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Bilder eines Geschehen das man bis heute nicht fassen kann und ohne weitere Worte da sie für sich sprechen...

Foto: NASA - Blick auf den Terror

Foto: NASA - ISS Blick auf den Terror

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Foto: NASA - Frank Culbertson (3. Mission-Kommandant auf der ISS) musste hilflos dem Terror zusehen...

Foto: NASA - Flugverkehr über der USA vor und nach dem Terror-Anschlag

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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 19:15 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Ohne Star Trek, gäbe es kein SpaceX oder Blue Origin

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Without Star Trek, there would be no SpaceX or Blue Origin

Utopian series planted dreams in young minds that commercial space titans pursue today.

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos (right) in his cameo as an alien in Star Trek: Beyond.

A self-admitted Trekkie, Bezos founded Blue Origin 16 years ago this month, and the company stands at the vanguard of the new space movement. He, along with Elon Musk, and to a lesser extent others like Microsoft’s Paul Allen, have begun to shake up the stodgy aerospace industry with new companies and new ideas. They have injected personal capital and innovation into spaceflight for a single, overarching reason—they want to see humanity expand into space. And the impetus for this came early in life, largely from Star Trek and its optimistic vision of humanity as a species that had mastered spaceflight and set about exploring the galaxy.

For Trek fans of a certain age, spreading humanity across the cosmos does not seem like an impossible dream. Bezos, 52, and Musk, 45, grew up in the 1970s, an anything-was-possible era. NASA had just sent humans to the Moon, and Voyager probes were flying out into the solar system. The space agency, too, was developing the space shuttle, which promised to send hundreds if not thousands of people to space, as well as plant the seeds for a vibrant, in-space economy.

The dream never died

But that’s not what happened. Perhaps, as young adults, when the tech titans set about making their fortunes with Amazon and PayPal, they believed NASA would figure this whole space thing out. Yet as Bezos and Musk prospered, NASA floundered. The space shuttle had two accidents and focused on completing construction of the International Space Station. While the ISS has been continuously inhabited for more than 15 years, both the shuttle and station, with annual budgets in excess of $3 billion, proved to be unsustainable without government backing. Space is no more open to humanity today than it was when Bezos and Musk were children.

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Elon Musk, actor-director Jon Favreau, and comedian Russell Peters attend the after party for the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Hollywood Blvd. on December 14, 2015.
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Their dreams did not die, however. Even as Bezos and Musk earned fortunes (and scars) in the dotcom boom of the 1990s, inside them were still little kids who grew up watching Star Trek. For kids who grew up in the 1970s, it just seemed obvious that humanity should build starships, colonize distant worlds, and explore the galaxy. And so when NASA failed to fulfill this dream, these future titans of the commercial space industry began investing their own capital to explore how this might be done.

Musk founded SpaceX to colonize Mars. Bezos founded Blue Origin to lower the cost of access to space and make it possible for thousands, if not millions, of people to live and work offworld. Billionaires from Google and Microsoft created Planetary Resources to mine asteroids.

Building a “nice” future

At the 2014 MIT AeroAstro Centennial symposium, Musk elaborated on the influence of Star Trekduring his formative years. “When I was a kid I’d just consume, like, all science fiction and fantasy, you know, movies, books, anything at all, even if it was really schlocky,” he said. “So, in terms of sort of key influences, I mean I certainly like Star Trek, because that actually shows like more of a Utopian future, like it's not, like, things aren't horrible in the future. It’s like there’s so many bloody post-apocalyptic futures, like okay can we have one that’s nice? Just a few. So I like that about Star Trek.”

Even as Musk took a more public path with SpaceX, Bezos remained quiet about his own spaceflight venture, Blue Origin. The spaceflight company’s first few years consisted mostly of a few engineers exploring ways to get to orbit without using chemical rockets. But when transporters and other technologies proved impractical, Blue Origin set about building the best engines possible. Like SpaceX, Blue Origin focused on developing reusable rockets to lower the cost of access to space.

(Fun fact: Bezos ticked an item off of his bucket list this summer by making a cameo appearance in the newest Star Trek movie, Beyond.)

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But getting the masses into space (outside of Hollywood) remains a challenge, as last week's accident during preparations for a static fire of a SpaceX test reminds us. The hard engineering work continues, but the quest for a Trek-like future remains as compelling as ever for Musk and Bezos.

