Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.02.20

Front Page / Titelseite

NASA InSight Mars Lander

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Undergoes Memory Update

Other orbiters will continue relaying data from Mars surface missions for a two-week period.

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Die Beben des Mars

174 Erschütterungen in acht Monaten hat die Nasa-Sonde Insight auf dem Mars gemessen. Das lässt Rückschlüsse auf den Aufbau des Roten Planeten zu.

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InSight: Im Schnitt ein Erdbeben pro Tag auf dem Mars

Der Planet Mars ist seismisch aktiv. Das zeigen erste wissenschaftliche Analysen von Daten, die der NASA-Marslander InSight von der Marsoberfläche zur Erde gefunkt hat. Im Schnitt konnte das Seismometer SEIS jeden Tag ein Erdbeben registrieren. Von der Auswertung der Aufzeichnungen verspricht sich das Team wichtige Informationen über das Innere des Mars.

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Marssonde InSight: Überraschend starkes Magnetfeld und ein unruhiger Untergrund

Seit mehr als einem Jahr sammelt die NASA-Sonde InSight Daten auf dem Mars. Dabei hat sie einiges gefunden, was die Forscher überrascht.

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NASA has a new idea to get the InSight lander’s ‚mole‘ on Mars digging again

The „mole“ aboard NASA’s Mars InSight lander is about to get yet another push.

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NASA’s Insight Detects Many Marsquakes on the Red Planet

Persistent tremors on Mars suggest the planet’s interior is cooling and hint that there might be a pocket of magma beneath the surface.

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After a Challenging First Year on Mars, InSight Shows Us that Mars is Seismically Active

The NASA and DLR InSight lander has been on Mars for over a year now. The mission has faced significant challenges getting its HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) into the subsurface, but the spacecraft’s other instruments are working as intended. Now, researchers have published six papers outlining some of the mission’s scientific results. …

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Further Title News / Weitere Titelnachrichten

What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?

A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. But what does that have to do with Mars?

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Japan to launch a sample-return mission to Mars moon Phobos in 2024

The Martian Moon Exploration (MMX) mission, which aims to haul pieces of the Mars moon Phobos to Earth, has officially become a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) project.

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Phobos sample return mission enters development for 2024 launch

Japan’s space agency has approved a robotic mission to retrieve a sample from the Martian moon Phobos for return to Earth to begin full development for a planned launch in 2024, officials said Thursday.

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LightSail 2 captures stunning photos of Earth from space

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has beamed back stunning new images of Earth.

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Sun / Sonne

First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday 13 February providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in good health following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Parker Solar Probe Reports Successful Record-Setting Fourth Close Encounter of the Sun

Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, received a “status A” beacon from the spacecraft at 5:20 a.m. EST on Feb. 1. Status A is the best of four possible status signals, and indicates that the spacecraft is operating nominally and the instrument suites are collecting science data. This status also indicates that any minor issues that may have occurred were identified and resolved by Parker Solar Probe’s onboard autonomy and fault management systems.

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First Solar Orbiter instrument sends measurements

First measurements by a Solar Orbiter science instrument reached the ground on Thursday, providing a confirmation to the international science teams that the magnetometer on board is in a good shape following a successful deployment of the spacecraft’s instrument boom.

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Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun

The ESA’s Solar Orbiter, which took to space over earlier this month, recently sent back its first batch of data to mission controllers on Earth. The post Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun appeared first on Universe Today.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Sojus MS-16-Stammbesatzung muss möglicherweise ausgetauscht werden –   Grund:  Zeitweilige Fluguntauglichkeit eines Kosmonauten

Die russische Stammbesatzung des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-16 mit Nikolai Tichonow und Andrej Babkin, die am 9. April mit dem Amerikaner Chris Cassidy zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS starten soll, muss möglicherweise durch ihre Doubles ersetzt werden. Grund sei, dass eines der Mitglieder für zeitweilig fluguntauglich erklärt werden muss, teilte der amtierende […]

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Cygnus Open for Business as New Science Starts

The Cygnus space freighter is open for business at the Unity module where it will stay for the next three months. The Expedition 62 crew has begun unloading over three tons of science, supplies and station hardware delivered Tuesday to replenish the orbital lab.

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Russia replaces two cosmonauts on next space station crew, citing medical reasons

Two Russian cosmonauts have been removed from the next scheduled launch to the International Space Station „for medical reasons,“ according to the Russian space agency. Roscosmos said Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will no longer fly in April.

