Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.11.19

Front Page / Titelseite

Japanische Asteroidensonde Hayabusa2 hat die Ryugu-Umlaufbahn verlassen

Nach einer Serie von Forschungen und der Entnahme von Bodenproben hat die japanische Sonde Hayabusa2 am Mittwoch die Umlaufbahn des Asteroiden Ryugu mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 9,2 Zentimetern pro Sekunde verlassen. Das sei durch die Zündung von chemischen Triebwerken erfolgt, teilte die japanische Weltraumagentur JAXA mit. In […]

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Farewell, Ryugu! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe Leaves Asteroid for Journey Home

Japan’s enterprising asteroid-sampling spacecraft began they journey home Tuesday (Nov. 12), packed full of precious space rocks that scientists can’t wait to get their hands on.

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See the 4 Sites Where a NASA Spacecraft May ‚Tag‘ Asteroid Bennu Next Year (Photos)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will „tag“ asteroid Bennu at one of four potential sites next year. See close-up views of the four candidate sites here!

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Why Astronomers Worry About the Brightness of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Megaconstellation

SpaceX is planning to launch the second installment of its Starlink megaconstellation on Monday (Nov. 11), and astronomers are waiting to see — well, precisely what they will see.

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NASA’s TESS Spacecraft is Finding Hundreds of Exoplanets — And is Poised to Find Thousands More

Over 99% of these alien worlds remain undiscovered — but this is about to change.

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NICER Telescope Spots Brightest X-Ray Burst Ever Observed

The brightest X-ray burst ever observed by NICER released as much energy in 20 seconds as our sun does in about 10 days.

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India Has a New Planetary Target in Mind: Venus

India has launched just three planetary-science spacecraft, but the country is already eyeing a new destination: Venus.

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‚Pad Abort‘ Success Keeps Boeing’s Starliner on Track for December Launch to Space Station

Boeing’s astronaut taxi remains on track for a December demonstration flight to the International Space Station after passing a key safety test earlier this week.

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Rosetta’s ongoing science

On 12 November 2014 Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet as part of the successful Rosetta mission to study Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Five years later, and after the mission’s official end in 2016, Rosetta is continuing to provide insights into the origins of our Solar System.

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May the Piccolo Be with You! Watch an Astronaut Perform the ‚Star Wars‘ Theme in Space

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Nasa Insight Mars Lander

InSight’s ‚Mole‘ Team Peers into the Pit

Efforts to save the heat probe continue.

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Common Questions about InSight’s ‚Mole‘

There’s a new plan to get InSight’s „mole“ moving again. The following Q&As with two members of the team answer some of the most common questions about the burrowing device, part of a science instrument called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3).

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Expedition 61 Crew Servicing Spacesuits and Science Hardware Today

The Expedition 61 crew serviced a variety of science and life support hardware today aboard the International Space Station. U.S. spacesuits are also being readied for a series upcoming cosmic repair spacewalks.

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Blood Pressure, DNA Studies as Astronauts Prep for Complex Spacewalk Repairs

The Expedition 61 crew explored how microgravity is affecting a variety of biological processes in humans and microbes today. Two astronauts are also gearing up for tentatively planned spacewalks to repair a cosmic particle detector.

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Red, Red Wine Launches to Space Station for Science

Fancy some space wine? A European startup recently launched some of the red stuff to the International Space Station to age in space for 12 months.

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Luca to lead most challenging spacewalks since Hubble repairs

The date is set for ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s first spacewalk of his Beyond mission. Friday 15 November marks the start of a series of complex spacewalks to service the cosmic-particle-hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02).

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Russische Wissenschaftler denken über Sport-  und Medizin-Modul für die ISS nach

Russische Wissenschaftler halten es für erforderlich, die Internationale Raumstation ISS durch ein spezielles Modul für die sportliche Betätigung und medizinische Experimente zu ergänzen. In dem Modul könnten alle Geräte für das Sporttraining, der Vakuum-Anzug Tschibis sowie die Apparaturen und Kontrollgeräte für medizinische Tests und medizinisch-biologische Forschungen installiert werden, sagte die […]

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Russland strukturiert seine Forschungsarbeit in der ISS um

Russland strukturiert seine Forschungsarbeit in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS neu, um die Effektivität der Experimente zu erhöhen. Dazu werde man künftig von Langzeitexperimenten absehen, die Zulassungsvorschriften erleichtern und auch verstärkt kommerzielle Experimente aufnehmen. Zudem soll die Zusammenarbeit mit ausländischen Raumfahrtagenturen auf diesem Gebiet intensiviert werden, sagte […]

