Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.11.18

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What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. As with all Mars landings, no one who is watching will be able to do anything to affect the outcome; all we can do is wait and hope everything works. JPL shared a great video featuring Mars landing engineer Rob Manning explaining how everything works. Here, I made you an infographic to follow along with the action.

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via www.planetary.org https://ift.tt/2DFknP8 November 14, 2018 at 09:26PM

NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Is Rolling (and Drilling) Again

After suffering a couple technical glitches that have put NASA’s Curiosity rover off its duties on Mars this year, the robotic explorer seems to be back in full health, having driven to a new site and drilled a sampling hole, according to NASA statements.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 10, 2018 at 12:09AM

Extended life for ESA’s science missions

ESA’s Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed the continued operations of ten scientific missions in the Agency’s fleet up to 2022.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- November 14, 2018 at 01:23PM

What Does Sunrise on Mars Sound Like? Listen Here.

Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise& on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it sound like?

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 14, 2018 at 01:09PM

Russland plant unbemannte Mondstation

Russland plant auf dem Mond die Errichtung einer langlebigen Forschungsbasis. Sie werde unbemannt sein,  aber besucht werden können, teilte der Chef des Staatskonzerns GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 November 14, 2018 at 11:01AM

China baut neue Mondrakete

China hat mit dem Bau einer Trägerrakete der neuen Generation für bemannte Flüge zum Mond begonnen. Der Träger werde von der China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) entwickelt,  sei 90 Meter hoch und habe einen Durchmesser von 5 Metern und ein Startgewicht von mehr als 2.000 Tonnen,  meldet die Zeitung China Daily.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 November 9, 2018 at 06:55AM

Elections Can Have Consequences Billions Of Miles Away

“NASA programs — especially Orion, which is focused on putting humans back on the moon — could be in trouble after Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson lost his House seat to Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. Culberson, a Republican from Texas, led the House Appropriations Committee that funds NASA for the last four years.”

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- November 8, 2018 at 03:28AM

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Mit Lego auf dem Mars landen – NASA InSight

Am 26. November wird der Mars Lander InSight zu seiner Landung ansetzen. Wer möchte, kann sich die Zeit dahin verkürzen und die Forschungssonde mit Lego nachbauen. Im Sommer bin ich auf dieses eBook (Englisch) von Philippe Labrot und Valérie Roche gestoßen. Dort beschreiben sie, wie man den Mars Lander bauen kann. Der Bausatz mit einigen Ergänzungen ist auch bei Lego Ideas eingebracht und wartet noch auf weitere Unterstützer.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 08.11.18

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ISS: NASA 8K-Video

NASA’s 1st 8K Video from Space Is Just Awesome

High-definition video has a new home: the International Space Station. A new video from NASA shows the astronauts working on their experiments, recorded in 8K imagery so clear that it makes it feel like you’re floating right alongside them. „Microgravity unlocks new worlds of discovery,“ reads text in the video, which was a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). „The science being conducted aboard the International Space Station is answering questions that hold the keys to our future in space and on Earth.“

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 5, 2018 at 08:35PM

NASA veröffentlicht eindrucksvolles 8K-Video von der ISS

Auf der ISS werden nicht nur wissenschaftliche Experimente durchgeführt, sondern auch das Weltraum-Experiment an sich dokumentiert. Das geschieht jetzt auch mit Videos in 8K-Auflösung. Darin zu sehen ist das Leben auf der Raumstation und auch einige eindrucksvolle Bilder der Erde.

Read more: http://www.pcgameshardware.de/NASA-Thema-239159/News/Eindrucksvolles-8K-Video-von-ISS-1268586/

via pcgameshardware.de: http://www.pcgameshardware.de – November 6, 2018 at 09:15PM

Europäisches Servicemodule für das neue amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff / European Servicemodule for the new American Orion-Spacecraft

Neuer Aufbruch zum Mond –   Erstes Servicemodul für das amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff in Bremen übergeben

Das erste Europäische Servicemodul (ESM) für das neue amerikanische Orion-Raumschiff ist am Freitag in Bremen an die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA übergeben worden. Es war am Airbus-Standort in den vergangenen vier Jahren systemführend gefertigt worden. Am 5. November soll das ESM-1 zum Kennedy Space Center (KSC) nach Florida geflogen werden,  wo es am 16. November vorgestellt wird. Dort wird es mit dem Orion-Mannschaftsmodul verbunden und auf seinen ersten unbemannten Testflug, die Exploration-Mission 1, vorbereitet.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 November 2, 2018 at 01:28PM

Orion: ESA-Servicemodul auf dem Weg in die USA

Das erste Europäische Servicemodul für das NASA-Raumschiff Orion ist auf dem Weg zum Kennedy Space Center in Florida: Das Modul startete heute Morgen von Bremen aus Richtung USA und soll dort Ende der nächsten Woche vorgestellt werden. Der Erstflug des Raumschiffs Orion, mit dem später einmal Astronauten zu Mond und Mars aufbrechen könnten, ist für 2020 geplant.

