Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.12.17

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NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
NASA to Unveil Exoplanet Discovery Thursday
NASA is about to announce some more big alien-planet news. The agency will hold a news conference Thursday (Dec. 14) at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) to reveal a new discovery made by its prolific…
AI is Now Helping Kepler Find Planets
Media Telecon Dec. 14th to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery „NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST (18:00 UTC) Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its…
Kepler`s Gaze Shifts Toward New Targets
The sixteenth observing campaign of the Kepler spacecraft’s K2 extended mission is now underway. The campaign has prospects for discoveries among 30,000 objects in the direction of the…
SpaceX Rocket Launch for NASA Delayed to Friday for Extra Inspections
SpaceX has again pushed back the launch of a used Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule filled with NASA cargo – this time to no earlier than Friday (Dec. 13) – for extra inspections and…
Galileo 19-22 gestartet
Europa hat mit dem Ariane-5-Start vam 12. Dezember vier weitere Galileo-Navigationssatelliten auf ihre Umlaufbahnen gebracht. Mit dieser erfolgreichen Etappe ist nur noch ein weiterer Start…
Earth from Space: Amazing Time-Lapse Videos by Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli has spent a lot of time orbiting planet Earth on two tours of duty aboard the International Space Station, and one on a NASA space…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.12.2017

 

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Pluto, Other Faraway Worlds May Have Buried Oceans
Our solar system may harbor many more potentially habitable worlds than scientists had thought. Subsurface oceans could still slosh beneath the icy crusts of frigid, faraway worlds such as…
NASA`s Next Mars Rover: A Life-Hunting Curiosity 2.0
NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover will be a souped-up version of the highly accomplished robot that touched down on the Red Planet in August 2012, agency officials said.
Voyager 1 Just Fired Up its Backup Thrusters for the 1st Time in 37 Years
NASA’s far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft has taken its backup thrusters out of mothballs. Voyager 1 hadn’t used its four „trajectory correction maneuver“ (TCM) thrusters since November 1980,…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 30.11.2017

 

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NASA-Regularien: Zweifel an Sicherheit der Raumkapseln von SpaceX und Boeing
Eigentlich wollen Boeing und SpaceX 2018 mit bemannten Testflügen ihrer Raumkapseln beginnen. Wichtige Berater der NASA haben einem Bericht zufolge aber erhebliche Zweifel daran, dass die…
Soyuz/Fregat Suffer First Russian Launch Failure of 2017 with Meteor Weather Satellite & MicroSats
Russia suffered its first launch failure of 2017 on Tuesday on the second Soyuz mission carried out from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s far east, claiming the loss of the…
Contact lost with satellites after Soyuz launch - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – Controllers have been unable to contact a weather satellite launched on a Soyuz rocket from the country’s new spaceport Nov. 28, raising fears of a launch failure. The…
Russian Upper Stage Fires In The Wrong Direction and Splashes Its Payload
The reason for the unsuccessful launch of „Meteor-M“ was called the human factor, Interfax (Google Translate) „The reason for the Meteor-M satellite accident after launching from the…
Do the Twist! Mars Has a Tangled Magnetic Tail
Mars‘ magnetic field stands apart in the solar system because it gets twisted by interactions with solar particles, a NASA spacecraft discovered. What’s more, the Red Planet also could have…
Radarsatelliten: Plädoyer für Mission Tandem-L
Im Rahmen der Helmholtz-Allianz „Fernerkundung und Dynamik des Erdsystems“ haben Experten in den vergangenen fünf Jahren einen Vorschlag für eine neue Radarsatellitenmission Tandem-L…
Sternengeschichten Folge 261: Menschengemachte Objekte auf anderen Himmelskörpern
Die ersten Raketen haben wir Menschen nach Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs in den Weltraum geschickt. Der erste künstliche Satellit hat im Oktober 1957 die Erde umkreist. Und nur wenige Jahre später haben wir begonnen auch Raumsonden zu anderen Himmelskörpern zu schicken.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 23.11.17

 

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Earth `Breathes` in Amazing Time-Lapse Video from Space
For 20 years, NASA satellites have monitored Earth from space, tracking the pulse of life in seasonal patterns as heat moves around the planet, sea ice grows and shrinks, and vegetation…
New Hole in Sun`s Atmosphere Lets Particles Spew Out
A large, dark „hole“ has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, allowing solar winds to rush out into space – an ordinary occurrence, but a spectacular one to see. NASA’s Solar Dynamics…
International Campaign to Monitor Fall of China Space Lab
Sky watchers are on the lookout for China’s Tiangong-1 space lab – and the seeing is good. Tiangong-1 („Heavenly Palace“) was hurled into Earth orbit in late September 2011. It was used for…
NASA`s Next Mars Lander Passes Big Test Ahead of May 2018 Launch
LITTLETON, Colo. – NASA’s next Mars lander just passed a big test ahead of its planned May 2018 launch. The spacecraft, known as InSight (short for „Interior Exploration using Seismic…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.11.17

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Video: Cygnus Cargo Craft Rides into Orbit atop Second Upgraded Antares Rocket
Orbital ATK successfully launched an Antares 230 rocket from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Installed on ISS for Critical Supplies Delivery
The Cygnus S.S. Gene Cernan arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for a robotic capture and berthing to become a temporary part of the orbiting laboratory for the delivery…
Cygnus Open for Business; Crew Unloading New Bacteria, Plant and Tech Studies
The Expedition 53 astronauts are continuing to unload several thousand pounds of space cargo from the new Cygnus resupply ship that arrived Tuesday morning. Some of the new science cargo…
Cygnus Installed on Station With New Science Experiments
The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship was bolted into place on the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 7:15 a.m. EST. The spacecraft will spend about three…
`Beyond A Year In Space`: Astronaut Scott Kelly`s Epic Documentary Airs on PBS Wednesday (Exclusive Clip)
Twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly were separated for almost a year, undergoing intensive measurements when one was in space and one was on Earth. But that was only the beginning of their…
Mystery of Pluto`s Super-Cold Weather Solved
The more we learn about Pluto, the more interesting the little world becomes. Hydrocarbon particles in Pluto’s atmosphere are responsible for the dwarf planet’s surprisingly low…
Privately Funded Team May Launch Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus
SEATTLE – A privately funded team may beat NASA to the punch when it comes to looking for life on the Saturn moon Enceladus. Breakthrough Initiatives – a program founded by billionaire tech…
Raumfahrtmedizin: Marsmission für Menschen zu gefährlich?
Eine bemannte Mission zum Mars gilt als nächster großer Schritt bei der Erkundung des Sonnensystems durch den Menschen. Die Besatzung einer solchen Expedition müsste dazu lange Zeit in…

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