Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 21.02.19

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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) – 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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via heise online – January 18, 2019 at 03:50PM

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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via – ZDFmediathek – January 21, 2019 at 04:27PM

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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via BBC News – January 21, 2019 at 04:30PM

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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via NASA https://www.nasa.gov- January 23, 2019 at 04:50PM

Genaue Startdaten von Boeings Starliner zur ISS stehen angeblich fest

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via Gerhard Kowalski http://bit.ly/2GYyAt8 January 17, 2019 at 08:11AM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 11:27PM

 

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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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 14, 2019 at 01:20PM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 12, 2019 at 01:27AM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 02:03AM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 15, 2019 at 05:54PM

There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- January 15, 2019 at 05:36PM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 15, 2019 at 01:21PM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 01:38PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.01.19

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Hubble: Probleme mit Wide Field Kamera 3 / Problems with Wide Field Camera 3

Hubble: Wide Field Camera 3 macht Probleme

Die Beobachtungen mit der Wide Field Camera 3, dem fortschrittlichsten Kamerasystem an Bord des Weltraumteleskops Hubbles für Bilder im sichtbaren Bereich des Lichts, sind gestern Abend wegen eines Hardware-Problems ausgesetzt worden. Während die Ursache gesucht wird, gehen die Beobachtungen mit den anderen drei Instrumenten weiter.

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via astronews.com – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – January 9, 2019 at 12:47PM

Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope

At 17:23 UTC on Jan. 8, 2019, the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem.

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via NASA – January 9, 2019 at 01:30PM

Hubble Space Telescope’s Camera Eye Suffers Malfunction

A hardware problem has put the main camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope out of operation, according to a brief statement released by NASA today (Jan. 9). The issue with the Wide Field Camera 3 occured on Jan. 8 at 12:23 p.m. EST (1723 GMT), according to the statement. NASA did not provide any details about the glitch itself beyond saying that it was caused by a hardware problem and that the camera carries redundant electronics that could be used to get the instrument running again.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 9, 2019 at 05:47PM

What is the Wide Field Camera 3?

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via ESA Science & Technology: Home page – January 9, 2019 at 01:07PM

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New Horizons & Ultima Thule

 

New Horizons: Vorüberflug an 2014 MU69 offenbar erfolgreich

Die NASA-Sonde New Horizons hat ihren Vorüberflug am Kuipergürtel-Objekt 2014 MU69 am frühen Morgen des Neujahrstages offenbar erfolgreich absolviert. Darauf deuten zumindest die diagnostischen Daten hin, die im Laufe des gestrigen Nachmittags empfangen wurden. Erste Bilder sollte es auch schon geben, die werden aber noch bis zu einer Pressekonferenz heute Abend zurückgehalten.

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via astronews.com – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – January 5, 2019 at 12:35PM

Nach 6,5 Milliarden Kilometern: Nasa-Sonde erreicht „Ultima Thule“ am Rand unseres Sonnensystems – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Nach jahrelanger Reise ist es am Neujahrstag so weit: Die Nasa-Sonde „New Horizons“ fliegt am Himmelskörper Ultima Thule vorbei. Noch nie hat eine Sonde ein so weit entferntes Objekt besucht.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – December 31, 2018 at 05:08PM

With Ultima Thule Flyby, NASA Probe Helps Unlock Secrets of Planetary Formation

A close view of an ultra-distant fossil is helping to answer questions about the formation of planets throughout the universe. NASA’s New Horizons probe buzzed the outer solar-system object early on New Year’s morning, making the first flyby of such a primitive object. Because 2014 MU69 has remained virtually untouched since the birth of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, it can reveal new details about that era. Already the first puzzling photos are helping to prove models of the early solar system.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 09:57PM

After Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Hits Pause on Data Dump

The New Horizons spacecraft fell silent yesterday (Jan. 4), but the communications pause is expected, and scientists on the mission will have plenty of data to keep them busy during the intermission, mission staff members said during a news conference held Jan. 3.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 5, 2019 at 02:09PM

‚Meet Ultima Thule‘: 1st Color Photo of New Horizons Target Reveals a Red ‚Snowman‘

We now know what Ultima Thule looks like, and it’s not a bowling pin.