“My vision is millions of people living and working in space,” Bezos said in March during a tour of his rocket factory. “And I think the global record is 13. We have a long way to go. We haven’t even had 13 in space for a long time. So there’s a lot of work to be done. You want to set things up so you can explore the whole solar system.”

If this all sounds like some people who want to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before—well, that’s probably not an accident.

Quelle: ars technica


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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 19:00 Uhr

Raumfahrt - ISRO Planung: Mindestens zwei GSLV-MkII Raketen-Starts jedes Jahr

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ISRO Planning At Least Two GSLV-MkII Launches Every Year

A GSLV-MkII rocket right outside the vehicle assembly building at SHAR, Sriharikota. Credit: ISRO

A GSLV-MkII rocket right outside the vehicle assembly building at SHAR, Sriharikota. Credit: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has drawn up plans to make two-three GSLV missions every year, a top official said on Thursday.

The space agency registered a hat-trick of successes with the completion of the GSLV F05 mission on September 8. The mission saw a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle successfully place the INSAT-3DR satellite in the geostationary transfer orbit.

“We had a very successful flight of GSLV-Mk II. This is third consecutive GSLV-Mk II launch with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. Last August (2015) we had successful launch of GSLV-D6. Our intent is to launch two-three GSLV-MkII missions every year in the coming years,” ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters at Sriharikota.

GSLV rockets using the indigenous cryogenic upper stage are designated GSLV Mk II.

Noting that ISRO scientists are geared to launch the ‘SCATSAT’ in two to three weeks followed by the ‘GSLV-MkIII’, he said that ISRO was also working on launching vehicles to Venus or to asteroids.

“We have lined up plans to launch the communication satellite, SAARC satellite, Earth observation satellite. Then we have Chandrayaan-II, we have Isro-Nasa Mission. Launch of ADITYA is also under progress. We also have the MARS Mission II. We are looking at going to Venus or to asteroids. The discussions are going on,” Kumar said.

On today’s successful launch, project director Uma Maheshwaran said, “This (today’s launch) has been a fantastic mission. In fact this is the first hat-trick of GSLV. PSLV also has so many hat-tricks till now. This is the first mission carrying heaviest satellite that was successfully deployed,” he said.

Noting that the ISRO scientists have worked on the “shortest working campaign” towards the launch of GSLV-F05, project director Maheshwaran said, “We had lot of PSLV missions. We are also planning to have two to three GSLV launches per year. Really we are striving for more (launches).”

“In today’s launch, all the parameters were perfect. The cryogenic stage has performed exceptionally well. It is a remarkable mission. Against the planned target of perigee of 170 km plus or minus five km, the launch (of satellite in GTO) happened at 169.7 km. It is a precise text book launch,” he said.

Quelle: THE WIRE


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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 18:45 Uhr

Mars-Chroniken - Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

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 Curiosity got close to this outcrop on Sept. 9, 2016, which displays finely layered rocks. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
 

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray Buttes" region of lower Mount Sharp. The new images arguably rival photos taken in U.S. National Parks.

Curiosity took the images with its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sept. 8. The rover team plans to assemble several large, color mosaics from the multitude of images taken at this location in the near future.

"Curiosity's science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

The Martian buttes and mesas rising above the surface are eroded remnants of ancient sandstone that originated when winds deposited sand after lower Mount Sharp had formed. 

"Studying these buttes up close has given us a better understanding of ancient sand dunes that formed and were buried, chemically changed by groundwater, exhumed and eroded to form the landscape that we see today," Vasavada said.

The new images represent Curiosity's last stop in the Murray Buttes, where the rover has been driving for just over one month. As of this week, Curiosity has exited these buttes toward the south, driving up to the base of the final butte on its way out. In this location, the rover began its latest drilling campaign (on Sept. 9). After this drilling is completed, Curiosity will continue farther south and higher up Mount Sharp, leaving behind these spectacular formations.

Curiosity landed near Mount Sharp in 2012. It reached the base of the mountain in 2014 after successfully finding evidence on the surrounding plains that ancient Martian lakes offered conditions that would have been favorable for microbes if Mars has ever hosted life. Rock layers forming the base of Mount Sharp accumulated as sediment within ancient lakes billions of years ago.

