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.

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.07.18

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Europe’s satellite navigation system Galileo is already in use worldwide, usable by itself or in combination with the US Global Positioning System (GPS). Now a combined Galileo–GPS positioning fix has been achieved in space – aboard the International Space Station – through an ESA–NASA…
Der Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg wird in der Riege der Katastrophenprojekte gerne als führend genannt. Dass es trotzdem noch schlimmer……
NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover remains silent as a giant dust storm continues to swirl on the Red Planet.
Die ESA-Mars-Sonde Mars Express macht mit ihrer VMC-Kamera globale Aufnahmen der Mars-Oberfläche. Aktuell dokumentiert sie einen gewaltigen Staubsturm.
When you get caught in a storm here on Earth, you just find shelter for a little while and let it pass, but things are a whole lot different on Mars. It’s now been three weeks since the massive dus…
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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.06.18

 

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On 26 June 2018, Hayabusa2 arrived at its target asteroid, Ryugu. In a very brief status update, I present comparisons of Ryugu to other previously visited asteroids and comets.
Den erdnahen Asteroiden auf der Spur: Raumsonde Hayabusa2 und Lander MASCOT erreichen Ryugu

 

Eine 3200 Millionen Kilometer weite Reise liegt hinter der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa2 mit dem deutsch-französischen Lander MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) an Bord. Seit Dezember 2014 reist…
  HAYABUSA2 Sonde erreicht Asteroiden Ryugu Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLRastronews.com 27. Juni 2018
Die japanische Sonde Hayabusa 2 kommt in wenigen Tagen an ihrem Asteroiden an. Bei sich hat sie einen Lander aus Deutschland.
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has reached the diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu.
A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
“Bald das neue zu Hause von @MASCOT2018 und #hayabusa2 – heute schon auf dem Weltraumbild des Tages: der #Asteroid Ryugu! Bild via @apod
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The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.
„NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT [17:00 UTC], Wednesday, June 27, to provide an update on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and the findings of an external independent review board. Webb will be the world’s premier infrared space observatory and the largest astronomical…
“Updated plot of #JWST Budget/Launch Date projections. Each blue dot was one such media advisory. I’m genuinely not trying to be snarky – JWST will do transformational science – but this … this isn’t a good look.”
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 27, to provide an update on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and the findings of an external independent review board.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has sued two of his children, his former manager and family foundation alleging fraud and seeking to regain control over his estate, including his space memorabilia and artifacts, as well as „all elements of the Buzz Aldrin brand.“
First someone takes over @TheRealBuzz – Now Buzz Aldrin is suing his entire family and all of his companies and organizations for everything, everywhere (and $ millions of memorabilia). Here’s the lawsuit: https://t.co/EyK0RZtGPA pic.twitter.com/PZzl6ETiAf
Keith’s note: Some background information posted on Twitter with regard to @TheRealBuzz and people associated with various activities using Buzz Aldrin’s name. Click below to read.
„We are deeply disappointed and saddened by the unjustified lawsuit that has been brought against us individually and against the Foundation that we have built together as a family to carry on Dad’s legacy for generations to come. When we established the current structure several years ago, it was…
Our firm represents Andrew Aldrin and Jan Aldrin. Your recent article, „Buzz Aldrin Fights Family for Control of His Space Legacy,“ was riddled with inaccurate and unverified claims which, given the usual high standard of Wall Street Journal reporting, warrant substantial correction on the record….
„It has been our wish from the beginning, to avoid public discussion of our efforts to try to protect our father and his reputation from the debilitating effects of his worsening condition. We sought confidentiality through a motion with the court which held both parties responsible for maintaining…
Der zweite Mann auf dem Mond zieht seine Kinder vor Gericht. Er wirft ihnen vor, sich an seine Millionen heranzumachen. Die Kinder ihrerseits sagen, dass sie ihren Vater nur vor falschen Freunden schützen wollten.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 21.06.2018

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Saturn has a ravioli moon, so why shouldn’t there be a dumpling asteroid?
Die japanische Sonde Hayabusa 2 rückt dem Asteroiden Ryugu auf die Pelle. Am 27. Juni soll sie dort ankommen und einen Besucher aus Deutschland absetzen: den Lander MASCOT. Das Gerät des DLR soll dem prung unseres Sonnensystems nachforschen.
Over the past 18 months, ESA and its Member States have gathered in a series of space exploration workshops culminating in a discussion in the ESA Council held in Paris on 13 June 2018. The Council discussed Europe’s ambition to play a leading role in the global exploration of space bas…
A huge dust storm began forming on Mars in May 2018 and had expanded to nearly encircle the planet by the middle of June. See images of the storm here.
NASA’s long-lived Opportunity Mars rover is weathering a monster dust storm that has plunged its environs into permanent darkness.
As an intense dust storm rages on Mars, many are wondering — how bad can a Martian storm really be?
Seit fast 15 Jahren rollt der Mars-Roboter Opportunity über den roten Planeten. Nun zwingt ihn aber ein Staubsturm auf dem Mars zu einer Pause.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.06.18

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

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