Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.11.19

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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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Cheops“https://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2019/03/Exoplanet_mission_timeline_Cheops

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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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.06.19

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New Website Replays Apollo 11 First Moon Landing Mission in Real Time

With a single click, a new website can take you back 50 years and place you directly into the real-time action of the first moon landing mission.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

The Mast Is Raised for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

Engineers at JPL take a group selfie after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover.

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NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover Gets Its 1st Wheels, and a Mast, Too (Ahoy!)

Engineers have installed the headlike mast on the Mars 2020 rover and put on a (temporary) set of wheels as well.

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You Can Watch NASA’s Build Its Mars 2020 Rover Live Online

NASA is letting the world watch its next Mars rover come together.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.06.19

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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) – 06.06.2019

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Mars – NASA InSight

Robotic arm will raise the support structure and help the Mole hammer

new plan to support the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Mars ‘Mole’ that is part of NASA’s InSight mission. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) Mole is a self-driving penetrator that has hammered itself into the Martian subsurface to a depth of approximately 30 centimetres.

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Common Questions about InSight’s ‚Mole‘ – NASA’s InSight Mars Lander

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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InSight’s Team Tries New Strategy to Help the ‚Mole‘

Scientists and engineers have a new plan for getting NASA InSight’s heat probe, also known as the „mole,“ digging again on Mars. Part of an instrument called the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3), the mole is a self-hammering spike designed to dig as much as 16 feet (5 meters) below the surface and record temperature.

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Robotischer Arm soll Gehäuse anheben und Maulwurf beim Hämmern helfen

Es gibt einen neuen Plan, um den Marsmaulwurf des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) auf der NASA-Mission InSight zu unterstützen. Der Maulwurf HP3 ist eine Art selbstschlagender Nagel, der bisher etwa 30 Zentimeter tief in den Marsboden vorgedrungen ist.

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So soll der Mars-Maulwurf doch noch buddeln

Seit Ende Februar steht ein Experiment deutscher Forscher auf dem Mars still: Beim Versuch, sich ins Gestein zu hämmern, war es zu Problemen gekommen. Nun gibt es eine Strategie, wie es doch noch klappen soll.

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Mars

The radiation showstopper for Mars exploration

An astronaut on a mission to Mars could receive radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on our planet – a major showstopper for the safe exploration of our Solar System. A team of European experts is working with ESA to protect the health of future crews on their way to the Moon and beyond.

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A European mission control for the martian rover

The ExoMars rover has a brand new control centre in one of Europe’s largest Mars yards. The Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) was inaugurated today in Turin, Italy, ahead of the rover’s exploration adventure on the Red Planet in 2021.

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ESA Prepares for ExoMars Rover 2020 Launch at Mars and on Earth

Preparations for the ExoMars rover mission are in their final stages. ESA made two announcements today: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is shifting orbit, and they officially opened a new Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) in Turin, Italy.

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China’s First Mars Spacecraft Undergoing Integration for 2020 Launch

China remains on schedule to ready its first independent mission to Mars in time for a short launch window in mid-2020, according to a leading space official.

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NASA Still Aiming for 2020 First Launch of Space Launch System Megarocket

NASA believes it is still possible to perform the first launch of the Space Launch System before the end of 2020.

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Mars im Goldenen Tor der Ekliptik am 06.04.19

Nach Tagen der Bewölkung hatte ich endlich freien Blick auf den Mars, wie er das Goldene Tor der Ekliptik durchschreitet. Ich hatte darüber ja in meiner Monatsvorschau zum April berichtet. Hier sei noch kurz die Konstellation vom Abend dargestellt:

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.04.19

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Mars Express matches methane spike measured by Curiosity

A reanalysis of data collected by ESA’s Mars Express during the first 20 months of NASA’s Curiosity mission found one case of correlated methane detection, the first time an in-situ measurement has been independently confirmed from orbit.

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There Is Definitely Methane on Mars, Scientists Say. But Is It a Sign of Life?

We may be one step closer to cracking the Mars methane mystery.

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All-Female Spacewalk Was Cancelled on ‚My Recommendation,‘ Astronaut Anne McClain Says

Astronaut Anne McClain is defending NASA’s decision to scrap the first all-female spacewalk over a lack of appropriately sized spacesuits.

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NASA Won’t Have 2 Medium-Size Spacesuits Ready Any Time Soon Despite Criticism

NASA isn’t planning to change the International Space Station’s current spacesuit configuration, which drew criticism after size constraints stymied the first spacewalk of all female astronauts.

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Spacesuit Sizing Stymied a Historic NASA Moment, and It May Always Be Tricky

t’s spacewalk season this spring at the International Space Station, and that means astronauts are relying on highly engineered, difficult-to-fit suits to stay safe in the vacuum of space.

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These Simulations Reveal What Happened During India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test (Videos)

A U.S. space and defense software company created two new simulation videos, revealing how the anti-satellite weapon recently launched by India might have looked hitting a satellite in space.

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The Lunar South Pole Is a Rich Target for NASA’s 2024 Moon Goal

Pence’s five-year lunar challenge targets the moon’s south pole, an area rich in water and science.

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