The first resolved photos of Ultima Thule have come in from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which zoomed past the frigid faraway object just after midnight yesterday (Jan. 1). The historic imagery reveals that the 21-mile-long (33 kilometers) Ultima is a „contact binary“ composed of two roughly spherical lobes.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 2, 2019 at 10:17PM

 

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OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft reaches Asteorid Bennu / OSIRIS-REx erreicht Asteroiden Bennu

Zoom! Asteroid Bennu Slips Past in OSIRIS-REx Flyby View

A spooky new series of photos of the asteroid Bennu show the diamond-shaped space rock approaching the camera and receding into the distance during a trio of flybys by a NASA spacecraft.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 8, 2019 at 01:25PM

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record – OSIRIS-REx Mission

At 2:43 p.m. EST on December 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record. The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.

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via OSIRIS-REx Mission – January 1, 2019 at 02:06PM

NASA-Sonde Osiris Rex kommt Asteroid Bennu näher

Die Sonde Osiris Rex tritt in eine nahe Umlaufbahn des Asteroids Bennu ein. In den nächsten Jahren soll sie die Oberfläche berühren und Proben zur Erde bringen.

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via heise online – January 7, 2019 at 03:09PM

OSIRIS-REx Enters Orbit around Asteroid Bennu

At 2:43 p.m. EST (7:43 GMT) on December 31, 2018, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft went into orbit around asteroid Bennu — setting new records for the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft and the closest orbit of a planetary body by any spacecraft.

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via Breaking Science News | Sci-News.com – January 7, 2019 at 03:09PM

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has started orbiting asteroid Bennu

After NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived at asteroid Bennu in early December, its ground team quickly started measuring and mapping out the celestial body. They needed all the information they could get in order to enter Bennu’s orbit, since the asteroid has such a small gravity pull. Sounds like the scientists were able to get what they needed, because OSIRIS-REx has successfully started circling the asteroid at 2:43 PM ET on December 31st.

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via Engadget – January 7, 2019 at 03:10PM

Record Breaker! NASA Probe Slips into Orbit Around Asteroid Bennu

A NASA asteroid-sampling probe has begun circling its space-rock target, setting a new record for the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx probe achieved orbit around the 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) near-Earth asteroid Bennu with an eight-second engine burn today (Dec. 31) at 2:43 p.m. EST (1943 GMT).

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via Space.com – January 7, 2019 at 03:10PM

Asteroid Bennu: Sonde stellt Orbit-Rekord auf

Die Sonde „Osiris Rex“ ist in eine extrem nahe Umlaufbahn um den Asteroiden Bennu eingeschwenkt. Sie kreist seit Montagabend in 1,75 Kilometer Entfernung vom Asteroidenkern um Bennu. So dicht habe sich nie zuvor ein Raumfahrzeug seinem Untersuchungsobjekt angenähert, teilte die Amerikanische Astronomische Gesellschaft mit.

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via WAZ/AZ-online.de – January 7, 2019 at 03:11PM

Sonde „Osiris Rex“ stellte Orbitrekord auf

Die Sonde „Osiris Rex“ ist in eine extrem nahe Umlaufbahn um den Asteroiden „Bennu“ eingeschwenkt. Sie kreist seit gestern Abend in 1,75 Kilometer Entfernung vom Asteroidenkern um „Bennu“. So dicht habe sich nie zuvor ein Raumfahrzeug seinem Untersuchungsobjekt angenähert, teilte die Amerikanische Astronomische Gesellschaft mit.