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ISS-Umlaufbahn um 800 Meter angehoben

Die Umlaufbahn der Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist in der Nacht zum Freitag um 800 Meter angehoben worden. Dazu wurden am Donnerstagabend um 23.40 Uhr deutscher Zeit die Triebwerke des Weltraumfrachters Progress MS-12 für 406 Sekunden gezündet, teilte die GK Roskosmos in Moskau mit. Damit umkreist die Station die Erde nunmehr […]

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Crew Focuses on Cosmic Repair Spacewalks, Practices Medical Emergency

The Expedition 61 crew is focusing on a complex series of spacewalks set to start soon to repair a cosmic particle detector. The orbital residents also conducted an emergency drill aboard the International Space Station today.

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NASA Astronaut Prepares for Space Station Mission Marked by Changes

The International Space Station will reach an interesting point in its history around the 20th anniversary of continuous human occupation due to the commercial crew program.

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Leading the way

The spacewalks are to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer or AMS, a dark matter hunter that is providing researchers with data on cosmic ray particles well beyond its three-year mission.

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Space Gardening Aboard Station Ahead of Spacewalks

The Expedition 61 crewmembers started taking turns “weighing in” Wednesday before a slew of space gardening and life science activities. The orbital residents are also nearing the start of a series of spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s cosmic particle detector.

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Crew Preps for Friday Spacewalk During Continuous Science

The International Space Station’s cosmic particle detector, in operation since 2011, will get its first repair job during a series of spacewalks set to start this Friday. The Expedition 61 crew is gearing up for the spacewalk while ensuring ongoing advanced space research.

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Earth / Erde

SpaceX Test-Fires Rocket for Next Launch of 60 Starlink Satellites

SpaceX has fired up the rocket booster that will ferry the company’s next batch of Starlink satellites into space.

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Moon / Mond

Record-Holding Moon Mission Marks a Decade in Orbit

Among the dozens of spacecraft that have visited the moon, none can come close to the tenure of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which recently marked a decade studying our sibling world.

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NASA Opens Untouched Apollo Moon Rock Sample for First Time in 40 Years

NASA has opened one of its last pristine samples of Apollo moon rock to prepare for the return of new material by future lunar missions.

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Boeing Just Sent NASA Its Moon Lander Idea for Artemis Astronauts. Here It Is.

On Tuesday (Nov. 5), Boeing delivered a proposal to NASA for a crewed lunar lander to fly astronauts to the moon in 2024 as part of the agency’s Artemis program.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

A decade probing the Sun

Ten years ago, a small satellite carrying 17 new devices, science instruments and technology experiments was launched into orbit, on a mission to investigate our star and the environment that it rules in space.

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Ten Suns for 10 years

Last week marked a milestone for ESA’s Proba-2 satellite: 10 years of operation in orbit around the Earth. Since its launch on 2 November 2009, Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy) has probed the intricacies of the Sun and its connection to our planet, imaging and observing our star and investigating how it drives all manner of complex cosmic phenomena: from solar eruptions and flares to closer-to-home space weather effects.

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The Curiosity Rover Just Took a Very Emo Photo of Its Rocky Martian Prison

Curiosity is the last functioning rover on Mars, and its lonely mission has taken the robot to a steep mountain in the middle of a vast crater.

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Key methane measurements at Mars

This graphic summarises significant measurement attempts of methane at Mars. Reports of methane have been made by Earth-based telescopes, ESA’s Mars Express from orbit around Mars, and NASA’s Curiosity located on the surface at Gale Crater; they have also reported measurement attempts with no or very little methane detected.

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With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen

For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above the surface of Gale Crater on Mars.

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1st Methane, Now Oxygen: Another Possible ‚Biosignature‘ Gas Is Acting Weird on Mars

Another possible biosignature gas is behaving strangely in Mars‘ air.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils

A new paper identifies a ring of minerals at the rover’s landing site that are ideal for fossilizing microbial life.

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Meet Arrokoth: Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Explored, Has a New Name

Hopefully you weren’t too attached to „2014 MU69,“ because the most distant object ever explored has a new name.

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Proba-2 watches Mercury transit

ESA’s Proba-2 had a ring-side seat for the transit of Mercury on 11 November 2019.

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PIA23440: Jovian Vortex View

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

NASA’s Planet-Hunting TESS Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Panorama of the Milky Way

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft created a spectacular panorama of the southern sky that shows off our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Hubble captures a dozen Sunburst Arc doppelgangers

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have observed a galaxy in the distant regions of the Universe which appears duplicated at least 12 times on the night sky. This unique sight, created by strong gravitational lensing, helps astronomers get a better understanding of the cosmic era known as the epoch of reionisation.