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via astronews.com – der deutschsprachige Onlinedienst für Astronomie, Astrophysik und Raumfahrt – November 6, 2018 at 04:11PM

First Orion European Service Module to be Delivered Next Week

„Airbus will deliver the first European Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft from its aerospace site in Bremen, Germany on 5 November 2018.“

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- November 2, 2018 at 05:15PM

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Made Its First Close Pass by the Sun!

One of humanity’s newest spacecraft faced a harrowing test late Monday night (Nov. 5), darting just 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the surface of our sun.

That spacecraft is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which launched in August with a daring mission to study the star that shapes our lives. To do so, it is flying a course of 24 close loops around the sun, the first of which reached what scientists call perihelion — the moment of closest approach — Monday at 10:28 p.m. EST (0328 GMT Nov. 6).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- November 6, 2018 at 01:21PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 01.11.18

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‚It’s Going to Be Historic‘: New Horizons Team Prepares for Epic Flyby of Ultima Thule

In less than 10 weeks, NASA’s New Horizons mission will explore the most distant target ever visited by a spacecraft.  In the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons will ring in the New Year by flying past the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) officially called 2014 MU69 but nicknamed Ultima Thule, a city-size rock regarded as a frozen relic from the birth of the solar system. Although scientists have a rough size estimate for Ultima Thule — about 23 miles (37 kilometers) wide — they don’t have much more information. They aren’t sure if it’s elongated, if it has a moon or ring system or even if it’s a single object. Indeed, some of the very limited observations of Ultima Thule suggest it might actually be two close-orbiting bodies. [NASA’s New Horizons Mission in Pictures]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 25, 2018 at 06:48PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz launch failure

Russian official says Soyuz rocket failure caused by an errant sensor

Although the official report on the cause of a Soyuz rocket failure won’t be released until Thursday, a Russian official disclosed its central conclusion a day early, the country’s news agency TASS reports. Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of „manned programs“ for Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos, said a sensor on board the rocket failed to properly signal the separation of the first and second stages. As a result, one of the side-mounted rocket boosters did not separate properly from the vehicle and collided with the rocket.

Read more… https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/russian-official-says-soyuz-rocket-failure-caused-by-an-errant-sensor/

via arstechnica https://arstechnica.com/ October 31, 2018 at 18:50PM

Krikaljow: Sensorschaden war Ursache für Sojus MS-10-Absturz

Die Ursache für den Absturz des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom 11. Oktober steht nun amtlich fest. Ein defekter Sensor, der die Abtrennung der ersten von der zweiten Sojus-FG-Raketenstufe signalisiert, habe zu dem Fehlstart geführt, teilte der Amtierende Direktor für die bemannten Programme des Raumfahrtstaatskonzerns GK Roskosmos, Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch auf einer Festveranstaltung zum 55. Jahrestag des Moskauer Instituts für Medizinisch-Biologische Probleme (IMBP) mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 31, 2018 at 10:34AM

Havarie-Kommission gibt am 31. Oktober die Ursachen des Sojus MS-10-Fehlstarts bekannt

Offenbar sind die Ursachen des Fehlstarts des Sojus MS-10-Raumschiffes vom 11. Oktober geklärt. Die Havarie-Kommission unter Leitung von Oleg Skorobogatow werde ihre Untersuchungsergebnisse am kommenden Mittwoch bekannt geben, melden Moskauer Medien.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 27, 2018 at 08:21AM

Defekter Sensor verursachte Fehlstart von Sojus-Rakete

Ein defekter Sensor hat nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, in Moskau. Deshalb habe es Probleme bei der Trennung der ersten von der zweiten Raketenstufe gegeben, erklärte er.

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via DW.COM https://www.dw.com- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Defekter Sensor: Absturzursache für Sojus-Absturz ermittelt

Ein defekter Sensor habe nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch nach Berichten der russischen Medienagentur Sputnik. Krikaljow trat in Moskau bei einer Festveranstaltung des russischen Instituts für medizinisch-biologische Probleme auf.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Neuer Aufbruch zum Mond – Erstes Servicemodul für das Orion-Raumschiff ist fertig