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Bone Research and Pilot Studies as Crew Trains for Emergencies

New bone research kicked off on the International Space Station today to improve human health on and off the Earth. The Expedition 62 crew also practiced an emergency simulation with ground controllers.

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Earth / Erde

What should we do if a ‚planet-killer‘ asteroid takes aim at Earth?

If a giant object looks like it’s going to slam into Earth, humanity has a few options. A new guide could help NASA decide which one is best.

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Moon / Mond

What’s up with that rock? China’s moon rover finds something strange on the far side.

China’s Yutu-2 lunar rover has discovered what appear to be relatively young rocks during its recent exploration activities on the lunar far side.

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On the far side of the moon, Chinese lander and rover begin 15th lunar day

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has entered its 15th lunar day of work on the far side of the moon, with both the lander and Yutu 2 rover still in good condition.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Surprise! There’s more water on Jupiter than anyone thought

Jupiter appears to have more water than anyone expected.

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Jupiter’s Equator

Thick white clouds are present in this JunoCam image of Jupiter’s equatorial zone.

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Dust Devils Have Left Dark Streaks All Over This Martian Crater

There may be no life on Mars, but there’s still a lot going on there. The Martian surface is home to different geological process, which overlap and even compete with each other to shape the planet. Orbiters with powerful cameras give us an excellent view of Mars’ changing surface. The HiRISE (High Resolution Science Imaging …

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Spacecraft look back on our cosmic home

Image: A mosaic of spacecraft images of Earth from locations across the Solar System.

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Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

While the cold, dry, radiation-blasted surface of Mars is widely considered to be uninhabitable, the subsurface may be a very different story.

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See the new Solar Orbiter’s 1st space measurements (and an awesome video)

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter has sent back its first measurements from space, confirming the successful deployment of the boom that carries many of its sun-gazing instruments.

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New Horizons Reveals Full Picture of Arrokoth…and How Planets Form

New Horizon’s flyby of Arrokoth, a planetesimal in the Kuiper Belt, reveals a pristine object untouched since the solar system’s origin. Its shape and geology show that planetesimals form more gently than previously thought.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ’super flare‘ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

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Politics / Politik

‚By any means necessary‘: Vice President Pence urges NASA on moon-Mars goal

Returning American astronauts to the moon in 2024, and then sending pioneers on to Mars in the next decade, remains a top priority for the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence stressed.

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NASA needs to put a price on its moon landing missions to gain support from Congress

When planning for human moon landing missions in the 2020s, NASA needs detailed budgetary estimates to get a better chance of securing Congress‘ support.

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Rogosin übt sich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung

Der russische Raumfahrtchef Dmitri Rogosin, der immer für einen flotten Spruch gut ist, übt sich plötzlich in ungewohnter Zurückhaltung. So werde er nicht verraten, wie viele Weltraumstarts die GK Roskosmos für das Jahr 2020 plane, sagte er am Freitag auf einer Konferenz zum Thema „Luft- und […]

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Technology / Technologie

China startet vier Experimentalsatelliten

China hat am Donnerstag vier Experimentalsatelliten gestartet. Sie stiegen an der Spitze einer Trägerrakete des Typs Langer Marsch 2D vom Raumfahrtzentrum Xichang in der südwestlichen Provinz Sichuan auf, teilte die Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua mit.

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Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020

Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits.

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First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

Image: First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer

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World / Welt

NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team

The leadership council for Mars 2020 science added two new members who represent the interests of scientists destined to handle and study the first samples from Red Planet.

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NASA Awards Contract to Launch CubeSat to Moon from Virginia

NASA has selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, California, to provide launch services for the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat. Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard an Electron rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. After launch, the company’s Photon platform will deliver CAPSTONE to a trans-lunar injection. The engine firing will allow the CubeSat to break free of Earth’s gravity and head to the Moon. Then, CAPSTONE will use its own propulsion system to enter a cislunar orbit, which is the orbital area near and around the Moon. The mission is targeted for launch in early 2021 and will be the second lunar mission to launch from Virginia.

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Coronavirus isn’t stopping China from launching rockets

China resumed satellite launches Wednesday (Feb. 19) amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, lofting a Long March 2D rocket in the country’s first launch since the Chinese New Year.

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China wants to build a new space station. A planned launch in April will set the stage.

China is planning a launch in April to prepare for building the country’s next space station.

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ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars

ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. The winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme. 

