weekend. Last Friday, with the Rockot upper composite all finished, it was moved from the 101B cleanroom to the General Hall ready for rollout on Saturday. The Khrunichev…
Der morgige Start von Sentinel-3B wird die Sentinel-3-Konstellation vervollständigen und stellt den Höhepunkt einer monatelangen Vorbereitungsphase für den neuesten europäischen Copernicus-Satelliten dar.
Der Sentinel-3B Satellit wird, wie sein Zwilling, mit einer russischen Rockot-Rakete in die Umlaufbahn gebracht. Rockot kommt natürlich aus dem Russischen und heißt übersetzt „Getöse“.  Diese Träge…
„Sentinel“ – zu Deutsch „der Wächter“. Der Name dieses Satellitenprogramms kommt nicht von ungefähr. Denn seine Aufgabe ist tatsächlich die Überwachung und Beobachtung…
Searching galactic haloes for ‚missing‘ matter. Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton; J-T. Li (University of Michigan, USA); Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
NASA’s Chandra Observatory has enabled scientists to study the inner workings of the crab nebula.
Eine so detaillierte Karte unserer Galaxie gab es bislang nicht: Der Satellit „Gaia“ hat etwa 1,7 Milliarden Sterne abgelichtet, Forscher haben die Aufnahmen zu einem riesigen Bild zusammengesetzt.
A multitude of discoveries are on the horizon after this much awaited release, which is based on 22 months of charting the sky. The new data includes positions, distance indicators and motions of more than one billion stars, along with high-precision measurements of asteroids within our Solar…
On 25 April 2018, ESA’s Gaia mission will publish its much awaited second data release, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy.Scientists who have been working on creating and validating the data contained in the catalogue tell us why they are wait…
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the second data release of ESA’s Gaia mission, an astrometry mission to map more than one billion stars in our Galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.04.18

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When NASA first started planning the Kepler mission, no one knew if the universe held any planets outside our solar system. Thousands of exoplanets later, the search enters a new phase.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission will launch no earlier than Monday (April 16), and its ultimate goal is to provide a catalog of planets all over the sky.
On Monday, April 16, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA’s new exoplanet hunter will train its sights on nearer, brighter stars than its predecessors did.
A conversation with Doug Caldwell, instrument scientist for the Kepler Space Telescope, and who’s now working on NASA’s next planet-hunting mission— the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS.
Kurz vor dem Ende von Kepler schickt die NASA mit dem Weltraumteleskop TESS einen Nachfolger ins All, der tausende weitere Exoplaneten entdecken soll. Erstmals soll SpaceX eine wissenschaftliche Sonde der US-Agentur befördern.
After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which was scheduled to take place this evening (April 16), has been delayed by at least 48 hours due to an issue with the spacecraft’s rocket ride, a SpaceX Falcon 9.
NASA’s pursuit of Earth 2.0 will have to wait at least another two days for a critical search asset to head into orbit as the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was delayed from Monday to provide time for additional Guidance, Navigation &…
SpaceX and NASA are preparing to launch the TESS exoplanet-hunting satellite on Monday, April 16.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
NASA’s TESS exoplanet-hunting spacecraft is primed for an on-time liftoff Monday (April 15) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
Was ist Sentinel? Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Satelliten die die Erde beobachten. Sie gehören zu einem europäischen Programm, das „Copernicus“ heißt. Dabei kommt der Name Sentin…
The SENTINEL-3 Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite description and ground segment. It also covers an introduction to heritage missions, thematic areas and services, orbit characteristics and coverage, instrument payloads and data products.
Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular ‘to do’ list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April.
Image gallery of the Sentinel-3 satellite.
Die Steuerung des Sentinel Satelliten erfolgt im ESOC , dem „European Space Operations Centre“, also dem Kontrollzentrum der ESA in Darmstadt. Seit 1967 kontrolliert es den Betrieb sämt…
Die Sentinel-3-Satelliten haben 5 Hauptinstrumente: OLCI (Ocean and Land Colour Instrument) Aufnahme der Farbe eines ca. 1300 km breiten Streifens mit 5 Kameras 21 spektrale Kanäle mit einer Wellen…
Die Rakete mit dem Satelliten Sentinel-3B wird vom Kosmodrom Plessezk etwa 800 Kilometer nördlich von Moskau in Russland aus starten. Hier starteten auch schon Sentinel-3A und Sentinel-5P.
Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Erdbeobachtungssatelliten des Erdbeobachtungsprogrammes Copernicus. Dabei kommt der Name Sentinel aus dem Englischen und heißt „Wächter“. Passend für…
Ihr erinnert euch? Im letzten Jahr waren wir in Darmstadt und haben dort den Start des Satelliten Sentinel-2B miterlebt. Inzwischen ist auch schon Sentinel-5P gestartet und nun startet Sentinel-3B.…