Bis heute waren zwölf Menschen auf dem Mond – allesamt NASA-Astronauten, die sich im Rahmen des Apollo-Programms der amerikanischen Raumfahrtbehörde zwischen 1969 und 1972 auf diese beispiellose Reise gemacht haben. Am 21. Juli 2019 jährt sich die erste Mondlandung zum 50. Mal, seit dem 14. Dezember 1972 hat kein Erdenbürger mehr den Erdtrabanten betreten. Das könnte sich in absehbarer Zukunft ändern: Die NASA möchte mit ihrem Orion-Programm ein Raumschiff entwickeln und bauen, das für unterschiedlichste Zwecke im Erd-, Mond- oder auch Marsorbit eingesetzt werden kann. Das sogenannte MPCV (Multi-Purpose-Crew-Vehicle) soll erstmals 2020 vom Kennedy Space Center in Florida mit dem Space Launch System SLS, der neuen Schwerlastrakete der NASA, zu einem unbemannten Flug starten, den Mond mehrfach umrunden und anschließend wieder zur Erde zurückkehren. Ein zentraler Teil aller Orion-Raumschiffe ist das Europäische Servicemodul ESM, das im Auftrag der NASA von der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA zu wesentlichen Teilen in Deutschland gebaut wird. Ohne das ESM kann das neue Crew-Raumschiff Orion nicht fliegen.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 31, 2018 at 03:02PM

Tschüss Europa, hallo Mond!

Das europäische Servicemodul (ESM), das dem Orion-Raumschiff auf seiner ersten Mission um den Mond Energie und Schub geben wird, tritt Anfang nächster Woche in Bremen seine Reise in Richtung USA an. An Bord des großen Transportflugzeugs Antonov An-124 wird es am frühen Morgen des 5. November starten und am 6. November im Kennedy Space Center in Florida ankommen.

Entwickelt und gebaut in Deutschland und Italien, ist das ESM der europäische Beitrag zur Rückkehr zum Mond.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 31, 2018 at 02:08PM

Rekord: So nah war noch keine Sonde an der Sonne – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die Nasa-Sonde „Parker Solar Probe“ hat einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Kein Raumfahrzeug kam der Sonne bisher näher. Und in den kommenden Tagen wird es noch heißer für das Nasa-Gerät.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 30, 2018 at 05:50PM

A NASA Spacecraft Just Broke the Record for Closest Approach to Sun

A NASA sun-studying spacecraft just entered the record books. In April of 1976, the German-American Helios 2 probe made spaceflight’s closest-ever solar approach, cruising within 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) of the sun. But NASA’s Parker Solar Probe zoomed inside that distance today (Oct. 29), crossing the threshold at about 1:04 p.m. EDT (1704 GMT), agency officials said.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 09:04PM

Hubble working again / Hubble arbeitet wieder

„Hubble“: Weltraumteleskop arbeitet laut Nasa wieder

Wochenlang schlummerte „Hubble“ im Notfallmodus, nun hat das Weltraumteleskop seine Arbeit wieder aufgenommen – und beobachtet eine Galaxie.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE http://www.spiegel.de- October 29, 2018 at 07:02PM

Hubble Space Telescope returns to science operations

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations late Friday, 26 October, and completed its first science observations on Saturday, 27 October. The observations were of the distant, star-forming galaxy DSF2237B-1-IR and were taken in infrared wavelengths with the Wide Field Camera 3. The return to conducting science comes after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- October 29, 2018 at 05:23PM

Hubble Space Telescope Returns to Action After Gyroscope Glitch

The Hubble Space Telescope is back. The iconic scope resumed normal operations Friday (Oct. 26) after a three-week hiatus caused by issues with two orientation-maintaining gyroscopes, NASA officials announced in an update Saturday (Oct. 27).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 12:40PM

Hubble Space Telescope Update

The mission engineers and scientists for the Hubble Space Telescope have been working to correct some technical issues with the gyros that point the venerable space telescope.  Hubble went into safe mode a couple of weeks ago and now seems to be back to resuming normal operations. Join Tony Darnell and Carol Christian as they discuss what happened with Hubble, how the problems were discovered and a fix found.  We’ll also explore other topics related to Hubble, such as, how much longer will it be around? Will Hubble last long enough to overlap JWST?

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via – October 27, 2018 at 06:44PM

NASA’s Planet Hunter Kepler / NASAs Planetenjäger Kepler

Number of Habitable Exoplanets Found by NASA’s Kepler May Not Be So High After All

The tally of potentially habitable alien planets may have to be revised downward a bit. To date, NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope has discovered about 30 roughly Earth-size exoplanets in their host stars‘ „habitable zone“ — the range of orbital distances at which liquid water can likely exist on a world’s surface. Or so researchers had thought. New observations by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft suggest that the actual number is probably significantly smaller — perhaps between two and 12, NASA officials said today (Oct. 26). [Photos: Gaia Spacecraft to Map Milky Way Galaxy]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 28, 2018 at 12:26PM

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Top Science Results from the Kepler Mission

Planets outnumber stars.

Kepler has proven there are more planets than stars in our galaxy — and knowing that revolutionizes our understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Small planets are common.

