Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.01.2020

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The first cookies baked in space are back on Earth!

Following a ride home on a SpaceX Dragon capsule, the first food to be baked in space (a batch of cookies, of course) has landed back on Earth.

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A Mars sample-return mission is coming. Scientists want the public to know what to expect.

The first pristine pieces of Mars won’t be coming down to Earth for at least another decade, but the time to start preparing society for the epic arrival is now, scientists say.

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In photos: The amazing spacewalks of Expedition 61

The astronauts of Expedition 61 have tackled some historic spacewalks at the International Space Station, including the first all-woman spacewalk and four of the most challenging spacewalks ever.

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Two new satellites will launch this year to track Earth’s rising oceans

A new satellite will provide more detailed information about rising sea levels and other changes in Earth’s oceans. Meet Sentinel-6/Jason-CS.

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Why SpaceX’s Starlink satellites caught astronomers off guard

Astronomers have had five years to brace for the impact of SpaceX’s Starlink internet-satellite megaconstellation, but the first few batches of the spacecraft still managed to catch the community off guard.

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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) – 12.12.19

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Please note / Bitte beachten

This will be the last issue for the year 2019. During the holiday season and year change, this newsletter will be „on vacation“. The next issue will be published on Januar, 9th 2020. Thank you for following this newsletter. Have a Merry Christmas and a marvelous start into the New Year!

Dies ist die letzte Ausgabe für das Jahr 2019. Der Newsletter wird während der Weihnachtsfeiertage und zum Jahreswechsel „in den Urlaub gehen“. Die nächste Ausgabe wird am 9. Januar 2020 veröffentlicht. Ich bedanke mich für das Interesse und folgen dieser Zeitschrift. Ich wünsche Ihnen allen eine frohe Weihnachtszeit und einen exzellenten Start in das Neue Jahr!

ESA gibt die weltweit erste Weltraummüllbeseitigung in Auftrag

ClearSpace-1 wird die erste Weltraummission sein, die Trümmer aus der Erdumlaufbahn entfernt. Die Mission soll 2025 starten und wurde bei einem von einem Start-up geführten kommerziellen Konsortium in Auftrag gegeben, um einen neuen Markt für In-Orbit-Service und Trümmerbeseitigung zu erschließen.

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Europe Is Launching a Suicide Robot to ‚Hug‘ Space Trash Out of Orbit

The ESA has announced a mission to launch a four-armed robot to grab a single piece of space junk and drag it into the atmosphere.

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XMM-Newton’s 20th anniversary in space

On 10 December, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory is celebrating its 20th launch anniversary. In those two decades, the observatory has supplied a constant stream of outstanding science. One area that the mission has excelled in is the science of black holes, having had a profound effect on our understanding of these cosmic enigmas.

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20 Jahre Röntgenastronomie mit XMM-Newton:   ESA-Satellit liefert aufsehenerregende Forschungsergebnisse

Eine der erfolgreichsten europäischen Weltraummissionen feiert Geburtstag: Das von Airbus für die Europäische Weltraumorganisation ESA entwickelte und gebaute Röntgenobservatorium XMM-Newton startete am 10. Dezember 1999, um das Röntgenuniversum zu erforschen. Seither habe XMM-Newton gleichzeitig Röntgenstrahlen, sichtbares und ultraviolettes Licht beobachtet und seine Rolle als eines der wichtigsten astronomischen Observatorien aller […]

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XMM-Newton at 20: Taking care of the science operations

On 10 December 1999, as XMM-Newton launched from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, no one was expecting that the mission would last for two decades.

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XMM-Newton at 20: The large-scale Universe

During its 20 years in space, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has made many exciting discoveries. But no one could have predicted that the very first observation of the spacecraft would be one of its most important.

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XMM-Newton at 20: The fascinating X-ray universe

ESA’s X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has now spent 20 years in orbit. In those two decades it has made many scientific breakthroughs, helping bring X-ray astronomy into the main stream of astronomical investigation.

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Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

They look like twins. But under the hood, the rover currently exploring the Red Planet and the one launching there this summer have distinct science tools and roles to play.