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Politics / Politik

Senators Propose Extending Space Station’s Life to 2030 in NASA Authorization Bill

The orbiting complex is currently expected to end operations in 2024, but a group from the U.S. Senate proposes making it available for six more years to advance in-space manufacturing.

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White House Wants More Moon Money for NASA’s Artemis Program

NASA needs more money to meet its goal of landing humans on the moon in 2024, the White House recently warned Congress in a letter.

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Ex-KGB-Chef des Sternenstädtchens:  Ausländischer Geheimdienst wollte Spion zu einer sowjetischen Raumstation schicken

Ein ausländischer Geheimdienst wollte einen Spion zu einer sowjetischen Raumstation schicken, was jedoch vereitelt worden sei. Das hat der Ex-KGB-Chef des Kosmonautenausbildungszentrums Juri Gagarin (ZPK) im Sternenstädtchen bei Moskau, Nikolai Rybkin, am Mittwoch in Moskau bei der Präsentation eines Buches über die Angehörigen der militärischen Spionageabwehr mitgeteilt, meldet die Nachrichtenagentur […]

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OIG Report On NASA Challenges

„Achieving the ambitious goals of landing humans on the Moon by 2024 and Mars in the 2030s will require strong, consistent, and sustained leadership by the President, Congress, and NASA. For its part, NASA must determine the long-term costs, set realistic schedules, define system requirements and mission planning, form or firm up international partnerships, and leverage commercial space capabilities. To this end, our oversight work has found NASA consistently struggling over the past decade to set realistic program cost and schedule goals. Therefore, the accelerated timetable for a lunar landing set out in the Artemis program further increases the risk of inefficient development programs or contract awards with increased costs due to limited competition or unstable program requirements. Although NASA has made significant progress on several fronts to further its human exploration efforts, many questions remain about the total costs, schedule, and scope of the Agency’s Moon and Mars ambitions.

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Technology / Technologie

A new type of fire, the fuel of the future?

Later this month a Texus rocket will launch from Esrange, Sweden, that will travel about 260 km upwards and fall back to Earth offering researchers six minutes of zero gravity. Their experiment? Burning metal powder to understand a new type of fire.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Heads Into the Test Chamber

In this time-lapse video taken at JPL, engineers move the Mars 2020 rover into a large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions.

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NASA’s SOFIA Observatory: The Flying Telescope

Flying at the very tip-top of Earth’s atmosphere, SOFIA has almost as clear a view as space-based telescopes.

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Starlink: SpaceX bringt 60 Internet-Satelliten ins All

Das Starlink-Programm schreitet weiter voran: Weitere 60 Satelliten sind mit einer „Falcon 9“-Rakete ins All befördert worden.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Treks into Vacuum Chamber for Red Planet Survival Tests

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover was moved into a vacuum chamber and tested under Mars-like environmental conditions to prepare for its launch to the Red Planet next summer.

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This Stingray-Shaped Spacecraft Could Be Perfect For Exploring Venus‘ Dark Side

Could a stingray-shaped spacecraft get to the dark side of Venus by flapping its wings?

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World / Welt

Astronauts in Space and on Earth Mark Veterans Day 2019

Generations of NASA astronauts in space and on Earth took a moment today (Nov. 11) to mark Veterans Day.

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NASA’s ‚Hidden Figures‘ to be Awarded Congressional Gold Medals

Four of NASA’s „hidden figures,“ Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden, together with all of the women who contributed to the agency’s success in the space race to the moon, will be bestowed Congressional Gold Medals.

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Yes, the ‚Von Braun‘ Space Hotel Idea Is Wild. But Could We Build It by 2025?

Will you be planning a trip to an orbiting „space hotel“ as early as 2025?

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

‚Snoopy in Space‘ Launches Peanuts Gang on NASA Adventures on Apple TV+

Snoopy’s ongoing space adventures with NASA have launched the comic-strip beagle into a new frontier — streaming video.

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Snoopy Boldly Goes to Red Planet in ‚A Beagle of Mars‘

On Dec. 18, Peanuts‘ Snoopy will follow in the pawprints of the Russian cosmonaut Laika and venture into space – but go where no beagle has gone before: Mars.

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Science / Wissenschaft

Is a New Particle Changing the Fate of the Universe?

A brand-new particle has possibly emerged and is altering the future destiny of our entire cosmos, a physicist says.

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Human Heart Cells Beat Differently in Microgravity, Which May Benefit Astronauts

A new study shows how microgravity alters human heart muscle cells in space, helping astronauts better prepare for long-duration missions to Mars and beyond.