Kepler has shown us our galaxy is teeming with terrestrial-size worlds, and many of them may be similar to Earth in size and distance from their parent stars. The most recent analysis of Kepler’s discoveries concludes that 20 to 50 percent of the stars in the sky are likely to have small, possibly rocky planets that are in the habitable zones of their stars where liquid water could pool on the surface. We still have much to learn about whether any of them could host life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Kepler By the Numbers – Mission Statistics

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

NASA’s First Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope: 2009-2018

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spent nine years in space, collecting an unprecedented dataset for science that has revolutionized our understanding of our place in the cosmos. It found our galaxy teeming with planets — more planets even than the stars — and stunned the world with many other first-of-a-kind discoveries. Profoundly, Kepler found planets that are in some ways similar to Earth, raising the prospects for life elsewhere. What did it take to lift a mission of this magnitude off the ground and keep it going? Here is a walkthrough the odyssey of the Kepler mission — from the earliest kernel of an idea, through its obstacles and into its most stunning moments of discovery and success. As NASA’s first planet-hunting mission, Kepler’s legacy will live on for generations.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

RIP, Kepler: NASA’s Revolutionary Planet-Hunting Telescope Runs Out of Fuel

The most prolific planet-hunting machine in history has signed off. NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,800 confirmed alien worlds to date, has run out of fuel, agency officials announced today (Oct. 30). Kepler can no longer reorient itself to study cosmic objects or beam its data home to Earth, so the legendary instrument’s in-space work is done after nearly a decade.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 30, 2018 at 08:23PM

Kepler Planet Hunting Mission Ends

„After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.”

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 31, 2018 at 01:18AM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.10.18

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Neue „Sternbilder“ aus Gammastrahlenquellen: Astronomen taufen 21 neue Konstellationen – von Einstein bis zum Raumschiff Enterprise

Himmelsbilder im Gammalicht: Es gibt 21 neue Konstellationen am Himmel – ihre Motive reichen von der Saturn-5-Rakete über Godzilla, Einstein und dem Raumschiff Enterprise bis zu Schrödingers Katze. Mit bloßem Auge sind diese neuen Konstellationen allerdings nicht sichtbar, denn ihre Lichtpunkte bestehen aus Gammastrahlenquellen – Pulsaren, Schwarzen Löchern oder Sternexplosionen. Aufgespürt hat sie das Gammastrahlen-Weltraumteleskop Fermi der NASA.

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via www.scinexx.de http://www.scinexx.de- October 24, 2018 at 08:46PM

Einstein and the Incredible Hulk Now Have Their Own Constellations (But You’ll Never See Them)

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the stars and ordered them into constellations: the Hulk … the TARDIS … Schrödinger’s cat. Not familiar with these? That’s probably because you can’t see them without a gamma-ray telescope — and also, NASA just invented them.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 22, 2018 at 06:52PM

BepiColombo zum Merkur gestartet / BepiColombo on it’s Way to Merkury

BepiColombo: Start-Liveblog der Merkur-Orbiter | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

Alles ist „entirely nominal“ auf dem BepiColombo-Stack.

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ESA PR 28-2018: BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet. Signals from the spacecraft, received at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, via the New Norcia ground tracking station at 02:21 GMT confirmed that the launch was successful.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int  October 20, 2018 at 06:15AM

Launch replay (1,5 hours / 1,5 Std.)

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 20, 2018 at 08:20AM

Liftoff replay (liftoff only / nur Raketenstart)

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 20, 2018 at 08:20AM

BepiColombo auf dem Weg zum Merkur –   Europäisch-japanische Mission erforscht den kleinsten Planeten des Sonnensystems

Die europäisch-japanische Planetenmission BepiColombo hat am Samstagmorgen begonnen. Die beiden Sonden stiegen um 3.45 Uhr deutscher Zeit an der Spitze einer Ariane-5-Rakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Kourou in Französisch-Guyana auf,  teilte die Europäische Weltraumorganisation ESA mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 20, 2018 at 04:34AM

BepiColombo Spacecraft Launch on 7-Year Trek to Mercury for Europe and Japan

A joint European-Japanese mission to the tiniest planet, Mercury, blasted off from French Guiana on its long journey tonight (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT).

That mission, BepiColombo, will spend seven years cruising toward its target, where it will separate into two spacecraft and orbit Mercury for a year — or two, if the mission is extended. The measurements taken there could not only solve lingering mysteries about the innermost planet, but also about the formation of our solar system and neighboring ones. The whole mission cost the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) almost $2 billion, according to press reports.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 20, 2018 at 04:57AM

Mission BepiColombo: Der lange Weg zum Merkur

Am 20. Oktober 2018 soll um 3.45 Uhr mitteleuropäischer Sommerzeit (19. Oktober 22.45 Uhr Ortszeit) die europäisch-japanische Planetenmission BepiColombo an Bord einer Ariane-5-Rakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Kourou in Französisch-Guyana ins Weltall starten. „Die Mission soll nicht nur den Planeten Merkur erforschen, sondern auch neue Erkenntnisse über unser Sonnensystem liefern“, erklärt Dr. Walther Pelzer, Vorstand für das Raumfahrtmanagement im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). „Einmal mehr erweist sich Japan bei dieser enormen Herausforderung als zuverlässiger Partner der Europäer in der Raumfahrt.“ Rund sieben Jahre wird die lange Reise der Sonde durch das Innere des Sonnensystems dauern.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 18, 2018 at 12:44PM

Flug zum Merkur: Europäisch-japanische Raumsonde BepiColombo sendet Signal

Die Raumsonde BepiColombo ist planmäßig zu ihrer Mission zum Merkur gestartet und hat nach einer guten halben Stunde ein erstes Signal abgesetzt.