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via news.ORF.at – January 7, 2019 at 03:12PM

China’s “Chang’e” 4 lands on the backside of the moon / China’s Sonde “Chang’e 4” landet auf der Rückseite des Mondes

Chang’e-4: Landung auf der erdabgewandten Seite des Mondes

Die chinesische Raumfahrtagentur CNSA hat offenbar erfolgreich eine Sonde auf der erdabgewandten Seite des Mondes gelandet. Der Lander Chang’e-4 setzte in der vergangenen Nacht um 3.26 Uhr MEZ im Südpol-Aitken-Becken des Mondes auf. Der Rover an Bord soll Medienberichten zufolge noch heute mit der Erkundung der Umgebung beginnen.

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via astronews.com – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – January 5, 2019 at 12:34PM

„Chang’e 4“: China schickt Kieler Messgerät zum Mond – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

An Bord der chinesischen Mondsonde ist auch ein Messgerät aus Kiel, entwickelt vom Physiker Wimmer-Schweingruber aus Kiel. Das Gerät soll das Krebsrisiko für Astronauten erforschen – und hat einen wichtigen weiteren Auftrag.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – January 3, 2019 at 03:55PM

Roboter an Bord der „Chang’e 4“: Chinas Mond-Rover rollt los – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die historische Landung der Sonde „Chang’e 4“ auf der Mond-Rückseite ist geglückt. Nun ist auch der mitgebrachte Roboter unterwegs. Es stehen zahlreiche Experimente an.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – January 4, 2019 at 10:51AM

Photos from the Moon’s Far Side! China’s Chang’e 4 Lunar Landing in Pictures

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 09:07PM

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side (Photo)

China’s far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home. On Wednesday night (Jan. 2), the Chang’e 4 rover and its stationary-lander companion pulled off the first-ever soft touchdown on the lunar far side, coming to a rest inside the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater. The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn’t pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature — the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 4, 2019 at 11:23PM

China Makes Historic 1st Landing on Mysterious Far Side of the Moon

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 mission touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater Wednesday night (Jan. 2), pulling off the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side. Chang’e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming months, potentially helping scientists better understand the structure, formation and evolution of Earth’s natural satellite. But the symbolic pull of the mission will resonate more with the masses: The list of unexplored locales in our solar system just got a little shorter.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 07:51AM

China’s Yutu 2 Rover Is Driving on the Far Side of the Moon

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 lander-rover duo pulled off the first-ever soft touchdown on the moon’s largely unexplored far side. And today (Jan. 3), the rover rolled onto the gray dirt floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater, creeping down twin ramps from a previous position atop the stationary lander.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 11:08PM

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Resist the ‚Dark Side‘ of Moon Names: The Lunar Farside Is Plenty Bright

Pink Floyd has a lot to answer for when it comes to popular ideas about the moon, but here’s how to always keep your lunar sides straight.

Let’s start with the farside, where China’s Chang’e 4 lander touched down yesterday (Jan. 2), making China the first country to land a spacecraft there. Our moon has a nifty trick: It’s tidally locked to Earth, which means that one half of the lunar surface always faces us, while the other half always faces away from us.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 08:25PM

Raumfahrt und Mythos: Warum es die „dunkle Seite des Monds“ nicht gibt

Erstmals ist eine Sonde auf der Rückseite des Mondes gelandet, die oft irrtümlich die „dunkle Seite“ genannt wird. Licht bekommt sie schon – nur ist eine Mondhälfte von der Erde aus nie sichtbar. Eine kurze Erklärung.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – January 3, 2019 at 03:55PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 01.11.18

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‚It’s Going to Be Historic‘: New Horizons Team Prepares for Epic Flyby of Ultima Thule

