Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 10.05.18

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander is now cruising to the Red Planet. Here’s how the spacecraft will spend its seven-month interplanetary journey.
NASA’s Mars Cube One duo, officially known as MarCO-A and MarCO-B, checked in with their handlers Saturday afternoon (May 5), not long after launching from California along with NASA’s InSight Mars lander.
MarCO is a pair of tiny spacecraft that launched with NASA’s InSight lander today.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT). See photos from the historic launch here.
NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
In its 60 year history, NASA launched more than 50 spacecraft to study the solar system beyond Earth and its moon. Despite the long record, the space agency’s next mission will do something that no previous interplanetary probe has done before. Go west.
NASA’s InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to launch Saturday morning (May 5), was originally supposed to lift off in March 2016. Here’s why InSight didn’t meet that first opportunity, and why NASA decided to stick with the mission anyway.
Gebirgsbildung, Vulkanismus und Erdbeben werden durch die thermischen und mechanischen Kräfte im Inneren eines Planeten bestimmt. Auf der Erde bildeten sich Kontinente und das Leben, wie wir es heute …
Der Marsmaulwurf HP3 des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) wird sich in wenigen Monaten erstmals vollautomatisch bis zu fünf Meter tief in den Untergrund des Roten Planeten graben und s…
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Ursprünglich sollte die rund 650 Millionen Euro teure Mission schon vor zwei Jahren beginnen – jetzt ist die Nasa-Raumsonde „InSight“ zum Mars gestartet. Die Landung auf dem Planeten ist für November geplant.
To get a better view of InSight’s launch into foggy skies, these spectators took their skywatching to great heights.

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 03.05.18

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander is scheduled to launch early Saturday (May 5) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After it touches down on Nov. 26, the craft will spend at least two years studying Mars‘ interior structure and composition.
Here’s how to watch NASA’s Mars InSight spacecraft launch Saturday (May 5), in person or online.
When NASA’s Mars InSight mission launches for the Red Planet no earlier than Saturday (May 5), it won’t be traveling alone. The mission also features two small spacecraft nicknamed „Wall-E“ and „Eva,“ which are the first of their kind to voyage so far awa
NASA’s Mars InSight mission is designed to probe deep into the planet in search of marsquakes, information about the core and much more. This will be the first NASA mission to dig so deep in search of scientific answers. Here are 10 surprising facts about
Mehrere Sonden und Rover hat allein die US-Raumfahrtbehörde NASA schon zum Roten Planeten geschickt. Jetzt folgt der Lander InSight – und der soll dem Mars noch tiefer unter die Oberfläche schauen als alle Vorgänger.
A Soviet-era cosmonaut who spent almost a year on board three different space stations, Vladimir Lyakhov died on April 19 at the age of 76. Lyakhov logged a total of 333 days as commander of Soyuz missions to the Salyut 6, Salyut 7 and Mir space stations.
The heat shield for NASA’s upcoming Mars rover suffered a fracture during testing recently, but the incident won’t change the mission’s launch date, agency officials said.
Development of a NASA mission to collect samples on Mars for later return to Earth has suffered a setback, but should not affect its 2020 launch date.
A post-test inspection of the composite structure for a heat shield to be used on the Mars 2020 mission revealed that a fracture occurred during structural testing.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.04.18

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Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.

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“️ “Launch of Sentinel 3B and reaching the Orbit“. Everything looks fine #Sentinel3 #Sentinel3B #ESA t.co/FCkEHHzBAc

Tomorrow’s launch of Sentinel-3B will complete the Sentinel-3 constellation and represents the culmination of months of training to fly Europe’s latest Copernicus satellite.
Making what is likely its last commercial launch, Russia’s Rokot rocket will give the European Sentinel-3b satellite a ride to orbit Wednesday. Liftoff, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, is scheduled for 20:57 Moscow Time (17:57 UTC). Wednesday’s launch will deploy…
Tweet With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch! Monday’s dress rehearsal involved teams here in Plesetsk, the satellite operations team at…
Europe’s Copernicus satellite fleet is gearing up for the arrival of its next addition on Wednesday with a Russian Rockot booster set to blast off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 17:57 UTC carrying the Sentinel-3B multi-function satellite. Pending successful delivery into orbit, the…
Noch nie folgten bei der Europäischen Weltraumagentur Esa so viele Satelliten-Starts so dicht aufeinander. 2018 soll es nach jahrelanger Planung auch zum Merkur gehen.
Tweet With the satellite being rolled out to the launch pad and positioned in the launch tower, it’s been a very exciting weekend. Last Friday, with the Rockot upper composite all finished, it was moved from the 101B cleanroom to the General Hall ready for rollout on Saturday. The Khrunichev…
Der morgige Start von Sentinel-3B wird die Sentinel-3-Konstellation vervollständigen und stellt den Höhepunkt einer monatelangen Vorbereitungsphase für den neuesten europäischen Copernicus-Satelliten dar.
Der Sentinel-3B Satellit wird, wie sein Zwilling, mit einer russischen Rockot-Rakete in die Umlaufbahn gebracht. Rockot kommt natürlich aus dem Russischen und heißt übersetzt „Getöse“.  Diese Träge…
„Sentinel“ – zu Deutsch „der Wächter“. Der Name dieses Satellitenprogramms kommt nicht von ungefähr. Denn seine Aufgabe ist tatsächlich die Überwachung und Beobachtung…
Searching galactic haloes for ‚missing‘ matter. Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton; J-T. Li (University of Michigan, USA); Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
NASA’s Chandra Observatory has enabled scientists to study the inner workings of the crab nebula.
Eine so detaillierte Karte unserer Galaxie gab es bislang nicht: Der Satellit „Gaia“ hat etwa 1,7 Milliarden Sterne abgelichtet, Forscher haben die Aufnahmen zu einem riesigen Bild zusammengesetzt.
A multitude of discoveries are on the horizon after this much awaited release, which is based on 22 months of charting the sky. The new data includes positions, distance indicators and motions of more than one billion stars, along with high-precision measurements of asteroids within our Solar…
On 25 April 2018, ESA’s Gaia mission will publish its much awaited second data release, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy.Scientists who have been working on creating and validating the data contained in the catalogue tell us why they are wait…
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the second data release of ESA’s Gaia mission, an astrometry mission to map more than one billion stars in our Galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.04.18