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via heise online News https://ift.tt/2wPbflo October 20, 2018 at 12:23PM

BepiColombo highlights

Highlights from the days up to and including the exciting launch of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 20, 2018 at 10:34PM

BepiColombo’s Path: Why Does It Take So Long to Get to Mercury?

The European and Japanese space agencies launched their first mission to Mercury yesterday (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT), but now, the mission’s engineers and admirers have to endure a seven-year wait before the project’s science begins in earnest. The BepiColombo mission has such a long cruise time because it’s actually really difficult to successfully orbit our tiniest planetary neighbor. It’s so difficult that it took until 1985 before an engineer figured out any way to make the orbital trajectories work out properly. The problem arises because Mercury is so small and so close to the sun.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 20, 2018 at 03:00PM

BepiColombo: Der Transfer zum Merkur / Transfer to Mercury

Wie kommt die ESA-Merkursonde BepiColombo zum Ziel? Die optimale Transferbahn ist zugegebenermaßen micht ganz einfach auszurechnen – was aber nicht bedeutet, dass das dahinter stehende Prinzip besonders schwierig zu verstehen ist. How does the interplanetary transfer of ESA’s Mercury mission BepiColombo work? Computing the optimal trajectory arguably isn’t straightforward, but that doesn’t mean that the underlying principles are particularly difficult to grasp.  

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via BrainLogs https://ift.tt/2Q7ZwHj October 23, 2018 at 04:39PM

BepiColombo’s beginning ends

A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October. This marked the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health and functioning in the harsh environment of space. At 13:45CEST on Monday 22 October, just 58 hours into its mission, the critical first segment of the fledgeling satellite’s long voyage to Mercury was wrapped up, as teams at ESA’s mission control centre declared the critical ‘launch and early orbit phase’ complete. The end of the beginning now beckons months of extensive in-orbit commissioning activities, in which operations teams will work extended hours daily until the end of December, performing tests to ensure the health of BepiColombo’s science instruments, its propulsion and other systems.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 22, 2018 at 05:10PM

Das Missionskontrollzentrum ist bereit für die Merkur-Mission

Das verantwortliche Flugteam für die spannende BepiColombo-Mission zum Merkur schloss heute im ESOC in Darmstadt den letzten großen Schritt in den Vorbereitungen für den Start am kommenden Samstag ab. Zu der letzten Countdown- und Startsequenzübung kamen neben Experten aus dem Missionsbetrieb, der Flugdynamik, den Bodenstationen und der Softwaresysteme mit Vertretern aus Wissenschaft sowie Management-Teams und Herstellern zusammen.

BepiColombo in Pictures: A Mercury Mission by Europe and Japan

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 19, 2018 at 08:26PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Failed launch Soyuz

RIA Nowosti:   Untersuchungskommission hat Schuldige für Sojus-Fehlstart gefunden

Die Staatliche Kommission der GK Roskosmos zur Untersuchung des Fehlstarts des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom 11. Oktober und die Ermittlungsorgane haben angeblich die möglichen Schuldigen für die Beschädigung eines der Sensoren der Sojus-FG-Trägerrakete gefunden. Das berichtet die Moskauer Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti unter Berufung auf eine nicht genannte Quelle auf dem Kosmodrom Baikonur in Kasachstan. „Die Schuld der konkreten Mitarbeiter ist bekannt“, schreibt die Agentur.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 19, 2018 at 07:54AM

What It Felt Like to Be Aboard the Failed Rocket Launch to the Space Station

Everything was going smoothly — until NASA astronaut Nick Hague felt a sudden tremor. „The first thing I really noticed was being shaken pretty violently side to side,“ he said during his first publicly broadcast interviewssince his Soyuz rocket failed shortly after liftoff on Oct. 11. The rocket was meant to carry Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station in what would have been the American’s first trip to space. Instead, the pair’s emergency rescue system kicked into action after a problem during booster separation.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 17, 2018 at 05:07PM

Russian Soyuz Rocket Will Launch Astronauts to Space Station by Christmas, NASA Chief Says

The next set of crewmembers should launch toward the International Space Station in December, despite the failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket earlier this month, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said. That failure occurred Oct. 11, causing the Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan just minutes after liftoff. The investigation into the incident has been productive, and the Soyuz rocket likely won’t be grounded for too much longer, Bridenstine said today (Oct. 23) during a meeting of the U.S. National Space Council in Washington, D.C.