In less than 10 weeks, NASA’s New Horizons mission will explore the most distant target ever visited by a spacecraft.  In the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons will ring in the New Year by flying past the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) officially called 2014 MU69 but nicknamed Ultima Thule, a city-size rock regarded as a frozen relic from the birth of the solar system. Although scientists have a rough size estimate for Ultima Thule — about 23 miles (37 kilometers) wide — they don’t have much more information. They aren’t sure if it’s elongated, if it has a moon or ring system or even if it’s a single object. Indeed, some of the very limited observations of Ultima Thule suggest it might actually be two close-orbiting bodies. [NASA’s New Horizons Mission in Pictures]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 25, 2018 at 06:48PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz launch failure

Russian official says Soyuz rocket failure caused by an errant sensor

Although the official report on the cause of a Soyuz rocket failure won’t be released until Thursday, a Russian official disclosed its central conclusion a day early, the country’s news agency TASS reports. Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of „manned programs“ for Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos, said a sensor on board the rocket failed to properly signal the separation of the first and second stages. As a result, one of the side-mounted rocket boosters did not separate properly from the vehicle and collided with the rocket.

Read more… https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/russian-official-says-soyuz-rocket-failure-caused-by-an-errant-sensor/

via arstechnica https://arstechnica.com/ October 31, 2018 at 18:50PM

Krikaljow: Sensorschaden war Ursache für Sojus MS-10-Absturz

Die Ursache für den Absturz des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom 11. Oktober steht nun amtlich fest. Ein defekter Sensor, der die Abtrennung der ersten von der zweiten Sojus-FG-Raketenstufe signalisiert, habe zu dem Fehlstart geführt, teilte der Amtierende Direktor für die bemannten Programme des Raumfahrtstaatskonzerns GK Roskosmos, Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch auf einer Festveranstaltung zum 55. Jahrestag des Moskauer Instituts für Medizinisch-Biologische Probleme (IMBP) mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 31, 2018 at 10:34AM

Havarie-Kommission gibt am 31. Oktober die Ursachen des Sojus MS-10-Fehlstarts bekannt

Offenbar sind die Ursachen des Fehlstarts des Sojus MS-10-Raumschiffes vom 11. Oktober geklärt. Die Havarie-Kommission unter Leitung von Oleg Skorobogatow werde ihre Untersuchungsergebnisse am kommenden Mittwoch bekannt geben, melden Moskauer Medien.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 27, 2018 at 08:21AM

Defekter Sensor verursachte Fehlstart von Sojus-Rakete

Ein defekter Sensor hat nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, in Moskau. Deshalb habe es Probleme bei der Trennung der ersten von der zweiten Raketenstufe gegeben, erklärte er.

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via DW.COM https://www.dw.com- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Defekter Sensor: Absturzursache für Sojus-Absturz ermittelt

Ein defekter Sensor habe nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch nach Berichten der russischen Medienagentur Sputnik. Krikaljow trat in Moskau bei einer Festveranstaltung des russischen Instituts für medizinisch-biologische Probleme auf.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Neuer Aufbruch zum Mond – Erstes Servicemodul für das Orion-Raumschiff ist fertig

Bis heute waren zwölf Menschen auf dem Mond – allesamt NASA-Astronauten, die sich im Rahmen des Apollo-Programms der amerikanischen Raumfahrtbehörde zwischen 1969 und 1972 auf diese beispiellose Reise gemacht haben. Am 21. Juli 2019 jährt sich die erste Mondlandung zum 50. Mal, seit dem 14. Dezember 1972 hat kein Erdenbürger mehr den Erdtrabanten betreten. Das könnte sich in absehbarer Zukunft ändern: Die NASA möchte mit ihrem Orion-Programm ein Raumschiff entwickeln und bauen, das für unterschiedlichste Zwecke im Erd-, Mond- oder auch Marsorbit eingesetzt werden kann. Das sogenannte MPCV (Multi-Purpose-Crew-Vehicle) soll erstmals 2020 vom Kennedy Space Center in Florida mit dem Space Launch System SLS, der neuen Schwerlastrakete der NASA, zu einem unbemannten Flug starten, den Mond mehrfach umrunden und anschließend wieder zur Erde zurückkehren. Ein zentraler Teil aller Orion-Raumschiffe ist das Europäische Servicemodul ESM, das im Auftrag der NASA von der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA zu wesentlichen Teilen in Deutschland gebaut wird. Ohne das ESM kann das neue Crew-Raumschiff Orion nicht fliegen.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 31, 2018 at 03:02PM

Tschüss Europa, hallo Mond!