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Materialwissenschaft: Weniger Bakterien im Weltall

Das Immunsystem von Astronautinnen und Astronauten ist im Weltall geschwächt. Umso wichtiger ist es, dass sich an Bord der Raumstation oder von Raumschiffen Krankheitserreger nicht stark vermehren und ausbreiten können. Im Saarland haben Materialwissenschaftler nun Oberflächen speziell bearbeitet, um eine solche Ausbreitung zu verhindern. Sie werden gerade auf der ISS getestet.

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Can We Genetically Engineer Humans to Survive Missions to Mars?

Will we one day combine tardigrade DNA with our cells to go to Mars?

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Climate Explained: Why Mars is Cold Despite an Atmosphere of Mostly Carbon Dioxide

If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat to create a global warming impact on Earth, why is Mars cold? Its atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide.

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History / Geschichte

50 Jahre Mondlandung – Die verfluchte 13

Anlässlich des 50-Jährigen-Jubiläum der Mondlandung hat unser Astronomie.de-Autor Malte Bolte einen mehrteiligen Artikel erstellt.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.11.19

Front Page / Titelseite

Rogosin weist Bau zweier zusätzlicher Sojus-Raumschiffe an –   Reaktion auf Bitten der NASA

Der Chef der GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, hat die Freigabe der Mittel für zwei zusätzliche Sojus-Raumschiffe angeordnet. Sie würden unter anderem auch gebaut, um den Amerikanern zu helfen, deren Raumschiffe Crew Dragon und Starliner nicht vor 2021 zur Verfügung stünden.

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Why Mars Base Tech Should Be Tested on the Moon First

The coming generation of moon explorers should consider using lunar habitats as a test bed for future Mars missions, said a representative from the French space agency.

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How Japan’s Hayabusa2 Stuck Its Landings on the Boulder-Strewn Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2’s team — despite encountering a rockier surface than expected — made flawless touchdowns twice on an asteroid. Yet there are no plans for a „Hayabusa3,“ at least right now.

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There’s Something Strange Going On Inside Neptune

Are planetary burps to blame?

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A decade probing the Sun

Ten years ago, a small satellite carrying 17 new devices, science instruments and technology experiments was launched into orbit, on a mission to investigate our star and the environment that it rules in space.

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NASA wertet Startabbruch-Test von Starliner als „sehr gelungen“

Die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA hat den unbemannten Startabbruch-Test des Starliners von Boeing am Montag als „sehr gelungen“ bewertet. Obwohl sich einer der drei Fallschirme der Mannschaftskabine nicht geöffnet habe, sei diese sanft gelandet, sagte ein Kommentator.

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NASA’s Voyager Spacecraft May Have 5 Years Left to Explore Interstellar Space

The twin Voyager probes are the ultimate spaceflight overachievers, but everyone knows their run can’t last forever.

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Boeing Tests Starliner Spacecraft’s Launch Abort System for Rocket Emergencies

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crewed vehicle aced a crucial safety test this morning in the New Mexico desert.

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Boeing Tests Starliner Capabilities to Escape Dangerous Pad Conditions

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crewed vehicle aced a crucial safety test this morning in the New Mexico desert.

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A Journey to Mars Starts on the Space Station

NASA is looking for ways to make a visit to the International Space Station a little more like a voyage to Mars.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.06.19

Front Page / Titelseite

Hayabusa2 dropped a Target Marker on Asteroid Ryugu / Raumsonde Hayabusa 2 setzte einen zweiten Zielmarker auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu ab

Low descent observation operation (PPTD-TM1B) | Topics

The low descent observation operation (PPTD-TM1B) will be conducted between June 11 – 13. As we successfully dropped a target marker in area CO1 during the PPTD-TM1A operation that was performed between May 28 – 30, a target marker will not be dropped during PPTD-TM1B, but observations will be taken near the artificial crater. Preparations for the descent began on June 11 and the descent will begin on June 12 at 11:40 JST (on-board time) with the spacecraft descending at a speed of 0.4m/s. The speed will be reduced to 0.1 m/s at 22:00 JST on the same day. The spacecraft will read an altitude of about 35m on June 13 at 10:34 JST and then begin to ascend from 10:57 JST. The schedule of the operation is shown in Figure 1. Please be aware that the actual operation time may differ as the times shown are the planned values.

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Treasure Hunting With Hayabusa2

IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an asteroid.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft grabs epic close-up just 30 feet above asteroid

The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu.