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Hubble Team Wins the 2020 Michael Collins Trophy

In recognition of Hubble’s scientific prowess and longevity, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has awarded their 2020 Collins Trophy for Current Achievement to the Hubble operations team

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Explorers Wanted: Media Invited to Experience Artemis Astronaut Training

NASA is offering media a glimpse of astronaut training at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 25, before the application process opens March 2 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

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Connie Moore and Sheva Moore: Keepers of NASA’s Imagery

Connie Moore (left) and Sheva Moore are not related but they share a passion for helping the public find just the right image or film clip for projects.

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‚Mad Mike‘ Hughes, daredevil who built a homemade steam rocket, dies in launch attempt

Daredevil „Mad Mike“ Hughes died Saturday (Feb. 22) during his latest attempt to launch into the sky on a homemade rocket powered by steam.

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Astra’s 1st flight for DARPA Launch Challenge delayed by bad weather

A California spaceflight company’s quest to win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge won’t kick off tomorrow (Feb. 25) after all.

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NASA picks moon catapults, lasers, electricity and other wild lunar projects for student contest

NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to student teams looking to deploy robots, towers and other small vehicles alongside moon-roving astronauts.

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Wostotschny erhält vierten Startkomplex

Das neue russische Kosmodrom Wostotschny im Amur Gebiet erhält einen vierten Startkomplex. Für die neuen Trägerraketen Sojus-5 und Sojus-6 werde man eine eigene Rampe errichten, teilte der Generaldirektor des Zentrums für die Nutzung der Objekte der kosmischen Infrastruktur (ZENKI), Andrej Ochlopkow, in einem RIA Nowosti-Interview mit. […]

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NASA Continues To Hide Its Astrobiology Program

Oh yes – it has been a week and no one from NASA SMD, PAO, JPL, etc. has responded to my inquiry to explain why JPL and GSFC avoid the use of the word „Astrobiology“ when referring to missions overtly focused on Astrobiology research. See „NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Has An Issue With Certain Words“

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

For All Mankind’s alternate history of the space race is brilliant

When the Soviet Union lands on the moon first people in the US are shocked. But For All Mankind provides an even bigger surprise when one cosmonaut’s identity is revealed, says Emily Wilson

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Science / Wissenschaft

New Wave of Parker Solar Probe Science Published

Researchers using Parker Solar Probe data released a new wave of research papers in a special supplement of The Astrophysical Journal on Feb. 3, 2020. The supplement, titled Early Results from Parker Solar Probe: Ushering a New Frontier in Space Exploration, includes some 47 papers with new findings based on the mission’s first three solar flybys. Several other papers still under review will be published later as part of this same issue. The introduction for the issue was written by Marcia Neugebauer, who first confirmed the existence of the solar wind after it was predicted by Eugene Parker — namesake of Parker Solar Probe — in 1958.

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Alien-life hunters are eyeing icy ocean moons Europa and Enceladus

As the hunt for life on Mars starts getting into full swing, some scientists are already looking beyond the Red Planet, to our solar system’s next astrobiological frontier.

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History / Geschichte

Celebrating John Glenn’s Historic Mission

On February 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in American history.

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Katherine Johnson

The following is a statement from Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of NASA legend Katherine Johnson, who worked for the agency from 1953 to 1986.

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NASA-Mathematikerin von spätem Ruhm: Katherine Johnson ist gestorben

Ihre Berechnungen waren eine Grundlage des frühen US-Raumfahrtprogramms, aber in der Öffentlichkeit war sie lange unbekannt. Die Anerkennung folgte spät.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.10.19

Front Page / Titelseite

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Presseinladung: Letzter Blick auf die europäische Sonde Solar Orbiter

Die neue ESA-Sonde zur Erkundung der Sonne wird Europa demnächst verlassen, denn die letzten Startvorbereitungen beginnen bereits im November in Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. Gemeinsam mit Airbus Defence and Space laden wir Medienvertreter ein, am 18. Oktober im Raumfahrt-Testzentrum der IABG in Ottobrunn bei München einen letzten Blick auf Solar Orbiter zu werfen, bevor die Raumsonde zur Abschussbasis gebracht wird

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Call for Media: Last chance to view Europe’s Solar Orbiter

ESA’s new Sun explorer will leave Europe soon, with final launch preparations starting in November at Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. ESA and Airbus Defence and Space invite members of the media to get a final glimpse of Solar Orbiter on 18 October at IABG’s space test centre in Ottobrunn, near Munich, Germany, before the spacecraft departs for the launch site.

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NASA Shares Incredible 3D Map of the Moon

NASA shared a new 3D animation of the moon, offering a stunning view of the lunar landscape.

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Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket

SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its first spacecraft, the Crew Dragon. But already Musk is showing off his big, shiny Starship — and NASA is bristling.

