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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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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.03.19

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NASA Moon Orbiter Tracks Chinese Rover on Lunar Farside (Photos)

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to monitor the whereabouts and wanderings of China’s Yutu 2 rover on the moon’s far side.

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US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024 — just five years from now — during the National Space Council meeting on Tuesday

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NASA Chief Vows Quick Action to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024

NASA’s chief says the agency is all set to meet a new challenge — returning humans to land on the moon within the next five years.

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US-Astronauten sollen binnen fünf Jahren zum Mond

Die US-Regierung setzt klare Ziele für die Raumfahrt, um Konkurrenten wie China abzuhängen. Die Raumfahrtagentur Nasa steht unter Druck.

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US Is in a New Space Race with China and Russia, VP Pence Says

The United States‘ goal of putting astronauts on the moon by 2024 is motivated at least in part by a desire to defeat Russia and China, Vice President Mike Pence said.

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Kein passendes Oberteil: Erster ISS-Außeneinsatz nur mit Frauen abgesagt

Auf der ISS kann ein Raumanzug in passender Größe nicht rechtzeitig vorbereitet werden. Damit scheitert der erste gemeinsame Außeneinsatz zweier Astronautinnen.

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Fehlende Raumanzüge: Nasa sagt ISS-Außeneinsatz nur mit Astronautinnen vorerst ab

Am Freitag hätte es auf der ISS eine Premiere geben sollen: einen Außeneinsatz nur mit Astronautinnen. Doch daraus wird erst einmal nichts – es gab Probleme mit den Größen der Raumanzüge.

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Astronauts Won’t Make the 1st All Female Spacewalk After All, NASA Says

The first all-female spacewalk in history won’t be happening this week after all due to a last-minute crew swap, NASA announced today

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1st All-Female Spacewalk Scrapped Over Safety Concerns, Not Sexism

Two NASA astronauts were on the verge of making history this week by becoming the first women to take a spacewalk unaccompanied by men. Here’s why NASA canceled that milestone.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.03.19

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Where We Are

Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.
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Methan auf Mars muss kein Hinweis auf Leben sein

Als der im Sommer 2012 im Rahmen der Nasa-Mission „Mars Science Laboratory“ im Gale-Krater abgesetzte Rover Curiosity Ausbrüche des Gases Methan registrierte, und mehr noch, als die Messungen mit dem Laser-Spektrometer an Bord des Robotfahrzeugs jahreszeitliche Schwankungen des Methan-Anteils in der dünnen Mars-Atmosphäre zeigten, gerieten die Forscher auf der Erde in Aufregung. Denn auf der Erde deutet so etwas zumeist auf biologische Aktivität…
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Amidst Cuts to NASA, Mars Sample Return May Finally Happen

The President’s Budget Request for NASA in 2020 would start a Mars Sample Return mission and ramp up efforts to send humans to the Moon. But it would still kick off the first year of a new decade with a half-billion dollar cut to the space agency.
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SwRI-led LAMP instrument sheds light on lunar water movement

Using the Southwest Research Institute-led Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters describes how LAMP measurements of the sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the surface helped characterize lunar hydration changes over the course of a day. Up until the last decade or so, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles. More recently, scientists have identified surface water in sparse populations of molecules bound to the lunar soil, or regolith. The amount and locations vary based on the time of day. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up.
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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 17.01.19

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Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Life, Could Be Dead Inside

For more than two decades, scientists have wondered whether extraterrestrial life may be flourishing deep below the icy coatings boasted by moons in our outer solar system. Spacecraft like the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn have stumbled on evidence that some of their moons hide global oceans, warmed by the pull of the giant planet they orbit. And oceanic explorers much closer to home have discovered dynamic communities living in darkness around geologic features on the ocean floor. Combine the two and it’s easy to be carried away with dreams of alien seafloors teeming with microbes. But new research is looking deeper, into the rock itself, and suggesting that these worlds may be dead inside — not just biologically, but geologically as well.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 14, 2019 at 01:20PM

Shutdown Grounds NASA’s Airborne Observatory

The ongoing partial government shutdown has grounded a NASA aircraft used for astronomical observations amid reviews about how to operate that program in the future. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a Boeing 747 with a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in its fuselage, has been unable able to perform any science flights since the shutdown started Dec. 22, project officials said during a town hall session about the program Jan. 8 during the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) here.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 12, 2019 at 01:27AM

