Category: Space travel

When SpaceX takes off with a doll to the ISS on Saturday, a new chapter in space travel begins. For if the flight runs smoothly, the first astronauts will be launched into space this year with a private space capsule.

SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 rocket stand side by side in hangar

The SpaceX spacecraft “Crew Dragon” will fly to the ISS on Saturday, the 2.3.

Photo: SpaceX

Within just a few years, SpaceX has become one of the most important and recognized service providers in the space transportation business. Now (more…)

It’s only been two days since Alexander Gerst is back on Earth, but already as fit as if nothing had happened. The second mission of the 42-year-old astronaut on the International Space Station, ISS, lasted 197 days. At his first major press conference at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, he explained why he must do some push-ups under the Christmas tree.

Alexander Gerst at the PRessekonefrenz in Cologne on 22.12.2018

Astro-Alex presented himself in good spirits on Saturday in Cologne.

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In the Space Year ahead, the next European will take command of the International Space Station. Nasa is also preparing for a journey to the moon – with strong European participation. Finally, at the end of the year, ministers from the 22 ESA member states will decide what programs European space travel will tackle in the coming years.

Artistic presentation of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle

The launcher ESA’s Ariane 6 is currently in development.

Photo: ESA / David Ducros

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After half a year and 485 million kilometers, it should be ready this evening around 9 pm: The NASA robot “InSight “Should land on Mars. On board is the “Mars Mole” HP3 from the German Aerospace Center.

Image of the Martian

Once “Insight” landed, the probe HP3 of the German Aerospace Center will be dropped by a gripping arm of the Marslander in a suitable location.

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech

If all goes according to plan , the Mars Lander “InSight” (Interior Exploration (more…)

Yusaku Maezawa wants to be the first person to get really close to the moon after a long time. His ticket, which he bought from SpaceX boss Elon Musk for an undisclosed sum, provides for a lunar orbit around 2023. The billionaire and art collector Maezawa even wants to take some artists with them – for inspiration.

The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has bought a ticket for a flight to the moon at SpaceX. In five years, the approximately 384,000 km long journey with a Big Falcon rocket (BFR) will be covered. It would be the first flight of a space tourist to the moon. A landing is not planned, but a sightseeing flight.

The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has bought a ticket for a flight to the moon at SpaceX. In five years, the approximately 384,000 km long journey with (more…)

Barren craters, dry rock deserts, a life in a protective suit – the idea of ​​a Mars colonization is a little paradisiacal. Nevertheless, people from all over the world want to experience the red planet. The first astronauts on earth are already practicing for a successful interplanetary migration.

Design study Serenity

Design study Serenity

Photo: OeWF / Bernhard Kaliauer Design Studio

The space race to Mars is in full swing – and unlike the race to the moon, private companies (more…)

The moon seems to have lost nothing of its attraction: A Japanese start-up has now presented its first plans for the conquest of the moon. At the end, there should be a regular shuttle between the earth and the moon, with which tourists can explore the moon.

The Japanese also want to build station on the moon

With such a lander wants iSpace on the lunar surface in 2022.

Photo: iSpace

The Japanese also want to build station on the moon

In 2020, iSpace wants a lunar landing unit in a stable Bring orbit around the moon.

Photo: iSpace

The Japanese also want to build a station on the moon (more…)

For eleven years, ESA scientists have been waiting for this mission. Now the Aeolus satellite is finally launched and will create global wind profiles from ground level to 30 km in the next few years. This is to improve the weather forecasts, but also to understand climatic phenomena.

The new ESA mission is named after the Greek god Aeolus - the king of the winds.

The new ESA is named -Mission after the Greek god Aeolus – the King of the Winds.

Photo: ESA / ATG medialab

A Vega rocket brought the European Space Agency ESA’s satellite (more…)

That sounds utopian: satellites should in future be brought into space by elevator. But now, in September, Japanese engineers are testing a mini-space elevator on the International Space Station ISS. It is the first practical step for a gigantic project: an elevator whose cable reaches 96,000 km deep into space from Earth.

This illustration shows the concept of a space elevator.

This illustration shows the concept of a space elevator.

Photo: Pat Rawling / NASA

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A work of art that can be seen from the earth with the naked eye, the American artist Trevor Paglen wants in November Send earth orbit. His “Orbital Reflector” looks like a diamond and becomes the first man-made work of art in space.

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Could also be one be a huge space sword: 30 meters long is the balloon in the form of a diamond, which the American artist Trevor Paglen wants to bring into orbit on earth.

Photo: Design concept rendering for Trevor Paglen: Orbital (more…)