Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 09.01.20

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Space Telescope CHEOPS / Weltraum Teleskop CHEOPS

Planetary Society Blog: CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission Launches, ISS Test Flight Goes Awry

Welcome to issue 12 of The Downlink, a planetary exploration news roundup from The Planetary Society! Most of our staff will be on vacation next week, so this will be our last Downlink of the year.!

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Liftoff for Cheops, ESA’s exoplanet mission

ESA’s Cheops mission lifted off on a Soyuz-Fregat launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 09:54:20 CET on 18 December on its exciting mission to characterise planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.

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Cheops soll nach unbekannten Exoplaneten Ausschau halten

51 Pegasi b war der erste, inzwischen haben Forscher 4000 Planeten bei anderen Sternen entdeckt. Jetzt soll ein neues Teleskop lebensfreundliche aufspüren.

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Cheops: ESA-Sonde zur Erforschung von Exoplaneten vor dem Start

Am Dienstag soll ESA-Sonde Cheops starten, die bereits bekannte Exoplaneten vermessen soll. Damit soll geklärt werden, woraus die bestehen.

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Raketenstart geglückt: ESA-Sonde Cheops auf dem Weg in ihren Orbit

Die ESA hat erstmals eine Sonde nicht zur Suche nach, sondern zur Erforschung von Exoplaneten ins All gebracht. Der Start erfolgte am Mittwoch.

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Liftoff for CHEOPS, ESA’s exoplanet mission

ESA’s CHEOPS mission lifted off on a Soyuz-Fregat launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 09:54:20 CET on 18 December on its exciting mission to characterise planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.

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ESA-Weltraumteleskop Cheops ist ins All gestartet, um Exoplaneten zu erforschen

Das ESA-Weltraumteleskop Cheops ist am 18. Dezember um 09:54:20 CET mit einer Sojus-Fregat-Rakete vom europäischen Weltraumbahnhof in Kourou, Französisch-Guyana, ins Weltall gestartet – zu einer spannenden Mission: Es wird extrasolare Planeten, sogenannte Exoplaneten, charakterisieren. Das sind Planeten, die andere Sterne als die Sonne umkreisen.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.11.19

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Regular Crew Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Likely Won’t Start Until Summer 2020, NASA Inspector General Says

NASA’s crew launches to the ISS on private vehicles built by SpaceX and Boeing likely won’t begin until summer 2020, warns a new report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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The 1st Sun Details from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Are Out. And They’re Hot!

Want to see the sun in a whole new way?

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NASA’s 1st SLS Megarocket Core Stage for the Moon Has Its Engines (Photos)

NASA’s first new megarocket bound for the moon now has all of its engines for the first uncrewed lunar flight of the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program.

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Here’s How Much NASA Is Paying Per Seat on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon & Boeing’s Starliner

Boeing’s astronaut taxi will cost NASA about 60% more per seat than SpaceX’s vehicle will, according to a new report by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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India Could Land on the Moon in 2020 with Chandrayaan 3

Just months after a landing anomaly, India is ready to make another try at touching down on the moon, according to a news report.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 24.10.19

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The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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Hope Mars Mission: Launching the Arab World into the Space Race

When the UAE president announced that his country would make a satellite to study Mars‘ atmosphere in unparalleled detail, he set an unprecedented goal for the Arab world.

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NASA Needs to Get With the Times When It Comes to Planetary Protection, Report Finds

NASA’s current planetary-protection policies reflect a bygone era of space exploration and need to be updated, a new report argues.

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Moon Dust Could Be a Problem for Future Lunar Explorers

Explorers and tourists on the moon will have to deal with lunar dust, which is abrasive and pervasive.

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NASA to Demonstrate New Star-Watching Technology with Thousands of Tiny Shutters

NASA scientists have developed a revolutionary technology of tiny shutters that open and close as needed to focus on studying hundreds of stars and galaxies at the same time.

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Boeing kündigt ersten unbemannten Starliner-Flug für Dezember an

Der US-Konzern Boeing hat für Dezember den ersten unbemannten Start seines neuen Raumschiffes Starliner zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS angekündigt. Der Starliner werde um den 17. Dezember zur Station fliegen und nach etwa einer Woche wieder zur Erde zurückkehren, teilte ein Boeing-Sprecher auf dem 70. Internationalen Astronautischen Kongress (IAC) in […]

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Boeing’s Starliner set for two pivotal test flights before the year’s end

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is preparing for two major flight tests before the end of the year, which will pave the way for the spacecraft’s first crewed flight in 2020. The capsule is being developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to provide transportation services to and from the International Space Station.