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Hayabusa2 probe’s new target marker on asteroid only 3 meters off its mark

A target marker released by Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe in late May to guide its landing onto the asteroid Ryugu fell just 3 meters away from the spot the probe was aiming for, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said on June 11.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 09.05.19

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Rosetta ‚post-mission‘ – new findings relating to the temperature and nature of the comet’s surface

Two-and-a-half years have passed since the operational phase of the Rosetta mission came to an end in September 2016. However, scientific evaluation of the enormous amounts of data from the instruments on the spacecraft and the Philae lander is still ongoing.

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Here’s an Update on Hayabusa2’s Crater-Creating Explosion

Hayabusa2’s SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.

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As Gaia Maps Our Galaxy, This Telescope Keeps an Eye on the Spacecraft

Europe’s star-mapping spacecraft, Gaia, streaks across the Milky Way in a new image captured by a ground telescope. The image will help refine scientists‘ knowledge of Gaia’s orbit.

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Venus Missions? Interstellar Probes? Here Are 18 Wild Space Tech Ideas NASA Is Looking At

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program funds 18 project proposals. The projects are aimed to design and test technology concepts for potential future NASA missions.

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Russische ISS-Kosmonauten erhalten nur am Tag des Sieges dienstfrei

Die beiden russischen Kosmonauten in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS erhalten zum Tag des Sieges (9. 5.) nicht so lange frei wie ihre Landsleute auf der Erde.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.04.19

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Picture of Blackhole in Messier 87

Chandra Captures X-rays in Coordination with Event Horizon Telescope

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to obtain data of Messier 87, or M87, during the April 2017 observing run by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

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Live-Blog zum Event Horizon Telescope Reveal

Zwei Jahrzehnte ist es nun her, dass diese Computersimulationen in dem Paper „Viewing the Shadow of the Black Hole at the Galactic Center“ erschienen sind: zu sehen das mutmaßliche Schwarze Loch Sgr A* im Zentrum der Milchstraße, bei 0.6 mm (links) und 1.3 mm Wellenlänge rechts), für den Fall schneller Rotation (oben) bzw. keiner Rotation (unten), unter Berücksichtigung der leider ziemlich gravierenden Streuung derart kurzer Radiowellen im interstellaren Medium. Anfang 2000 hatte das MPI für Radioastronomie ob dieses Papers die Hoffnung ausgesprochen, dass „die Weiterentwicklung bereits vorhandener astronomischer Beobachtungsmethoden es Astronomen bald erlauben könnte, die verworrenen Wege von Photonen zu verfolgen, die nur um Haaresbreite den Fängen eines Schwarzen Lochs entkommen sind“: Die entscheidende Entdeckung war nämlich gewesen, dass der ‚Schatten‘ des Schwarzen Lochs vor umgebendem strahlendem Gas durch die Lichtablenkung in seinem eigenen extremen Schwerefeld winkelmäßig deutlich vergrößert wird, wenn auch nur auf etwa 50 Mikrobogensekunden.

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Eureka! Black Hole Photographed for 1st Time

For the first time ever, humanity has photographed a black hole, shining light on an exotic realm that had long been beyond our ken.

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‚Black Holes: The First Image‘ Premieres Tonight on Science Channel (Video)

Learn how a scientific team used radio telescopes to peer past galactic clouds of dust and gas trying to take the first-ever photograph a black hole.

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Event Horizon Telescope to Unveil Big Black Hole News Today! Watch Live

The Event Horizon Telescope project is unveiling a major black hole discovery Wednesday morning (April 10) at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), and you can watch the event live.

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Israeli Moon Lander Poised for Lunar Touchdown Thursday

Israel’s robotic Beresheet moon lander is nearing its moment of truth: an epic lunar touchdown attempt scheduled to occur between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday (April 11).

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What Exactly Is a Black Hole Event Horizon (and What Happens There)?

On Wednesday (April 10), the international Event Horizon Telescope project will release the first results from its plan to image black holes. But what exactly is an event horizon?

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Revolutionäre Beobachtung im All: Forscher zeigen erstmals Foto von einem schwarzen Loch

Ein weltweites Netzwerk von Teleskopen hat eine Beobachtung ermöglicht, auf die Astronomen seit Jahrzehnten warten: Das erste Bild von einem schwarzen Loch. Wir erklären, was zu sehen ist.

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Hayabusa 2 creates new Crater on Ryugu / Hayabusa sprengt Krater in Asteroiden Ryugu

Hayabusa 2 creates new crater on Ryugu – Briefing documents (PDF)

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Pow! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Bombs Asteroid Ryugu to Make a Crater (Photo)

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft slammed a copper cannonball into the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to blast out a crater.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Shoots Copper Bomb at Asteroid Ryugu to Create Artificial Crater

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe deployed a heavy copper plate toward the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to create an artificial crater.