On Mount Sharp, Curiosity is investigating how and when the habitable ancient conditions known from the mission's earlier findings evolved into conditions drier and less favorable for life.

Quelle: NASA


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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 17:00 Uhr

Luftfahrt - Sommerfest und Flugshow in Weinheim Germany Teil-04

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Fotos: Hansjürgen Köhler / CENAP-Michelstadt

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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 11:00 Uhr

Luftfahrt - Sommerfest und Flugshow in Weinheim Germany Teil-03

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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 10:00 Uhr

Astronomie - NGC 6101 beherbergt Hunderte von schwarzen Löchern

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Star system hosts hundreds of black holes



"Due to their nature, black holes are impossible to see with a telescope, because no photons can escape," explained lead author Miklos Peuten of the University of Surrey. "In order to find them we look for their gravitational effect on their surroundings. Using observations and simulations we are able to spot the distinctive clues to their whereabouts and therefore effectively 'see' the un-seeable."

New research by the University of Surrey published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shone light on a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundred black holes, a phenomenon that until recently was thought impossible.

Globular clusters are spherical collections of stars which orbit around a galactic center such as our Milky Way galaxy. Using advanced computer simulations, the team at the University of Surrey were able to see the un-see-able by mapping a globular cluster known as NGC 6101, from which the existence of black holes within the system was deduced.

These black holes are a few times larger than the Sun, and form in the gravitational collapse of massive stars at the end of their lives. It was previously thought that these black holes would almost all be expelled from their parent cluster due to the effects of supernova explosion, during the death of a star.

"Due to their nature, black holes are impossible to see with a telescope, because no photons can escape," explained lead author Miklos Peuten of the University of Surrey. "In order to find them we look for their gravitational effect on their surroundings. Using observations and simulations we are able to spot the distinctive clues to their whereabouts and therefore effectively 'see' the un-seeable."

It is only as recently as 2013 that astrophysicists found individual black holes in globular clusters via rare phenomena in which a companion star donates material to the black hole. This work, which was supported by the European Research Council (ERC), has shown that in NGC 6101 there could be several hundred black holes, overturning old theories as to how black holes form.

Co-author Professor Mark Gieles, University of Surrey continued, "Our work is intended to help answer fundamental questions related to dynamics of stars and black holes, and the recently observed gravitational waves. These are emitted when two black holes merge, and if our interpretation is right, the cores of some globular clusters may be where black hole mergers take place."

The researchers chose to map this particular ancient globular cluster due to its recently found distinctive makeup, which suggested that it could be different to other clusters. Compared to other globular clusters NGC 6101 appears dynamically young in contrast to the ages of the individual stars. Also the cluster appears inflated, with the core being under-populated by observable stars.

Using computer simulation, the team recreated every individual star and black hole in the cluster and their behavior. Over the whole lifetime of thirteen billion years the simulation demonstrated how NGC 6101 has evolved.

It was possible to see the effects of large numbers of black holes on the visible stars, and to reproduce what was observed for NGC 6101. From this, the researchers showed that the unexplainable dynamical apparent youth is an effect of the large black hole population.

"This research is exciting as we were able to theoretically observe the spectacle of an entire population of black holes using computer simulations. The results show that globular clusters like NGC 6101, which were always considered boring are in fact the most interesting ones, possibly each harboring hundreds of black holes. This will help us to find more black holes in other globular clusters in the universe," concluded Peuten.

Research paper: "A Stellar-Mass Black Hole Population in the Globular Cluster NGC 6101?" M. Peuten et al., 2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Sonntag, 11. September 2016 - 09:45 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Kuang-Chi´s Traveler II Beta nähert sich Raumflug-Test 2016

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Kuang-Chi near space test flight set for 2016
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Traveler II Beta's main subsystems have been completed and are in the final stage of assembly and testing.

Kuang-Chi Group, a Shenzhen-based technology conglomerate, has announced that Traveler II Beta will carry animals into near space during a test flight this year. The announcement came during the opening ceremony of the company's research center for near space technologies in Haikou, Hainan, China's southernmost province.