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway: NASA’s Proposed Lunar Space Station

The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is a proposed NASA program that would bring astronauts to the moon to operate a lunar space station. The concept has generated a wealth of research and numerous political discussions since 2017, especially because NASA’s stated goal under the Trump administration is to return to the moon before going to Mars.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 02:03AM

Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon’s Far Side in Historic First by China’s Chang’e 4

Before China finished packing up its Chang’e 4 lunar lander to be blasted off on a never-before-accomplished journey to the far side of the moon, scientists slipped in a small tank holding plant seeds. And now, the team announced, a cotton seed has sprouted.

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There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

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China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

China’s bold moon-exploration plans don’t stop with the pioneering Chang’e 4 mission, which made the first-ever soft landing on the lunar far side on Jan. 2.

The State Council Information Office of China (SCIO) held a press conference Monday (Jan. 14) to discuss that epic touchdown, and to give an overview of the nation’s future activities on Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 15, 2019 at 01:21PM

Hubble Space Telescope’s Glitchy Eye Should Clear Up Soon

The Hubble Space Telescope’s main eye on the universe should be back up and running soon. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) took itself offline last week as a safety precaution, after onboard software noticed anomalous voltage readings within the instrument. But Hubble team members have now determined that voltage levels actually remained within the normal range, ascribing the glitch to a telemetry issue rather than a power-supply problem.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.01.19

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Hubble: Probleme mit Wide Field Kamera 3 / Problems with Wide Field Camera 3

Hubble: Wide Field Camera 3 macht Probleme

Die Beobachtungen mit der Wide Field Camera 3, dem fortschrittlichsten Kamerasystem an Bord des Weltraumteleskops Hubbles für Bilder im sichtbaren Bereich des Lichts, sind gestern Abend wegen eines Hardware-Problems ausgesetzt worden. Während die Ursache gesucht wird, gehen die Beobachtungen mit den anderen drei Instrumenten weiter.

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Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope

At 17:23 UTC on Jan. 8, 2019, the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem.

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Hubble Space Telescope’s Camera Eye Suffers Malfunction

A hardware problem has put the main camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope out of operation, according to a brief statement released by NASA today (Jan. 9). The issue with the Wide Field Camera 3 occured on Jan. 8 at 12:23 p.m. EST (1723 GMT), according to the statement. NASA did not provide any details about the glitch itself beyond saying that it was caused by a hardware problem and that the camera carries redundant electronics that could be used to get the instrument running again.

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What is the Wide Field Camera 3?

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New Horizons & Ultima Thule

 

New Horizons: Vorüberflug an 2014 MU69 offenbar erfolgreich

Die NASA-Sonde New Horizons hat ihren Vorüberflug am Kuipergürtel-Objekt 2014 MU69 am frühen Morgen des Neujahrstages offenbar erfolgreich absolviert. Darauf deuten zumindest die diagnostischen Daten hin, die im Laufe des gestrigen Nachmittags empfangen wurden. Erste Bilder sollte es auch schon geben, die werden aber noch bis zu einer Pressekonferenz heute Abend zurückgehalten.

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Nach 6,5 Milliarden Kilometern: Nasa-Sonde erreicht „Ultima Thule“ am Rand unseres Sonnensystems – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Nach jahrelanger Reise ist es am Neujahrstag so weit: Die Nasa-Sonde „New Horizons“ fliegt am Himmelskörper Ultima Thule vorbei. Noch nie hat eine Sonde ein so weit entferntes Objekt besucht.

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With Ultima Thule Flyby, NASA Probe Helps Unlock Secrets of Planetary Formation

A close view of an ultra-distant fossil is helping to answer questions about the formation of planets throughout the universe. NASA’s New Horizons probe buzzed the outer solar-system object early on New Year’s morning, making the first flyby of such a primitive object. Because 2014 MU69 has remained virtually untouched since the birth of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, it can reveal new details about that era. Already the first puzzling photos are helping to prove models of the early solar system.

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After Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Hits Pause on Data Dump

The New Horizons spacecraft fell silent yesterday (Jan. 4), but the communications pause is expected, and scientists on the mission will have plenty of data to keep them busy during the intermission, mission staff members said during a news conference held Jan. 3.