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Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Dropping Explosives, Hiding behind Ryugu

Hayabusa2 is safe and sound after successfully deploying its explosive-packed SCI experiment.

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BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.

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Controlling the future

New, innovative software developed by ESA will ensure future missions fly flawlessly. From virtual reality to autonomous robots, check out our video on the future of mission control

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Israel’s Moon Lander Beresheet

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

SpaceIL’s Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

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Beresheet is about to land on the Moon

A successful landing will make SpaceIL the first private organization, and Israel the fourth country, to soft-land on the Moon.

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Israel’s Moon Lander Arrives in Lunar Orbit Tomorrow

Beresheet will slip into orbit around the moon tomorrow morning (April 4) — if it aces a crucial engine burn.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) 28.02.19

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Touch Down Hayabusa2 on Ryugu

Hayabusa2 has touched down on Ryugu!

Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.

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Image from just after touchdown

From February 20 to 22, we conducted the touchdown operation (TD1-L8E1) of Hayabusa2 on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. Figure 1 shows an image taken with the Optical Navigation Camera – Wide angle (ONC-W1) during the spacecraft ascent after touchdown.

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Hayabusa2 conducts touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese asteroid sampling mission Hayabusa2 – launched on December 3, 2014 aboard an H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima, Japan – completed its long flight to asteroid Ryugu (formerly 1999 JU3) before – on September 21 – achieving the milestone of deploying its two tiny MINERVA-II robots/rovers, followed later by the deployment of the MASCOT lander. Then, on February 21 (UTC), Hayabusa2 successfully touched down on the surface.

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Asteroidenforschung: Raumsonde Hayabusa-2 beschießt Asteroiden Ryugu

In der Nacht auf den 22. Februar 2019 setzte die japanische Raumsonde Hayabusa für kurze Zeit auf der Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu auf und aktivierte ihren Probensammler.

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Japanische Raumsonde Hayabusa2 landet auf Asteroiden Ryugu

Erleichterung im Kontrollzentrum der japanischen Raumfahrtbehörde: Der Raumsonde Hayabusa2 gelang die Landung auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu.

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Dramatic Dark Smudge Appears Where Hayabusa2 Landed on Ryugu Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down successfully on the Ryugu asteroid late last week, blasting its surface and—hopefully—collecting samples. A new image released by JAXA shows a distinctive smudge on the asteroid where the procedure took place, but the cause of the dark surface feature isn’t immediately clear.

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Sonde Hayabusa2: Landeanflug zu Asteroiden Ryugu begonnen

Hayabusa2 hat schon mehrere Lander zur Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu geschickt, nun folgt sie selbst. Am Freitag soll sie dort Material einsammeln.

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Space X Crew Dragon Raumkapsel

What to expect when Crew Dragon launches to the International Space Station b

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is scheduled to blast off for a 6-day, uncrewed test flight on 2 March at 02:49 EST (07:49 UTC).

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Nasa erlaubt Testflug der neuen SpaceX-Raumkapsel

Zunächst soll bloß eine Puppe mit der neuen SpaceX-Raumkapsel auf die Internationale Raumstation gelangen. Doch das Unternehmen des Milliardärs Elon Musk plant bereits bemannte Missionen – noch in diesem Jahr.

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NASA, SpaceX clear Crew Dragon for critical March 2 test flight

NASA managers held a flight readiness review Friday and cleared SpaceX to press ahead with work to ready a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon commercial ferry ship for launch March 2 on an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.

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ESA plans mission to smallest asteroid ever visited

ESA’s planet-defending Hera mission will set a new record in space. The asteroid investigator will not only be the first spacecraft to explore a binary asteroid system – the Didymos pair – but the smaller of these two worldlets, comparable in size to Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, will become the smallest asteroid ever visited.

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What to expect when Hayabusa2 collects a sample from Ryugu

More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.

