Wer leuchtet so spät durch Nacht und Wind? …

… Es ist der Mars, schau hin geschwind.

Der Mars ist derzeit sehr gut am Nachthimmel zu sehen, im AllSky Film mittig. Am 14. Oktober steht er in Opposition. Das heißt, dass die Erde genau auf der Verbindungslinie von Sonne und Mars steht. Sonne und Mars stehen von der Erde aus gesehen also genau gegenüber. Dadurch erreicht der Mars eine geringe Entfernung zur Erde und scheint dadurch heller am Himmel zu leuchten.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.06.20

Front Page / Titelseite

Preparing the Perseverance Mars Rover to Collect Samples on the Red Planet

The samples Apollo 11 brought back to Earth from the Moon were humanity’s first from another celestial body. The upcoming Perseverance rover mission will collect the first samples from another planet.

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Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we’ve landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

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Happy birthday, Falcon 9! SpaceX’s workhorse rocket debuted 10 years ago today

SpaceX’s famous Falcon 9 rocket has now been flying for a decade.

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Life on Mars? Meet the new rover built to give us the answer

NASA’s Curiosity rover has shown that Mars was habitable billions of years ago. And NASA is about to launch another rover, called Perseverance, to look for signs of Red Planet life.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.04.20

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NASA ‚Optometrists‘ Verify Mars Perseverance Rover’s 20/20 Vision

Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars Perseverance rover underwent an „eye“ exam after several cameras were installed.

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Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA’s Perseverance Rover

The team also fueled the rover’s sky crane to get ready for this summer’s history-making launch.

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Trailblazing Mars helicopter attached to Perseverance rover for July launch

Technicians attached the first-of-its-kind Mars Helicopter to Perseverance’s belly on Monday (April 6) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the rover is being prepped for its planned July 17 launch.

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Ground teams fuel Perseverance rover landing system, attach Mars Helicopter

Working under the cloud of the global coronavirus pandemic, technicians and engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center have installed a rotor-driven drone on the agency’s next Mars rover and fueled the spacecraft’s “sky crane” landing system in preparation for launch in July.

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DLR:  Auch CIMON-2 meistert seinen Einstand auf der ISS 

— Auch CIMON-2, die Weiterentwicklung des in Deutschland gebauten Astronautenassistenten, hat seine Fähigkeiten an Bord der Internationalen Raumstation ISS in ersten Tests erfolgreich demonstriert. Der ballförmige, freifliegende, mit künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) ausgestattete Technologie-Demonstrator stellte seine Funktionalitäten in Interaktion mit dem italienischen ESA-Astronauten Luca Parmitano unter Beweis, teilte das […]

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Astronomie ohne Teleskop am 24.03.20: Drei Planeten, Star Trail und ein ISS Überflug

Wer gegen 5:00 Uhr morgens aufsteht und den Blick Richtung Südosten wendet, kann drei auffällige Punkte tief über dem Horizont sehen. Es sind die Planeten Jupiter, Saturn und Mars. Das Morgengrauen macht den bloßen Anblick allerdings nicht einfach und verkürzt die Zeitdauer, in der alle drei Objekte gut zu sehen sind:

Jupiter, Mars und Saturn am 24.03.20 morgens um 5:00 Uhr

Der Mars wandert derzeit an den beiden Gasriesen vorbei und wird zum Monatswechsel ganz eng am Saturn vorbeiziehen:

Mars zieht am Saturn vorbei

In der Nacht vom 23. zum 24. März habe ich für den Zeitraum von ca. 22:00 bis 05:00 Uhr alle 40 Sekunden ein 20-Sekunden-Foto geschossen und daraus ein Star Trail Bild erstellt. Die Blickrichtung ist zum Zenit, leicht nach Süden gekippt. Beim nächsten Mal werde ich die Kamera mehr zum Horizont kippen. Dann sieht man nämlich die Kreise Sterne um beide Drehpunkte:

Star Trail

Und am Abend habe ich diesem Mal bei dunklerem Himmel die ISS gut erwischt. Sie flog knapp über dem Sternbild Orion (rechter Rand) hinweg. Die Aufnahme erfolgte mit der Olympus M10 im Live Composite Modus mit einer Integrationszeit von 15 Sekunden:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Schon gestern habe ich die ISS fotografiert, allerdings beim Überflug kurz nach dem Sonnenuntergang. Da der Himmel zu dem Zeitpunkt noch recht hell war, ist die ISS Spur dort nicht so gut zu erkennen.

Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.02.20

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA InSight Mars Lander

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period.

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Die Beben des Mars

174 Erschütterungen in acht Monaten hat die Nasa-Sonde Insight auf dem Mars gemessen. Das lässt Rückschlüsse auf den Aufbau des Roten Planeten zu.

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InSight: Im Schnitt ein Erdbeben pro Tag auf dem Mars

Der Planet Mars ist seismisch aktiv. Das zeigen erste wissenschaftliche Analysen von Daten, die der NASA-Marslander InSight von der Marsoberfläche zur Erde gefunkt hat. Im Schnitt konnte das Seismometer SEIS jeden Tag ein Erdbeben registrieren. Von der Auswertung der Aufzeichnungen verspricht sich das Team wichtige Informationen über das Innere des Mars.

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Marssonde InSight: Überraschend starkes Magnetfeld und ein unruhiger Untergrund

Seit mehr als einem Jahr sammelt die NASA-Sonde InSight Daten auf dem Mars. Dabei hat sie einiges gefunden, was die Forscher überrascht.

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NASA has a new idea to get the InSight lander’s ‚mole‘ on Mars digging again

The „mole“ aboard NASA’s Mars InSight lander is about to get yet another push.

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NASA’s Insight Detects Many Marsquakes on the Red Planet

Persistent tremors on Mars suggest the planet’s interior is cooling and hint that there might be a pocket of magma beneath the surface.

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After a Challenging First Year on Mars, InSight Shows Us that Mars is Seismically Active

The NASA and DLR InSight lander has been on Mars for over a year now. The mission has faced significant challenges getting its HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) into the subsurface, but the spacecraft’s other instruments are working as intended. Now, researchers have published six papers outlining some of the mission’s scientific results. …

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Further Title News / Weitere Titelnachrichten

What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?

A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. But what does that have to do with Mars?

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Japan to launch a sample-return mission to Mars moon Phobos in 2024

The Martian Moon Exploration (MMX) mission, which aims to haul pieces of the Mars moon Phobos to Earth, has officially become a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) project.

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Phobos sample return mission enters development for 2024 launch

Japan’s space agency has approved a robotic mission to retrieve a sample from the Martian moon Phobos for return to Earth to begin full development for a planned launch in 2024, officials said Thursday.

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LightSail 2 captures stunning photos of Earth from space

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has beamed back stunning new images of Earth.

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Sun / Sonne

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Parker Solar Probe Reports Successful Record-Setting Fourth Close Encounter of the Sun

Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, received a “status A” beacon from the spacecraft at 5:20 a.m. EST on Feb. 1. Status A is the best of four possible status signals, and indicates that the spacecraft is operating nominally and the instrument suites are collecting science data. This status also indicates that any minor issues that may have occurred were identified and resolved by Parker Solar Probe’s onboard autonomy and fault management systems.

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First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday, providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in a good shape following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun

The ESA’s Solar Orbiter, which took to space over earlier this month, recently sent back its first batch of data to mission controllers on Earth. The post Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun appeared first on Universe Today.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Sojus MS-16-Stammbesatzung muss möglicherweise ausgetauscht werden –   Grund:  Zeitweilige Fluguntauglichkeit eines Kosmonauten

Die russische Stammbesatzung des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-16 mit Nikolai Tichonow und Andrej Babkin, die am 9. April mit dem Amerikaner Chris Cassidy zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS starten soll, muss möglicherweise durch ihre Doubles ersetzt werden. Grund sei, dass eines der Mitglieder für zeitweilig fluguntauglich erklärt werden muss, teilte der amtierende […]

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Cygnus Open for Business as New Science Starts

The Cygnus space freighter is open for business at the Unity module where it will stay for the next three months. The Expedition 62 crew has begun unloading over three tons of science, supplies and station hardware delivered Tuesday to replenish the orbital lab.

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Russia replaces two cosmonauts on next space station crew, citing medical reasons

Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station „for medical reasons,“ according to the Russian space agency. Roscosmos said Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will no longer fly in April.

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Bone Research and Pilot Studies as Crew Trains for Emergencies

New bone research kicked off on the International Space Station today to improve human health on and off the Earth. The Expedition 62 crew also practiced an emergency simulation with ground controllers.

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Earth / Erde

What should we do if a ‚planet-killer‘ asteroid takes aim at Earth?