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‚Meet Ultima Thule‘: 1st Color Photo of New Horizons Target Reveals a Red ‚Snowman‘

We now know what Ultima Thule looks like, and it’s not a bowling pin.

The first resolved photos of Ultima Thule have come in from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which zoomed past the frigid faraway object just after midnight yesterday (Jan. 1). The historic imagery reveals that the 21-mile-long (33 kilometers) Ultima is a „contact binary“ composed of two roughly spherical lobes.

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OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft reaches Asteorid Bennu / OSIRIS-REx erreicht Asteroiden Bennu

Zoom! Asteroid Bennu Slips Past in OSIRIS-REx Flyby View

A spooky new series of photos of the asteroid Bennu show the diamond-shaped space rock approaching the camera and receding into the distance during a trio of flybys by a NASA spacecraft.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record – OSIRIS-REx Mission

At 2:43 p.m. EST on December 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record. The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.

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NASA-Sonde Osiris Rex kommt Asteroid Bennu näher

Die Sonde Osiris Rex tritt in eine nahe Umlaufbahn des Asteroids Bennu ein. In den nächsten Jahren soll sie die Oberfläche berühren und Proben zur Erde bringen.

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OSIRIS-REx Enters Orbit around Asteroid Bennu

At 2:43 p.m. EST (7:43 GMT) on December 31, 2018, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft went into orbit around asteroid Bennu — setting new records for the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft and the closest orbit of a planetary body by any spacecraft.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx has started orbiting asteroid Bennu

After NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived at asteroid Bennu in early December, its ground team quickly started measuring and mapping out the celestial body. They needed all the information they could get in order to enter Bennu’s orbit, since the asteroid has such a small gravity pull. Sounds like the scientists were able to get what they needed, because OSIRIS-REx has successfully started circling the asteroid at 2:43 PM ET on December 31st.

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Record Breaker! NASA Probe Slips into Orbit Around Asteroid Bennu

A NASA asteroid-sampling probe has begun circling its space-rock target, setting a new record for the smallest body ever orbited by a spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx probe achieved orbit around the 1,640-foot-wide (500 meters) near-Earth asteroid Bennu with an eight-second engine burn today (Dec. 31) at 2:43 p.m. EST (1943 GMT).

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Asteroid Bennu: Sonde stellt Orbit-Rekord auf

Die Sonde „Osiris Rex“ ist in eine extrem nahe Umlaufbahn um den Asteroiden Bennu eingeschwenkt. Sie kreist seit Montagabend in 1,75 Kilometer Entfernung vom Asteroidenkern um Bennu. So dicht habe sich nie zuvor ein Raumfahrzeug seinem Untersuchungsobjekt angenähert, teilte die Amerikanische Astronomische Gesellschaft mit.

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Sonde „Osiris Rex“ stellte Orbitrekord auf

Die Sonde „Osiris Rex“ ist in eine extrem nahe Umlaufbahn um den Asteroiden „Bennu“ eingeschwenkt. Sie kreist seit gestern Abend in 1,75 Kilometer Entfernung vom Asteroidenkern um „Bennu“. So dicht habe sich nie zuvor ein Raumfahrzeug seinem Untersuchungsobjekt angenähert, teilte die Amerikanische Astronomische Gesellschaft mit.

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China’s “Chang’e” 4 lands on the backside of the moon / China’s Sonde “Chang’e 4” landet auf der Rückseite des Mondes

Chang’e-4: Landung auf der erdabgewandten Seite des Mondes

Die chinesische Raumfahrtagentur CNSA hat offenbar erfolgreich eine Sonde auf der erdabgewandten Seite des Mondes gelandet. Der Lander Chang’e-4 setzte in der vergangenen Nacht um 3.26 Uhr MEZ im Südpol-Aitken-Becken des Mondes auf. Der Rover an Bord soll Medienberichten zufolge noch heute mit der Erkundung der Umgebung beginnen.

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„Chang’e 4“: China schickt Kieler Messgerät zum Mond – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

An Bord der chinesischen Mondsonde ist auch ein Messgerät aus Kiel, entwickelt vom Physiker Wimmer-Schweingruber aus Kiel. Das Gerät soll das Krebsrisiko für Astronauten erforschen – und hat einen wichtigen weiteren Auftrag.

