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Bloggers and social media users – invitation to the commissioning of the Rosetta lander Philae in Cologne on 28 March

19. March 2014, 15.20
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will explore the origins of the Solar System by studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, one of its oldest and most primordial bodies. The mission consists of an orbiter and the Philae lander. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has played a significant role in the development of Philae and operates the Lander Control Centre in Cologne. DLR is preparing for and will manage the difficult, daring and, never before attempted. landing on the comet nucleus.
Fabian Walker
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The new DLR short-arm centrifuge in :envihab

30. April 2013, 13.25
The new short-arm human centrifuge was installed in :envihab at DLR Cologne between late February and early March 2013. Installation of the 'heart of :envihab' lasted several weeks. We took advantage of this rare opportunity to take a closer look at the individual stages of the installation (with time-lapse video).
Fabian Walker
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Video – To Australia in 90 minutes at hypersonic speed

20. February 2013, 10.20
The revolutionary SpaceLiner concept offers a unique vision for a high-speed passenger transportation system of the future by seamlessly spanning the boundaries between aviation and spaceflight. Currently under design at the German Aerospace Center, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), the ultra-fast hypersonic spaceplane is designed to transport 50 passengers from Australia to Europe in an unprecedented 90 minutes.
Fabian Walker
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The DLR Magazine now also for your tablet

10. September 2012, 15.44
The DLR Magazine is the most important printed media in DLR’s communication portfolio. In spite of this, or rather, especially because of this, it is now available for tablets such as the iPad and devices running the Android operating system.
Marco Trovatello
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Marco Trovatello
 
 

Tweeting from space for the digital public

21. May 2012, 16.19
Three space agencies, DLR, ESA and NASA, as well as their astronauts tweet, blog and post messages on a wide array of social media channels; often, they or respectively their astronauts even do so from space. Why do they do this, and how does it work? Here is what astronauts and social media experts at DLR, ESA and NASA had to say on this subject at re:publica 2012, Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of society and all things digital.
Marco Trovatello
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See the ISS with your own eyes

12. April 2012, 11.18
Live webcasts have become increasingly common, enabling any Internet user to follow spaceflight events such as launches, dockings or daily life on board the International Space Station (ISS). But there is a way to experience the wonder of spaceflight even more directly – with your own eyes. This is because the Space Station is visible at certain times as a small, bright point of light moving rapidly across the morning or evening sky. Many people are fascinated when they observe the ISS in this way, especially for the first time. In this blog entry I will explain how you can observe the ISS yourself.
Henning Krause
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DLR, NASA and ESA at re:publica Berlin

05. April 2012, 10.54
I have great pleasure in announcing that members of DLR, NASA and ESA will be participating in a session at re:publica Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2012. According to the organisers, re:publica is “Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of society and all things digital.”
Marco Trovatello
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Space Tweetup in numbers

03. April 2012, 14.59
Last week, on 28/29 March 2012, the fourth European SpaceTweetup took place in Toulouse, France. A good reason to blog about the reach and numbers of such a communication measure. Plenty has already been written about the first European Space Tweetup, organised by DLR and ESA, which took place in September 2011, so I will - with some delay - now just concentrate on the numbers here. For any readers who want to know more about the SpaceTweetup and find out what it was all about, I recommend this or that blog article.
Marco Trovatello
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Looking for tracks on the Moon

08. March 2012, 09.42
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.
Rolf Hempel
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Creative Commons: the 'Everyone licence' and DLR’s content

01. March 2012, 10.30
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.
Marco Trovatello
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Aerospace podcasts

17. February 2012, 13.06
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.
Henning Krause
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DLR 'on the move' – mobile version of the website now online

15. February 2012, 09.23
All the latest stories about DLR's sites, institutes and missions are now also available in a version for smartphones. Simply go to www.dlr.de/ or m.dlr.de/en/ on your mobile device.
Andrea, alt Schaub
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Usability testing: information scientists take a close look at the DLR web portal

05. January 2012, 14.58
With today's contribution I want to fulfil the promise I made in the blog entry I wrote on 12 July 2011 to inform you about the results of the tests on the usability of the German Aerospace Center's (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und- Raumfahrt; DLR) new web portal.
Andrea, alt Schaub
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SpaceTweetup - a new format for spaceflight communication

04. January 2012, 14.44
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.
Henning Krause
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The DLR App - now also for iPad

15. August 2011, 15.07
The new version of DLR's iOS App provides a wealth of information right at your fingertips - now also supporting the features of the iPad.




Marco Trovatello
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The first european SpaceTweetup

12. August 2011, 13.37
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:
Marco Trovatello
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Redesigned DLR web portal online

12. July 2011, 13.45
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.
Andrea, alt Schaub
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Chasing Pluto's shadow

22. June 2011, 22.44
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.
Henning Krause
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Is the Moon unchanging?