„We have a really, really good idea of what the issue is,“ Bridenstine said. „We are getting very close to understanding it even better so that we can confidently launch again.“ [In Photos: Space Crew’s Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Failure]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 23, 2018 at 10:33PM

After Soyuz Abort, Russia Wants 3 Successful Robotic Flights Before Next Crew Launch

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, initial report from its investigation into the failed Oct. 11 Soyuz crew launch should be complete by the end of this week, the agency announced in a statement released yesterday (Oct. 17). The agency’s head of human spaceflight, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also said in a news conference yesterday that Roscosmos will not launch another crewed flight until three uncrewed launches are successful and the investigation’s findings have been addressed. The Oct. 11 launch was aborted a couple minutes after liftoff because of an issue with booster separation, sending the two astronauts on board plummeting back to Earth.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 18, 2018 at 07:30PM

Soyuz Launcher Recovery Plan Starts To Emerge

„Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos will carry out three unmanned launches by the end of the year before the next manned mission will be put in space, Roscosmos’s executive director for manned space programs, Sergei Krikalyov, told a news conference on Wednesday.

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 19, 2018 at 03:01AM

Rogosin weist Gründung eines Koordinierungsrates für Trägerraketen an

Als eine erste Schlussfolgerung aus dem Sojus MS-10-Fehlstart hat der Chef der GK Roskosmos,  Dmitri Rogosin,  am Mittwoch die Gründung eines Koordinierungsrates für Weltraumträgerraketen (KRK) der mittleren,  schweren und superschweren Klasse angewiesen.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 17, 2018 at 07:41PM

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NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea

Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting reservations for the first space tourism mission, well before the modern era of Blue Origins, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. All you had to do was supply your address and tick the box for your preferred destination, which included Venus. Today, Venus is unlikely to be a dream destination for aspiring space tourists. As revealed by numerous missions in the last few decades, rather than being a paradise, the planet is a hellish world of infernal temperatures, a corrosive toxic atmosphere and crushing pressures at the surface. Despite this, NASA is currently working on a conceptual manned mission to Venus, named the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept

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via the conversation https://theconversation.com –  October 16, 2018 at 06:55PM

BepiColombo Spacecraft – Mercury / Merkur

Das Missionsteam übt für den epischen Start der Merkur-Mission BepiColombo

Der Flug der internationalen Raumsonde BepiColombo steht kurz bevor und bringt sie auf einer äußerst komplexen Reise zum innersten Planeten des Sonnensystems, dem Merkur. Mit einer Flugroute von fast 9 Milliarden Kilometern über einen Zeitraum von mehr als sieben Jahren wird BepiColombo neun planetarische Flybys absolvieren. Es handelt sich dabei um eine der anspruchsvollsten Missionen, die jemals im ESOC-Kontrollzentrum der ESA durchgeführt wurden.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 15, 2018 at 06:05PM

Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury

The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven years, this will be one of the most intricate journeys ever flown by mission teams at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 12, 2018 at 03:48PM

Watch BepiColombo launch

Watch live as the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury is launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 16, 2018 at 02:07PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz Launch Failure

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague ‚Rolls with Punches‘ After Harrowing Soyuz Launch Failure

On Oct. 11, NASA astronaut Nick Hague was supposed to make the longest journey of his life to that point, traveling up to the International Space Station for a six-month stint. Instead, he and his colleague came abruptly tumbling back to Earth after the rocket experienced a booster failure a couple of minutes into the launch.

Today, Hague spoke to media and the public for the first time since the failed launch, sharing what it was like to be in the capsule and how he and his family are responding to the event.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com – October 16, 2018 at 06:53PM

Soyuz Rocket’s Launch-Abort Close Call Highlights Poor Space-Policy Decisions (Op-Ed)

On Oct. 11, a Russian Soyuz MS-10 launched into a blue sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a crew of two bound for the International Space Station (ISS). Everything was going well until just after first-stage separation, when observers saw a cloud of debris fall from the rocket. Moments later, a Russian flight controller announced that the booster had suffered a failure. The crew and the mission control team acted calmly and professionally, conducting a successful abort that led to a safe landing from which the crew walked away.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com – October 16, 2018 at 06:54PM

Soyuz Space Crew Launch Failure 2018: Full Coverage

On Oct. 11, 2018, two astronauts piled into a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for what should have been a routine trip to the International Space Station. But just a few minutes after liftoff, an issue with the Soyuz’s rocket — also called Soyuz — triggered an emergency landing, which both crewmembers survived in good condition.

Space.com has been covering the incident and its implications for human space exploration since liftoff. Read our complete coverage below.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 08:53PM

 

Read more artikels about the Soyus Launch failure, please refer to chapter “International Space Station.

Mehr Artikel zum Fehlstart der Sojus finden Sie im Kapitel “Internationale Raumstation.

