Eis in der Region Promethei Planum auf dem Mars

Simpler usage rights: as of today, Mars Express HRSC images licensed under Creative Commons licence

18.12.2014 | posted by Elke Heinemann

Since its arrival at the red planet in December 2003, imagery of ESA's Mars Express mission enjoys great popularity, with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) onboard the spacecraft, which is operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), playing a major role. read more

Not just any week – THE WEEK!

17.11.2014 | posted by Jan Wörner

This past week has been simply amazing. In my position as chairman, there are often intense experiences, and time and again I am especially impressed with the performance of our colleagues, who apply themselves to their job and hence to DLR with full commitment. I am quite used to having to take into account multiple dates, but this week was very special. Alexander Gerst's return from the ISS, Rosetta and Philae, and discussions in preparation for the ESA Ministerial Council. Each subject alone offers enough material for a blog post. read more

One last look - farewell, MASCOT

05.11.2014 | posted by Christian Grimm

The last adjustments have been made and the final functionality tests have been completed. Following the successful installation of MASCOT into the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft in Sagamihara, the final preparations have taken place at the Tanegashima launch complex in Japan. The attachment of the solar sails – carefully folded up above MASCOT for the launch – offers the last opportunity to see MASCOT. read more

Philae landet auf dem Kometen

A very eventful time…

03.11.2014 | posted by Jan Wörner

"If everything is under control, you are just not (driving) fast enough." This quote is attributed to several people, including, for example, racing driver Stirling Moss. This is scant reassurance these days, at a personally challenging time marked by so much activity. read more

Die Crew der D1-Mission

German astronauts lose a friend and colleague

26.08.2014 | posted by Reinhold Ewald

Steven R. Nagel, Pilot of the German D1-Mission in 1985 and then Commander of the D2 mission in 1993, died after losing his fight against an unconquerable disease. read more

Die 30 Galileo-Satelliten

'Rockets are tricky'

25.08.2014 | posted by Jan Wörner

This is a quote from Elon Musk, a pioneer in the field of commercial space travel and founder of SpaceX. read more

Closing in on Rosetta's target comet

24.07.2014 | posted by Elke Heinemann

Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These images, with a resolution of 100 metres per pixel, were acquired with the OSIRIS scientific imaging system on board Rosetta. The comet’s neck region – the section connecting the two heads – seems to be much brighter than the head and body of the nucleus. read more

An evasive manoeuvre to avoid a crash!

24.07.2014 | posted by Tom Uhlig

In my car, even at 100 kilometres per hour, I perceive that I’m travelling along quite quickly. In the nice saloon in our car pool, you can reach up to 160 kilometres per hour without it feeling that much faster. Of course, this is because you cannot perceive speed alone. You can notice accelerations, but when you are travelling at a constant speed, you can only tell how fast you are moving relative to other objects – or perhaps when the car begins to rattle. It is the same on the ISS. The speed of the Space Station is much greater – it needs to travel at 28,000 kilometres per hour so it doesn’t ‘fall down’ read more

Half-time on Mars

Half-time on Mars

17.06.2014

Time flies and I’m not the only one in the hab making this observation. We did not see these first seven weeks passing by. Boredom is not something we have experienced so far. We are all very busy with our personal projects and when not, there is always something to take care of in the hab. read more

New design for DLR blogs

15.05.2014 | posted by Alisa Wilken

Does something seem different here? That is right! The DLR blogs site has a new look. We have just redesigned the DLR blogs site - and it was high time. The previous DLR blogs design was largely based on the old DLR Web portal, which was replaced with a new look back in 2011. read more

Astronauts and the Internet – the final frontier

28.04.2014 | posted by Tom Uhlig

A colleague from Cologne sent me an email about this blog – I received it on my work mobile phone, although actually I was at Chiemsee, on holiday over Easter – modern technology made this possible. And it all seemed so entirely natural to me, although there’s no Internet connection anywhere nearby, no computer with a mail program, and no cumbersome process of logging on to this or that terminal… read more

First week ‘on Mars’

14.04.2014

We have already spent one week ‘on Mars’ and yet it feels like we arrived yesterday. Our ‘landing’, during the night of Friday 28 March, was quite tumultuous, with an arrival at sunset in pouring rain, strong winds and a temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius… like an actual Martian sandstorm. We unloaded all our luggage and proceeded to the last interviews with journalists from the University of Hawaii – in the rain. “Good luck and see you in four months!” said Kim Binsted as she exited the habitat. And our mission had begun! read more

Spaceflight means teamwork

14.04.2014 | posted by Tom Uhlig

When we report from the Columbus Control Centre (Col-CC) on the latest developments on the International Space Station (ISS), we do so not only as one of the five main control centres for the ISS, but also as one of the many control centres for the European part of the work conducted on the Space Station. read more