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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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – published earlier on 05.06.2018

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DLR Live Übertragung auf YouTube (deutschsprachig)

Mission Horizons: Raketenstart mit Alexander Gerst aus Baikonur

Launch time table: please refer to special feature section below
Zeitabschnitte des Starts: bitte lesen Sie die Informationen dazu im Special Feature unten nach.

Launch Parties: Link Übersicht Planetarien …

NASA’s Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.
Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Mars Express was launched to investigate the Red Planet. To mark this milestone comes a striking view of Mars from horizon to horizon, showcasing one of the most intriguing parts of the martian surface.
The fascinating backstory behind the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that will launch the Expedition 56/57 crew into space on June 6.
A new NASA 360-degree VR video shows exactly what it’s like to see a Russian Soyuz space capsule return to Earth from the International Space Station.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 17.05.18

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Ob Fluggeräte fliegen können, hängt von der Dichte der Atmosphäre ab. Die des Mars ist sehr dünn. Trotzdem will die Nasa dort einen Helikopter fliegen lassen. Sie verbindet damit eine bestimmte Hoffnung.
It’s official. NASA is sending a helicopter drone to Mars as part of the 2020 rover mission.
NASA is adding a Mars helicopter to the agency’s next mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.
NASA is adding a Mars helicopter to the agency’s next mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020.
  MARS 2020 ROVER Experimenteller Hubschrauber für den Mars von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 14. Mai 2018
Watch two astronauts take a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (May 16).
A „lunar library“ created by the nonprofit Arch Mission Foundation will be among the payloads toted to the moon by Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander in 2020, representatives of the two organizations announced today (May 15).

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.05.18

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander is now cruising to the Red Planet. Here’s how the spacecraft will spend its seven-month interplanetary journey.
NASA’s Mars Cube One duo, officially known as MarCO-A and MarCO-B, checked in with their handlers Saturday afternoon (May 5), not long after launching from California along with NASA’s InSight Mars lander.
MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA’s InSight lander today.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT). See photos from the historic launch here.
NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
In its 60 year history, NASA launched more than 50 spacecraft to study the solar system beyond Earth and its moon. Despite the long record, the space agency’s next mission will do something that no previous interplanetary probe has done before. Go west.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to launch Saturday morning (May 5), was originally supposed to lift off in March 2016. Here’s why InSight didn’t meet that first opportunity, and why NASA decided to stick with the mission anyway.
Gebirgsbildung, Vulkanismus und Erdbeben werden durch die thermischen und mechanischen Kräfte im Inneren eines Planeten bestimmt. Auf der Erde bildeten sich Kontinente und das Leben, wie wir es heute …
Der Marsmaulwurf HP3 des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) wird sich in wenigen Monaten erstmals vollautomatisch bis zu fünf Meter tief in den Untergrund des Roten Planeten graben und s…
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Ursprünglich sollte die rund 650 Millionen Euro teure Mission schon vor zwei Jahren beginnen – jetzt ist die Nasa-Raumsonde „InSight“ zum Mars gestartet. Die Landung auf dem Planeten ist für November geplant.
To get a better view of InSight’s launch into foggy skies, these spectators took their skywatching to great heights.