 

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Soyuz Start Failure / Fehlgeschlagener Sojus Start – Update Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.10.18

ISS Soyuz Start Failure /
Fehlgeschlagener Sojus Start zur ISS

Fehlgeschlagener „Sojus“-Start: Notfall in 70 Kilometer Höhe – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Bei Start der Mission „Sojus MS-10“ ist es zu einem schweren technischen Problem gekommen. Die Crew hat überlebt. Für die bemannte Raumfahrt ist die Notlandung ein herber Rückschlag.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 11, 2018 at 02:49PM

Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure Forces Emergency Landing for US-Russian Space Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a new U.S.-Russian crew to the International Space Station failed during its ascent Thursday (Oct. 11), sending its crew capsule falling back toward Earth in a ballistic re-entry, NASA officials said. A search-and-rescue team has reached the landing site, both crewmembers are in good condition and have left the Soyuz capsule as of 6:10 a.m. EDT, NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said during live television commentary. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 11:15AM

Soyuz-Crew übersteht Notlandung nach Raketen-Fehlstart unbeschadet

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via Abenteuer Astronomie https://ift.tt/2MdIuV3 October 11, 2018 at 05:42PM

Crew in Good Condition After Booster Failure

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx October 11, 2018 at 02:14PM

Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

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via Space Station https://ift.tt/2wMtckx October 11, 2018 at 01:14PM

NASA Administrator Promises Investigation into Astronauts‘ Emergency Landing After Soyuz Failure

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 11, 2018 at 01:59PM

Here’s What Today’s Soyuz Launch Failure Means for Space Station Astronauts

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via Space.com – October 11, 2018 at 03:52PM

Sojus-Rakete: Fehlstart bringt russische Raumfahrt ins Wanken – WELT

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via DIE WELT – October 11, 2018 at 03:59PM

ISS: Sojus-Start zur ISS endet mit Notlandung

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via astronews.com https://ift.tt/2Nsqawi October 11, 2018 at 02:43PM

Rescued Soyuz Crew is landing in Baikonur / Gerettete Sojus Besatzung landet in Baikonur

Video from live coverage (starting at 1:14 hours) / Video der Liveübertragung (Start ab 1Std 14 Min.)

 

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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) – 27.09.18

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Hayabusa2 deployment of two rovers on Ryugu Asteroid

Sonde Hayabusa2 setzt zwei Rover auf Asteoriden Ryugu ab

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Nach knapp 4 Jahren im All wird der deutsch-französische Asteroidenlander MASCOT von der japanischen Muttersonde Hayabusa2 abgetrennt und beginnt im freien Fall zur Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu seine wissenschaftliche Mission. Die Separation, angetrieben durch einen kleinen Mechanismus, ist ein Schlüsselmoment von dem vieles abhängt. Einmal ausgelöst, entsteht eine mechanisch gekoppelte Kettenreaktion die die Mission unwiderruflich einleitet. Dies ist der Moment des „Point-of-no-Return“. Funktionsweise des Mechanismus und mögliche Risiken bei der Separation werden hier kurz erläutert.

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via DLR Blogs https://www.dlr.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:15AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Erste Lander auf dem Weg zum Asteroiden

Hayabusa2 untersucht den Asteroiden Ryugu nicht nur aus der Ferne, sondern hat auch drei Lander mitgebracht. Die ersten beiden sollen nun landen.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- September 21, 2018 at 09:06AM

Sonde Hayabusa2: Lander senden erste Bilder von Asteroidenoberfläche

Zwei japanische Landeroboter sind auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu gelandet und senden Bilder. Mindestens einer hat auch bereits den Standort gewechselt.

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via heise online – September 24, 2018 at 02:20PM

A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese asteroid-sampling probe is about to get up close and personal with its target space rock. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will drop two tiny rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week, possibly as early as Thursday (Sept. 20), if all goes according to plan.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 20, 2018 at 01:16AM

MINERVA-Ⅱ1 Schedule for deployment operation | Topics

The mission operation to deploy the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers will be conducted from September 19 – 21. On September 19, activities will focus on preparation for the spacecraft to descend towards asteroid Ryugu and on September 20, the actual descent will begin. The scheduled deployment of the MINERVA-Ⅱ1 rovers is on September 21.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

The small exploration rovers, MINERVA-II1 | Topics

The MINERVA-II (standing for the “MIcro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid, the second generation”) are a successor to the exploration rover, MINERVA, that was installed with the first Hayabusa mission to asteroid Itokawa.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project https://ift.tt/2xGLcNy September 21, 2018 at 09:12AM

Navigation Images from the #MINERVA-Ⅱ1 deployment operation (Real time delivery)

https://t.co/zMi3EA5VAq UTC 2018-09-20 03:36 >> UTC 2018-09-20 22:19 — JAXA/j. Roger –… https://t.co/NmBosbzlPM

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via Twitter https://twitter.com- September 21, 2018 at 09:13AM

The spacecraft shadow and opposition effect

The first operation rehearsal for the first touchdown of Hayabusa2 was performed from September 10 – 12. The spacecraft reached an altitude of about 600 m from the surface of Ryugu and then began to ascend once again. During the operation, the images taken for navigation purposes with the Optical Navigation Camera Wide angle (ONC-W1) were released in real time. The last image captured is shown in Figure 1. This photograph was taken on September 12 at around 12:40 JST at an altitude of 635m from the surface of Ryugu.

