Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 08.08.19

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Legacy of crashed Beresheet on the Moon / Hinterlassenschaften der abgestürzten Raumsonde Beresheet auf dem Mond

A Crashed Israeli Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

IT WAS JUST before midnight on April 11 and everyone at the Israel Aerospace Industries mission control center in Yehud, Israel, had their eyes fixed on two large projector screens. On the left screen was a stream of data being sent back to Earth by Beresheet, its lunar lander, which was about to become the first private spacecraft to land on the moon. The right screen featured a crude animation of Beresheet firing its engines as it prepared for a soft landing in the Sea of Serenity. But only seconds before the scheduled landing, the numbers on the left screen stopped. Mission control had lost contact with the spacecraft, and it crashed into the moon shortly thereafter.

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Thousands of Tardigrades Stranded on the Moon After Lunar Lander Crash

When you look up at the moon, there may now be a few thousand water bears looking back at you.

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Raumfahrt: Bärtierchen sind die ersten Mondbewohner

Eine gescheiterte israelische Raumfahrtmission hat vermutlich Leben im All hinterlassen. Auf dem Mond dürfte es nun äußerst robuste Kleinstlebewesen geben.

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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) – 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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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 30.05.19

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SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellits

Starlink-Satelliten: SpaceX droht, den Nachthimmel zu stören

Rund 12.000 Internet-Satelliten will Elon Musk mit seiner Firma SpaceX ins All schicken. Doch schon die ersten 60 von ihnen machen Astronomen nervös. Sie sind zum Teil so hell, dass sie Beobachtungen stören.

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Starlink-Netzwerk: SpaceX schießt 60 Internet-Satelliten ins All

Einige Unternehmen setzen auf ein Netzwerk aus Satelliten, um weltweit schnelles Internet anzubieten. Elon Musks Firma SpaceX hat jetzt beim Projekt Starlink einen entscheidenden Schritt gemacht.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Bright Starlink Satellites Won’t Ruin the Night Sky

SpaceX’s brilliant train of Starlink satellites wowed skywatchers after launch. Elon Musk says astronomers shouldn’t be worried.

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How to See SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite ‚Train‘ in the Night Sky

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites in a train Thursday (May 24) and you can see them in the night sky now! Here’s how to find out where and when to look.

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Elon Musk Says It’s ‚So Far, So Good‘ for SpaceX’s 1st 60 Starlink Satellites

The first 60 satellites in SpaceX’s huge Starlink constellation haven’t experienced any hiccups in orbit thus far.

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SpaceX’s 60-Satellite Launch Is Just the Beginning for Starlink Megaconstellation Project

The 60 internet satellites SpaceX just launched will be but the tip of a very large off-Earth iceberg, if all goes according to plan.

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NASA‘s Lunar Mission / NASAs Mond Mission

NASA’s Grand Plan for a Lunar Gateway Is to Start Small

NASA’s moon-orbiting space station will be lean and mean, especially at first.

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NASA Has a Full Plate of Lunar Missions Before Astronauts Can Return to Moon

What will it take for NASA to put humans back on the moon? Aside from a still-undetermined sum of cash, the agency will need to launch about 37 moon tere  between now and 2028.

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NASA Taps Maxar to Build Lunar Gateway Power Module for Artemis Moon Plan

NASA wants to land humans on the moon in just five years — and the agency has chosen its first company to help the Artemis program build a lunar outpost for those astronauts: Maxar.

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US and Japan to Cooperate on Return to the Moon

The United States and Japan have agreed to further cooperation in space which could include flying Japanese astronauts to the moon.

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NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‚Quake‘ on Mars

While their causes are still unknown, one of three shaking events looks a lot like the quakes detected on the Moon by the Apollo missions.

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Stratolaunch Systems: Building the World’s Largest Airplane

Stratolaunch is the builder of the world’s first megaplane.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 23.05.19

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50 Year Apollo Moonlanding

Apollo 10 Dress Rehearsal / Generalprobe mit Apollo 10

The Full Dress Rehearsal – Astronotes

Apollo 10 was the mission that almost made it to the Moon. Designed as the full dress rehearsal for Apollo 11, the lunar module “Snoopy” approached to just under 15 km from the Moon’s surface with astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard.