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Patrick Stewart, Billy Dee Williams Highlight a Common Misconception About Space Exploration

Comments from Billy Dee Williams and Sir Patrick Stewart revealed a major and common misconception about how many view space exploration.

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NASA Chief Talks Moon Landing and More in North Dakota

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stopped by the University of North Dakota on Sept. 4 to check out its spacesuits and possibly, recruit help for his looming moon deadline.

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Nasa Insight Mars Lander

InSight: Neuer Versuch mit dem Marsmaulwurf

An Bord des NASA-Marslanders InSight befindet sich auch eine kleine Rammsonde, die in den Marsuntergrund eindringen sollte, um hier Temperaturmessungen vorzunehmen. Doch leider blieb dieser Marsmaulwurf schon nach kurzer Zeit stecken. Nun hat ein Team in den USA und in Deutschland das Problem analysiert und startet einen neuen Versuch, weiter in den Untergrund vorzudringen. (4. Oktober 2019)

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NASA’s Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander’s Heat Probe

NASA’s InSight lander, which is on a mission to explore the deep interior of Mars, positioned its robotic arm this past weekend to assist the spacecraft’s self-hammering heat probe. Known as „the mole,“ the probe has been unable to dig more than about 14 inches (35 centimeters) since it began burying itself into the ground on Feb. 28, 2019. The maneuver is in preparation for a tactic, to be tried over several weeks, called „pinning.“

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NASA’s Stuck Mars ‚Mole‘ Gets a Helping Hand from Arm Scoop

An instrument on NASA’s InSight lander has been stuck in the Martian soil for months, but engineers have come up with a new plan to try to save the device.

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International Space Station / Internationale Raumstation

Russisches Raumschiff Sojus MS-12 sicher in Kasachstan gelandet

Moskau, 3. Oktober 2019 — Das Raumschiff Sojus MS-12 mit dem russischen Kosmonauten Alexei Owtschinin, dem US-Astronauten Nick Hague und dem ersten Raumfahrer der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE), Hazza al-Mansuri, an Bord ist am Donnerstag um 12.59 Uhr deutscher Zeit sicher in der kasachischen Steppe rund 145 Kilometer süd-östlich der Stadt Dsheskasgan gelandet. Es […]

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Station Focuses on Busy Spacewalk Period After Trio Returns Home

The six-member Expedition 61 crew officially began Thursday morning after the departure of two Expedition 60 crewmates and a visiting astronaut. The current residents aboard the International Space Station now turn their attention to a series of spacewalks that begins Sunday.

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Touchdown! Three Multinational Crewmates Return to Earth

Hague and Ovchinin launched on March 14, along with fellow NASA astronaut Christina Koch, and arrived at the space station just six hours later to begin their 203-day mission, during which they orbited Earth 3,248 times, traveling 86.1 million miles. Koch remains aboard the orbiting laboratory for an extended mission that will provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman in preparation for human missions to the Moon and Mars. For Almansoori this landing completed an eight-day stay on board the station that covered 128 orbits of Earth and 3.1 million miles since launching Sept. 25 with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos. Almansoori made history as he became the first person from the UAE to fly in space his mission as the first astronaut from the UAE.

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Station Swaps Commanders Before Crew Departure and Spacewalks

Two Expedition 60 crewmates and a visiting astronaut are returning to Earth on Thursday. The orbiting Expedition 61 residents staying on the International Space Station will then turn their attention to a series of spacewalks set to begin this weekend. Commander Alexey Ovchinin handed over control of the orbiting complex today to astronaut Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) during the change of command ceremony. The Expedition 61 mission will officially begin when the three Expedition 60 crewmates depart the station.

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All-Female Spacewalk Back on After NASA Sends Up 2nd Medium Suit

More than six months after canceling what would have been the first spacewalk conducted by a team of two all women, NASA has rescheduled the historic moment for Oct. 21.

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The 1st All-Female Spacewalk Is Back on As NASA Gears Up for 10-EVA Marathon

NASA is gearing up for a marathon of spacewalks, and one of them could be the first spacewalk to be conducted entirely by women.

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NASA Expects to Buy More Soyuz Seats for Astronauts in 2020, at $85 Million a Pop: Reports

NASA anticipates having to buy yet more seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft next year, according to media reports.

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First Emirati Astronaut Returns to Earth with Russian-US Space Station Crew

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft returned to Earth Thursday (Oct. 3) carrying the first UAE astronaut and two members of the International Space Station’s crew.

