Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.10.18

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Hayabusa 2 – Mascot Lander – Asteroid Ryugu

MASCOT landet auf Asteroid Ryugu

Endlich ist es so weit! Die Mission der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa 2 erreicht morgen (am 3. Oktober 2018) einen ihrer Höhepunkte. Ende Juni ist die Sonde beim Asteroid Ryugu angekommen. Im August hat Hayabusa 2 die ersten Nahaufnahmen der Asteroidenoberfläche aus der Umlaufbahn gemacht. Und nun wird die mitgebrachte deutsch-französische Landeeinheit MASCOT abgesetzt.

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via Astrodicticum Simplex https://ift.tt/2pEuSJT October 2, 2018 at 09:31AM

MASCOT landete sicher auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu

Der Asteroid Ryugu hat in 300 Millionen Kilometern Entfernung von der Erde einen neuen Bewohner:  Lander MASCOT wurde am 3. Oktober 2018 auf dem Asteroiden abgesetzt und nahm seine Arbeit auf. Um 3.58 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer Zeit wurde das Landegerät erfolgreich von der japanischen Raumsonde Hayabusa2 getrennt. Damit beginnen für das internationale Team aus Ingenieuren und Wissenschaftler die 16 Stunden, in denen der Lander mit Messungen auf der Asteroidenoberfläche beginnt.

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via DLR Portal – October 3, 2018 at 08:26AM

Live-Blog zur Landung von MASCOT auf Ryugu

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via Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null https://ift.tt/2Nw0izr October 3, 2018 at 01:45AM

Mascot: Landung geglückt

Der wohl heikelste Teil der Hayabusa2-Mission ist anscheinend geglückt. Der Lander Mascot hat die Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu erreicht.

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via Wissenschaft – October 3, 2018 at 10:53AM

Abstieg ins Unbekannte: MASCOT im finalen Countdown vor Asteroidenlandung

Läuft alles nach Plan, ist es am 3. Oktober 2018 soweit: Am frühen Morgen, um 03:58:15 MESZ, wird der Asteroidenlander MASCOT von der Raumsonde Hayabusa2 abgetrennt und einige Minuten später auf der Oberfläche von Ryugu aufsetzen.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 1, 2018 at 11:36AM

Raumsonde Hayabusa2: Anflug für deutschen Asteroidenlander Mascot hat begonnen

In der Nacht zum Mittwoch soll der deutsche Lander Mascot auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu aufsetzen. Hayabusa2 hat bereits mit dem dafür nötigen Manöver begonnen.

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via heise online – October 2, 2018 at 03:06PM

Tiny German Spacecraft Poised for Hopping Landing on Asteroid Ryugu

A tiny German asteroid lander is expected to touch down on its target late Tuesday, Oct. 2 (EDT). The craft is on a quest to send back data about the mysterious Ryugu’s surface, whose precise composition continues to elude investigators more than three months after the Japanese Hayabusa2, which will deliver MASCOT to the surface, arrived at the space rock.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 2, 2018 at 04:01PM

Japanese Probe Drops Hopping, Shoebox-Sized Lander on Asteroid Ryugu

Two tiny, hopping robots now have a companion on the surface of the big asteroid Ryugu.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 3, 2018 at 06:18AM

ESA & Japan: BepiColombo Mission to Mercury / Merkur

ESA Science & Technology: BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury

This animation is based on a launch date of 5 October, marking the start of the launch window in October 2018. It illustrates the gravity assist flybys that the spacecraft will make at Earth, Venus and Mercury before arriving at Mercury in December 2025.

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via ESA Science & Technology: Home page – October 1, 2018 at 12:51PM

ESA Science & Technology: Mission Operations – Getting to Mercury

The Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) is ESA’s scientific contribution to the mission. The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is providing the other science spacecraft, the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). ESA is also building the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), which will carry the two orbiters to their destination, and the MMO Sunshield and Interface Structure (MOSIF), which provides thermal protection and the mechanical and electrical interfaces for the MMO.

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via ESA Science & Technology: Home page – October 1, 2018 at 12:51PM

JAXA | „BepiColombo“ Launch Schedule Change

Though Ariane 5 launch with BepiColombo mission explorers aboard was originally scheduled for 10:45 p.m., October 18, (local time in French Guinea) 2018, due to schedule adjustments the launch has moved later as follows:

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via JAXA | Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – October 1, 2018 at 12:52PM

Raumfahrt: Wie „BepiColombo“ den Merkur erforschen soll

Die europäisch-japanische Mission „BepiColombo“ macht sich auf den Weg zum Merkur. Wir erklären Aufgabe und Zeitplan – und was sich die Wissenschaftler von dem Projekt erwarten.

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via Frankfurter Rundschau – October 1, 2018 at 01:19PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.03.16

 

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On 6 March 2018, the BepiColombo engineering model was delivered to ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.BepiColombo – ESA’s first mission to Mercury – is based on two spacecraft: the ESA-led Mercury Planetary Orbiter, with 11 experiments and instruments, and the Japanese sp…
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury passed a review milestone last week, confirming that it can leave Europe and begin preparations for launch at the Kourou spaceport.The spacecraft and ground equipment, along with personnel, will start transferring to Kourou towards the end of next month.…
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/JPL
„The only problem is, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm’s application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds. The FCC is responsible for regulating commercial satellites, including minimizing the chance of accidents in space. It feared that…
Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container in a high bay at Northrop Grumman on March 8, signaling the next step in the observatory’s integration and testing.
China’s Mars 2020 probe is undergoing testing for atmospheric entry, descent and landing on the red planet, a researcher involved in the mission has stated.
China’s space station, set to be completed in 2022, will contain a core and two laboratory modules, the prototypes of which are currently being built.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) declared Friday that it would start to make preparations for a new flagship X-ray space observatory for the research of black holes, neutron stars and quark stars.
​China’s latest lunar probe, the Chang’e-4, is expected to land on the far side of the Moon on the second half this year in what is to be the first soft landing on the dark side of the moon in the history of space flight.
China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the Moon will include two microsatellites to be used to test low frequency radio astronomy in lunar orbit.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.01.18

 

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The Most Exciting Space Missions to Watch in 2018
China’s Tiangong-1 space lab has been orbiting Earth since September 2011, but it is slated for an uncontrolled re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere in late January or later, officials…
Looking Ahead: Space Missions for 2018 - Sky & Telescope
The next year will see space missions headed for Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and more. Asteroid rendezvous, exoplanet discoveries, and a Mars landing await.
Flying Observatory SOFIA to Explore Magnetic Universe and Beyond
NASA’s flying observatory SOFIA, is preparing for its 2018 observing campaign, which will include observations of celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets, Saturn’s giant…
SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Now at Launchpad Ahead of Maiden Flight
Watch a time-lapse video of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket going vertical at launch pad 39A this morning. #SpaceX #FalconHeavy https://t.co/6fqapAIetc pic.twitter.com/kyLSUTKEuF -…
Dem Merkur entgegen
Im Oktober 2018 soll die europäisch-japanische Raumsonde BepiColombo zum innersten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems starten. Nach der Ankunft werden Ende 2025 je ein europäischer und…
Airbus BepiColombo Probe to Mercury
Airbus BepiColombo Probe to Mercury
The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017
From claims of alien life on the International Space Station to the discovery of titanium snow on an alien planet, there were some strange space stories that made headlines in 2017….

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