Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 02.07.20

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Please note: this is the last issue before summer vacation periode. Next issue will be published on August, 13th.

ESA listens in on black hole mission

European and Russian specialists recently worked together to catch signals from an astrophysical observatory mission, now mapping X-ray sources in our galaxy and beyond, discovering previously unknown supermassive black holes.

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Russkij kosmos sieht Unzulänglichkeiten beim Crew Dragon von SpaceX

Die Moskauer Raumfahrtzeitschrift Russkij kosmos (Der russische Kosmos) ist bei einer Analyse des neuen kommerziellen bemannten Raumschiffs Crew Dragon von SpaceX auf Unzulänglichkeiten gestoßen. Dabei geht es vor allem um die Anordnung der Triebwerke für das Notfallrettungssystem, die Disproportionen der Landekapsel und die Lage der Toilette […]

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#6: Start of assembly and integration for JUICE

Despite certain operational difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the assembly and integration of the flight model for ESA’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft has continued with few delays during the first six months of the year.

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How will astronauts poop on the moon? New NASA challenge aims to flush this mystery

In a new contest, NASA is calling on innovators from around the world to develop a new space toilet that would work not just in microgravity such as aboard the International Space Station, but also in lunar gravity aboard a future lunar lander.

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Vega rocket may attempt return to flight with 53-satellite launch tonight. Here’s how to watch.

An Arianespace Vega rocket is ready for an epic return to flight, as the European booster prepares to carry 53 satellites into orbit tonight (June 28).

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SpaceX’s 1st Crew Dragon for astronauts aces tests in space, could land Aug. 2

SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon to carry astronauts is passing all tests and could return to Earth as soon as August 2nd.

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Launch of NASA’s next Mars rover delayed again by ‚contamination concern‘ on the ground

The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover has been delayed to no earlier than July 22 due to a contamination issue with ground support equipment.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.06.20

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Erste Einzelheiten des neuen russischen Weltraumprogramms enthüllt –  RKK Energija-Chef Osar soll Raketen-Holding leiten

Moskau, 22. Juni 2002 — In Moskau wurden erste Einzelheiten des neuen Einheitlichen Weltraumprogramms Russlands bekannt, das auf vier sogenannten Profil-Holdings für Raketenbau, Satellitenbau, kosmische Bodenstrukturen und Wissenschaft beruht. Der Generaldirektor der GK Roskosmos, Dimitri Rogosin, hatte es im Februar angekündigt, um die „chronischen Probleme“ der Branche aus den letzten […]

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Offenbar Zweifel an NASA-Mondlandetermin 2024

In der US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA ist man sich offenbar nicht ganz sicher, dass der von Präsident Donald Trump für 2024 vorgegebene Termin für die nächste bemannte Mondlandung zu halten ist. Sie könne keine klare Ja- oder Nein-Antwort auf diese Frage geben, sagte die neue Direktorin für das bemannte Raumfahrtprogramm,

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The Launch Is Approaching for NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance

The Red Planet’s surface has been visited by eight NASA spacecraft. The ninth will be the first that includes a roundtrip ticket in its flight plan.

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NASA’s next Mars rover is just one month away from launch

The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover, the life-hunting, sample-caching Perseverance, is just a month away.

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China reveals details of next-gen crew spacecraft’s 1st test flight

A first glimpse inside the prototype of China’s next-generation crew-carrying spacecraft has been provided in Beijing following a successful uncrewed test flight in May.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.06.20

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ESAIL maritime satellite ready for launch

The ESAIL microsatellite for tracking ships worldwide – developed under an ESA Partnership Project – has completed its accommodation on Vega’s new dispenser for small satellites and is ready for launch. 

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NASA’s Mars Rover Drivers Need Your Help

Using an online tool to label Martian terrain types, you can train an artificial intelligence algorithm that could improve the way engineers guide the Curiosity rover.

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Another delay: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope won’t launch in March 2021

We’ll have to wait a bit longer still to see NASA’s next big space telescope get off the ground.

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New Horizons‘ „Alien View“ from the Outer Solar System

NASA’s New Horizons mission deep in the Kuiper Belt has measured the parallax to two nearby stars with the help of Earth-based observers.

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University-built CubeSat launched with swarm of auroral science nodes

Rocket Lab successfully launched five small satellites from New Zealand Saturday for customers in the United States and Australia, including a CubeSat with a novel swarm of tiny magnetometers to measure the plasma currents that shape colorful auroras.

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After crane problem, ULA caps build-up of Atlas 5 rocket for Mars rover launch

United Launch Alliance has completed stacking of the major elements of the Atlas 5 rocket assigned to power NASA’s Perseverance rover toward Mars, but the mission’s launch date has been pushed back three days to July 20 after teams repaired an issue with a crane in the Atlas 5’s assembly building.

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New Horizons is so Far From Earth That the Positions of the Stars Look a Little Different From its Perspective

From its current position in the Kuiper Belt, the New Horizons spacecraft recently conducted a parallax experiment that is not only groundbreaking, but historic!

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ExoMars spots unique green glow at the Red Planet

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected glowing green oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere – the first time that this emission has been seen around a planet other than Earth.

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Rocket Motors for First NASA Artemis Moon Mission Arrive at Spaceport

The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA’s first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday for launch preparations.

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NASA lit a fire in space to keep future astronauts safe (video)

NASA deliberately set a fire in a spacecraft to see if a „smoke eater“ and carbon dioxide scrubber could make future moon missions safer for astronauts.

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Hilarious Supercut of Astronauts Falling on the Moon

The Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon, yes. But they also hopped, bounded, and shuffled. And sometimes they fell, spectacularly. That caused a lot of consternation back on the Earth, especially for the engineers who designed the Apollo spacesuits. James McBarron was an aerospace technologist who worked on spacesuits for every NASA program, from Mercury …

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.06.20

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Preparing the Perseverance Mars Rover to Collect Samples on the Red Planet

The samples Apollo 11 brought back to Earth from the Moon were humanity’s first from another celestial body. The upcoming Perseverance rover mission will collect the first samples from another planet.

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Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we’ve landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

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Happy birthday, Falcon 9! SpaceX’s workhorse rocket debuted 10 years ago today

SpaceX’s famous Falcon 9 rocket has now been flying for a decade.

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Life on Mars? Meet the new rover built to give us the answer

NASA’s Curiosity rover has shown that Mars was habitable billions of years ago. And NASA is about to launch another rover, called Perseverance, to look for signs of Red Planet life.

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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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