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via JAXA Hayabusa2 project – September 21, 2018 at 09:14AM

They Made It! Japan’s Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 22, 2018 at 03:32PM

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on target asteroid

After months of hovering around its target, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission has made contact. Two of the host spacecraft’s landers (ROVER-1A and 1B) have touched down on the surface of the asteroid 162173 Ryugu and have already been hopping around as they take photos (like the one above) and gauge the space rock’s temperature. As far as the mission has come, though, it’s really just the start.

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via Engadget https://ift.tt/2OImhAI September 23, 2018 at 08:02PM

Hayabusa-2: Incredible images taken from asteroid Ryugu after Japanese spacecraft lands on 1km-wide space rock

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via mirror https://ift.tt/2zpbp5e September 23, 2018 at 08:03PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.09.18

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No Signal from Mars Rover Opportunity

NASA Starts 45-Day Clock to Contact Mars Rover Opportunity as Dust Storm Wanes

The planet-enveloping dust storm on Mars has settled enough for NASA to start a 45-day active-listening period in which the agency hopes to make contact with the rover Opportunity after three months of silence, NASA announced yesterday (Sept. 11).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 12, 2018 at 06:48PM

The clock is now officially ticking on NASA’s sleeping Opportunity rover

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in space or science news you’ve probably heard about the plight of NASA’s Opportunity rover. The plucky robot, which has far outlived its initial mission and has been conducting “bonus” science work for over a decade since, was swallowed up by a massive dust storm on Mars, cutting off sunlight and causing it to lose power due to lack of solar energy for its batteries.

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via BGR https://bgr.com- September 15, 2018 at 08:51PM

A new listening plan for Mars Opportunity rover

No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), though NASA has approved a strategy for listening for the rover through January of 2019.

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via Mars Daily – September 19, 2018 at 05:10AM

ISS hole follow-up / ISS Leck, wie geht es weiter

Russian Conspiracy Mongering In Space

A growing number of Russian publications have been putting forth an absurd new theory–that a NASA astronaut deliberately caused the leak on board the station in order to force the evacuation of a sick crew member

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- September 12, 2018 at 06:09PM

Russian Space Agency to NASA: Investigation Into Space Station Leak Is Under Way

Two weeks after astronauts and cosmonauts repaired an air leak at the International Space Station, investigators are still trying to figure out how the tiny hole got there.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 13, 2018 at 08:12PM

Space Station Commander: It’s ‚Absolutely a Shame‘ to Suggest Astronauts Caused Air Leak

The leader of the current mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is hitting back against the suggestion that he or one of his crewmates might have caused the orbiting lab’s recent air leak.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- September 12, 2018 at 11:18PM

Loch in der ISS: Die Raumstation, das Leck und ein böser Verdacht

Das Loch in der internationalen Raumstation war schnell abgedichtet – aber wie es entstand, bleibt ungeklärt. Bohrte es ein gestresster Astronaut? Den ungeheuerlichen Verdacht hat eine russische Zeitung in Umlauf gebracht.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nachrichten http://www.spiegel.de- September 13, 2018 at 04:50PM

Raumfahrt: Zoff im All um zwei Millimeter

Ende August haben die Astronauten der Internationalen Raumstation ISS ein winziges Loch in einem Modul entdeckt. Eine Untersuchungskommission der russischen Weltraumbehörde verdächtigt die US-Astronauten, das Loch absichtlich gebohrt zu haben, um eine vorzeitige Rückkehr eines erkrankten Kollegen zu erzwingen. Der ISS-Kommandant Feustel schließt eine Verwicklung von Besatzungsmitgliedern aus. Derlei Mutmaßungen seien „beschämend“

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via sueddeutsche.de https://ift.tt/2MuYv9v September 13, 2018 at 05:10PM

40 Jahre Deutsche Im Weltraum –   Sonderausstellung im Deutschen Technikmuseum in Berlin

Es ist jetzt 40 Jahre her, dass am sowjetischen Weltraumbahnhof Baikonur eine Rakete abhob und den ersten Deutschen ins All brachte: den DDR-Kosmonauten Sigmund Jähn. seit Juni ist mit Alexander Gerst der nunmehr elfte Deutsche im All unterwegs. Grund genug für das Deutsche Technikmuseum, der hiesigen Raumfahrt eine Sonderausstellung zu widmen.

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