Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.06.19

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

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

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

The Mast Is Raised for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.06.19

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Hayabusa2 dropped a Target Marker on Asteroid Ryugu / Raumsonde Hayabusa 2 setzte einen zweiten Zielmarker auf dem Asteroiden Ryugu ab

Low descent observation operation (PPTD-TM1B) | Topics

The low descent observation operation (PPTD-TM1B) will be conducted between June 11 – 13. As we successfully dropped a target marker in area CO1 during the PPTD-TM1A operation that was performed between May 28 – 30, a target marker will not be dropped during PPTD-TM1B, but observations will be taken near the artificial crater. Preparations for the descent began on June 11 and the descent will begin on June 12 at 11:40 JST (on-board time) with the spacecraft descending at a speed of 0.4m/s. The speed will be reduced to 0.1 m/s at 22:00 JST on the same day. The spacecraft will read an altitude of about 35m on June 13 at 10:34 JST and then begin to ascend from 10:57 JST. The schedule of the operation is shown in Figure 1. Please be aware that the actual operation time may differ as the times shown are the planned values.

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Treasure Hunting With Hayabusa2

IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an asteroid.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft grabs epic close-up just 30 feet above asteroid

The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu.

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Hayabusa2 probe’s new target marker on asteroid only 3 meters off its mark

A target marker released by Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe in late May to guide its landing onto the asteroid Ryugu fell just 3 meters away from the spot the probe was aiming for, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said on June 11.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 30.05.19

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SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellits

Starlink-Satelliten: SpaceX droht, den Nachthimmel zu stören

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASA‘s Lunar Mission / NASAs Mond Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US and Japan to Cooperate on Return to the Moon

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

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

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

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Stratolaunch Systems: Building the World’s Largest Airplane

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

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.05.19

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America‘s next Moon Mission / Amerikas nächste Mondmission

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

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

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A Crash Program or Modest Proposal?

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

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

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

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Cost of 2024 Moon Landing Is Still a Mystery

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

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

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

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Zweites US-Mondprogramm heißt Artemis

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

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Project Artemis Will Send Humans Back To The Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 09.05.19

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Rosetta ‚post-mission‘ – new findings relating to the temperature and nature of the comet’s surface

Two-and-a-half years have passed since the operational phase of the Rosetta mission came to an end in September 2016. However, scientific evaluation of the enormous amounts of data from the instruments on the spacecraft and the Philae lander is still ongoing.

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Here’s an Update on Hayabusa2’s Crater-Creating Explosion

Hayabusa2’s SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.

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As Gaia Maps Our Galaxy, This Telescope Keeps an Eye on the Spacecraft

Europe’s star-mapping spacecraft, Gaia, streaks across the Milky Way in a new image captured by a ground telescope. The image will help refine scientists‘ knowledge of Gaia’s orbit.

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Venus Missions? Interstellar Probes? Here Are 18 Wild Space Tech Ideas NASA Is Looking At

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program funds 18 project proposals. The projects are aimed to design and test technology concepts for potential future NASA missions.

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Russische ISS-Kosmonauten erhalten nur am Tag des Sieges dienstfrei

Die beiden russischen Kosmonauten in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS erhalten zum Tag des Sieges (9. 5.) nicht so lange frei wie ihre Landsleute auf der Erde.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.04.19

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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) – 04.04.19

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Mars Express matches methane spike measured by Curiosity

A reanalysis of data collected by ESA’s Mars Express during the first 20 months of NASA’s Curiosity mission found one case of correlated methane detection, the first time an in-situ measurement has been independently confirmed from orbit.

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There Is Definitely Methane on Mars, Scientists Say. But Is It a Sign of Life?

We may be one step closer to cracking the Mars methane mystery.

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All-Female Spacewalk Was Cancelled on ‚My Recommendation,‘ Astronaut Anne McClain Says

Astronaut Anne McClain is defending NASA’s decision to scrap the first all-female spacewalk over a lack of appropriately sized spacesuits.

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NASA Won’t Have 2 Medium-Size Spacesuits Ready Any Time Soon Despite Criticism

NASA isn’t planning to change the International Space Station’s current spacesuit configuration, which drew criticism after size constraints stymied the first spacewalk of all female astronauts.

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Spacesuit Sizing Stymied a Historic NASA Moment, and It May Always Be Tricky

t’s spacewalk season this spring at the International Space Station, and that means astronauts are relying on highly engineered, difficult-to-fit suits to stay safe in the vacuum of space.

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These Simulations Reveal What Happened During India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test (Videos)

A U.S. space and defense software company created two new simulation videos, revealing how the anti-satellite weapon recently launched by India might have looked hitting a satellite in space.

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The Lunar South Pole Is a Rich Target for NASA’s 2024 Moon Goal

Pence’s five-year lunar challenge targets the moon’s south pole, an area rich in water and science.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 27.03.19

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NASA Moon Orbiter Tracks Chinese Rover on Lunar Farside (Photos)

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to monitor the whereabouts and wanderings of China’s Yutu 2 rover on the moon’s far side.

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US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024 — just five years from now — during the National Space Council meeting on Tuesday

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NASA Chief Vows Quick Action to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024

NASA’s chief says the agency is all set to meet a new challenge — returning humans to land on the moon within the next five years.

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US-Astronauten sollen binnen fünf Jahren zum Mond

Die US-Regierung setzt klare Ziele für die Raumfahrt, um Konkurrenten wie China abzuhängen. Die Raumfahrtagentur Nasa steht unter Druck.

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US Is in a New Space Race with China and Russia, VP Pence Says

The United States‘ goal of putting astronauts on the moon by 2024 is motivated at least in part by a desire to defeat Russia and China, Vice President Mike Pence said.

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Kein passendes Oberteil: Erster ISS-Außeneinsatz nur mit Frauen abgesagt

Auf der ISS kann ein Raumanzug in passender Größe nicht rechtzeitig vorbereitet werden. Damit scheitert der erste gemeinsame Außeneinsatz zweier Astronautinnen.

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Fehlende Raumanzüge: Nasa sagt ISS-Außeneinsatz nur mit Astronautinnen vorerst ab

Am Freitag hätte es auf der ISS eine Premiere geben sollen: einen Außeneinsatz nur mit Astronautinnen. Doch daraus wird erst einmal nichts – es gab Probleme mit den Größen der Raumanzüge.

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Astronauts Won’t Make the 1st All Female Spacewalk After All, NASA Says

The first all-female spacewalk in history won’t be happening this week after all due to a last-minute crew swap, NASA announced today

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1st All-Female Spacewalk Scrapped Over Safety Concerns, Not Sexism

Two NASA astronauts were on the verge of making history this week by becoming the first women to take a spacewalk unaccompanied by men. Here’s why NASA canceled that milestone.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 21.03.19

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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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