Das europäische Servicemodul (ESM), das dem Orion-Raumschiff auf seiner ersten Mission um den Mond Energie und Schub geben wird, tritt Anfang nächster Woche in Bremen seine Reise in Richtung USA an. An Bord des großen Transportflugzeugs Antonov An-124 wird es am frühen Morgen des 5. November starten und am 6. November im Kennedy Space Center in Florida ankommen.

Entwickelt und gebaut in Deutschland und Italien, ist das ESM der europäische Beitrag zur Rückkehr zum Mond.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 31, 2018 at 02:08PM

Rekord: So nah war noch keine Sonde an der Sonne – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die Nasa-Sonde „Parker Solar Probe“ hat einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Kein Raumfahrzeug kam der Sonne bisher näher. Und in den kommenden Tagen wird es noch heißer für das Nasa-Gerät.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 30, 2018 at 05:50PM

A NASA Spacecraft Just Broke the Record for Closest Approach to Sun

A NASA sun-studying spacecraft just entered the record books. In April of 1976, the German-American Helios 2 probe made spaceflight’s closest-ever solar approach, cruising within 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) of the sun. But NASA’s Parker Solar Probe zoomed inside that distance today (Oct. 29), crossing the threshold at about 1:04 p.m. EDT (1704 GMT), agency officials said.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 09:04PM

Hubble working again / Hubble arbeitet wieder

„Hubble“: Weltraumteleskop arbeitet laut Nasa wieder

Wochenlang schlummerte „Hubble“ im Notfallmodus, nun hat das Weltraumteleskop seine Arbeit wieder aufgenommen – und beobachtet eine Galaxie.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE http://www.spiegel.de- October 29, 2018 at 07:02PM

Hubble Space Telescope returns to science operations

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations late Friday, 26 October, and completed its first science observations on Saturday, 27 October. The observations were of the distant, star-forming galaxy DSF2237B-1-IR and were taken in infrared wavelengths with the Wide Field Camera 3. The return to conducting science comes after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- October 29, 2018 at 05:23PM

Hubble Space Telescope Returns to Action After Gyroscope Glitch

The Hubble Space Telescope is back. The iconic scope resumed normal operations Friday (Oct. 26) after a three-week hiatus caused by issues with two orientation-maintaining gyroscopes, NASA officials announced in an update Saturday (Oct. 27).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 12:40PM

Hubble Space Telescope Update

The mission engineers and scientists for the Hubble Space Telescope have been working to correct some technical issues with the gyros that point the venerable space telescope.  Hubble went into safe mode a couple of weeks ago and now seems to be back to resuming normal operations. Join Tony Darnell and Carol Christian as they discuss what happened with Hubble, how the problems were discovered and a fix found.  We’ll also explore other topics related to Hubble, such as, how much longer will it be around? Will Hubble last long enough to overlap JWST?

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via – October 27, 2018 at 06:44PM

NASA’s Planet Hunter Kepler / NASAs Planetenjäger Kepler

Number of Habitable Exoplanets Found by NASA’s Kepler May Not Be So High After All

The tally of potentially habitable alien planets may have to be revised downward a bit. To date, NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope has discovered about 30 roughly Earth-size exoplanets in their host stars‘ „habitable zone“ — the range of orbital distances at which liquid water can likely exist on a world’s surface. Or so researchers had thought. New observations by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft suggest that the actual number is probably significantly smaller — perhaps between two and 12, NASA officials said today (Oct. 26). [Photos: Gaia Spacecraft to Map Milky Way Galaxy]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 28, 2018 at 12:26PM

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Top Science Results from the Kepler Mission

Planets outnumber stars.