Traveler II Beta is a flying device used for data collection and analysis, and traveling in the near space region, which is between 20 and 100km above sea level - more than twice the altitude flown by commercial airlines. In June 2015, Traveler completed its first test flight in New Zealand, reaching the designated flight altitude of 21km and successfully transmitting data back to the ground.

Located in the Haikou Hi-tech Zone, the only one of its kind in the province, Kuang-Chi's Haikou Institute of Future Technology signed an agreement on the development and exploration of near space technologies in December 2015. According to Haikou Mayor Ni Qiang, more than 40 projects have been introduced to the hi-tech zone since 2015 and more than 80% of those are high-tech companies. The mayor noted that the area is a good fit for Kuang-Chi, as it is heavily focused on innovation.

"Haikou has the best research resources for space exploration. Wenchang Satellite Launch Center is located in Hainan and most of its scientific workers are living in Haikou, which will help our near space exploration," according to Dr. Liu Ruopeng, president of Kuang-Chi. Additionally, the rich sea resources around Hainan provide much space for future applications of environmental analysis and monitoring.

Traveler II Beta's main subsystems have been completed and are in the final stage of assembly and testing. The manned Traveler II is also in the final stage of assembly and cabin tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016 with flight tests beginning in 2017.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Kuang-Chi is a company focused on the development of future technologies. Originating as a five-person team, the company has created a Global Community of Innovation of more than 2,400 employees in 18 countries and regions.

Kuang-Chi's subsidiary company KuangChi Science Limited (00439.HK) is concentrated on the development of future technology and conducts R and D of different disruptive technologies such as future space exploration and artificial intelligence.

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Samstag, 10. September 2016 - 21:30 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Zukünftige Führungskräfte von Space Generation Programme aus den Emiraten beobachten OSIRIS-REx Start

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A number of Emirati engineers of the space generation programme witnessed the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft of NASA, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US. WAM
 

Future leaders observe launch of Nasa spacecraft

ABU DHABI // Future leaders of the UAE’s space industry attended Nasa’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday.

The event was part of Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Programme, a scheme for early career professionals launched by the UAE Space Agency, Mubadala and Lockheed Martin.

They will receive training in the UAE and the United States.

The participants are undergoing 200 hours of rudimentary coursework before advancing to more complicated subjects.

They are completing part of the programme hosted by Lockheed Martin in the US. 

Their activities include observing US space professionals at work, touring Lockheed’s virtual reality engineering laboratory, and visiting satellite production facilities.

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft is on an exploratory mission to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu. It will be the first US mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

Dr Khalifa Al Romaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said Generation Space would help to advance the country’s space aspirations.

"We are committed to instilling a sound scientific understanding among up-and-coming Emiratis as part of our efforts to develop a knowledge-based economy," he said.

Generation Space participants will also receive classroom training and guest lectures at the Lockheed Martin Centre for Innovation and Security Solutions in Masdar City.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre sent students to US universities this year as part of Hope, the UAE’s mission to Mars. 

The future space scientists and engineers are studying at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado Boulder.

Quelle: The National UAE


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Samstag, 10. September 2016 - 21:15 Uhr

Raumfahrt - Ein bizarres Stück SPACE GESCHICHTE geht mit NASA Roboter auf Auktion

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YOU COULD OWN THIS FREAKY NASA ROBOT FROM THE 1960S

A BIZARRE PIECE OF SPACE HISTORY GOES UP FOR AUCTION LATER THIS MONTH

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Red eyes made this android even less creepy

In the 1960s, NASA had a bunch of dummies working to bring humans to space. Well, it was just two dummies, really. Each ‘Power Driven Articulated Dummy’ was a 230-pound robot that NASA engineers designed to test space suits. One of the dummies now resides at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the other is being auctioned off later this month.

Popular Science wrote about the dummies back in 1967. Controlled by an operator and driven by a circulatory system of oil inside tubes, each android could mimic 35 human movements, from arm and hand flexing to twisting at the waist.

The android was meant to measure the difficulty of working in a pressurized space suit, but it turned out the hydraulic system couldn't move the robot's limbs under pressure without leaking. The operators did, however, get it to dance like Elvis Presley, so it wasn't a total loss.

This particular droid is a bit dented and is missing a forearm, but if you're a wealthy collector of strange artifacts, be sure to stop by the auction in Boston on September 26.

 
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Quelle: Popular Science


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