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When NASA first started planning the Kepler mission, no one knew if the universe held any planets outside our solar system. Thousands of exoplanets later, the search enters a new phase.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission will launch no earlier than Monday (April 16), and its ultimate goal is to provide a catalog of planets all over the sky.
On Monday, April 16, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA’s new exoplanet hunter will train its sights on nearer, brighter stars than its predecessors did.
A conversation with Doug Caldwell, instrument scientist for the Kepler Space Telescope, and who’s now working on NASA’s next planet-hunting mission— the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS.
Kurz vor dem Ende von Kepler schickt die NASA mit dem Weltraumteleskop TESS einen Nachfolger ins All, der tausende weitere Exoplaneten entdecken soll. Erstmals soll SpaceX eine wissenschaftliche Sonde der US-Agentur befördern.
After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which was scheduled to take place this evening (April 16), has been delayed by at least 48 hours due to an issue with the spacecraft’s rocket ride, a SpaceX Falcon 9.
NASA’s pursuit of Earth 2.0 will have to wait at least another two days for a critical search asset to head into orbit as the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was delayed from Monday to provide time for additional Guidance, Navigation &…
SpaceX and NASA are preparing to launch the TESS exoplanet-hunting satellite on Monday, April 16.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
NASA’s TESS exoplanet-hunting spacecraft is primed for an on-time liftoff Monday (April 15) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
Was ist Sentinel? Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Satelliten die die Erde beobachten. Sie gehören zu einem europäischen Programm, das „Copernicus“ heißt. Dabei kommt der Name Sentin…
The SENTINEL-3 Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite description and ground segment. It also covers an introduction to heritage missions, thematic areas and services, orbit characteristics and coverage, instrument payloads and data products.
Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular ‘to do’ list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April.
Image gallery of the Sentinel-3 satellite.
Die Steuerung des Sentinel Satelliten erfolgt im ESOC , dem „European Space Operations Centre“, also dem Kontrollzentrum der ESA in Darmstadt. Seit 1967 kontrolliert es den Betrieb sämt…
Die Sentinel-3-Satelliten haben 5 Hauptinstrumente: OLCI (Ocean and Land Colour Instrument) Aufnahme der Farbe eines ca. 1300 km breiten Streifens mit 5 Kameras 21 spektrale Kanäle mit einer Wellen…
Die Rakete mit dem Satelliten Sentinel-3B wird vom Kosmodrom Plessezk etwa 800 Kilometer nördlich von Moskau in Russland aus starten. Hier starteten auch schon Sentinel-3A und Sentinel-5P.
Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Erdbeobachtungssatelliten des Erdbeobachtungsprogrammes Copernicus. Dabei kommt der Name Sentinel aus dem Englischen und heißt „Wächter“. Passend für…
Ihr erinnert euch? Im letzten Jahr waren wir in Darmstadt und haben dort den Start des Satelliten Sentinel-2B miterlebt. Inzwischen ist auch schon Sentinel-5P gestartet und nun startet Sentinel-3B.…

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“SIGNAL ACQUIRED #AOS We just caught #MarsExpress transmitting loud & clear – well, not so loud over 144mn km, but enough for our needs! #Rday #Mars


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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.04.18

 

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Der ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) wird bald mit seiner Suche nach Gasen, die auf geologische oder biologische Aktivitäten auf dem Roten Planeten hinweisen, beginnen.
European spacecraft in position to start its science mission, say controllers.
A cutoff of live video on a recent SpaceX launch reflects new awareness by regulators of the imaging capabilities of onboard cameras on launch vehicles.
Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but are also revealing new information about the moon’s evolution and structure.
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — pronounced „laddie,“ not „lady“ — is set to launch to the moon in September 2013. The 844-pound (383 kilograms) spacecraft is designed to orbit the moon, investigating lunar dust, the lunar a
SpaceX isn’t responsible for the loss of the top-secret Zuma spy satellite during the craft’s launch earlier this year, according to media reports.
„A super secretive US government satellite SpaceX launched in January never made it to orbit after it failed to separate from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. Three months later, it still appears the satellite manufacturer Northrop Grumman may be to blame for the loss and not SpaceX. A new…
Die Ariane-Trägerfamilie und die Vega-Rakete sichern den autonomen Zugang Europas zum Weltraum. Mit Blick auf die sich gegenwärtig rapide verändernden Rahmenbedingungen stellt sich die Frage: Wie läss…