28. April 2011, 11.20
Ever since the discovery of the telescope, man has been fascinated by the observation of the surface of the Moon. The constantly changing light coming from the Sun causes craters, mountains, valleys and plains to take on continuously varying appearances. Yet, as we look at this atmosphereless natural satellite, we get the impression that the Moon has not changed, even over the span of a human lifetime. But is this really the case?
Rolf Hempel
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The final stage in the construction of the German-Indonesian tsunami early warning system

31. March 2011, 14.31
On 26 December 2004, a devastating tsunami destroyed large parts of the coastline of the Indian Ocean. It is estimated that 250,000 people lost their lives because there was no early warning system. Shortly afterwards, the German government decided to spend 50 million Euros to develop a tsunami early warning system in Indonesia, the most severely affected country. Scientists from major German research centres presented innovative concepts for such a system to the political decision makers. Convinced of the feasibility of the proposal, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung; BMBF) decided to support the project, now named the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS), as a joint development led by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum; GFZ) in Potsdam.
Stefan Dech
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Stefan Dech
 
 

Biggest full Moon in over 18 years

25. March 2011, 11.43
On 19 March 2011 everything came together perfectly – in a completely clear sky there was a full Moon and, what is more, at almost the exact time, the Moon passed through the point of closest approach to Earth on its elliptical orbit. This meant we were able to admire an unusually large and bright full Moon. Not wanting to let this opportunity pass, I photographed the Moon through my telescope.
Rolf Hempel
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Captured from ground: ATV Johannes Kepler and Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the ISS

03. March 2011, 14.21
On Tuesday, 1 March 2011, Dirk Ewers, one of our readers, caught the International Space Station (ISS) on camera, as it was passing overhead in the evening sky near Kassel in central Germany. Ewers has sent in the fantastic images that show ATV-2 Johannes Kepler and Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the ISS. Using almost 2000 of these individual images, he has put together a video sequence of the docked spacecraft passing almost directly overhead.
Henning Krause
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DLR in your hands - the DLR App, now for iPhone

10. February 2011, 08.50
The first version of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) iPhone App is now available via the iTunes store. This free App gives users access to a wealth of information wherever they go. The DLR App is a dynamic online news aggregator that compiles all relevant information on DLR research areas of space, aviation, energy and transport - from breaking news to videos to imagery - and delivers it to your iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad).
Marco Trovatello
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'The Future of Energy' Year of Science: A different question every week, 1 answer and 150 comments

29. December 2010, 11.00
During 'The Future of Energy' Year of Science, DLR prepared one question each week on the topic of energy, answered by the science journalist, Jan Oliver Löfken. Users were invited to post their questions and comments on the blog, and we responded as they came in – we received a total of 150 contributions. Read 51 posts on our Energy Blog and see how researchers want to safeguard our energy supply in the future and what policies are being put in place for this in the world of politics.
Dorothee Bürkle
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Spotted: strange object flying over SOFIA

23. December 2010, 10.24
Earlier this week I received a slightly puzzling email from my colleague Alan Brown over at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. He reported that earlier this month, on the night before SOFIA was due to start her first scientific flight, a strange cargo aircraft with a very odd propulsion system was spotted flying overhead. At that time, SOFIA's telescope system was still being tested for the flight next morning. Tom Tschida took a couple of quick shots, but when he looked back a moment later, it was gone!
Henning Krause
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DLR's presence on blogs and Twitter during the volcanic eruption in April 2010

29. November 2010, 21.46
As the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, in Iceland at the end of March/ early April 2010, its ash cloud created an unprecedented situation for European air travel. By mid-April, air travel over northern and central Europe was resumed. DLR was involved in investigating the ash cloud and its effects on air travel in several different ways. I'd like to use this blog entry to illustrate our experiences and learning processes in online communication over this period in mid April 2010, especially on DLR blogs and on Twitter.
Henning Krause
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Walking on the Moon – by telescope

26. August 2010, 10.00
We have all seen the images of the first manned Moon landing in 1969 often enough on the TV and remember the pictures of the lunar surface taken from orbit or from the landing site itself. But how much of all this can be seen with a telescope? And just where is the landing site? Here is a travel guide with a very special destination.
Rolf Hempel
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A few words about social media and DLR's online communications

17. August 2010, 15.30
Ever more frequently, we in the DLR Communication Department have to answer the question how and why we use social networks and social media in our work. In this blogpost I'd like to go into our social media strategy - and to explain our approach to online communications in general.
Marco Trovatello
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DLR Blogs: improved readability

17. August 2010, 07.29
In the recent past, many of our readers pointed out a poor readability of DLR Blogs. We have optimised this last night. White font and dark blue links on a "brushed metal" background have now been replaced with a typical black font on a lighter coloured background.
Marco Trovatello
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NewsBlog renamed to KommBlog

06. August 2010, 14.25
Just a quick note: I've just renamed this blog (formerly "NewsBlog") to CommunicationBlog or "CommBlog". The reason behind is that - in relation to the news-oriented homepage of the DLR Web Portal - "NewsBlog" sounded misleading.
Marco Trovatello
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