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Mission control ’saves science‘

Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but it’s teams on the ground at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, that keep these explorers afloat.

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Beresheet Impact Site

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully imaged the impact site of the Beresheet lander, which made a really good run at performing the first privately funded Moon landing on 11 April, but crashed after the failure of its main engine.

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Parachute Development a Challenge for Commercial Crew

An incident involving a test of parachutes for one commercial crew vehicle has heightened awareness of the challenges involved in developing those systems.

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Will NASA’s Rush to Land Astronauts on the Moon Get Us to Mars Any Faster?

A mission to the moon may be a good „steppingstone“ for sending humans to Mars, but will NASA’s new push to put humans on the moon in 2024 will help get the agency to Mars by the 2030s?

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NASA’s Predecisional Notional Plan For The #Moon2024 Thing

NASA’s full Artemis plan revealed: 37 launches and a lunar outpost, Ars Technica „Last week, an updated plan that demonstrated a human landing in 2024, annual sorties to the lunar surface thereafter, and the beginning of a Moon base by 2028, began circulating within the agency. A graphic, shown below, provides information about each of the major launches needed to construct a small Lunar Gateway, stage elements of a lunar lander there, fly crews to the Moon and back, and conduct refueling missions.“

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.05.19

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America‘s next Moon Mission / Amerikas nächste Mondmission

US-Raumfahrt: Trump fordert 1,6 Milliarden Dollar extra für Rückkehr zum Mond

Geht es nach der US-Regierung, sollen Amerikaner binnen fünf Jahren wieder auf den Mond. Damit das gelingt, will Donald Trump den Etat der Raumfahrtbehörde Nasa um 1,6 Milliarden Dollar aufstocken.

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A Crash Program or Modest Proposal?

The White House released a long-awaited supplemental budget request for NASA today. It proposes an additional $1.6 billion for an accelerated human spaceflight effort to land on the Moon in 2024. This boosts the President’s budget request for NASA to $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020, which is approximately $1.1 billion or 5% more than the amount provided by Congress last year.

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Trump Proposes Extra $1.6 Billion for NASA’s 2024 Return to Moon

NASA’s push to put humans on the moon in 2024 may get a financial boost next year.

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Cost of 2024 Moon Landing Is Still a Mystery

We’ll have to wait a little longer to get an idea of how much it’ll cost to put astronauts on the moon by 2024.

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Artemis: Trump will Nasa-Budget für die Mondlandung aufstocken – Golem.de

In fünf Jahren sollen wieder US-Astronauten auf dem Mond landen. Das ehrgeizige Unterfangen kostet viel Geld. US-Präsident Donald Trump fordert vom Kongress, dass dieser der Nasa für das kommende Jahr zusätzlich mehr als anderthalb Milliarden US-Dollar zur Verfügung stellt.

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Zweites US-Mondprogramm heißt Artemis

Das zweite Mondprogramm der USA heißt Artemis. Es wurde nach der Zwillingsschwester des Gottes Apollo, des Sohns von Göttervater Zeus und dessen Frau Leto, benannt. Die Amerikaner wollen nach der Mondlandung vor nunmehr 50 Jahren bis 2024 erstmals eine Frau und erneut auch Männer auf den […]

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Project Artemis Will Send Humans Back To The Moon

„The first time humanity went to the Moon it was under Apollo. Apollo had a sister, Artemis. I think it is appropriate that the Artemis Program will carry humans back to the Moon @JimBridenstine

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Accelerating Moon Landing to 2024 May Make It More Achievable, NASA Chief Says

NASA may actually have a better chance of pulling off its next moon shot now that the timeline has been moved up four years, agency officials say.

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NASA Names New Moon Landing Program Artemis After Apollo’s Sister

Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project „Apollo,“ the space agency is now working to land men — and women — on the lunar surface as part of its „Artemis“ program.

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NASA gives its new Moon mission a name: Artemis – TechCrunch

Cool missions need cool names, and NASA’s  new plan to establish a permanent lunar presence and put an American on the Moon again now has one: Artemis. It’s a nod both to Apollo, the 50th anniversary of the culmination of which is this year, and to the fact that the program is likely to send the first woman to the Moon.

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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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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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 15, 2019 at 05:54PM

There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- January 15, 2019 at 05:36PM

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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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 01:38PM

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