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In Photos: The Spacewalking Astronauts of Expedition 60

On Aug. 18, 2019, NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Nick Hague took a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to add a new docking adapter for future space taxis. Here’s what it looked like in pictures.

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The 1st Emirati Astronaut Has Had a Blast in Space, But It’s Time to Come Home

The first astronaut to reach space from the United Arab Emirates, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, will return to Earth Thursday (Oct. 3) after an historic spaceflight for the UAE Space Agency, and he’s apparently having a blast.

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NASA Astronauts Kick Off First of Five Spacewalks for Power Upgrades

Two NASA astronauts switched their spacesuits to battery power this morning at 7:39 a.m. EDT. Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan  of NASA are kicking off the first in a series of five spacewalks dedicated to replacing batteries on the far end of the station’s port truss.

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Health Checks, Science as Spacewalk Season Kicks Off on Station

Two NASA spacewalkers are conducting routine post-spacewalk activities today after a 7 hour, 1 minute spacewalk Sunday prior to another excursion outside the International Space Station this Friday. Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan underwent a routine series of post-spacewalk health checks today with Commander Luca Parmitano assisting the astronauts.

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Crew Fills Tuesday With Spacewalk Preps, Science and Cargo Ops

NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Christina Koch are going out on their second spacewalk together Friday at 7:50 a.m. EDT. The duo today reviewed spacewalk procedures and set up the tools they will use to continue upgrading the station’s large nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries.

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Earth / Erde

Ocean-Monitoring Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Successful Years

The Jason-2/Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), the third in a U.S.-European series of satellite missions designed to measure sea surface height, successfully ended its science mission on Oct. 1.

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Want to See the First Satellite Propelled Solely by the Sun? Here’s How.

LightSail 2, The Planetary Society’s solar sailing spacecraft, has spent more than two months in orbit; here’s how to spot it in the sky.

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No Place Like Home: Astronaut Luca Parmitano Reminds Us How ‚Precious‘ Earth Is

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano sent the United Nations an important message about climate change and the need to protect the future of our planet, in a new video from the space station.

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Moon / Mond

Intuitive Machines, NASA’s Hired Ride to the Moon, Aims for 2021 Lunar Landing

One of NASA’s two hired rides to the moon’s surface is tackling a host of milestones leading up to a July 2021 launch and looking ahead to future flights.

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NASA’s 2024 Moon Goal: Q&A with Human Landing System Chief Lisa Watson-Morgan

A NASA official discusses how the agency plans to pull off the ambitious landing plan.

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India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Probe Just Beamed Back Its 1st Lunar Science

India’s second-ever lunar orbiter arrived at the moon just over a month ago, and the probe’s instruments have already begun sending home science data.

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Solar System / Sonnensystem

Ancient Lake on Mars Turned Salty for a Spell, Curiosity Rover Finds

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover may have just captured a snapshot of the Red Planet’s long-ago Great Drying.

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Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

Spitzer Spots a Starry Region Bursting With Bubbles

This infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from young, massive stars. Each bubble is filled with hundreds to thousands of stars, which form from dense clouds of gas and dust.

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Technology / Technologie

Controlling robots across oceans and space – no magic required

This Autumn is seeing a number of experiments controlling robots from afar, with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano directing a robot in The Netherlands and engineers in Germany controlling a rover in Canada.

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Rocket

The tiny launcher for small satellites.

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Rocket Lab: Private Spaceflight for Tiny Satellites

Providing space for the small.

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Stuck in Safe Mode, DSCOVR Earth-Watching Satellite May Finally Get Fixed: Report

An Earth-observing satellite called DSCOVR has been stuck in safe mode for three months, and its operators finally have a plan to reboot it — but not for another few months.

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Elon Musk Takes Us Inside SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 Prototype (Video)

Just a few days after showing off the shiny silver exterior of SpaceX’s new spaceship, Elon Musk gave us a peek at the inside.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Will Launch Private Moon Lander in 2021

The Nova-C lander, built by Houston-based Intuitive Machines, will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2021.

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Das neue bemannte Orjol-Raumschiff Russlands soll nun mit einer Angara gestartet werden

Das neue russische bemannte Raumschiff Orjol soll nun offenbar doch nicht mit dem ebenfalls neuen Mittelklasse-Träger Sojus-5, sondern mit einer schweren Angara-Rakete ins All geschossen werden.

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SpaceX May Launch Crucial Crew Dragon Abort Test Next Month, Elon Musk Says

A key safety test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut taxi could occur as early as next month, Elon Musk said.

