Comm Blog | 08. March 2012 | posted by Rolf Hempel

Looking for tracks on the Moon

As a lunar observer, I am repeatedly asked whether the tracks of the six Apollo missions can be seen through a telescope. After all, the descent stages of the lunar modules, three lunar rovers and a lot of scientific equipment were left behind there. Unfortunately, this is impossible even with the largest ground-based telescopes. But on the Internet, it is possible for everyone to go out and explore. read more

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Comm Blog | 01. March 2012 | posted by Marco Trovatello | 24 Comments

Creative Commons: the 'Everyone licence' and DLR’s content

Creative Commons and DLR

It all began when Mathias Schindler of Wikimedia Germany contacted us here at the DLR Communications Department in May 2009 with an enquiry regarding the usage rights for DLR image material by Wikipedia and the associated Wikimedia Commons media archive. Here is a brief summary of the telephone conference that followed shortly afterwards – if DLR content, specifically our image material, continues to be associated with traditional ‘all rights reserved’ terms of use, it cannot be used by, for example, Wikipedia. The use of the Creative Commons (CC) licensing model might represent a solution. read more

Comm Blog | 17. February 2012 | posted by Henning Krause

Aerospace podcasts

Alongside numerous blogs and Wikipedia articles on aerospace, the Internet has more information to offer on this subject. There are, for example, podcasts – in addition to those available at Raumzeit (Space-time), jointly produced by DLR and ESA, I would now like to draw your attention to the podcast site omega tau . Podcasts are an interesting channel for science communicators to disseminate information about science and technology. read more

Comm Blog | 04. January 2012 | posted by Henning Krause | 4 Comments

SpaceTweetup - a new format for spaceflight communication

SpaceTweetup. Foto: Simon Bierwald.

On 18 September 2011, German Aerospace Day, DLR and ESA staged the first European SpaceTweetup. A tweetup is an event in which users of the social media platform Twitter meet up. Together with ESA, we invited our Twitter followers to come and find out more about the European aerospace industry, meet scientists and astronauts and have a look at our research facilities and aircraft. read more

Comm Blog | 12. August 2011 | posted by Marco Trovatello

The first european SpaceTweetup

Today we sent off the last invitation letters for the first european SpaceTweetup, jointly organised by DLR and ESA. I cannot make clear enough how happy I am to organise and host this event together with our friends from ESA's communication department. But before I give you a little bit of background information on how the event came about, let me first answer the often heard question: read more

Comm Blog | 12. July 2011 | posted by Andrea Schaub | 8 Comments

Redesigned DLR web portal online

DLR-Webportal im neuen Glanz online

Finished at last! The redesigned web portal for the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is ready to receive the first of its close to 500,000 visitors per month. We have been working on the redesign for some time now, and are more than pleased with the result. read more

Comm Blog | 22. June 2011 | posted by Henning Krause

Chasing Pluto's shadow

Pluto-Okkultation

Astronomers on board SOFIA fly over most of the water vapour in the atmosphere; it is precisely this that makes the desired infrared observations possible. But the fact that SOFIA flies has another major advantage: it is a mobile observatory. In contrast to ground-based observatories, it can be used at different locations around the globe. This can be very useful, for example, for the Pluto occultation that will take place these days. read more