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Earth’s atmosphere stretches out to the Moon – and beyond

A recent discovery based on observations by the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, shows that the gaseous layer that wraps around Earth reaches up to 630 000 km away, or 50 times the diameter of our planet

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Hubble helps uncover origin of Neptune’s smallest moon Hippocamp

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with older data from the Voyager 2 probe, have revealed more about the origin of Neptune’s smallest moon. The moon, which was discovered in 2013 and has now received the official name Hippocamp, is believed to be a fragment of its larger neighbour Proteus.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.09.18

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Hayabusa2 deployment of two rovers on Ryugu Asteroid

Sonde Hayabusa2 setzt zwei Rover auf Asteoriden Ryugu ab

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Nach knapp 4 Jahren im All wird der deutsch-französische Asteroidenlander MASCOT von der japanischen Muttersonde Hayabusa2 abgetrennt und beginnt im freien Fall zur Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu seine wissenschaftliche Mission. Die Separation, angetrieben durch einen kleinen Mechanismus, ist ein Schlüsselmoment von dem vieles abhängt. Einmal ausgelöst, entsteht eine mechanisch gekoppelte Kettenreaktion die die Mission unwiderruflich einleitet. Dies ist der Moment des „Point-of-no-Return“. Funktionsweise des Mechanismus und mögliche Risiken bei der Separation werden hier kurz erläutert.

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via DLR Blogs https://www.dlr.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:15AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Erste Lander auf dem Weg zum Asteroiden

Hayabusa2 untersucht den Asteroiden Ryugu nicht nur aus der Ferne, sondern hat auch drei Lander mitgebracht. Die ersten beiden sollen nun landen.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:06AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Lander senden erste Bilder von Asteroidenoberfläche

Zwei japanische Landeroboter sind auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu gelandet und senden Bilder. Mindestens einer hat auch bereits den Standort gewechselt.

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A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese asteroid-sampling probe is about to get up close and personal with its target space rock. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will drop two tiny rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week, possibly as early as Thursday (Sept. 20), if all goes according to plan.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 20, 2018 at 01:16AM

MINERVA-Ⅱ1 Schedule for deployment operation | Topics

The mission operation to deploy the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers will be conducted from September 19 – 21. On September 19, activities will focus on preparation for the spacecraft to descend towards asteroid Ryugu and on September 20, the actual descent will begin. The scheduled deployment of the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers is on September 21.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

The small exploration rovers, MINERVA-II1 | Topics

The MINERVA-II (standing for the “MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid, the second generation”) are a successor to the exploration rover, MINERVA, that was installed with the first Hayabusa mission to asteroid Itokawa.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

Navigation Images from the #MINERVA-Ⅱ1 deployment operation (Real time delivery)

https://t.co/zMi3EA5VAq UTC 2018-09-20 03:36 >> UTC 2018-09-20 22:19 — JAXA/j. Roger –… https://t.co/NmBosbzlPM

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The spacecraft shadow and opposition effect

The first operation rehearsal for the first touchdown of Hayabusa2 was performed from September 10 – 12. The spacecraft reached an altitude of about 600 m from the surface of Ryugu and then began to ascend once again. During the operation, the images taken for navigation purposes with the Optical Navigation Camera Wide angle (ONC-W1) were released in real time. The last image captured is shown in Figure 1. This photograph was taken on September 12 at around 12:40 JST at an altitude of 635m from the surface of Ryugu.

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They Made It! Japan’s Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 22, 2018 at 03:32PM

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on target asteroid

After months of hovering around its target, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission has made contact. Two of the host spacecraft’s landers (ROVER-1A and 1B) have touched down on the surface of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu and have already been hopping around as they take photos (like the one above) and gauge the space rock’s temperature. As far as the mission has come, though, it’s really just the start.

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via Engadget https://ift.tt/2OImhAI September 23, 2018 at 08:02PM

Hayabusa-2: Incredible images taken from asteroid Ryugu after Japanese spacecraft lands on 1km-wide space rock

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.09.18

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Raumsonde Hayabusa-2:
Einem Asteroiden hautnah – Anflug abgebrochen

Der dichte Anflug bis auf 30 Meter der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa-2 an den Asteroiden Ryugu am 12. September 2018 wurde abgebrochen, da der Laser-Höhenmesser nicht richtig funktionierte. Die extrem enge Annäherung war als Übungsflug für das geplante Absetzen von Landesonden und der späteren Entnahme von Bodenproben geplant.

Der dichte Anflug bis auf 30 Meter der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa-2 an den Asteroiden Ryugu am 12. September 2018 wurde abgebrochen, da der Laser-Höhenmesser nicht richtig funktionierte. Die extrem enge Annäherung war als Übungsflug für das geplante Absetzen von Landesonden und der späteren Entnahme von Bodenproben geplant.

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Hayabusa2: Landestellen auf Ryugu stehen fest

Am 3. Oktober 2018 soll es soweit sein: Der kleine Lander MASCOT wird auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu aufsetzen – und zwar in einer Region, die bislang lediglich MA-9 heißt. Sie wurde aus zehn potentiellen Landestellen ausgewählt und gehörte von Anfang an zu den Favoriten der Wissenschaftler. Sie dürfte dem Lander und alle Instrumenten gute Bedingungen bieten.