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World / Welt

NASA, Japan Consider Joint Crewed Moon Missions

Japan may join NASA in the American agency’s push to bring humans to the moon, NASA said in a statement.

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‚I Want the Solar System to Become Our Backyard,‘ Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Says

Neil deGrasse Tyson would like to you to someday walk into a warehouse and „design your own rocket.“

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3 ‚Women of Apollo‘ Discuss Sexism at NASA, Science and When We’ll Get to Mars

Three women who were essential to the moon landing and NASA’s Apollo program as a whole chatted with Space.com about discrimination, engineering and our future on Mars.

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Blue Origin Probably Won’t Launch People to Space This Year

Blue Origin’s first crewed spaceflight probably won’t take place this year after all.

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Virgin Galactic Will Launch a Crewed Research Flight for Italian Air Force

For the first time ever, a government agency has booked a crewed research flight aboard a commercial spacecraft.

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Exoplanet zoo

Space Science Image of the Week: More than 200 children imagined diverse extra-solar worlds at ESA’s Open Day

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Entertainment / Unterhaltung

‚Lucy in the Sky‘ Review: Natalie Portman Stars in an Astronaut Love Triangle Inspired by Reality

„Lucy in the Sky“ is a fictional story of an astronaut coping with a return to Earth, apparently inspired by a real-life event.

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History / Geschichte

Neil Armstrong’s Sons Help Open Exhibit of Father’s Spacecraft in Cincinnati

On its first visit to Ohio, the spacecraft that returned to Earth the first astronauts to land on the moon was greeted by Neil Armstrong’s parents. Now, 49 years later, his sons had the honor.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 06.06.2019

Front Page / Titelseite

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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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

Front Page / Titelseite

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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Further News / Weiteres

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) – 25.04.19

Front Page / Titelseite

SpaceX Had Something Go Wrong With A Crew Dragon Test / Explosion beim Test der SpaceX Dragon-Raumschiff

SpaceX: Dragon-Raumschiff bei Test explodiert

Bei einem Triebwerkstest ist ein SpaceX-Raumschiff auf dem Teststand explodiert. Das Raumschiff wurde dabei vollständig zerstört.

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Explosion bei Test der SpaceX-Raumfähre Crew Dragon

Bei Tests des Rettungssystems der Raumfähre Crew Dragon hat sich am Samstag ein Unfall ereignet. Das verzögert bemannte SpaceX-Flüge.

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Zwischenfall bei Test von Crew Dragon-Triebwerken

Bei einem Test der Triebwerke des Crew Dragon von SpaceX ist es am Samstag auf dem Weltraumbahnhof Cape Canaveral (Florida) zu einem Zwischenfall gekommen. Wie ein Mitarbeiter des Unternehmens mitteilte, sind die ersten Tests erfolgreich verlaufen. Beim letzten sei jedoch eine „anomale Situation“ aufgetreten.

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SpaceX Had Something Go Wrong With A Crew Dragon Test

Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.

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Crew Dragon Test Vehicle Suffers Mishap during Engine Testing

The extent of the accident is unclear, but a plume of orange smoke was visible from miles away.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident Another Bump in the Road for Commercial Crew

The United States‘ circuitous road to human spaceflight self-sufficiency just took another turn.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident May Impact NASA Plans to Launch Astronauts from US Soil

An explosion that may have destroyed a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during an engine test on April 20 could push back NASA’s plans to begin launching astronauts from U.S. soil this summer.

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Software Command to Fix Faulty Sensor Doomed Beresheet

Six days after SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft crash-landed on the Moon, we now have an explanation for what went wrong.

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Did NASA InSight detect first Marsquakes / Hat NASA InSight erstes Marbeben registriert?

InSight detects some very small Marsquakes

InSight has finally detected its first Marsquakes, but so far, none have been large enough to produce good science. Still, it’s great news that the seismometer is producing sensible data.

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Marsquake! NASA’s InSight Lander Feels Its 1st Red Planet Tremor

Scientists just felt the Red Planet move under their feet — robotically from millions of miles away, on the stark surface of Mars.

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InSight: Erstes Marsbeben registriert?

Das Seismometer an Bord des NASA-Marslanders InSight könnte Anfang April das erste Marsbeben registriert haben. Bestätigt sich der Verdacht, wäre damit erstmals eine Erschütterung auf dem Mars registriert worden, die im Inneren des Planeten ihren Ursprung hat.

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Raumsonde InSight: Das erste Marsbeben nachgewiesen?