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Roboter an Bord der „Chang’e 4“: Chinas Mond-Rover rollt los – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die historische Landung der Sonde „Chang’e 4“ auf der Mond-Rückseite ist geglückt. Nun ist auch der mitgebrachte Roboter unterwegs. Es stehen zahlreiche Experimente an.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – January 4, 2019 at 10:51AM

Photos from the Moon’s Far Side! China’s Chang’e 4 Lunar Landing in Pictures

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 09:07PM

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side (Photo)

China’s far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home. On Wednesday night (Jan. 2), the Chang’e 4 rover and its stationary-lander companion pulled off the first-ever soft touchdown on the lunar far side, coming to a rest inside the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater. The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn’t pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature — the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 4, 2019 at 11:23PM

China Makes Historic 1st Landing on Mysterious Far Side of the Moon

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 mission touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater Wednesday night (Jan. 2), pulling off the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side. Chang’e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming months, potentially helping scientists better understand the structure, formation and evolution of Earth’s natural satellite. But the symbolic pull of the mission will resonate more with the masses: The list of unexplored locales in our solar system just got a little shorter.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 07:51AM

China’s Yutu 2 Rover Is Driving on the Far Side of the Moon

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 lander-rover duo pulled off the first-ever soft touchdown on the moon’s largely unexplored far side. And today (Jan. 3), the rover rolled onto the gray dirt floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater, creeping down twin ramps from a previous position atop the stationary lander.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 11:08PM

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Resist the ‚Dark Side‘ of Moon Names: The Lunar Farside Is Plenty Bright

Pink Floyd has a lot to answer for when it comes to popular ideas about the moon, but here’s how to always keep your lunar sides straight.

Let’s start with the farside, where China’s Chang’e 4 lander touched down yesterday (Jan. 2), making China the first country to land a spacecraft there. Our moon has a nifty trick: It’s tidally locked to Earth, which means that one half of the lunar surface always faces us, while the other half always faces away from us.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 3, 2019 at 08:25PM

Raumfahrt und Mythos: Warum es die „dunkle Seite des Monds“ nicht gibt

Erstmals ist eine Sonde auf der Rückseite des Mondes gelandet, die oft irrtümlich die „dunkle Seite“ genannt wird. Licht bekommt sie schon – nur ist eine Mondhälfte von der Erde aus nie sichtbar. Eine kurze Erklärung.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – January 3, 2019 at 03:55PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.04.18

 

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Der ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) wird bald mit seiner Suche nach Gasen, die auf geologische oder biologische Aktivitäten auf dem Roten Planeten hinweisen, beginnen.
European spacecraft in position to start its science mission, say controllers.
A cutoff of live video on a recent SpaceX launch reflects new awareness by regulators of the imaging capabilities of onboard cameras on launch vehicles.
Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but are also revealing new information about the moon’s evolution and structure.
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — pronounced „laddie,“ not „lady“ — is set to launch to the moon in September 2013. The 844-pound (383 kilograms) spacecraft is designed to orbit the moon, investigating lunar dust, the lunar a
SpaceX isn’t responsible for the loss of the top-secret Zuma spy satellite during the craft’s launch earlier this year, according to media reports.
„A super secretive US government satellite SpaceX launched in January never made it to orbit after it failed to separate from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. Three months later, it still appears the satellite manufacturer Northrop Grumman may be to blame for the loss and not SpaceX. A new…
Die Ariane-Trägerfamilie und die Vega-Rakete sichern den autonomen Zugang Europas zum Weltraum. Mit Blick auf die sich gegenwärtig rapide verändernden Rahmenbedingungen stellt sich die Frage: Wie läss…

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 29.03.18

 