If a giant object looks like it’s going to slam into Earth, humanity has a few options. A new guide could help NASA decide which one is best.

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Moon / Mond

What’s up with that rock? China’s moon rover finds something strange on the far side.

China’s Yutu-2 lunar rover has discovered what appear to be relatively young rocks during its recent exploration activities on the lunar far side.

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On the far side of the moon, Chinese lander and rover begin 15th lunar day

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has entered its 15th lunar day of work on the far side of the moon, with both the lander and Yutu 2 rover still in good condition.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Surprise! There’s more water on Jupiter than anyone thought

Jupiter appears to have more water than anyone expected.

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Jupiter’s Equator

Thick white clouds are present in this JunoCam image of Jupiter’s equatorial zone.

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Dust Devils Have Left Dark Streaks All Over This Martian Crater

There may be no life on Mars, but there’s still a lot going on there. The Martian surface is home to different geological process, which overlap and even compete with each other to shape the planet. Orbiters with powerful cameras give us an excellent view of Mars’ changing surface. The HiRISE (High Resolution Science Imaging …

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Spacecraft look back on our cosmic home

Image: A mosaic of spacecraft images of Earth from locations across the Solar System.

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Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

While the cold, dry, radiation-blasted surface of Mars is widely considered to be uninhabitable, the subsurface may be a very different story.

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See the new Solar Orbiter’s 1st space measurements (and an awesome video)

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter has sent back its first measurements from space, confirming the successful deployment of the boom that carries many of its sun-gazing instruments.

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New Horizons Reveals Full Picture of Arrokoth…and How Planets Form

New Horizon’s flyby of Arrokoth, a planetesimal in the Kuiper Belt, reveals a pristine object untouched since the solar system’s origin. Its shape and geology show that planetesimals form more gently than previously thought.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ’super flare‘ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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Politics / Politik

‚By any means necessary‘: Vice President Pence urges NASA on moon-Mars goal

Returning American astronauts to the moon in 2024, and then sending pioneers on to Mars in the next decade, remains a top priority for the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence stressed.

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NASA needs to put a price on its moon landing missions to gain support from Congress

When planning for human moon landing missions in the 2020s, NASA needs detailed budgetary estimates to get a better chance of securing Congress‘ support.

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Rogosin übt sich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung

Der russische Raumfahrtchef Dmitri Rogosin, der immer für einen flotten Spruch gut ist, übt sich plötzlich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung. So werde er nicht verraten, wie viele Weltraumstarts die GK Roskosmos für das Jahr 2020 plane, sagte er am Freitag auf einer Konferenz zum Thema „Luft- und […]

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Technology / Technologie

China startet vier Experimentalsatelliten

China hat am Donnerstag vier Experimentalsatelliten gestartet. Sie stiegen an der Spitze einer Trägerrakete des Typs Langer Marsch 2D vom Raumfahrtzentrum Xichang in der südwestlichen Provinz Sichuan auf, teilte die Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua mit.

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Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020

Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits.

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First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

Image: First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

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World / Welt

NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team

The leadership council for Mars 2020 science added two new members who represent the interests of scientists destined to handle and study the first samples from Red Planet.

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NASA Awards Contract to Launch CubeSat to Moon from Virginia

NASA has selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, California, to provide launch services for the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat. Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard an Electron rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. After launch, the company’s Photon platform will deliver CAPSTONE to a trans-lunar injection. The engine firing will allow the CubeSat to break free of Earth’s gravity and head to the Moon. Then, CAPSTONE will use its own propulsion system to enter a cislunar orbit, which is the orbital area near and around the Moon. The mission is targeted for launch in early 2021 and will be the second lunar mission to launch from Virginia.

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Coronavirus isn’t stopping China from launching rockets

China resumed satellite launches Wednesday (Feb. 19) amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, lofting a Long March 2D rocket in the country’s first launch since the Chinese New Year.

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China wants to build a new space station. A planned launch in April will set the stage.

China is planning a launch in April to prepare for building the country’s next space station.

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ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars

ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. The winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme. 

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Hubble Team Wins the 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

In recognition of Hubble’s scientific prowess and longevity, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has awarded their 2020 Collins Trophy for Current Achievement to the Hubble operations team

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Explorers Wanted: Media Invited to Experience Artemis Astronaut Training

NASA is offering media a glimpse of astronaut training at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 25, before the application process opens March 2 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

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Connie Moore and Sheva Moore: Keepers of NASA’s Imagery

Connie Moore (left) and Sheva Moore are not related but they share a passion for helping the public find just the right image or film clip for projects.