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How NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Hunt for Alien Life

Spotting signs of long-dead life is a tall order for a lonely robot on a faraway world, but NASA’s next Mars rover should be up to the challenge, mission team members said.

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Moon Brightness Mystery Prompts Launch of Airborne Telescope

A flying telescope recently captured some of the most accurate measurements ever of the moon’s brightness.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.12.19

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Erster Starliner-Start zur ISS verschoben

Der erste unbemannte Start des kommerziellen Raumschiffes Starliner von Boeing zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist um vorerst zwei Tage auf den 19. Dezember verschoben worden. Grund dafür sei ein Problem mit einer Druckluftleitung, teilte der Startdienstleister United Launch Alliance (ULA) mit. Der Fehler sei während der […]

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Boeing’s 1st Starliner Spacecraft Test Launch Delayed to Dec. 19

Boeing has pushed back the launch debut of its Starliner spacecraft to Dec. 19, a two-day delay, due to a glitch with the spacecraft’s Atlas V rocket.

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner Meet Its Rocket for the 1st Time in This Awesome Drone Video

A drone flying around the Kennedy Space Center recently captured incredible footage of a small step forward for NASA’s delayed commercial crew program.

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Europe Officially Signs on for Asteroid-Smashing Effort

The European Space Agency has officially approved the Hera mission, which will assess the results of NASA’s asteroid-walloping Double Asteroid Redirection Test.

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Orion spacecraft arrives at Plum Brook

The Orion spacecraft that will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before, arrived at NASA’s Plum Brook Station yesterday. This was the first voyage of the assembled spacecraft – the size of a two-storey house – that includes NASA’s Crew Module and Crew Module Adapter as well as ESA’s European Service Module.

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SpaceX Aiming to Launch Crucial Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test This Month

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut taxi will get off the ground again this month, if all goes according to plan.

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Cheops Exoplanet Satellite

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.01.19

Title Image: © NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Ryan Fitzgibbons, Walt Feimer, Chris Meaney, Swarupa Nune, and Merav Opher)
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Two of a Space Kind: Apollo 12 and Mars 2020

Apollo 12 and the upcoming Mars 2020 mission may be separated by half a century, but they share several goals unique in the annals of space exploration.

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SpaceX’s 1st Full-Size Starship Prototype Suffers Anomaly in Pressure Test

The test campaign for SpaceX’s first full-size prototype of its Starship Mars-colonization vehicle may have lasted just a single day.

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Ähnliche Prozesse wie auf der Erde formten und formen die Oberfläche des größten Saturnmondes

Kein anderer Himmelskörper im Sonnensystem ähnelt der Erde stärker als Titan. Der Saturnmond besitzt wie unser Heimatplanet einen Flüssigkeitszyklus, der aufgrund der sehr viel tieferen Temperaturen allerdings auf Methan statt auf Wasser basiert: Es gibt Seen und Flüsse aus Methan, Methan verdampft und es gibt Methan-Niederschläge. „Trotz der Unterschiede zwischen den beteiligten Stoffen und den Temperaturen gibt es viele Oberflächenstrukturen,…

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Russland:  Neuer Verhaltens-Kodex für Funkverkehr zwischen Flugleitzentrum und ISS-Segment

Der Funkverkehr zwischen dem Flugleitzentrum (ZUP) in Koroljow bei Moskau und dem russischen ISS-Segment läuft seit kurzem nach einem neuen Verhaltens-Kodex ab. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti am Montag meldet, soll dabei kurz, klar, deutlich, langsam (nicht mehr als 100 Wörter pro Minute), mit gleichbleibender Lautstärke und technisch versiert gesprochen […]

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India Admits Its Moon Lander Crashed, Cites Problem with Braking Thrusters

It turns out that India’s crashed moon lander had an issue with its brakes.

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There’s a Violent Battle Between Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays, and Voyager 2 Just Passed Through it

At the edge of our solar system, a fierce battle rages between solar wind and interstellar rays. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has now passed through the frontlines.

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Will Europe Finally Get Its Asteroid-Deflection Mission Off the Ground?