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Landestellen auf Ryugu stehen fest

Die Lande- und Aufsetz-Stellen auf Ryugu sind ausgewählt und die Termine der kommenden kritischen Manöver auch: In der Karte und auf den Ansichten des Asteroiden – der übrigens „Dschugu“ ausgesprochen wird, mit „sch“ wie in „journal“ und ohne Betonung einer der Silben:

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Ryugu: Ein Asteroid mit Ecken, Kanten – und großen Felsbrocken

Je näher die japanische Hayabusa2-Sonde dem Asteroiden Ryugu kommt, desto mehr Details werden für die Planetenforscher sichtbar: Aus nur noch sechs Kilometern Entfernung nahm die Teleobjektivkamera an Bord der Raumsonde am 20. Juli 2018 die Asteroidenoberfläche mit dem größten Krater des Himmelskörpers auf.

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Ryugu – Erste Proben gehen auch an deutsche Forscher

Auch ein Team deutscher Geowissenschaftler wird zu den ersten Forschern gehören, die Proben des Asteroiden Ryugu untersuchen dürfen. Dieser wird zurzeit von der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa2 umflogen, die im Laufe des nächsten Jahres Bodenproben des Asteroiden gewinnen wird. Ursprünglich sollten die ersten Untersuchungen allein japanischen Wissenschaftlern vorbehalten bleiben.

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Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.

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Ryugu: Erste Proben gehen auch an deutsche Forscher

Auch ein Team deutscher Geowissenschaftler wird zu den ersten Forschern gehören, die Proben des Asteroiden Ryugu untersuchen dürfen. Dieser wird zurzeit von der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa2 umflogen, die im Laufe des nächsten Jahres Bodenproben des Asteroiden gewinnen wird. Ursprünglich sollten die ersten Untersuchungen allein japanischen Wissenschaftlern vorbehalten bleiben.

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OSIRIS-REx: Erster Blick auf Bennu

Auch die zweite Sonde, die in diesem Jahr einem Asteroiden einen Besuch abstatten soll, hat ihr Ziel inzwischen im Blick: Die NASA-Sonde OSIRIS-REx konnte den Asteroiden Bennu am 17. August aus einer Entfernung von 2,2 Millionen Kilometern fotografieren. Sie wird den Asteroiden Anfang Dezember erreichen und soll im Jahr 2020 eine Bodenprobe nehmen.

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BepiColombo to target mid-October launch

Europe’s first mission to Mercury will target the early morning of 19 October for launch, Arianespace and ESA announced today.

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Das ist Chinas Version von „Hubble“ – Start: 2024

Bisher waren kaum Details über ein großes optisches Weltraumteleskop Chinas bekannt („China plant optisches 2-Meter-Großfeld-Weltraumteleskop“) – aber heute hat …

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.07.18

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Hayabusa2: Funkkontakt zum Asteroidenlander MASCOT
  HAYABUSA2 Funkkontakt zum Asteroidenlander MASCOT Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLRastronews.com 6. Juli 2018
Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) zeigt ab dem 10. Juli 2018 in der unteren Rathaushalle Bremen eine neu konzipierte Ausstellung zur aktuellen Mission Hayabusa2 und MASCOT. Die japani…
Im Oktober soll der Roboter „Mascot“ auf einem Asteroiden landen. Einen ersten Kontakt hat die Bodenstation nun zu dem Gerät hergestellt. Fehlt nur noch ein geeigneter Landeplatz.
A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station today (July 9) to deliver supplies to the crew of Expedition 56 in record time.
Carrying almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted Russian Progress 70 cargo craft launched at 5:51 p.m. EDT (3:51 a.m. July 10 in Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Traveling about 250 miles over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, the unpiloted Russian Progress 70 cargo ship docked at 9:31 p.m. EDT to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station.
So schnell war vorher noch keiner: In gut dreieinhalb Stunden ist ein russischer Raumfrachter zur ISS geflogen. Alexander Gerst war dorthin zuletzt gut zwei Tage unterwegs.
Bislang konnte Roskosmos die Flugzeit zur ISS auf sechs Stunden drücken, nun gelang es in weniger als vier. Davon sollen bald Astronauten profitieren.

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In a new special episode on Science Channel, explore Jupiter with the Juno spacecraft.
Die Zukunft der Internationalen Raumstation ist bis 2024 gesichert. Danach soll die ISS gezielt in der Atmosphäre zum Absturz gebracht und die Überreste im Meer versenkt werden. Die NASA probt mit der Raumkapsel „Cygnus“ jetzt schon einmal für dieses spektakuläre Manöver.