Kepler has proven there are more planets than stars in our galaxy — and knowing that revolutionizes our understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Small planets are common.

Kepler has shown us our galaxy is teeming with terrestrial-size worlds, and many of them may be similar to Earth in size and distance from their parent stars. The most recent analysis of Kepler’s discoveries concludes that 20 to 50 percent of the stars in the sky are likely to have small, possibly rocky planets that are in the habitable zones of their stars where liquid water could pool on the surface. We still have much to learn about whether any of them could host life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Kepler By the Numbers – Mission Statistics

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

NASA’s First Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope: 2009-2018

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spent nine years in space, collecting an unprecedented dataset for science that has revolutionized our understanding of our place in the cosmos. It found our galaxy teeming with planets — more planets even than the stars — and stunned the world with many other first-of-a-kind discoveries. Profoundly, Kepler found planets that are in some ways similar to Earth, raising the prospects for life elsewhere. What did it take to lift a mission of this magnitude off the ground and keep it going? Here is a walkthrough the odyssey of the Kepler mission — from the earliest kernel of an idea, through its obstacles and into its most stunning moments of discovery and success. As NASA’s first planet-hunting mission, Kepler’s legacy will live on for generations.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

RIP, Kepler: NASA’s Revolutionary Planet-Hunting Telescope Runs Out of Fuel

The most prolific planet-hunting machine in history has signed off. NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,800 confirmed alien worlds to date, has run out of fuel, agency officials announced today (Oct. 30). Kepler can no longer reorient itself to study cosmic objects or beam its data home to Earth, so the legendary instrument’s in-space work is done after nearly a decade.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 30, 2018 at 08:23PM

Kepler Planet Hunting Mission Ends

„After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.”

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 31, 2018 at 01:18AM

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Soyuz Start Failure / Fehlgeschlagener Sojus Start – Update Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.10.18

ISS Soyuz Start Failure /
Fehlgeschlagener Sojus Start zur ISS

Fehlgeschlagener „Sojus“-Start: Notfall in 70 Kilometer Höhe – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Bei Start der Mission „Sojus MS-10“ ist es zu einem schweren technischen Problem gekommen. Die Crew hat überlebt. Für die bemannte Raumfahrt ist die Notlandung ein herber Rückschlag.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 11, 2018 at 02:49PM

Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure Forces Emergency Landing for US-Russian Space Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a new U.S.-Russian crew to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), sending its crew capsule falling back toward Earth in a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said. A search-and-rescue team has reached the landing site, both crewmembers are in good condition and have left the Soyuz capsule as of 6:10 a.m. EDT, NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 11:15AM

Soyuz-Crew übersteht Notlandung nach Raketen-Fehlstart unbeschadet

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via Abenteuer Astronomie https://ift.tt/2MdIuV3 October 11, 2018 at 05:42PM

Crew in Good Condition After Booster Failure

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Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

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NASA Administrator Promises Investigation into Astronauts‘ Emergency Landing After Soyuz Failure

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 01:59PM

Here’s What Today’s Soyuz Launch Failure Means for Space Station Astronauts

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via Space.com – October 11, 2018 at 03:52PM

Sojus-Rakete: Fehlstart bringt russische Raumfahrt ins Wanken – WELT

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via DIE WELT – October 11, 2018 at 03:59PM

ISS: Sojus-Start zur ISS endet mit Notlandung

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via astronews.com https://ift.tt/2Nsqawi October 11, 2018 at 02:43PM

Rescued Soyuz Crew is landing in Baikonur / Gerettete Sojus Besatzung landet in Baikonur

Video from live coverage (starting at 1:14 hours) / Video der Liveübertragung (Start ab 1Std 14 Min.)