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“SIGNAL ACQUIRED #AOS We just caught #MarsExpress transmitting loud & clear – well, not so loud over 144mn km, but enough for our needs! #Rday #Mars


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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.04.18

 

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Der ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) wird bald mit seiner Suche nach Gasen, die auf geologische oder biologische Aktivitäten auf dem Roten Planeten hinweisen, beginnen.
European spacecraft in position to start its science mission, say controllers.
A cutoff of live video on a recent SpaceX launch reflects new awareness by regulators of the imaging capabilities of onboard cameras on launch vehicles.
Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but are also revealing new information about the moon’s evolution and structure.
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — pronounced „laddie,“ not „lady“ — is set to launch to the moon in September 2013. The 844-pound (383 kilograms) spacecraft is designed to orbit the moon, investigating lunar dust, the lunar a
SpaceX isn’t responsible for the loss of the top-secret Zuma spy satellite during the craft’s launch earlier this year, according to media reports.
„A super secretive US government satellite SpaceX launched in January never made it to orbit after it failed to separate from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. Three months later, it still appears the satellite manufacturer Northrop Grumman may be to blame for the loss and not SpaceX. A new…
Die Ariane-Trägerfamilie und die Vega-Rakete sichern den autonomen Zugang Europas zum Weltraum. Mit Blick auf die sich gegenwärtig rapide verändernden Rahmenbedingungen stellt sich die Frage: Wie läss…

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.03.18

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Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.
Das chinesische Raumlabor Tiangong 1 kreist seit Herbst 2016 unkontrolliert um die Erde und verliert an Höhe. Sein Eintritt in die Atmosphäre wird ab Karfreitag erwartet. Bis zu 3,5 Tonnen könnten nicht verglühen und auf die Erde stürzen.
A Chinese space station is going to fall out of space, and now trackers know when. Kind of.
On 18 February, errors of two electrical units on the service module of Gaia led the spacecraft to trigger an automatic safe mode. Safe modes occur when certain spacecraft parameters fall out of their normal operating ranges and the spacecraft automatically takes measures to preserve its safety….
Die wirkliche Reise zur Sonne
Nachdem wir vor Kurzem eine gedankliche Reise zur Sonne unternahmen, um sie besser kennen zu lernen, passt es nun sehr gut, dass die NASA in diesem Sommer eine Sonde dort hin schicken will. (Danke …
Long March 5’s return to flight will carry an experimental, 300 Gbps telecommunications satellite named Shijian-20 based on a new, large DFH-5 satellite platform.
For the first time, the Moon’s far side will be on the receiving end of a robotic lunar lander – China’s Chang’e-4. Zhao Xiaojin, secretary of the CPC (Communist Party of China) committee at the China Aerospace Science and Technology (CAST), explains that the two-phase Chang’e-4 mission…
A NASA investigation into a 2015 SpaceX launch failure concluded a design flaw likely initiated the chain of events that destroyed the vehicle.