Hera would observe the effects of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test.

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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) – 14.11.19

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Japanische Asteroidensonde Hayabusa2 hat die Ryugu-Umlaufbahn verlassen

Nach einer Serie von Forschungen und der Entnahme von Bodenproben hat die japanische Sonde Hayabusa2 am Mittwoch die Umlaufbahn des Asteroiden Ryugu mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 9,2 Zentimetern pro Sekunde verlassen. Das sei durch die Zündung von chemischen Triebwerken erfolgt, teilte die japanische Weltraumagentur JAXA mit. In […]

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Farewell, Ryugu! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe Leaves Asteroid for Journey Home

Japan’s enterprising asteroid-sampling spacecraft began they journey home Tuesday (Nov. 12), packed full of precious space rocks that scientists can’t wait to get their hands on.

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See the 4 Sites Where a NASA Spacecraft May ‚Tag‘ Asteroid Bennu Next Year (Photos)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will „tag“ asteroid Bennu at one of four potential sites next year. See close-up views of the four candidate sites here!

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.11.19

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Rogosin weist Bau zweier zusätzlicher Sojus-Raumschiffe an –   Reaktion auf Bitten der NASA

Der Chef der GK Roskosmos, Dmitri Rogosin, hat die Freigabe der Mittel für zwei zusätzliche Sojus-Raumschiffe angeordnet. Sie würden unter anderem auch gebaut, um den Amerikanern zu helfen, deren Raumschiffe Crew Dragon und Starliner nicht vor 2021 zur Verfügung stünden.

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Why Mars Base Tech Should Be Tested on the Moon First

The coming generation of moon explorers should consider using lunar habitats as a test bed for future Mars missions, said a representative from the French space agency.

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How Japan’s Hayabusa2 Stuck Its Landings on the Boulder-Strewn Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2’s team — despite encountering a rockier surface than expected — made flawless touchdowns twice on an asteroid. Yet there are no plans for a „Hayabusa3,“ at least right now.

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There’s Something Strange Going On Inside Neptune

Are planetary burps to blame?

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A decade probing the Sun

Ten years ago, a small satellite carrying 17 new devices, science instruments and technology experiments was launched into orbit, on a mission to investigate our star and the environment that it rules in space.

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NASA wertet Startabbruch-Test von Starliner als „sehr gelungen“

Die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA hat den unbemannten Startabbruch-Test des Starliners von Boeing am Montag als „sehr gelungen“ bewertet. Obwohl sich einer der drei Fallschirme der Mannschaftskabine nicht geöffnet habe, sei diese sanft gelandet, sagte ein Kommentator.

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NASA’s Voyager Spacecraft May Have 5 Years Left to Explore Interstellar Space

The twin Voyager probes are the ultimate spaceflight overachievers, but everyone knows their run can’t last forever.

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Boeing Tests Starliner Spacecraft’s Launch Abort System for Rocket Emergencies

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crewed vehicle aced a crucial safety test this morning in the New Mexico desert.

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Boeing Tests Starliner Capabilities to Escape Dangerous Pad Conditions

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crewed vehicle aced a crucial safety test this morning in the New Mexico desert.

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A Journey to Mars Starts on the Space Station

NASA is looking for ways to make a visit to the International Space Station a little more like a voyage to Mars.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 31.10.19

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Mars Rover 2020

Mars 2020 Stands on Its Own Six Wheels

In time-lapse video, taken at JPL, captures the first time NASA’s Mars 2020 rover carries its full weight on its legs and wheels.

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Mars 2020 Unwrapped and Ready for More Testing

In time-lapse video, bunny-suited engineers remove the inner layer of protective foil on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover after it was relocated for testing.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Tests Descent-Stage Separation

A crane lifts the rocket-powered descent stage away from NASA’s Mars 2020 rover after technicians tested the pyrotechnic charges that separate the two spacecraft.

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Mars 2020 Rover Cost Could Starve Other Red Planet Missions

The Mars science community is concerned that the growing costs of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission could affect the availability of funds for other robotic missions.

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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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