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China’s Tiangong-1 space lab will likely fall to Earth between March 30 and April 2, according to the latest prediction by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany.
China’s first prototype space station, Tiangong-1, will come crashing back to Earth between March 30 and April 3, give or take a few days, experts say. Here’s a primer on the space lab and its mission.
  The reentry of China’s Tiangong-1’s is being closely monitored by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital and Debris Reentry Studies (CORDS). Currently, the space station is predicted to reenter Earth’s atmosphere around April 1, 2018, plus or minus 4 days. However, due to the…
Tiangong-1, China’s first space lab, launched in September 2011 and will fall to Earth in 2018 between March 30 and April 2. See photos and images of Tiangong-1’s mission in our full gallery here.
Zu Ostern werden wohl mehrere Feuerbälle die Erde treffen – die Reste der kaputten chinesischen Raumstation Tiangong-1. Eine Weltkarte zeigt, wo das Einschlagrisiko am höchsten ist.
China’s out-of-control Tiangong-1 space lab didn’t just host visiting astronauts. The craft was also outfitted with scientific payloads, such as Earth-observation instrumentation and space environment detectors.
China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space station is careening through low-Earth orbit right now. When it crashes, and if you happen upon a mangled bit of it, please don’t touch it.
It still appears somewhat surreal to me, but it looks like it’s happening again: in June 2018 – if everything goes to plan – I will leave for my second mission in space. Like the first one, it should last around six months, but this time I am asked to serve as commander of the International…
Alexander Gerst wird der erste deutsche Kommandant auf der Raumstation. Den Einsatz übt er im Sternenstädtchen bei Moskau. Ein Besuch vor dem Start in den Himmel.
Wenn alles wie geplant klappt und Alexander Gerst am 6. Juni zu seiner zweiten ISS Mission startet, sind es jetzt noch genau 50 Wochentage bis dahin. (Ich hab die Feiertage zwischendurch einfach ma…
Reden wir über das Essen. Über die Vielfalt, die uns zur Verfügung steht – von Fleisch bis Gemüse, ist alles im Supermarkt oder auf dem Markt zu bekommen. Doch wie sieht das eigentlich im Weltraum aus? Was essen Astronauten wie Alexander Gerst, wenn er im Juni wieder zur Internationalen…
The White House sees a value in preserving and protecting the Apollo moon landing sites for historic, cultural and scientific objectives, but has qualms about hindering commercial initiatives or negotiating international treaties to do so, a new report finds.

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.03.18

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Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.
Das chinesische Raumlabor Tiangong 1 kreist seit Herbst 2016 unkontrolliert um die Erde und verliert an Höhe. Sein Eintritt in die Atmosphäre wird ab Karfreitag erwartet. Bis zu 3,5 Tonnen könnten nicht verglühen und auf die Erde stürzen.
A Chinese space station is going to fall out of space, and now trackers know when. Kind of.
On 18 February, errors of two electrical units on the service module of Gaia led the spacecraft to trigger an automatic safe mode. Safe modes occur when certain spacecraft parameters fall out of their normal operating ranges and the spacecraft automatically takes measures to preserve its safety….
Die wirkliche Reise zur Sonne
Nachdem wir vor Kurzem eine gedankliche Reise zur Sonne unternahmen, um sie besser kennen zu lernen, passt es nun sehr gut, dass die NASA in diesem Sommer eine Sonde dort hin schicken will. (Danke …
Long March 5’s return to flight will carry an experimental, 300 Gbps telecommunications satellite named Shijian-20 based on a new, large DFH-5 satellite platform.
For the first time, the Moon’s far side will be on the receiving end of a robotic lunar lander – China’s Chang’e-4. Zhao Xiaojin, secretary of the CPC (Communist Party of China) committee at the China Aerospace Science and Technology (CAST), explains that the two-phase Chang’e-4 mission…
A NASA investigation into a 2015 SpaceX launch failure concluded a design flaw likely initiated the chain of events that destroyed the vehicle.

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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) – 26.10.17

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Relive New Horizons Probe`s Historic Discoveries with Epic NASA Video
When it flew past enigmatic Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft had only just begun its voyage of exploration, and a new video from NASA’s ScienceCasts series takes…
New Film `Lunar Tribute` Tells Moonwalker`s Story with Drums
NEW YORK – The new documentary film „Lunar Tribute“ depicts the awe and anxiety of traveling across the „velvet“ blackness of space, and reveals the dedication of one astronaut to his…
Möglicher Standort für Basis: Kilometerlange Höhle auf dem Mond gefunden
Japanische Forscher haben dank einer inzwischen zerstörten Sonde eine bis zu 50 Kilometer lange Höhle auf dem Mond gefunden. In solch einer Höhle könnten Astronauten eine geschützte…
Nano-Satelliten: Disruption in der Raumfahrt
Mini- und Nano-Satelliten können das Raumfahrtgeschäft grundlegend veränderten. Hunderte davon sollen in den nächsten Jahren in einen Erd-Orbit befördert werden, hieß es auf der…

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