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‚Mad Mike‘ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil „Mad Mike“ Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam.

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Astra’s 1st flight for DARPA Launch Challenge delayed by bad weather

A California spaceflight company’s quest to win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge won’t kick off tomorrow (Feb. 25) after all.

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NASA picks moon catapults, lasers, electricity and other wild lunar projects for student contest

NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to student teams looking to deploy robots, towers and other small vehicles alongside moon-roving astronauts.

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Wostotschny erhält vierten Startkomplex

Das neue russische Kosmodrom Wostotschny im Amur Gebiet erhält einen vierten Startkomplex. Für die neuen Trägerraketen Sojus-5 und Sojus-6 werde man eine eigene Rampe errichten, teilte der Generaldirektor des Zentrums für die Nutzung der Objekte der kosmischen Infrastruktur (ZENKI), Andrej Ochlopkow, in einem RIA Nowosti-Interview mit. […]

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NASA Continues To Hide Its Astrobiology Program

Oh yes – it has been a week and no one from NASA SMD, PAO, JPL, etc. has responded to my inquiry to explain why JPL and GSFC avoid the use of the word „Astrobiology“ when referring to missions overtly focused on Astrobiology research. See „NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Has An Issue With Certain Words“

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

For All Mankind’s alternate history of the space race is brilliant

When the Soviet Union lands on the moon first people in the US are shocked. But For All Mankind provides an even bigger surprise when one cosmonaut’s identity is revealed, says Emily Wilson

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Science / Wissenschaft

New Wave of Parker Solar Probe Science Published

Researchers using Parker Solar Probe data released a new wave of research papers in a special supplement of The Astrophysical Journal on Feb. 3, 2020. The supplement, titled Early Results from Parker Solar Probe: Ushering a New Frontier in Space Exploration, includes some 47 papers with new findings based on the mission’s first three solar flybys. Several other papers still under review will be published later as part of this same issue. The introduction for the issue was written by Marcia Neugebauer, who first confirmed the existence of the solar wind after it was predicted by Eugene Parker — namesake of Parker Solar Probe — in 1958.

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Alien-life hunters are eyeing icy ocean moons Europa and Enceladus

As the hunt for life on Mars starts getting into full swing, some scientists are already looking beyond the Red Planet, to our solar system’s next astrobiological frontier.

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History / Geschichte

Celebrating John Glenn’s Historic Mission

On February 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in American history.

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Katherine Johnson

The following is a statement from Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of NASA legend Katherine Johnson, who worked for the agency from 1953 to 1986.

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NASA-Mathematikerin von spätem Ruhm: Katherine Johnson ist gestorben

Ihre Berechnungen waren eine Grundlage des frühen US-Raumfahrtprogramms, aber in der Öffentlichkeit war sie lange unbekannt. Die Anerkennung folgte spät.

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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) – 24.10.19

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The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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Hope Mars Mission: Launching the Arab World into the Space Race

When the UAE president announced that his country would make a satellite to study Mars‘ atmosphere in unparalleled detail, he set an unprecedented goal for the Arab world.

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NASA Needs to Get With the Times When It Comes to Planetary Protection, Report Finds

NASA’s current planetary-protection policies reflect a bygone era of space exploration and need to be updated, a new report argues.

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Moon Dust Could Be a Problem for Future Lunar Explorers

Explorers and tourists on the moon will have to deal with lunar dust, which is abrasive and pervasive.

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NASA to Demonstrate New Star-Watching Technology with Thousands of Tiny Shutters

NASA scientists have developed a revolutionary technology of tiny shutters that open and close as needed to focus on studying hundreds of stars and galaxies at the same time.

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Boeing kündigt ersten unbemannten Starliner-Flug für Dezember an

Der US-Konzern Boeing hat für Dezember den ersten unbemannten Start seines neuen Raumschiffes Starliner zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS angekündigt. Der Starliner werde um den 17. Dezember zur Station fliegen und nach etwa einer Woche wieder zur Erde zurückkehren, teilte ein Boeing-Sprecher auf dem 70. Internationalen Astronautischen Kongress (IAC) in […]

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Boeing’s Starliner set for two pivotal test flights before the year’s end

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is preparing for two major flight tests before the end of the year, which will pave the way for the spacecraft’s first crewed flight in 2020. The capsule is being developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to provide transportation services to and from the International Space Station.