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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) – 01.03.18

 

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A veteran Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts parachuted into the sunrise on Wednesday aboard their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft after a half-year mission to the International Space Station, touching down on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan after circling the Earth 2,688 times and covering 114.5…
Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin handed over control of the orbital laboratory today to fellow cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov during a traditional Change of Command ceremony. Misurkin is returning to Earth tomorrow with NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei after 168 days in space.
NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos undocked from the International Space Station at 6:08 p.m. EST to begin their voyage home to Earth.
At 2:58 p.m. EST, the hatch closed between the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft and the International Space Station in preparation for undocking. Expedition 54 crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos are scheduled to undock their Soyuz at 6:08 p.m. NASA…
Three members of the Expedition 54 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, have returned to Earth after months of performing research and spacewalks in low-Earth orbit.
The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with a Russian-American crew trio on board parachuted to a safe rocket-cushioned landing on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan on February 28, 2018 after a 114.5-million-Kilometer mission circling the Earth 2,688 times over 168 days. Returning aboard Soyuz MS-06 was…
The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with a Russian-American crew trio on board parachuted to a safe rocket-cushioned landing on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan on February 28, 2018 after a 114.5-million-Kilometer mission circling the Earth 2,688 times over 168 days. Returning aboard Soyuz MS-06 was…
The Ariane 5 rocket that deviated from its expected flight path Jan. 25 and lost contact with ground control was fed the wrong coordinates, according to the independent commission Arianespace tasked last month to find out what caused the close call.
The iconic Great Red Spot of Jupiter — larger than Earth itself — may disappear in the next 20 years.
SpaceX launched two experimental satellites today (Feb. 22) designed to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a network that will consist of thousands of spacecraft providing broadband internet service to people around the world.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully delivered to orbit today (Feb. 22) the first two prototypes for the company’s huge satellite-internet constellation, along with a Spanish Earth-observing spacecraft.
The net-equipped boat came up a bit short in its quest to pluck a falling payload fairing — the protective nose cone that surrounds satellites during launch — out of the sky today (Feb. 22), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket provided a spectacular show to morning commuters across Southern California on Thursday after taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with Spain’s PAZ radar satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype broadband satellites. Falcon 9 streaked into the morning sun as it…
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Spanish Paz radar imaging satellite into orbit on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, along with two prototype internet service satellites. See amazing photos of the mission in this slideshow.
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation. Re-flying Booster 1038, Falcon 9 climbed into sunlight shortly…
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation. Re-flying Booster 1038, Falcon 9 climbed into sunlight shortly…
NASA’s vision for lunar exploration includes landing astronauts, from NASA and partners, on the moon by the late 2020s, the agency’s leader said Feb. 20.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.02.18

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Surfing complete
Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
NASA`s New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet
NASA is developing a spacesuit with a built-in toilet system, something the agency hasn’t used regularly since the Apollo era.
What Impact Might SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Program Have on the Atmosphere?
A single launch pumps a relatively small amount of emissions into the atmosphere, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has suggested sending a millio…

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.02.2018

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ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
​On this day ten years ago, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory was launched into orbit, safely nestled in the mammoth cargo bay of the space shuttle Atlantis.
ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
  ISS ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR astronews.com 8. Februar 2018
Europe’s Columbus Module Turns 10 – Parabolic Arc
COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The Columbus space laboratory began its journey into space on 7 February 2008 and has now been the scientific heart of European research on the International Space Station (ISS) for ten years. In microgravity, researchers gain unique insights from a wide range of…
LISA Pathfinder: Noch besser als gedacht
  LISA PATHFINDER Noch besser als gedacht Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gravitationsphysik astronews.com 12. Februar 2018
LISA pathfinder mission a glorious success
LISA pathfinder three times better than required, 10 times better than expected.
The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched into Space
A very small, very powerful atomic clock will ride the next Falcon Heavy to space.
Europa Lander Mission Shut Out Again in 2019 NASA Budget Request
A bold life-hunting mission to the surface of Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa was shut out in the 2019 federal budget proposal, but NASA still aims to see it fly.

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