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) – 02.05.19

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Power Issue on International Space Station / Problem bei der ISS-Stromversorgung

Problem bei der ISS-Stromversorgung –   Keine unmittelbare Gefahr für die Besatzung

In der Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist es am Montag zu einem Problem bei der Stromversorgung gekommen. Es bestehe aber keine unmittelbare Gefahr für die Besatzung, teilte die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA mit. Es werde an der Ermittlung der Ursachen gearbeitet.

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Stromversorgungsprobleme auf ISS führen zur Verschiebung von SpaceX-Start

Teilweiser Stromausfall auf der ISS. Die Astronauten sind nicht in Gefahr, aber Nachschub kann nicht geliefert werden.

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Stromversorgungsprobleme auf ISS führen zur Verschiebung von SpaceX-Start

Teilweiser Stromausfall auf der ISS. Die Astronauten sind nicht in Gefahr, aber Nachschub kann nicht geliefert werden.

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Dragon Cargo Mission Launch No Earlier than May 3

On April 29, the space station team identified an issue with one of the station’s Main Bus Switching Units that distributes power to two of the eight power channels on the station.  There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station. Teams are working on a plan to robotically replace the failed unit and restore full power to the station system. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The earliest possible launch opportunity is no earlier than Friday, May 3.

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NASA Delays SpaceX Dragon Cargo Launch Due to Space Station Power Glitch

NASA and SpaceX have postponed the planned launch of a new Dragon cargo ship this week due to a power system glitch on the International Space Station. Liftoff is no earlier than May 3.

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Crew Waits for Dragon Mission While Teams Troubleshoot Power Issue

A SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is poised to liftoff this week from Florida to the International Space Station. The Expedition 59 crew will welcome Dragon when it arrives three days later carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of cargo.

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Space Research Continues on Station as NASA, SpaceX Move Off May 1 Launch

On April 29, the space station team identified an issue with one of the station’s Main Bus Switching Units that distributes power to two of the eight power channels on the station.  There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station. Teams are working on a plan to robotically replace the failed unit and restore full power to the station system. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The earliest possible launch opportunity is no earlier than Friday, May 3.

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Live coverage: NASA studying space station electrical system issue – Spaceflight Now

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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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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.04.19

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Beresheet crashed on the Moon / Israelische Mondsonde abgestürzt

Israelische Mondsonde abgestürzt

Die israelische Mondsonde Beresheet (Anfang) ist am Donnerstag abgestürzt. Sie zerschellte bei der Landung, weil ein Motor ausgefallen war, teilte der Betreiber Spacell mit.

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Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

Israel’s lunar lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon

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Manual Command Likely Caused Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash

A preliminary investigation puts the apparent blame for Beresheet’s April 11 moon crash on a „manual command“ that was entered into the spacecraft’s computer.

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Did NASA Experiment Survive Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash?

A NASA piggyback experiment may have survived the April 11 crash of Israel’s Beresheet moon lander, experts said.

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Beresheet Comes Close before Crashing on the Moon

Mission controllers announced Beresheet had a problem with its main engine, and the spacecraft stopped transmitting shortly thereafter.

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SpaceIL Spacecraft Isn’t Successful in Landing on the Moon

Israel succeeded in getting its spacecraft in orbit around the moon, however an engine problem during the landing attempt caused the spacecraft to crash. Prime Minister Netanyahu in attendance said shortly after the news that „if you don’t first succeed, try again.“ No doubt Israel will try again. A nation came together on what started as a Google Lunar X Prize entry. It can celebrate the effort and achievements it made along the way.

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Israelische Raumsonde zerschellt auf dem Mond

Die geplante Landung einer israelischen Raumsonde auf dem Mond ist gescheitert. „Beresheet“ zerschellte offenbar auf der Oberfläche.

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Beresheet: Israelische Raumsonde zerschellt bei Landung auf dem Mond

Die israelische Raumsonde Beresheet schaffte es bis zum Mond, dann gab es Probleme. Beim Landemanöver fiel der wichtigste Motor aus.

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Space Is Hard, Beresheet Israeli Lunar Crash Proves Again

An unassuming spacecraft called Beresheet shot for the moon. It couldn’t quite stick the landing, but it has plenty of company in its disappointing fate.

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Israel Will Build Another Moon Lander

The team behind the nation’s Beresheet probe, which crashed during its historic lunar-landing attempt Thursday (April 11), will take another crack at Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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The Moon Loses Water When Meteoroids Smack the Lunar Surface

Meteoroid impacts regularly liberate puffs of water vapor from the moon, suggesting that minuscule amounts of water may lurk just under the entire lunar surface, a new study finds.

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SOFIA entdeckt Baustein für das junge Universum

Das Heliumhydrid-Ion stellte die Wissenschaft vor ein Dilemma: Aus Laboruntersuchungen ist es seit fast 100 Jahren bekannt, aber im Weltall war es trotz aufwendiger Suche bisher nicht aufzufinden. Doch einem internationalen Forscherteam unter der Leitung von Rolf Güsten vom Bonner Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie ist es nun geglückt, dieses Molekül mit Hilfe des Ferninfrarot-Spektrometers GREAT an Bord der fliegenden Sternwarte SOFIA.

