Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 02.07.20

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

ESA listens in on black hole mission

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

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Cb0kp1

Russkij kosmos sieht Unzulänglichkeiten beim Crew Dragon von SpaceX

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

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2TkXF6m

#6: Start of assembly and integration for JUICE

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

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via Science & Technology – Cosmic Vision https://ift.tt/2BckQ8n

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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