Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.07.19

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Ursache für Kopplungsproblem bei Sojus MS-14 geklärt

Die Ursache für das Kopplungsproblem des russischen Raumschiffs Sojus MS-14 Ende August ist geklärt. Schuld sei ein loses Kabel am Annäherungs- und Kopplungssystem Kurs der Internationalen Raumstation ISS gewesen, teilte der russische Kosmonaut Alexander Skworzow mit.

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Rogosin will Ursache für Loch in der Orbitalsektion von Sojus MS-09 geheim halten

Die GK Roskosmos kennt den Grund für das Loch in der Orbitalsektion des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-09. Er werde diese Information der Öffentlichkeit aber nicht mitteilen, sagte der Chef der russischen Raumfahrtagentur, Dmitri Rogosin, am Mittwoch vor Studenten der Baltischen Staatlichen Technischen Universität Wejenmech D. F. […]

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SOFIA – NASA Jumbojet

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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) – 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) – 17.01.19

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Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Life, Could Be Dead Inside

For more than two decades, scientists have wondered whether extraterrestrial life may be flourishing deep below the icy coatings boasted by moons in our outer solar system. Spacecraft like the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn have stumbled on evidence that some of their moons hide global oceans, warmed by the pull of the giant planet they orbit. And oceanic explorers much closer to home have discovered dynamic communities living in darkness around geologic features on the ocean floor. Combine the two and it’s easy to be carried away with dreams of alien seafloors teeming with microbes. But new research is looking deeper, into the rock itself, and suggesting that these worlds may be dead inside — not just biologically, but geologically as well.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 14, 2019 at 01:20PM

Shutdown Grounds NASA’s Airborne Observatory

The ongoing partial government shutdown has grounded a NASA aircraft used for astronomical observations amid reviews about how to operate that program in the future. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a Boeing 747 with a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in its fuselage, has been unable able to perform any science flights since the shutdown started Dec. 22, project officials said during a town hall session about the program Jan. 8 during the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) here.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 12, 2019 at 01:27AM

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway: NASA’s Proposed Lunar Space Station

The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is a proposed NASA program that would bring astronauts to the moon to operate a lunar space station. The concept has generated a wealth of research and numerous political discussions since 2017, especially because NASA’s stated goal under the Trump administration is to return to the moon before going to Mars.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 02:03AM

Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon’s Far Side in Historic First by China’s Chang’e 4

Before China finished packing up its Chang’e 4 lunar lander to be blasted off on a never-before-accomplished journey to the far side of the moon, scientists slipped in a small tank holding plant seeds. And now, the team announced, a cotton seed has sprouted.

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There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

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China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

China’s bold moon-exploration plans don’t stop with the pioneering Chang’e 4 mission, which made the first-ever soft landing on the lunar far side on Jan. 2.

The State Council Information Office of China (SCIO) held a press conference Monday (Jan. 14) to discuss that epic touchdown, and to give an overview of the nation’s future activities on Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 15, 2019 at 01:21PM

Hubble Space Telescope’s Glitchy Eye Should Clear Up Soon

The Hubble Space Telescope’s main eye on the universe should be back up and running soon. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) took itself offline last week as a safety precaution, after onboard software noticed anomalous voltage readings within the instrument. But Hubble team members have now determined that voltage levels actually remained within the normal range, ascribing the glitch to a telemetry issue rather than a power-supply problem.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- January 16, 2019 at 01:38PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 13.07.17

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Juno Reveals Solar System`s Largest Storm Like Never Seen Before
Last Monday, July 10, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot for the first time, providing the closest views ever of this gigantic storm system which is much…
NASA Juno Captures Jupiter`s Great Red Spot Like Never Before
NASA’s faraway Juno spacecraft had its eighth close encounter with Jupiter this week and has since sent back spectacular imagery and a treasure trove of data looking at Jupiter’s most…
JunoCam : Processing | First raw Pictures from Fly By
JunoCam : Processing | First raw Pictures from Fly By
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Raumsonde Juno: Tiefflug über den Großen Roten Fleck
Größer als die Erde, stellt der Große Rote Fleck auf Jupiter eines der größten Rätsel des Riesenplaneten dar. Der Wirbelsturm wird seit rund 300 Jahren auf Jupiter beobachtet, aber…
NASA`s Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter`s Great Red...
This science pass offered front-row seats to the planet’s most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot.
NASA Reviews Options for Dawn Extended Mission
WASHINGTON – NASA expects to make a decision within the next two months whether to keep the Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the largest body in the main asteroid belt or have it fly past…
SOFIA to Make Advance Observations of Next New Horizons Flyby...
On July 10, researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will attempt to study the environment around a distant Kuiper Belt Object, 2014 MU69, which…
SOFIA In Right Place At Right Time to Study New Horizons` Flyby...
NASA’s airborne observatory, SOFIA, was in the right place at the right time to study the environment around a distant Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for…
GAIA WISHES NEW HORIZONS SUCCESS
GAIA WISHES NEW HORIZONS SUCCESS
After its successful visit to Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons mission is currently on its way to its next flyby target, a Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69. On 1 January 2019, the spacecraft will be passing MU69 …
NASA Pluto Probe`s Next Target May Actually Be `Swarm` of Objects
The frigid, faraway body that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zoom by 18 months from now may actually be a cluster of small objects, new observations suggest. New Horizons – which…
The Case of the Dog that Didn`t Bark in the Night
Last month I was part of a big observing campaign to catch an occultation of 2014MU69. It was an adventure on many different levels and the whole process was fascinating (not always fun,…
@sofiatelescope: We`re going to search for rings or...
We’re going to search for rings or debris around @NASANewHorizons‘ next flyby object: https://t.co/PoGOc0Qi8L #mu69occ #NASA747 https://t.co/4LWybBTc8w
Zwergplanet in Opposition - Pluto und die Ziele dahinter
Inzwischen hat die Sonde schon mehr als die Hälfte des Weges zum nächsten Ziel zurückgelegt: Am Neujahrstag 2019 soll „New Horizons“ 2014 MU69 passieren. Über dieses Trans-Neptun-Objekt…
An Unexpected Journey to the Southern Hemisphere?
Normally my work life is not too exciting from an outdoors adventure standpoint. I mostly sit behind a computer writing code, writing papers, writing proposals, and writing recommendation…
Raketenmitflug: DLR-Forschungsrakete Mapheus-6
Sechs Minuten und 19 Sekunden lang schwebten die Experimente an Bord der Forschungsrakete Mapheus-6 in der Schwerelosigkeit, die vom Raketenstartplatz Esrange in Nord-Schweden startete. An…

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