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NASA Astronaut Christina Koch Will Spend Nearly a Year in Space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to break a record on her first spaceflight, the agency announced yesterday

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Breaking Records: How Astronaut Christina Koch’s Extended Space Mission Will Make History

Christina Koch has a(n out-of-this) world record in her future.

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Neuer Damen-Langzeitflugrekord in Sicht:   US-Astronautin Koch bleibt bis Februar 2020 in der ISS

US-Astronautin Christina Koch bleibt bis Februar 2020 in der Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Mit 328 Tagen auf der Umlaufbahn stellt sie damit einen neuen Langzeitflugrekord für Frauen auf, teilte die US-Luft- und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA am Mittwoch mit. Den bisherigen Rekord hält die Amerikanerin Peggy Whitson mit 288 Tagen.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.04.19

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Picture of Blackhole in Messier 87

Chandra Captures X-rays in Coordination with Event Horizon Telescope

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to obtain data of Messier 87, or M87, during the April 2017 observing run by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).

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Live-Blog zum Event Horizon Telescope Reveal

Zwei Jahrzehnte ist es nun her, dass diese Computersimulationen in dem Paper „Viewing the Shadow of the Black Hole at the Galactic Center“ erschienen sind: zu sehen das mutmaßliche Schwarze Loch Sgr A* im Zentrum der Milchstraße, bei 0.6 mm (links) und 1.3 mm Wellenlänge rechts), für den Fall schneller Rotation (oben) bzw. keiner Rotation (unten), unter Berücksichtigung der leider ziemlich gravierenden Streuung derart kurzer Radiowellen im interstellaren Medium. Anfang 2000 hatte das MPI für Radioastronomie ob dieses Papers die Hoffnung ausgesprochen, dass „die Weiterentwicklung bereits vorhandener astronomischer Beobachtungsmethoden es Astronomen bald erlauben könnte, die verworrenen Wege von Photonen zu verfolgen, die nur um Haaresbreite den Fängen eines Schwarzen Lochs entkommen sind“: Die entscheidende Entdeckung war nämlich gewesen, dass der ‚Schatten‘ des Schwarzen Lochs vor umgebendem strahlendem Gas durch die Lichtablenkung in seinem eigenen extremen Schwerefeld winkelmäßig deutlich vergrößert wird, wenn auch nur auf etwa 50 Mikrobogensekunden.

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Eureka! Black Hole Photographed for 1st Time

For the first time ever, humanity has photographed a black hole, shining light on an exotic realm that had long been beyond our ken.

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‚Black Holes: The First Image‘ Premieres Tonight on Science Channel (Video)

Learn how a scientific team used radio telescopes to peer past galactic clouds of dust and gas trying to take the first-ever photograph a black hole.

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Event Horizon Telescope to Unveil Big Black Hole News Today! Watch Live

The Event Horizon Telescope project is unveiling a major black hole discovery Wednesday morning (April 10) at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), and you can watch the event live.

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Israeli Moon Lander Poised for Lunar Touchdown Thursday

Israel’s robotic Beresheet moon lander is nearing its moment of truth: an epic lunar touchdown attempt scheduled to occur between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday (April 11).

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What Exactly Is a Black Hole Event Horizon (and What Happens There)?

On Wednesday (April 10), the international Event Horizon Telescope project will release the first results from its plan to image black holes. But what exactly is an event horizon?

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Revolutionäre Beobachtung im All: Forscher zeigen erstmals Foto von einem schwarzen Loch

Ein weltweites Netzwerk von Teleskopen hat eine Beobachtung ermöglicht, auf die Astronomen seit Jahrzehnten warten: Das erste Bild von einem schwarzen Loch. Wir erklären, was zu sehen ist.

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Hayabusa 2 creates new Crater on Ryugu / Hayabusa sprengt Krater in Asteroiden Ryugu

Hayabusa 2 creates new crater on Ryugu – Briefing documents (PDF)

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Pow! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Bombs Asteroid Ryugu to Make a Crater (Photo)

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft slammed a copper cannonball into the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to blast out a crater.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Shoots Copper Bomb at Asteroid Ryugu to Create Artificial Crater

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe deployed a heavy copper plate toward the asteroid Ryugu last night (April 4), in an effort to create an artificial crater.

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Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Dropping Explosives, Hiding behind Ryugu

Hayabusa2 is safe and sound after successfully deploying its explosive-packed SCI experiment.

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BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.

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Controlling the future

New, innovative software developed by ESA will ensure future missions fly flawlessly. From virtual reality to autonomous robots, check out our video on the future of mission control

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Israel’s Moon Lander Beresheet

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

SpaceIL’s Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

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Beresheet is about to land on the Moon

A successful landing will make SpaceIL the first private organization, and Israel the fourth country, to soft-land on the Moon.

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Israel’s Moon Lander Arrives in Lunar Orbit Tomorrow

Beresheet will slip into orbit around the moon tomorrow morning (April 4) — if it aces a crucial engine burn.

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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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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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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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