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We Could Go to Venus with Today’s Technology, Scientists Say

We could go to Venus tomorrow with the technology we have today, urged a NASA scientific advisory group, and the group’s members would like to get a mission off the ground as soon as possible.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.10.19

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Euclid completes thermal-vacuum balance tests

This is the first entry in the Euclid Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during testing of the Structural and Thermal Model (STM) and Flight Model (FM) of the spacecraft. The mission, scheduled for launch in 2022,

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Reflecting on deep space

Operations image of the week: This 32-metre antenna is undergoing an important transformation. Soon, it will be ready to communicate with spacecraft across deep space

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NASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover’s Sky Crane Landing Tech

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission has reached another milestone with a successful separation test of the descent stage that will deliver the six-wheeled robot to the surface of the Red Planet.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 03.10.19

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SpaxeX Starship

SpaceX zeigt stählernes Sternenschiff

Den „schnellsten Weg zu einer selbsterhaltenden Stadt auf dem Mars“ soll SpaceX‘ Starship darstellen. Elon Musk zeigte einen Prototyp.

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Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX’s New Starship Plans for Private Trips to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

The architecture is the best path toward a self-sustaining city on Mars, Musk stressed.

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SpaceX Finishes Assembling New Starship Prototype (Photo)

SpaceX has mated the top and bottom halves of the Starship Mk1 vehicle at its South Texas facilities, Elon Musk said today (Sept. 27).

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SpaceX’s Starship Project Not Affecting Crew Dragon Flights for NASA, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX’s quest to help humanity colonize Mars isn’t interfering with the company’s contracted work closer to home, Elon Musk said.

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Elon Musk Just Dropped More Tantalizing Details About SpaceX’s Starship Prototype

Elon Musk is doling out more and more details about SpaceX’s next Starship prototype ahead of his big presentation this weekend.

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‚Totally Nuts‘? Elon Musk Aims to Put a Starship in Orbit in 6 Months. Here’s SpaceX’s Plan.

SpaceX will soon have a whole fleet of shiny silver Starship prototypes, if all goes according to plan.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.07.19

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Ursache für Kopplungsproblem bei Sojus MS-14 geklärt

Die Ursache für das Kopplungsproblem des russischen Raumschiffs Sojus MS-14 Ende August ist geklärt. Schuld sei ein loses Kabel am Annäherungs- und Kopplungssystem Kurs der Internationalen Raumstation ISS gewesen, teilte der russische Kosmonaut Alexander Skworzow mit.

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Rogosin will Ursache für Loch in der Orbitalsektion von Sojus MS-09 geheim halten

Die GK Roskosmos kennt den Grund für das Loch in der Orbitalsektion des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-09. Er werde diese Information der Öffentlichkeit aber nicht mitteilen, sagte der Chef der russischen Raumfahrtagentur, Dmitri Rogosin, am Mittwoch vor Studenten der Baltischen Staatlichen Technischen Universität Wejenmech D. F. […]

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SOFIA – NASA Jumbojet

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.09.2019

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Eleon Musk first – ESA avoids Satellite crash / ESA muss Eleon Musks Starlink Konstellation ausweichen

Aeolus: Ausweichmanöver im Erdorbit

Der Start der Starlink-Konstellation des US-Unternehmens SpaceX hatte bereits im Frühjahr für Kritik gesorgt, da manche eine Verschmutzung des Himmels mit Satellitenspuren befürchteten. Jetzt musste ein ESA-Forschungssatellit erstmals einem Starlink-Satelliten ausweichen. Starlink hatte auf entsprechende Hinweise nicht reagiert, macht aber nun eine Kommunikationspanne dafür verantwortlich

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ESA-Satellit Aeolus weicht großer Konstellation aus

Die ESA hat zum ersten Mal ein „Manöver zur Kollisionsvermeidung“ durchgeführt, um einen seiner Satelliten vor einer Kollision mit einer großen Konstellation zu schützen.