Rund vier Monate nach ihrer Landung hat die NASA-Raumsonde InSight wohl ihr erstes schwaches Marsbeben aufgezeichnet. Die Ursache der Erschütterung ist noch unbekannt.

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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) – 21.03.19

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Title picture: NASA / JHU-APL / SwRI

2014 MU69 – Ultima Thule

Die erste tiefere Wissenschaft zu 2014 MU69

Zumindest das New-Horizons-Team hat keine Zweifel, dass der 35 km lange 2014 MU69 ein Contact Binary aus der Urzeit des Sonnensystems ist, dessen beide Hälften auf einer Spiralbahn sanft zueinander gefunden haben und dann verschmolzen sind. Dass keine heftige Kollision stattgefunden habe, erkenne man am Fehlen von Stress-Brüchen und ähnlichen Zeugnissen

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Kuipergürtel: New Horizons entdeckt Alkohol auf Ultima Thule

Auf der Oberfläche des Kuipergürtelobjekts Ultima Thule wies die Raumsonde New Horizons neben Wasser auch Methanol nach. Erste Detailergebnisse über dieses seltsame Objekt wurden jetzt auf der »Lunar & Planetary Science Conference« in Houston, Texas, präsentiert.

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Was ist… Ultima Thule?

Am 1. Januar 2019 flog die NASA – Raumsonde New Horizons an Ultima Thule vorbei. Doch was ist Ultima Thule eigentlich? Und warum ist das Objekt eigentlich interessant?

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New Results Probe the Origin of „Ultimate Thule“ – Sky & Telescope

It’s been 2½ months since NASA’s piano-size New Horizons zipped past a tiny target in the Kuiper Belt in the first hours of New Year’s Day. That body, designated 2014 MU69 and nicknamed „Ultima Thule“ by mission scientists, wasn’t even discovered until 8½ years after the spacecraft’s launch. Since the flyby, enough observations have trickled back to Earth to start to piece together this object’s remarkable story — and this week those first chapters are being presented at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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NASA’s New Horizons Reveals Geologic ‚Frankenstein‘ That Formed Ultima Thule

Less than three months after the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past a distant, cold space rock, scientists are beginning to piece together the story of how that object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, came to be.

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Watching A Large Impactor From Orbit

A video showing the smoke trail from the #Meteor over the Bering Strait last December, produced using data from @JMA_kishou’s #Himawari satellite.The orange meteor trail in the middle, shadow above-left.

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Sneaky Meteor Evades Earthling Detection, Explodes with Force of 10 Atomic Bombs

On Dec. 18, 2018, a school bus-size meteor exploded over Earth with an impact energy of roughly 10 atomic bombs. But no one saw it.

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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) – 07.03.19

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NASA InSight Lander: hammering hole / hämmert Loch in den Marsboden

NASA’s InSight Mars lander got stuck between a rock in a hard place

Hammer time appears to be over. NASA’s InSight lander, which is currently the rover in charge on the Red Planet, has hit its first snag. The lander has been snapping pics and exploring Mars since Nov. 26, 2018, and successfully set its heat probe onto the planet’s dusty surface on Feb. 12.

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Mars-Sonde Insight: Bohrinstrument HP³ stößt auf Widerstand – vorerst Pause

Das deutsche Bohrinstrument HP³ ist auf dem Weg in den Marsboden auf ein unerwartetes Hindernis gestoßen. Jetzt wollen die Forscher das erst einmal prüfen.

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Good luck ‘Mole’ – DLR’s HP3 experiment starts hammering into the Martian soil

On 28 February 2019, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) ‘Mole’ fully automatically hammered its way into the Martian subsurface for the first time. In a first step, it penetrated to a depth between 18 and 50 centimetres into the Martian soil with 4000 hammer blows over a period of four hours. „On its way into the depths, the mole seems to have hit a stone, tilted about 15 degrees and pushed it aside or passed it,“ reports Tilman Spohn, Principal Investigator of the HP3 experiment.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) is out. Special feature for the #NASA Mission @NASAInSight on #Mars. 

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) is out. Special feature for the #NASA Mission @NASAInSight on #Mars. 


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InSight: Mars-Maulwurf hämmert sich in den Marsboden

Mit dem NASA-Lander InSight ist auch eine kleine, vom DLR entwickelte Rammsonde zum Mars gelangt, die sich bis zu fünf Meter in den Untergrund des Roten Planeten graben soll, um hier Temperaturmessungen vorzunehmen. In der vergangenen Woche hat sie ihre Arbeit aufgenommen und sich mit 4000 Hammerschlägen schon ein wenig in den Untergrund gegraben.