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We Could Go to Venus with Today’s Technology, Scientists Say

We could go to Venus tomorrow with the technology we have today, urged a NASA scientific advisory group, and the group’s members would like to get a mission off the ground as soon as possible.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.09.19

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NASA Probe to Fly Over India’s Moon-Landing Site Tuesday

We could learn more about the fate of India’s first moon lander soon.

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Space Biology, Brad Pitt Interview as New Crew Preps for Launch

Hague spoke to actor Brad Pitt today who called up to the station from NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. They talked about Pitt’s upcoming movie and discussed what it is like to live in space.

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Brad Pitt Calls Space Station Astronaut to Talk ‚Ad Astra‘ and Life in Space (Video)

„Ad Astra“ star Brad Pitt talks about life in space with NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who recently screened the film at the International Space Station.

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Berner Marskamera liefert Aufnahmen von seltsamen Dünen und Kratern

Rund um den Nordpol des Mars scheint es Gasausbrüche zu geben. Andernorts treten trockene Lawinen auf, wie neuste Aufnahmen der Mars-Kamera «Cassis» zeigen.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.08.19

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Der Transit der Sternenbegleiter

CHEOPS ist die erste von drei Missionen der ESA, die ab Herbst 2019 die Erforschung von Exoplaneten in den Blick nimmt. Das Weltraumteleskop des Satelliten soll die Größe und Beschaffenheit mehrerer hundert extrasolarer Himmelskörper untersuchen.

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Planetenjäger Cheops

Günther Hasinger, ESA-Direktor für Wissenschaft, erklärt, welche Rolle CHEOPS und die Folgemissionen für das Verständnis von der Entstehung der Planetensysteme spielen.

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Elon Musk Floats ‚Nuke Mars‘ Idea Again (He Has T-Shirts)

Nuking Mars is still on Elon Musk’s wish list, it would seem.

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Nuclear Propulsion Could Be ‚Game-Changer‘ for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says

Humanity’s next giant leap could be enabled by nuclear thermal propulsion, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

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Meet Skybot F-850, the Humanoid Robot Russia Is Launching into Space

When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850.

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NASA’s Next Space Telescope Could Reveal Details About the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, But There’s One Problem

The James Webb Space Telescope could gather critical information about the atmospheres of planets in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, one new study finds.

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Where Are New Stars Born? NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate

Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a sort of time machine, a team of researchers intends to look billions of years into the past to understand how stars like our Sun formed in the universe.

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Mirror to mirror

Space Science Image of the Week: Successful deployment of Webb’s secondary mirror marks major milestone for the revolutionary new observatory

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NASA Rehearses Astronaut Launch — and Rescue — with SpaceX, Boeing (Photos)

Both SpaceX and Boeing are busily preparing for the first crewed launches of their commercial spacecraft, and in case something goes wrong, they’re simulating different types of emergencies.

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NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Clears Big Hurdle on Path to Launch

A highly anticipated NASA mission to Jupiter’s possibly life-supporting moon Europa remains on track for a mid-2020s launch.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.06.19

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Please note: Summer break for Spacecraft Mission News . The next issue will be published on August, 8th, 2019.

Bitte beachten: Spacecraft Mission News geht in die Sommerpause. Die nächste Ausgabe erscheint am 8. August 2019.


Methan as possible Sign of Life on Mars – Methan als möglicher Indikator für Leben auf dem Mars

Mars: Methan-Rätsel geht weiter

Mysteriöses Phänomen: Erst letzte Woche hat der Marsrover Curiosity den höchsten je registrierten Methanwert auf dem Roten Planeten gemessen – doch jetzt ist das Methan wieder verschwunden. Offenbar handelte es sich um eine vorübergehende Ausgasung. Woher dieses Gas jedoch kommt und ob es geochemischen oder doch biologischen Ursprungs ist, bleibt weiterhin rätselhaft.

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NASA confirms Curiosity rover’s surprising Mars methane discovery

High methane levels detected by the rover hinted at the possibility of life but follow up experiments show it was a transient plume.

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Curiosity’s Mars Methane Mystery Continues

The Curiosity rover’s follow-on sampling shows last week’s methane levels have sharply decreased.

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More Mars Methane: Curiosity Rover Spots Biggest Surge Yet

NASA’s Curiosity rover has sniffed out another spike of the potentially life-indicating gas methane, and this one is the biggest yet.

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