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European Satellite Dodges Potential Collision with SpaceX Starlink Craft

A European Earth-observation satellite performed an evasive maneuver yesterday (Sept. 2) to make sure it didn’t collide with one of SpaceX’s recently launched Starlink internet craft.

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Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s Daring Solar Probe Is Skimming Past the Sun Today!

It’s an extra-sunny Sunday for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which is making its third close pass around the sun today (Sept. 1).

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NASA’s Record-Breaking Parker Solar Probe Aces 3rd Sun Flyby

The Parker Solar Probe completed its third close solar flyby on Sunday (Sept. 1), coming within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of our star.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.08.19

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Der Transit der Sternenbegleiter

CHEOPS ist die erste von drei Missionen der ESA, die ab Herbst 2019 die Erforschung von Exoplaneten in den Blick nimmt. Das Weltraumteleskop des Satelliten soll die Größe und Beschaffenheit mehrerer hundert extrasolarer Himmelskörper untersuchen.

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Planetenjäger Cheops

Günther Hasinger, ESA-Direktor für Wissenschaft, erklärt, welche Rolle CHEOPS und die Folgemissionen für das Verständnis von der Entstehung der Planetensysteme spielen.

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Elon Musk Floats ‚Nuke Mars‘ Idea Again (He Has T-Shirts)

Nuking Mars is still on Elon Musk’s wish list, it would seem.

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Nuclear Propulsion Could Be ‚Game-Changer‘ for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says

Humanity’s next giant leap could be enabled by nuclear thermal propulsion, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

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Meet Skybot F-850, the Humanoid Robot Russia Is Launching into Space

When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850.

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NASA’s Next Space Telescope Could Reveal Details About the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, But There’s One Problem

The James Webb Space Telescope could gather critical information about the atmospheres of planets in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, one new study finds.

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Where Are New Stars Born? NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Investigate

Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope as a sort of time machine, a team of researchers intends to look billions of years into the past to understand how stars like our Sun formed in the universe.

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Mirror to mirror

Space Science Image of the Week: Successful deployment of Webb’s secondary mirror marks major milestone for the revolutionary new observatory

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NASA Rehearses Astronaut Launch — and Rescue — with SpaceX, Boeing (Photos)

Both SpaceX and Boeing are busily preparing for the first crewed launches of their commercial spacecraft, and in case something goes wrong, they’re simulating different types of emergencies.

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NASA’s Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Clears Big Hurdle on Path to Launch

A highly anticipated NASA mission to Jupiter’s possibly life-supporting moon Europa remains on track for a mid-2020s launch.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.08.19

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Header picture: Artist’s illustration of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaching the sun. (Image: © Steve Gribben/NASA/John’s Hopkins APL)

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe / Parker Solar Sonde der NASA

One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

In the year since launch, Parker Solar Probe has collected a host of scientific data from two close passes by the Sun. „We’re very happy,“ said Nicky Fox, director of NASA’s Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. „We’ve managed to bring down at least twice as much data as we originally suspected we’d get from those first two perihelion passes.“

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Beaming Back Extra Data as it Buzzes the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has already completed two daring dives into the sun’s atmosphere, and now scientists have realized that they’ll be able to gather more data than expected from the mission.

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NEW! Parker Solar Probe Trajectories

Parker Solar Probe makes multiple close encounters with the Sun.  The primary science observations happen around the close encounters, and last about 10 days.  Helioviewer.org now provides the trajectory of Parker Solar Probe as seen from SOHO and STEREO-A for the primary science observation phase.

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OSRIS-REx Mission

NASA Mission Selects Final Four Site Candidates for Asteroid Sample Return – OSIRIS-REx Mission

After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the entire asteroid in order to identify the safest and most accessible spots for the spacecraft to collect a sample. These four sites now will be studied in further detail in order to select the final two sites – a primary and backup – in December.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.06.19

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New Website Replays Apollo 11 First Moon Landing Mission in Real Time

With a single click, a new website can take you back 50 years and place you directly into the real-time action of the first moon landing mission.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

The Mast Is Raised for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

Engineers at JPL take a group selfie after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover.

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NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover Gets Its 1st Wheels, and a Mast, Too (Ahoy!)

Engineers have installed the headlike mast on the Mars 2020 rover and put on a (temporary) set of wheels as well.

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You Can Watch NASA’s Build Its Mars 2020 Rover Live Online

NASA is letting the world watch its next Mars rover come together.

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