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InSight mission: the Mars ‘Mole’ takes a break

As part of NASA’s InSight mission, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) developed a penetrometer designed to dig three to five metres below the surface of Mars and measure the heat emanating from the planet’s interior.

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Mission InSight: Pause für den Marsmaulwurf

Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) hat im Rahmen der NASA-Mission InSight eine Rammsonde entwickelt, um drei bis fünf Meter unter die Oberfläche des Mars zu graben und dort die Wärme aus dem Inneren des Roten Planeten zu messen.

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Further News in Chapter “NASA’s Insight Mars Lander” /
Weitere Nachrichten hierzu im Kapitel “NASA’s Insight Mars Lander”

SpaceX‘s Crew Dragon Demo to ISS / Testflug der Crew Dragon zur ISS

SpaceX-Kapsel erreicht ISS: Der Drache hat angedockt

Die Raumkapsel „Crew Dragon“ des Unternehmens SpaceX hat erfolgreich die Raumstation ISS erreicht. Die USA versprechen sich von der geglückten Mission ein neues Kapitel in der Raumfahrt.

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Testflug erfolgreich: Private Raumkapsel „Crew Dragon“ erreicht die ISS

Die Nasa sieht in der Firma SpaceX den Nachfolger für die Space-Shuttles, um die Abhängigkeit von Russland zu beenden. Der Testflug mit einer Puppe gelang.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Station

After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch early Saturday morning, the Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module forward port via “soft capture” at 5:51 a.m. EST while the station was traveling more than 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand.

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Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to International Space Station

Docking occurred slightly ahead of schedule at 5:51 EST

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Further News in Chapter “International Spacestation (ISS)” /
Weitere Nachrichten hierzu im Kapitel “International Spacestation (ISS)”

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) 28.02.19

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Touch Down Hayabusa2 on Ryugu

Hayabusa2 has touched down on Ryugu!

Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.

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Image from just after touchdown

From February 20 to 22, we conducted the touchdown operation (TD1-L8E1) of Hayabusa2 on the surface of asteroid Ryugu. Figure 1 shows an image taken with the Optical Navigation Camera – Wide angle (ONC-W1) during the spacecraft ascent after touchdown.

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Hayabusa2 conducts touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese asteroid sampling mission Hayabusa2 – launched on December 3, 2014 aboard an H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima, Japan – completed its long flight to asteroid Ryugu (formerly 1999 JU3) before – on September 21 – achieving the milestone of deploying its two tiny MINERVA-II robots/rovers, followed later by the deployment of the MASCOT lander. Then, on February 21 (UTC), Hayabusa2 successfully touched down on the surface.

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Asteroidenforschung: Raumsonde Hayabusa-2 beschießt Asteroiden Ryugu

In der Nacht auf den 22. Februar 2019 setzte die japanische Raumsonde Hayabusa für kurze Zeit auf der Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu auf und aktivierte ihren Probensammler.

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Japanische Raumsonde Hayabusa2 landet auf Asteroiden Ryugu

Erleichterung im Kontrollzentrum der japanischen Raumfahrtbehörde: Der Raumsonde Hayabusa2 gelang die Landung auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu.

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Dramatic Dark Smudge Appears Where Hayabusa2 Landed on Ryugu Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down successfully on the Ryugu asteroid late last week, blasting its surface and—hopefully—collecting samples. A new image released by JAXA shows a distinctive smudge on the asteroid where the procedure took place, but the cause of the dark surface feature isn’t immediately clear.

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Sonde Hayabusa2: Landeanflug zu Asteroiden Ryugu begonnen

Hayabusa2 hat schon mehrere Lander zur Oberfläche des Asteroiden Ryugu geschickt, nun folgt sie selbst. Am Freitag soll sie dort Material einsammeln.

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Space X Crew Dragon Raumkapsel

What to expect when Crew Dragon launches to the International Space Station b

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is scheduled to blast off for a 6-day, uncrewed test flight on 2 March at 02:49 EST (07:49 UTC).

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Nasa erlaubt Testflug der neuen SpaceX-Raumkapsel

Zunächst soll bloß eine Puppe mit der neuen SpaceX-Raumkapsel auf die Internationale Raumstation gelangen. Doch das Unternehmen des Milliardärs Elon Musk plant bereits bemannte Missionen – noch in diesem Jahr.

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NASA, SpaceX clear Crew Dragon for critical March 2 test flight

NASA managers held a flight readiness review Friday and cleared SpaceX to press ahead with work to ready a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon commercial ferry ship for launch March 2 on an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.

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