 

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.10.17

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First Detection of Gravitational Waves from Neutron-Star Crash Marks New Era of Astronomy
A new era of astronomy has begun. For the first time ever, scientists have spotted both gravitational waves and light coming from the same cosmic event – in this case, the cataclysmic…
ESA Science & Technology: INTEGRAL sees blast travelling with gravitational waves
ESA’s INTEGRAL satellite recently played a crucial role in discovering the flash of gamma rays linked to the gravitational waves released by the collision of two neutron stars.
Integral trägt zur Aufzeichnung von Neutronensternenkollision bei
Kollidierende Neutronensterne Integral trägt zur Aufzeichnung von Neutronensternenkollision bei Der ESA-Satellit Integral hat kürzlich eine entscheidende Rolle bei einer bahnbrechenden…
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years…
Infrared View of NGC 4993, Host Galaxy to a Neutron Star Merger
Infrared View of NGC 4993, Host Galaxy to a Neutron Star Merger
NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993. The event, labeled GW170817, was initially detected nearly simultaneously in gravitational waves and gamma rays, but subsequent observations by many dozens of telescopes have monitored…
ESA Science & Technology: Hubble observes source of gravitational waves for the first time [heic1717]
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed for the first time the source of a gravitational wave, created by the merger of two neutron stars. This merger created a kilonova – an…
Gravitationswellen: Wenn Neutronensterne verschmelzen
Zum ersten Mal haben Astronominnen und Astronomen die Gravitationswellen, also die Kräuselungen der Raumzeit, und das Licht von zwei verschmelzenden Neutronensterne beobachtet. Mit dem…
Neue Ära der Astronomie: Gravitationswellen und Licht vom selben Ereignis - der ersten "Kilonova" - Abenteuer Astronomie
Die Ära der “ Multi-Messenger-Astrononomie“ ist im August angebrochen: Zum ersten Mal wurden von derselben kosmischen Explosion sowohl Gravitationswellen wie ein Gammastrahlen-Blitz und…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.10.17

 

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Searching for distant worlds with a flying telescope
Researchers from the University of Bern, using an observatory on board a jumbo jet, have observed how the extrasolar Planet GJ 1214b is passing in front of its star, causing a kind of…
SOFIA: Flugzeugteleskop beobachtet Planetentransit
Astronomen haben mit SOFIA erstmals den Transit eines extrasolaren Planeten beobachtet. Die Beobachtungen von GJ 1214b zeigen, dass derartige Messungen mit dem Infrarot-Teleskop im Jumbojet…
Sputnik - 60 years of the space age
Sputnik – 60 years of the space age Sixty years ago, the first ‚beep-beep‘ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era…
CIA Site Redirect - Central Intelligence Agency
These challenges are international in scope and are priorities for the Central Intelligence Agency. If you have information about these or other national security challenges, please provide…
Hubble Paves Scientific Paths for NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is helping identify potential celestial targets for the James Webb Space Telescope through a series of preparatory science observations to be completed before…
Spaceport schedule conflict could delay JWST launch - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is facing a schedule conflict for its Ariane 5 launch with a European planetary science mission that could, in one scenario, delay the…
NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope to be Launched Spring 2019
The launch date was moved after the team reassessed the schedule following testing.
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
The successor to NASA’s famed Hubble Space Telescope won’t get off the ground next year after all.NASA has pushed the planned launch of the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues.
ESA Science & Technology: Biomarker found in space complicates search for life on exoplanets
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited…
No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System
Organic molecules once thought to be produced only by life-forms have been found in two separate regions of space: a nearby comet and the debris around a pair of forming stars. Previous…
Rapper B.o.B. Wants to Launch a Satellite to See if Earth Is Flat
B.o.B may be about to blow the lid off the „round-Earth conspiracy.“ Unlike the rest of us, the Atlanta-based rapper has not been „tricked“ into believing our planet is spherical by…
Astronauts to Flat-Earther B.o.B: We`ve Seen the Curve
Some former NASA astronauts have a message for flat-Earther B.o.B: The curve is real, and we’ve seen it. Last week, the Atlanta-based rapper kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1…

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